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November 2004

Tuesday, 30 November, 2004

Fred on Everything has a great essay on the current (security) state of the country. Check it out.


I found out last night that a good friend, co-worker and former boss, Tom Wood, is in the hospital in Colorado Springs. My best wishes for a recovery go out to him. This makes me wish I had been more deligent in keeping in contact with my old friends.


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Monday, 29 November, 2004

It's nice to have a week off every once in a while. I got a lot done last week while on vacation. The snow plow is now on my truck, The Beaudry Motorsports web site update is half done, and I have redone 6 or 7 DVDs. I also paid all my bills, started work on an rsEdit upgrade and had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner at the Leonards house. Like I said, a nice week.


Our OOP class at work is starting to wind down. We only have a little bit more to do on the Java calculator. I will then be looking for other OOP work to do. I really want to get out of the non-OOP, every-variable-global programming business and back in to programming that makes some sense.


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Friday, 26 November, 2004

I have finished the Ducati section of the Beaudry Motorsports web site. On to BMW.


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Thursday, 25 November, 2004

I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, 24 November, 2004

I took the new web pages over to Beaudry Motorsports to let them preview them. They didn't like them.

So, I will be updating their site content using the same old tired layout they've had for two years. That's ok, I didn't need last weekend anyway.


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Tuesday, 23 November, 2004

I will be working on the Beaudry Motorsports web site today. Also doing some winter button-up type things. It's supposed to snow tonight.

I am also working on rsEdit, my Windows text editor. I am adding an exclude files filter to the Find in Files function. I need that at work, as our customer has decided that it's easier for them to maintain the combined source code for both Canada and the U.S. application. Which makes it twice as hard for us to do development maintenance, but what do they care?


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Monday, 22 November, 2004

I am finishing up a redesign of the Beaudry Motorsports web site. I worked on it the entire weekend. The redesign was fairly easy, but a lot of the pictures had to be replaced, since we went from a white background to a dark background. Most of the old pictures had edges that anti-alias into white. They look bad on a dark background.

Fortunately, I found replacements for most of the pictures on the Net. I only had to use the Gimp on a couple to replace the edge pixels with darker pixels.


Snow today. Not much, but I have decided to put the snow tires on my cars and the plow on my truck. Take that, old man winter.


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Friday, 19 November, 2004

I decided to get Xine, the DVD player on SuSE Linux, working. Xine plays all kinds of media, but SuSE configures it to not play any DVD video because of possible legal problems.

I went to http://cambuca.ldhs.cetuc.puc-rio.br/xine/ and followed the instructions on that page. I only deviated from them once - to set the DVD player to dma in SuSE, you go in to Yast and select Hardware, then IDE DMA Mode. You can change the dma mode for the DVD drive there.

The end result is I can now watch my favorite DVDs on my Linux box. Another reason to stay away from Windows.


I will be on vacation all next week, but I will still update this page.


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Thursday, 18 November, 2004

I got Samba working on my server, so I can now talk to the server with the sole remaining Windows machine in my house. I celebrated by moving all the pictures I have on the windows box over to the server.

I will be using the Windows machine to update my rsEdit text editor, which I use at work. After that, it's good only for a legacy machine.


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Wednesday, 17 November, 2004

I am convinced that all the political offices in Washington are populated by chittering chimps with the morals of rutting pigs and the sensibilities of roadkill.


SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional comes with the Mono development environment. Mono is a clone of the Microsoft .Net environment for that other operating system.

I am trying to install the mono IDE, which is called mono-develop. I have had no luck. I can't seem to get the proper libraries installed, even though you would think that Mono itself would be all you would need. Maybe I'll just stick to NetBeans (IDE for Java).


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Tuesday, 16 November, 2004

I've been busy with updating web pages. No time for anything else.


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Monday, 15 November, 2004

I had a great weekend. We had many people at the NILUG meeting, and I installed SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional on a woman's machine there. I also configured it so she could use Evolution for email and Firefox as her default browser. She was very happy when I finished.

I then proceeded home and installed 9.2 on a machine that I have never been able to install any Linux on, except for Red Hat. It won't boot from a CDROM, so I had to make boot floppies, but that was the only glitch in the entire procedure.


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Friday, 12 November, 2004

I downloaded Firefox 1.0 (for Windows) for work. It appears to work just like the preview release - rock solid.

