Cell phone exchange: going well so far. My old phone kept getting worse and worse. It started with this annoying 'white spot' in the display, and eventually led to lockups and problems turning the phone on. On the replacement, I have all the sounds and pictures transfered and have the …read more
Yeah, so I realized that when you upgrade your WAP from 11Mbps to 54Mbps you need to upgrade your ethernet connection, too. So.. we'll just try putting a 10/100 card in the router tonight to see how that goes..read more
Well, things are progressing slowly with the hard drive. Got the first three drives' zcavs done; the one on the 400G is still going. Things are looking pretty good, though.
Things aren't looking quite as good for the WAP54g. The best I can currently get in G-Only mode is 900KB …read more
After upgrading my laptop to FC3, I noticed that my system notifications in KDE no longer worked. After a little googling, I stumbled upong a thread that describes how to fix the KDE KNotify problem. I like having my sounds work!read more
Just uploaded some photos of Tycho hiding from the dog, the dog actually being good, and our decorated Christmas Tree.read more
Keeping on top of security updates can be quite the pain sometimes. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bugs are probably the worst threat to server admins these days; popular packages that are widely deployed are much easier for script-kiddies to target than people's Bind or Sendmail installs of yesteryear. So this morning …read more
But if you're like me, it probably isn't.
Besides my own computers there are really only two sets of people whose computers I maintain; my parents', and Tiff's parents'.
My parents' computer isn't too bad; typically my mom (Tiff said it doesn't matter if 'mom' is capitolized or not) will …read more
Looks like there's a nifty undocumented feature for gpg-agent that limits your max passphrase cache time to 1 hour, despite what you set the default-cache-ttl to. Luckily, it's just undocumented, not non-existant.
There is also a 'max-cache-ttl' parameter that you can set which defaults to 1 hour. The default-cache-ttl defaults …read more
Somehow, somewhere, Thor's cron jobs for backing up stuff from my big (493G!) disk and for emailing me updates that need applied managed to disappear. Not good, not good.read more
Recently I've been more and more annoyed by the fact that linux doesn't have some sort of auto-network-selection thing. Specifically, what I'd like is some applet to switch between wired and wireless and select the best wireless network (depending on work, home, etc).
So eventually last night I found NetworkManager …read more
Had my meeting with the Deckerts yesterday. The big topic was probably called 'problems w/ management in multiple departments'. We also talked a bit about scheduling, as I'm getting very tired of weekends having worked them since I started at CTI (about 4.5 years ago).
Things seemed to be …read more
Tiff accidentally backed into Brady's Car this evening. She just forgot that it was in our driveway and backed out of the garage like she normally does and didn't expect his car there (starting the day at 5 am to go Black Friday shopping probably didn't help). Oh well; things …read more
Just a warning to the squeamish; don't follow the link below.
We butchered hogs this morning; but for me and Tiff that only meant cutting everything up; the hogs were killed and gutted yesterday. This has been an annual thing for Tiff for as long as she knows, and I've …read more
Tiff was looking up ways to control dogs that are getting into chewing on people, and found that if you just say 'Ow' (like you mean it), the dog will typically stop and try to make up with you.
Tiff used this tactic last night and I was able to …read more
Everything's fine; just a bit stressful at times ;)
If anyone's been stressful, it's been Patches. Despite the (very poor) picture from the other day, most of the time she still tries to play with the cats; and they don't want to play - at least not with a dog.
To make …read more
This weekend I took Saturday off to help make potato chips over at Tiff's uncle (using the lard from last year's butchering). Tiff also had off Friday, so she said it'd be nice for us to both have off both days. Sounded good to me - four day weekend!
Unfortunately, you …read more
Well, Thor is proving to be more stubborn than I thought. Apparently it's unhappy having all its PCI slots plus it's AGP slot used. Something about "IRQs" or something.
So, Thor's going back in the closet. [Brady] might be right about the box though; I'm afraid it might be ending …read more
While I'm not overly fond of how the Electoral Process works in the USA, I still voted. Mostly Democratic, but that's because I wasn't aware enough of the canditates (other than the Presidential Candidate). You still have two hours - get out there and vote!read more
Well, the closet is done, but not the other stuff.
There was a lot more work involved here than I orignally thought. I had the sheet of plywood to use (and it looks great!), but it didn't quite work the way I had imagined. The original piece that was in …read more
Yes, I think synergy as the word is often overused in marketing-type appliations, but [Daniel] pointed me to Synergy which is an open-source keyboard/mouse/clipboard sharing program.
