Friday, December 21, 2007

AVR and projects

I'm debating getting either this or an AVR Butterfly, but I really need to prioritize the things I'm planning on doing in my spare time so I can at least finish one before having a child. It's a big list and they're all fun work.
  1. Revamp our family website
  2. Write a very specific gui front end for mencoder
  3. Car pc/radio (with NO gps navigation) a la' Ford sync (but better)
  4. Front end or no, just make some stop motion animation using mencoder already.
Part of the lack of getting stuff done is that as soon as I get home, my wife gets home ten minutes later, so I stop whatever I'm doing. The other part is that I never feel like I'll have enough time to start in the first place. Except the second one. I've already started that. I guess it should be priority #1 then.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holmen Meats

Holmen, Wisconsin is just above LaCrosse and is home to the Holmen Meat Market.  Their jerky is easily the best ever.  We used to get it from Leo and Leona's, but they're closed now.  So if you have any money to spare, order some and make yourself happy.  It takes a while to ship, but it's worth it. 

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Oracle Application Server and RHEL4

Since most machines now are 64 bit, there's a gotcha when setting up 32 bit software on linux. As detailed here you've got to make sure you have 64 and 32 bit libraries and dev packages for older software like everything oracle makes. You should have the 32 bit libraries, but probably not the dev packages. To get these, just run:

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


I downloaded the Gametap client so I could play some of their free games. RealMyst (Myst in 3D) is cool, but has severe performance problems when loading audio or video during gameplay (when it shows a video of Atrus in the imager or when birds are singing in the tree level). I'm going to set the process to use only one cpu core (no luck, I forgot it was a single core computer already) and try again tonight. At least the free chapter of Sam and Max plays without problem and is super fun.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Props From Dinosaur Comics

"matt wrote in yesterday to ask if punchbot was programmed via punchcards. heck yes he is!"

I am that guy.