I've been using a plugin for Firefox called Wikalong. It's a Wiki for Firefox. For those who don't know what a wiki is, it's a collaborative set of web pages. For Wikalong, you go to a web page and you can add comments about that web site to your wiki. Everyone else using Wikalong will see the comments when they go to that web site. Cool stuff. It's like a unwanted, unsolicited guestbook.


I have my web server serving up IP addresses. I had to replace a cable to get it working. Now I have to get the Samba, ftp and ssh servers working on the box. One thing at a time, though.


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Thursday, 11 November, 2004

I've been trying to get some files off of a bunch of 5 1/4" floppies, and have had no luck. My original floppy drive seems to have gone south, and I have tried two other drives with no luck. There seem to be only two places on the entire Internet that still sell those drives, too. Maybe I should look over at Renaissance Computers in Spokane. Or borrow Betty's drive.


The North Idaho Linux Users Group meets again on Saturday. I have an idea of how to improve attendence that I will present to the group. We'll see if it works.

I will bring my new computer to the user group meeting to do a little fine tuning of the configuration. I will also bring SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional, for those who are interested.


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Wednesday, 10 November, 2004

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Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

I had such good luck with connecting my Canon digital camera to a SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional computer, I decided to see if I could use Linux to synchronize my Sharp PDA (which also runs Linux).

There's good news and bad news: the good news is, SuSE recognized the USB device as a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500. The bad news is it thought it's a modem. I will have to read the manual to see what it says about this before I try that again.


I tried to record Star Trek: The Motion Picture off of VHS tape for a friend. The picture on the tape was extremely good, but the tape kept dropping out of sync. I told him I would keep a lookout for a replacement for him, either tape or DVD. I have a bunch of tapes (mostly EP) that do the same thing. So I can no longer view stuff like Married to the Mob and Flash Gordon: Rocketship. Oh, well.


I have added an article about building your own PC. Check it out here.


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Monday, 8 November, 2004

I got a lot done over the weekend. Here is a summary:

  1. Installed SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional on my server, and configured it for DNS and HTTP.
  2. Installed the server in my work bench.
  3. Installed the WinTVGo card in my only remaining Windows box, so the firmware could get loaded. Then, I installed it back in my Linux box.
  4. Hooked all the boxes up to the network, but I haven't tested that yet.
  5. Downloaded and installed the NetBeans Java IDE (this took hours, as it is 38 mb).
  6. Recut two movies onto DVD.
  7. Loaded the latest version of the Scribus desktop publishing program onto my main Linux machine. I then created a template for Scribus that will print CD/DVD labels. I'm going to share this with other, as it will work for many of the labels on the market: Memorex, Fellows, CD Stomper, etc.

The workbench looks like this:

My new workbench

From left to right, that's my server, multimedia (new) computer and main Linux box. They are all hooked up to the same LCD screen, keyboard and mouse via a KVM switch. They are all connected to UPS.

The printers are an HP 6L Laserjet and a Canon s630 color inkjet.


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Friday, 5 November, 2004

I'm still working on a project proposal. And I still can't get ooo Write to cooperate with me on page numbering. Really frustrating.

This weekend, I am going to try a different TV card in my new computer, since I can't find the required firmware file for the Hauppauge card.


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I like what a disk jockey on KPND (95.3) said this morning: "Now that we've resigned ourselves to four more years of war and poverty, let's get on with life."

Thursday, 4 November, 2004


I am starting to write a software project proposal. This means I will be making extensive use of OpenOffice.org's Writer. I am having trouble keeping the first page from having a header and footer. I just don't understand why a program like ooo Writer makes something so easy, so hard. I'm sure that MS Word is also just as obtuse about this.

Needless to say, I didn't work on my computer room. I need to, though. I need to get set up to record movies again. And scan photos. And create DVD labels. And add new features to my text editor.


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Wednesday, 3 November, 2004

The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others. -

Those who would give up essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -


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Tuesday, 2 November, 2004

Vote!

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)


I have installed the workbench in my computer room. Two of three computers are now hooked up and running. I've taken one picture of the setup and will take another when I finish. I think I will like this new layout.


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Monday, 1 November, 2004

I managed to load SuSE Linux 9.2 Professional onto my notebook. I still think there is something wrong with the CD-ROM drive, though.

I am completely rearranging the furniture in my computer room. I have removed the old steel desk and have unloaded and moved two bookcases and unloaded and moved a computer desk. Tonight I will move the new workbench in and put the computers on it. Things should end up being way more organized.


My final word:

Vote Fascist theocratic, Socialist or Libertarian - but vote. If you don't vote, don't bitch about what you end up with.


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