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July 2005

Friday, 29 July 2005

I have set up both Apache and mySQL on my server. I can now develop applications that use either a web interface or a database. Next is the installation of lazarus components to interface with those servers.

I have also started work on a text editor for Linux. This will help me get back in to software development for Linux.


This is from a 'wanted' ad on Craig's List in Spokane. The guy is looking for a similar trailer.

The 1930's saw a lot of exciting and unusual designs. This seems to be one of them. Looks a lot like a teardrop trailer, doesn't it?


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Thursday, 28 July 2005

The North Idaho Linux User Group will not be having a meeting in August. Seems as though many of the members (myself included) are slated for other activities on the second Saturday of August. There will be a regular meeting again in September.


I started to install components into lazarus that would allow me to easily connect to mySQL, but I discovered that I had not re-enabled the mySQL server on the machine. I will be working on that tonight.

I will also look into doing my hours/minutes/seconds calculator in free pascal, as well as my daily quote program and rsEdit, my text editor. I have a new name for the editor, which refers to an ancient scribe. Appropriate for a writing tool.


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Wednesday, 27 July 2005

I have successfully installed free pascal and lazarus. I finally got a good download of the free pascal source, so after installing that, lazarus installed with no problems.

The lazarus IDE looks very similar to Delphi's. There are odd quirks to it, though, so it isn't like just jumping in where my job of 4 years ago left off. I put a database component on a form, then deleted it, and the IDE insisted the component was still there.

On the other hand, I threw together a button and a SynEdit memo component, along with an HTML highlighter and had a very crude HTML editor running in no time at all.

Next, I have to install components that allow me to talk to my DBMS. That should prove to be an interesting experience.


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Tuesday, 26 July 2005

I attempted to once again load free pascal and lazarus on my server, and was once again unsuccessful. It appears that the downloaded free pascal source file was bad - again. I will try to install it tonight - again. This is getting ridiculous.


I made tamale pie in my dutch oven last night. It came out perfectly and was delicious, so that dish is a prime candidate for my Farragut campout in August.


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Monday, 25 July 2005

Well, I was wrong about who died in the latest Harry Potter book. What a surprise. And as to who the killer was, that was a surprise, too. Read it - it's very entertaining.


I haven't quite gotten free pascal and lazarus loaded yet. I downloaded the wrong source file for free pascal. Then I tried to download the proper one yesterday at home, and after 3 hours (within one minute of been complete), the download died. So I will get the file at work, and install it all tonight.


I won't be able to attend the North Idaho Linux User Group meeting next month. I will be at a dutch oven cookout/campout at Farragut State Park. I've been practicing for it, and did some more bread over the weekend. This time it came out perfect.

I think I will be doing Tamale Pie for a main dish. I am going to do that one tonight for my dinner.


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Friday, 22 July 2005

I picked up the latest Harry Potter book last night. It was 16 bucks at Costco, and the audio CDs for it were 39. I have finished about 6 chapters so far. She is a really good writer.

I think I have already figured out which ongoing character dies at the end of the book. We shall see.


I'm going to give Free Pascal and Lazarus another go over the weekend. We'll see if they can address my programming requirements under Linux. And we'll see if it crashes my Linux box, like it did last time.


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Thursday, 21 July 2005

I finally got my clothes dryer fixed and reinstalled. No more hanging clothes up and waiting two days for them to dry.


I burned another CD of old time radio shows last night. I now have 6 CDs worth of shows such as Gunsmoke, Abbott & Costello, Buck Rogers, Father Knows Best, The Whistler and I Love Adventure. Many of them are very entertaining. Good for a long car trip.

I put one MP3 in my car stereo on the way to Nebraska and finshed listening to it when I pulled back in to Hayden Lake. That's over 40 hours of sound on one CD!


Slow news day today. not much to comment on.


Well, SCuM, welcome to the ranks of the disaffected.


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Wednesday, 20 July 2005

Last week or the week before, I was stopped on the highway in Hauser Lake by an accident. When I went by the accident site, there was a van with a motorcycle under it. Apparently, the rider had also been under there, too. He survived. This incident made the local TV news.

Last night, on the way home from a doctor's appointment, I tried to go home via Hayden Lake by going up Strahorn and through the Hayden Lake golf course. I was stopped by officers and had to turn back to go home via Government Way. This too made the local TV news, as a hostage situation concerning a man and his ex-wife.

What is it with this? Am I just getting around too much, or am I a magnet for this kind of stuff. If another incident occurs near me, I will have to assume it is not coincidental.


