Sunday, September 27, 2009

Windows 7 ReadyBoost

It's ok, I guess.  It's faster (because I installed it on a faster computer).  But I tried to setup a 16GB usb flash drive as a readyboost drive and it took me a while to get straight.  First, since I had been using the drive with Linux, most of it was extfs3 formatted and windows happily formatted the last 200MB and wouldn't tell me why the friggin drive capacity didn't match.  Then, when I found that I could open Computer Management (Right click My Computer) to get a disk management screen that let me delete the linux partition, it wouldn't let me delete the stupid 200MB windows partition it had made.  So I had to use diskpart in a dos prompt to do it.  Finally, I was able to format the whole 16GB drive (as a 15.04GB drive).  But it wouldn't work with readyboost even though it's a recent purchase USB 2.0 drive.  Turns out that NTFS formatted, it was too slow, but exFat it was fine.  So I finally have my flash cache and booting should be quick. 

I still would rather have used Linux but I want a few windows only features and I chose the wrong hardware.  Turns out supporting AMD because they're releasing open source graphics drivers was the wrong plan.  I should have supported NVidia because they release graphics drivers that don't suck.  Also, I really wanted to stream Netflix.  If that's ever possible on Linux again, I'll switch back.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

DC Antiscalping Laws DC AG Response

This is part of a response to an inquiry to the DC Attorney General's Office asking what specific law forbids scalping.

You may review the DC Municipal Regulations
online by visiting the DC government, Office of the Secretary website.,a,1207,q,522392.asp|31372|

While nothing in this correspondence should be construed as legal advice, you will find the following:
Chapter 24 DC Municipal Regulations
500.5 No person shall sell or offer to sell tickets from the sidewalks,
streets, or public spaces anywhere in the District of Columbia for any
excursion, theatrical performance, opera, ball game, or any
entertainment of any kind.

We would like you to know that the Attorney General for the District of
Columbia, like the state attorneys general, serves as a lawyer for the
District of Columbia government. In that capacity, the Attorney General
represents the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and various District
government agencies, officials, and employees in litigation. The
Attorney General also provides legal advice and transactional assistance
to the government, its agencies, and officials. However, the Attorney
General is generally without authority to represent private individuals
in litigation, to provide legal advice to private citizens, or to
conduct legal research on their behalf. 

Summary: Read DC Code Title 24, Chapter 5, Section 500.5.  The quotation above is accurate.

Route:--Elev. Avg:15 ft
Location:Alexandria, VAElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:09/22/09Up/Downhill: [+137/-137]
Time:07:10 AMDifficulty:1.9 / 5.0
 68 F temp; 90% humidity
 68 F heat index; winds Calm

Distance: 5.73 miles
Speed:6.8 mph
Pace:8' 47 /mi
I saw a duck dip into Four Mile Run and stay under for about 3 minutes. It was awesome. That's what the discontinuity is in the pace graph.
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 44-0' 036.9+0.00 ft
27' 54-0' 537.6+0.80 ft
38' 56+0' 096.7-0.1+23 ft
48' 05-0' 427.4+0.6-23 ft
59' 38+0' 516.2-0.6+4 ft
end8' 54+0' 076.7-0.1-4 ft
Versus average of 8' 47 min/mile

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Had to turn around because of flooding.

Route:--Elev. Avg:21 ft
Location:Alexandria, VAElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:09/18/09Up/Downhill: [+226/-226]
Time:07:27 AMDifficulty:2.4 / 5.0
 65 F temp; 83% humidity
 65 F heat index; winds S 8

Distance: 6.99 miles
Speed:6.7 mph
Pace:8' 59 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 50-0' 096.8+0.10 ft
26' 46-2' 138.9+2.2+10 ft
39' 08+0' 096.6-0.1-10 ft
49' 24+0' 256.4-0.3+29 ft
510' 03+1' 046.0-0.7+10 ft
69' 34+0' 356.3-0.4-39 ft
end9' 08+0' 096.6-0.10 ft
Versus average of 8' 59 min/mile

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