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December 2006

Wednesday, 27 December 2006

A couple of days ago, I installed openSUSE 10.2 on a computer. I have been using it pretty much the whole time since then. I have definite opinions about the user interface, and since that involves KDE only, I will be writing an article about my experiences and posting it here in the near future.

It does look like K3B, the CD/DVD burner program for KDE, has been enhanced to let you create video DVDs. This is a welcome addition, as this is one of the applications that I still use Windows for. I haven't tried creating a video DVD yet, but I'll let everyone know how it went when I do.


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Tuesday, 26 December 2006

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I know I did. Even though I've been doing a lot of computer upgrades and such since Saturday.

This week is kind of a vacation for me, so don't expect any news items or such. I really need the rest.

Thursday, 21 December 2006

I am still trying to configure my work computer for use at home. I have set it up to be a VNC server, so the IT guy can access it from work, if necessary. I have done a lot of work on the conversion program I have been working on, and I need to check all the changes into version control.


There will be no posting here, both tomorrow and Christmas Day. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, or whatever other holiday you celebrate.


"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


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Wednesday, 20 December 2006

The IT guy will be over here starting Friday. Unfortunately I won't be here. My next thought is to use VNC to allow him to see what's going on with my computer. Since I have made numerous changes to source code, I really need a VPN connection so I can check the code back in to our version control system.


I have installed Damn Small Linux Not onto a flash drive. My problem is, I don't have a computer that will boot from a USB port. So I guess it was just wasted effort.


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Tuesday, 19 December 2006

I have had no luck getting a VPN connection. I tried making router changes and I even tried to connect with the router out of the circuit. No luck. I can only conclude that the IT guy has not set up an account for me. I will continue to try again today.

I have to go to the (closing) office today, so maybe I can get some help there. I am actually going there to pick up a refrigerator that was part of the office equipment and now belongs to me. This is a backup to my 22-year old refrigerator, so it will be in the garage until the old one craps out.


I have gotten the Inland Empire Dutch Oven Society web site running again. I have added all users and all recipes to the site. I still need to add articles and some kind of support for picture galleries.


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Monday, 18 December 2006

I have emptied my work office and have taken the computer and everything else I need home. Here is a picture of my new work office, with the work computer on the left and my home workstation on the left. Still no carpeting, but I will get that done soon.

The computer is all set up, but I am having trouble getting a VPN connection. I need that connection to allow me to talk to the company intranet, which will allow me to check source code in and out of our Visual Source Safe machine.


A Mac fanatic who works for the New York Times has written an article about Microsoft Vista. The article is very good, but the video is hilarious. Check out Vista Wins on Looks. As for Lacks ...


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Friday, 15 December 2006

No news today. Sorry, but I was combing my hair this morning, getting ready to get on the computer to finish today's blog entry, when the power went off. That was at 5 a.m. I left the house at 5:30 (since it's incredibly boring sitting around in the dark) to have breakfast down in Hayden. Turns out it wasn't just Hayden Lake with no power. It was also Hayden, parts of Dalton Gardens, and parts of Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene.

So my news items are at home, inaccesible at the present time.


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Thursday, 14 December 2006

Our combination office-closing/Christmas party yesterday was a success. Everyone in the office attended, and there were enough leftovers to provide lunch for us for the next two days. Which is exactly how many days I will be working there before starting to work from home.


I need to get a couple more web sites running again. Especially the IEDOS site. It won't be that hard, but I just haven't had the time to do it. I also need to evaluate a plugin so I can put the photo gallery back up on this web site.


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Wednesday, 13 December 2006

I'm still bogged down at work with a data conversion program. The more I add and fix, the more needs to be added. I was working on adding accounting to the conversion when my boss asked me to review the conversion document. Good thing, too, since I found four other tables that needed to be converted.

Now, I've been temporarily pulled off that to work on a problem with the product. It seems that when you add some data in one area of a specific type, somehow the type information gets changed. Well, I'll track that down this morning and fix it, I hope.


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Tuesday, 12 December 2006

To those who create TV program schedules: get a clue. When you run out of fresh episodes of the latest popular show, we do NOT want to see an inferior replacement. What's wrong with reruns of the show? And a season should consist of 20+ episodes, not 12 or 13. That's another very good way to lose your audience.

Whle I'm on the subject, there's nothing that I hate worse than interference with a program. Showing news tickers, network ads and, most especially, a network ID over the program I am watching is extremely annoying. It's a perfectly good way to get me to NOT watch whatever you are advertising. Get a clue, guys.


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Monday, 11 December 2006

This is the last week I will be working at the AMS office in Hayden. It will close at the end of the year, but most of us will be working from home before then. I will bring my work computer home on Friday.We are having a close-down party on Wednesday. I will be cooking a ham for that. No dutch oven dishes this time.


With the help of a friend, I have picked up another 40 or so silly signs. And I still haven't gotten through all the sign links that Betty sent me. So you'll be seeing some pretty good stuff soon, if you can sit still through all the ridiculous Windows signs.


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