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Tuesday, 19 July 2005

I feel like my software skills are rusting away, patching someone else's poorly written code in an archaic language. And it seems I'm not wanted by the portion of our company that creates software in something approaching a modern language.

So I'm going to do something about it. The ultimate result should be to stop having to commute 50 miles round trip to work every day. And to actually get to do what I love in an object oriented language.

I'm now the only person in my group, as the powers that be have decided that my boss be suborned transferred to the new project. That means I'm expected to do the work of three people. I'm not willing to do that at the rate they're willing to pay me.


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Monday, 18 July 2005

I baked some bread in my dutch oven over the weekend. It came out fairly well - I used a few too many coals, so the top was a bit darker than I like. I am using the bread to make my lunch this week, so it's good enough for that.

Actually, I should make it all myself from scratch. I used the frozen bread dough you get in the supermarket, which results in bread that just doesn't taste 'homemade'.


I got quite a few of my chores done, too. I will have to complete some of them during the week.


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Friday, 15 July 2005

Finally, a normal weekend. One where I'm not in Nebraska, southern Washington or at a user group meeting. Maybe I will be able to complete some of the tasks I have to do around the house.

I will be making dutch oven bread over the weekend. I hope it comes out as well as the dinner rolls I did in Nebraska.


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Thursday, 14 July 2005

I've heard more rumors of changes at work. There is a possible effect on the group I belong to, which is not good, since there are only two people in my group. What was that curse about "may you live in interesting times"?

I haven't heard from the editor of the TOW Newsletter about the article I sent him. If he has dial-up, he's probably upset with me for sending him a 1.9 mb e-mail attachment.


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Wednesday, 13 July 2005

I'm still working on content for the NILUG web site, so that is taking up most of my time. I also did an article for the TOW Newsletter (Teardroppers of Oregon and Washington) about a dutch oven workshop I went to in April.

I'm itching to write a book. I am looking into ideas (again) in several areas of interest to me. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.


Please don't force Carl Rove to resign. If he did, it would be like removing George the W's brain. Wait...maybe that's a good idea!


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Tuesday, 12 July 2005

I have the NILUG we site up and running, and I am working on more content for it. First up is a web page of the bash reference I did for the group.

Others are welcome to submit articles and files, too.


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Monday, 11 July 2005

The North Idaho Linux User Group meeting was interesting. We had some door prizes and learned a bit more about Linux. It was also a good social occasion.

The NILUG web site is being redone. It will have forums, articles and all kinds of interactive content. Should be running in a few days.


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Friday, 8 July 2005

I have put up the pictures from the 4th of July Teardrop Fun at Carnation, WA, 2005. They can be seen if you click on the Image Gallery link in the main menu.

Most of the pictures have no captions, since I am now using different slide show viewing software.. I am slowly working on that.


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Thursday, 7 July 2005

I am uploading the pictures from my latest trip. They should be up sometime today. I took almost as many pictures in Carnation as I did in Minden, NE.


I am having a problem with SuSE 9.3. Normally, the boot procedure ends up in a very nice login screen with options to change stuff, shut down, etc. But I made a change to the video configuration to more closely match my hardware, and now I get a lame grey screen with a raised grey box for logging in. No options, just a little monitor window in the lower left hand corner that shows any problems encountered.

The worst part about this is now I can't shut the machine down from KDE. When I attempt to turn off the computer, the only option I get is to logout. To actually stop the computer, I have to switch to another console, log in as root, then shutdown from there.

I'm hoping I can get some input from the North Idaho Linux User Group (NILUG) about this on Saturday.


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Wednesday, 6 July 2005

I'm back in Idaho. I really enjoyed my trip, but it's time to do stuff around the house and yard.


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Tuesday, 5 July 2005

I hope everyone had a pleasant 4th of July weekend. I did. I have been driving around a 1936 Willys 4 door auto all weekend. What a kick! We did a tour with all the old cars down to Carnation for a spaghetti feed on Sunday. It's cool seeing a dozen cars from the 30's tooling on in to town. Everyone was waving and honking. Like being in the parade.

I will be putting up pictures of the trip in a few days.

I will be back in Hayden Lake later today.

Friday, 1 July 2005

Why is it that when I travel, I end up with a better connection to the Internet than I have ever had at home? I am in Carnation, WA at Ken and Marty Masden's place, and I have a 33Mbps connection. My home connection is 28Kbps. Quite a difference.

There are about half a dozen teardrop trailers here, with more to come. Some of the people came here directly from the First International Teardrop Gathering last weekend.