"Big deal"™ you say? It's not. This gives me the ability to use one keyboard and mouse between my desktop and laptop …read more
Spent Sunday afteroon going leafing around South Mountain with Brady and Dennis. Almost broke Brady's muffler off (definitely did some damage) going down the notorious Ridge Road. Sadly, we didn't get very many photos; looks like stuff hasn't changed much on South Mountain. Anyway, the results of the leafing adventure …read more
Yep, I know you've been waiting awhile, but the deck is finished. This includes staining and all edges. Isn't that nice!?read more
Been a busy week so far; This past Saturday, there was a trip to Virginia for my nephew Logan's 6th Birthday Party. Yesterday and today I've spent my drives home tracking what [Brady] and I believe to be a US Sprint (long distance) fiber line along a railroad, and today …read more
Yep, released another version of this website. Although I still think it needs some work, I'm much happier with it at this point than my old website, and wanted to stop looking at it. Feel free to leave me comments; I plan on updating it a bit more to fix …read more
For those that bought TopoUSA 4.0 on CD (7 CDs - 1 install and 6 data), there's a fairly easy way to convert them to DVD and have all the regions available to you at all times.
Basically, you need to make a new directory structure with a 'Data' directory …read more
Just so everyone's aware, I finally got my picteres up of our Ocean City Vacation.read more
I finally have a new photo album up (see link on the right). It does a number of things I've wanted to do; mod_rewrite, descriptions, and fairly easy uploads. Check it out, it's pretty neat.read more
Which is close to Lewes, DE, which is where we stayed. We got back Thursday (the 12th) around 14:30ish.
The trip was a lot of fun, if expensive. For a rundown of events:
- Sunday: Leave early (06:00ish); arrive there around lunchtime. We headed down to a pay-for-parking beach …
Tiff, her parents, her sister Chrissy, Chrissy's boyfriend Ryan, and I will be heading to Rehobeth Beech tomorrow. That sounds like a big list, but it's really only 6 people.
Even though I haven't figured out if Rehobeth is in Deleware or Maryland, it has typically been a good time …read more
KDE Bluetooth is pretty slick; if you have a phone with bluetooth, that is ;)
It's able to send/receive files from OBEX compatible devices through Konqueror, and it has a nice program to do call-management (answer, hangup, deny, place calls; show caller id). It also does device detection, and can …read more
[Brady] and I went for a hike to Lewis' Rocks on South Mountain tonight. It was a really nice trek, and had a great view at the end.
Thor recently got an upgrade to the sound of 250G. It has some relief to it's previously-full 120+160G hard drives. Now …read more
I should have something to write about everyday, right? Maybe.
I managed to get a SATA controller for cheap (read < \$20) in an effort to get some more storage in my fileserver. I already have a 120G + 160G drive in there, but I maxed it out at the lannic. I'm …read more
Got back from Raystown yesterday around 15:00, and finally got all my Raystown Vacation Pictures uploaded (it's a problem when your fileserver's hard drive is maxxed out ;).
It was a really nice vacation. When we arrived Thursday, it started to rain a bit while we were setting everything up …read more
So, I was doing that whole case swapping thing the other day, and all was going well. The desktop was now in the mid-tower case and up and running, when all of a sudden it just shut off. Very odd. My first impression was that the CPU overheated and the …read more
I've been having problems with my router (gunter) for awhile; sometimes named will die, sometimes dhcpd will die. Just 'give up the ghost,' as it where. I've always attributed this to my overclocking the box (it was originally to be an mp3 player). I though it was only overclocked from …read more
Yep - that's pretty much what I've done this week. We got 3 tons (as in, 6000 lbs) on Saturday, and we decided Monday night would be a good time to move them. We got about half of it done w/ a wheelbarrow, but then Tiff's dad showed up w/ a …read more
Trying to transfer files at [Brady]'s the past couple times has been a pain; I've only been getting half of what I should from 100MBit (\~5MB/s). I surmised that it might be the test 2.6 kernels I was using from the Fedora development tree.
Needless to say …read more
It's updated again. Woo-hoo. Most of the pages are XHTML Transitional (I have some legacy stuff to port), and I have some wierd issue w/ IE6 not showing the date of the articles (but you can select it..). Hopefully it's more accessibly now; I just need to work on the …read more
I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy GT whose keyless entry hasn't worked fully for awhile now.
When I got the car, I don't think the keyless entry was installed quite 'professinoally'. It was dangling by my left foot, and was quite annoying. I repositioned it, but since then it never …read more
Hopefully that was my one illness for the year. I had pneumonia last year, the flu this year. Should be done now (right?).
Tiff continues to have bad health. She now has a sinus infection, bronchitis, and laryngitis. So, she's off today and tomorrow. Luckily, Big Spring already had off …read more
I've been home sick the past two days; and when I mean sick, I mean when I had pneumonia this summer I felt better.
I woke up around 03:30 Monday morning to go to the bathroom and felt fine, but then had a dream that my stomach wasn't feeling …read more
I'm even writing this blog on my new laptop! You can view pictures of my new laptop, and read how my linux installation has been going (Windows is boring, it just works ;). Things are pretty cozy now, just trying to get some things situated, but I am carrying it around …read more
It's here! I've been taking lots of pics, so I'll try to update the page soon with more details.read more
Yeah; I know. Slacking on the 'Happy New Year.' At least I update ;-)
Happenings? Not much, thankfully. The mortgage company finally decided to pay our (almost) deliquent School Tax bill.. on December 31st. Makes me happy that I don't have to pay it, anyway. I had a nice extended vacation …read more