East of the Sun, West of the Moon



Filed under: General — Erwin @ 10:57 pm

Annie has no doubt done a little I told you so victory dance because we’re completely hooked on Lost and are quickly catching up using episodes recorded half a year ago and re-runs that ABC is airing right now, to fill some of the gaps. Looking forward to the 2nd season that should start in September.

Of course, not having any clones, that means I’ve badly neglected newsfeeds so that’s likely going to be hell to catch up on, tomorrow morning… ๐Ÿ™‚



Lazy Saturday

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 8:14 pm

Hope your day was as relaxed as ours. We got the lawn mowing done (always fun, takes about 2 hours) which was overdue since the last time was 3 weeks ago, then went to the public pool for about 2-3 hours, decided that was enough sun exposure for today and went home to make and eat dinner.

Now I’m fiddling with some computer stuff and then we’ll go watch some recorded episodes of various tv series, like Lost, Alias, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, etc. Keeps us busy and entertained, that’s always a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Linkage (10)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 11:15 am

Today is Sysadmin Appreciation Day, so show some appreciation to your local administrator of sorts (computer, network, email, database, etc) and remind yourself that without them things would run a lot less smoothly. ๐Ÿ™‚

Boingboing reports that Microsoft‘s Genuine Advantage restriction can be worked around with a single line of javascript:


I don’t have or use XP so I can’t confirm/deny this. Would MS really be this naive?

There’s something very wrong about this item in the Google Store.

Are you wearing your tinfoil hat yet? Maybe this description of how certain colour copiers & printers are putting hidden markings on their results to try and track who (or which printer, anyway) printed something.

And lastly, I was just as unaware of this support for wishlists in iTunes and suspect it’ll come in handy from time to time.



Outage fun

Filed under: Technology — Erwin @ 10:58 am

Great. Sat down at my computer this morning and found that all connections were gone. No IM, no ssh connections, browsing didn’t work, etc.

So I took the time to reorganize some wiring in the server room, get all caught up on newsfeeds, listen to a bunch of podcasts that I’d been ignoring for a while (because they’re not good listening material when I’m concentrating on work) and clean up my desk a bit more. Perhaps there should be a scheduled outage one time each week? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Update: Got my link back around 11:30 AM. I suspect the cable link was back a little earlier than that but the Vonage device didn’t pick up on that so powercycled it and then everything was happy again.



Filed under: Software — Erwin @ 11:53 pm

Wow, the new hybrid mode at Google Maps works out very nicely. Let the competition begin, though, with Microsoft having released a beta of its Virtual Earth effort. Of course the first thing to try (for me) is to see how far it can zoom in to where I live. As it happens Microsoft seems to have a slightly more detailed set of images available and we noticed that the roads from the regular map don’t quite map (sic) what you see in the aerial shots, so you get roads going through backyards, curve where they don’t actually in the real world, and vice versa. We can’t tell if Google does a better job at that because it simply does not have images that zoom in that far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend summary

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 9:43 am

The weekend consisted of two highlights:

  1. Digging for diamonds in the Crater of Diamonds, although it was probably a bit too hot for that. We spent a few hours there in the morning, then the entire afternoon in the (wading)pool of sorts. Fairly impressive, what they squeezed into the relatively small pool there, somebody must’ve had a lot of fun creating that.
  2. Wandering into the Onyx Cave in/near Eureka Springs. Sheesh, what a tourist trap that town is. The city limits sign indicates its population is in the 2000-3000 range, but the way it stretches out you’d expect it to be more like 10,000 or so.

Then a final 3 hour drive home, which lead us through about an hour of curves ranging from 20 to 50 mph and slopes that reminded us that a minivan is not really designed for this environment and certainly it was a lot happier once we got into the 70-80 mph highway/interstate part of the trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back to wading through a backlog of news now and some more coffee!


Tripped out

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 11:23 pm

Eight hours there (which did include a few rest-stops) and about the same back, but we survived. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Apparently there was a power-outage in our absence, but the servers started back up, thankfully, and seem to be running ok.

Quite tired, though, so that’ll be all for this evening. G’dnight!



Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 7:24 am

Will be gone for the weekend so unless I happen to pick up a wifi connection in the middle of nowhere (not particularly likely) you won’t hear from me for a few days.

See ya!


Awake yet? (11)

Filed under: News,Software — Erwin @ 10:11 am

He’s been beamed up himself (CNN) I guess:

James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series and motion pictures who responded to the apocryphal command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died early Wednesday. He was 85

Looks like myspace.com got swallowed up:

News Corporation announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intermix Media, Inc. for approximately $580 million in cash, or the equivalent of $12 per common share. In a separate transaction, Intermix announced today that it exercised its option to acquire the 47 percent of MySpace.com that it does not already own. MySpace.com is the leading lifestyle portal for networking online. Both MySpace.com and Intermixโ€™s more than 30 sites will become part of News Corporationโ€™s newly formed Fox Interactive Media unit.

Here’s hoping this will be a change for the better.

At ArsTechnica you can read a slightly different view on the recent web surfing costing businesses money news item:

These cost studies always assume that workers are paid to be “productive” all of the time, and that any time not being productive takes away from productivity. The problem with this is that plenty of people have jobs where they have plenty of down time. I know I’m not alone in having had a support job where 50% of my time was twiddling my thumbs waiting for a ticket to be opened, but that was the cost of having plenty of support.

That’s not the only reason that the numbers are suspicious, but you’ll have to read the rest of it yourself.

There are new versions (1.0.6) of both Thunderbird and Firefox, to correct a problem that caused some plugins not to work anymore in 1.0.5. Go fetch!

Now playing: Lisa Loeb – Someone you should know (from Hello Lisa)


Trip tip

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 5:29 pm

If you’re going on a road trip and are a AAA member, visit their website and use their online Trip Tik feature, it allows you to create very nicely done maps and directions and where available they’ll tell you where to expect road work along the way.

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