My submission won runner up on overheardinnewyork (I'm "M").
Friday, December 21, 2007
- Revamp our family website
- Write a very specific gui front end for mencoder
- Car pc/radio (with NO gps navigation) a la' Ford sync (but better)
- Front end or no, just make some stop motion animation using mencoder already.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
up2date --arch=i386 glibc-devel
rpm -qa | grep glibc
And packages that are installed as both 32 and 64 bit should be listed twice. I don't know how to get rpm to list which packages are 32 or 64 only. You can do `rpm -qi packagename` to find out what the .rpm file's name was, but if it's a source rpm, it won't show how it was compiled.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm still not sure what it's providing me. I have no idea what our
household's cashflow is. I don't know how to make a useful budget. I
hate the interface mostly because I can't just look at stuff and click
a line to highlight it without editing it. It doesn't do the one
click update for a few bank accounts (it tried and repeatedly
crashed), but that's ok because the data is easy to download from
their website. I don't care about using it to make payments on my
credit cards (is that really what people want in their accounting
software?). I want to find out how much money we earn, how much we
spend on necessities, how much we invest, and how much I can waste on
stupid things. Not like I'm not computer savvy, I just can't figure
out Quicken! It's a huge pain in the neck.
Right now, what I want is to try out Microsoft Money (I briefly
attempted using TurboCash and GnuCash and didn't like them because
they used accounting terms that I didn't understand and seemed geared
Side note, why must applications use shiny skins? I can't always tell
at a glance what I'm looking at in Quicken (for example, it's not just
them, but their program by it's nature has a whole lot of information
on the screen at any given moment). I've accidentally closed the
entire program a couple times. It's annoying!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It turns out that in Virginia, they don't put the reflective markers ("Bott's Dots" or whatever you call them) on bridges. 20 feet later we came out on the other side scared fecesless, but unharmed. Death successfully averted, our hearts started beating again a few miles later and we journeyed on. It was a fun drive.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
People pay google (or yahoo or microsoft) a fee that goes into their anti-ad account piggybank. When they visit a page that shows only google ads, they can sign into their google account and say "don't show ads for this web site". Each page costs some small amount like a cent (maybe sites can set their own rate and control with google whether it's an option or not). The money is divied between the site owner and google. If people don't subscribe, they see the ads.
Optional ad free surfing without having separate accounts for each of the websites you like.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Then give up and use my instructions (For the very specific case of a ddwrt router behind a westell dsl modem):
- find out your modem's ip address by checking the ddwrt status page for the WAN gateway.
- open the modem ip in your browser and navigate to Status->"Connection Summary"
- copy down the dns servers (220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 for me). If they don't end in .12 these instructions are probably outdated and invalid.
- back on the dd-wrt interface, go to Setup->"Basic Setup" and change your connection type to "Static IP"
- Leave everything alone except the DNS settings that are now showing. These are the numbers from step 3 with .14 on the end instead of .12
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Also, mt is in mt-st (run `yum install mt-st`). You need mt for the tape testing part of the setup.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
I could build them myself, but I don't have the time when running the 32 bit binaries works. It's just 15 minutes down the drain spent trying to figure out the problem with ppm.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Solved by moving to using a physical server.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Try to spot the difference:
Jul 31 04:49:53 cluster1-3 apache: 22.214.171.124 - - [31/Jul/2007:04:53:17 -0400] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 269 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Windows NT 5.1) OracleEMAgentURLTiming/3.0"
Aug 1 04:49:53 cluster1-3 apache: 126.96.36.199 - - [01/Aug/2007:04:53:17 -0400] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 269 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Windows NT 5.1) OracleEMAgentURLTiming/3.0"
Answer: The second one has two spaces between the month and the date in the part that syslog writes. I had to change the LogSeparator variable from " " to " +" to match one or more spaces (actually I used "\s+" to be ultra safe since \s matches tabs too). You'll only have this problem if your apache output is going through syslog, which ours is since we're piping several server logs onto one computer.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Speaking of cool tech, I'm still looking forward to trying Reaper for my audio recording, I just have been busy. Also, I still have to install three prong outlets and that involves at least a full day of work.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Neighbors shouldn't have a right to complain from 9AM to 9PM unless the noise lasts more than 2 hours at a time. Lack of practice space is why I've never been part of a real band. If you have the ability, you should build a soundproof room in your house, because eventually there will be a kid living there who wants to be in a band. And without that, he's probably screwed. It's like being on a baseball team where the only way to pitch is to be the coach's son. The only way to be in a band for sure is to have your own space for the band to play.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Basically, the cheapest ticket a Virginian in Virginia will get just went from about 50 bucks to about 950 bucks.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Not disclosing that fingerprints are required of patrons when we buy the tickets is deceptive. I would have gone to Kings Dominion instead had I known, but since we already drove 3 hours I was pressured into giving my fingerprint. I certainly wouldn't have bought a multi-day pass and I won't be going back while there are still mandatory fingerprint readers. If it were only to prevent sharing of season passes, a photograph would suffice. I'm not a criminal and don't appreciate being treated like one.From Busch Gardens:
Thank you for taking the time to email us regarding your recent visit to Busch Gardens Europe. You can be sure that your comments have been shared with the appropriate leadership team members.
Busch Gardens Europe has introduced Touch N Go, the newest in guest entry technology, to improve our Season Passport members' and our multi-day pass quest arrival process. You as a multi-day holder will be able to enter the park more quickly and will no longer be required to have a photo taken. In addition, Touch N Go guards against identity theft. If you ever loose your multi-day pass, you never have to worry about it being used by someone else.
Thank you again for your inquiry. We look forward to hosting you and your family this season at Busch Gardens Europe.
To King's Dominion:
Yesterday I went to Busch Gardens and was required to submit to a fingerprint scan as a condition of entry. I won't be going back. Does Kings Dominion use or have plans to use fingerprint scanners on guests?From King's Dominion:
Thank you for your email. We do not require a fingerprint in order to enter our park. You will walk through metal detectors and have your bags checked but that is the extent. We hope to see you soon!
Seems obvious which park is better even though they didn't address their future plans.
Monday, February 05, 2007
The vm disks here are called olddisk and newdisk-0
- Install the Windows Recovery Console on the virtual machine.
- Boot into the recovery console, then run chkdsk /R
- Turn off the vm.
- Make a new virtual disk image for a 50gb drive.
- Look at the old vmdk file sizes.
- Copy the vmdk files that were 2gb over top of the new vmdk files
That is, olddisk-f001.vmdk overwrites newdisk-0-f001.vmdk and so on and so forth.
- For the last old vmdk (not the descriptor file that is in plain text), check the contents of the file
- If it's all zeros, you're good to go.
If it's not all zeros, copy olddisk-f005.vmdk over newdisk-0-f005.vmdk then pad the rest of the file with nulls so it matches the size of the other files exactly. (I didn't have to figure out how to do that step)
- In the vmware console, remove both virtual hard disks and then re-add the new one.
- Boot your new system.
- Run chkdsk again
- Use diskpart.exe or a gparted iso or ubcd to expand the ntfs partition. (gparted actually showed the disk as already expanded, so I set it to 50GB less two bytes so it would let me apply the new size. This appears to have worked wonderfully)