Archive for the 'General' Category

A week end

Friday, September 1st, 2006

It was a busy week filled with commuting a little extra each day, dinner made by my Mom and a great Friday to end it.

I am in a good mood.

my wp corrupted!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

test.

Update: Not a database corruption. Apparently what happened was that another user had uploaded a script on the server that managed to turn into a runaway process. Fun.

network troubles

Monday, August 21st, 2006

This has not been a fun Sunday evening. At about 4pm or so, my network went down for about 15 minutes. At first I thought it was just me, but as it turned out nearly all of my wifi neighbors dropped off of the face of the earth too - with only two left standing. The two left standing are not using Comcast.

What happened was that I got a new IP address that actually makes sense considering the geographic number system that Comcast seems to use in this area.

Unfortunately, it seems that my Netgear router kicked it when the network came back up, so no wifi through Netgear for me. I do have an Airport Express (thanks a certain Apple store in NYC) and I’ve been trying to configure that to be my network router. There’s some setting I’m missing since I’ve been playing around with it for the past 45 minutes and it seems not to be able to connect to Comcast at all. I can see the Airport Express and configure it. It just can’t communicate with the cable modem - and yes there is an Ethernet cable connected between the two.

If I sit next to the cable modem connected through an Ethernet cable, obviously I can connect to the Internet as I can write this. Hrm.

Update: I’m up. But only after a whole heck of a lot of rebooting and reconfiguring and cursing. Basically, it seems that I needed to powercycle the cable modem (several times repeatedly) with the AirPort Express already on and configured. I lost the link I was looking at, but the theory is that the cable modem would grab the new-to-the-cable-modem MAC address of the Airport Express.

[tags]Wifi, Netgear, Airport Express, Comcast, DHCP, DHCP lease, hardware, cable modem, I hate configuring hardware when I’m not in the mood for it [/tags]

Liferea

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Liferea is a news feed reader for Linux systems using GNOME.

Agent: Liferea/0.9.1 (Linux; en_US; http://liferea.sf.net/)

[tags] RSS, RSS readers, news readers, Liferea, Linux, GNOME [/tags]

AOL digging for buried treasure

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

From CNN Internet company to dig for gold at home of spammer’s parents

I’m conflicted here, is the punchline that AOL is so much in trouble that are hoping to find buried treasure or is it that they are digging for buried treasure at a house that belongs to the parents of a spammer ?

[tags]AOL, spam, spammer, buried treasure[/tags]

Open thread

Monday, August 14th, 2006

amuse me this evening as I have some work stuff to do…

[tags]Open thread[/tags]

but the water came out of the ceiling

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

This article by a Portland, OR based film critic manages to tell us about water that falls out of a hotel room bathroom ceiling on purpose, how real life people are much more interesting than the celebrities who play them in movies and oh, happens to be the reason why the film critic is now banned by Paramount Pictures from attending any of their press junkets.

A good amusing read.

[tags]pop culture, movies, movie studios, tasteful sketches above the bed [/tags]

Weighing the Switch to a Mac

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

NY Times Weighing the Switch to a Mac. The article discusses the pros and cons of switching to a Mac from Windows. It’s nice to see a “mainstream” newspaper approach a topic like this.

One note: When I switched nearly three years ago this September, it really did take me a good two weeks or so to get used to the OS X interface. Thank goodness I knew someone who knows Macs quite well and who could answer my questions. And this was when I was actively teaching computer classes - including classes about Microsoft Windows.

[tags]Apple, Mac, Switch[/tags]

I have a big ego

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

It’s just an ego surf of my name and cleverhack.com. With apologies to Tony Green.

MacPro or economy car?

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

In case you were wondering, a fully spec’ed out Apple MacPro (hardware) with the two Cinema Displays costs $16,934.00.

At least Apple throws in the free shipping.

Update: If you can get an Apple Corporate discount, the setup only costs around $13,000.

[tags]Apple, MacPro, hardware, Where’s my sugar daddy? [/tags]

sony mylo announcement

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Sony announced a little device today that may be a first step towards a mobile blogging device…the Mylo Personal Communicator. The Mylo is Wifi capable, has a true Opera based Web browser and is Skype enabled. No word on battery life though.

I’m wondering if Sony will offer any blogger discounts on it.

[tags]Hardware, Sony, Sony Mylo [/tags]

User agent messaging

Monday, August 7th, 2006

To Whom It May Concern,

Yes, I do look at my log files.

[tags]cute reader tricks[/tags]