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November 2006

Thursday, 30 November 2006

I've added more recipes from my old web site, but it's a lot of work. Makes it hard to get anything else done.


I found the Serenity movie on sale at Borders for 7.99. I already have a copy, but I bought another for a Christmas present and to support making another movie.


It got down to 7° F yesterday, at about 10 am. Temperature has been slowly climbing since then. We should be in the 20's for the weekend.


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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

The last time I reviewed a local restaurant, it was Los Sanchez, a mexican restaurant on the corner of 4th and Appleway in Coeur d'Alene. Well, Los Sanchez is gone now. It has new owners, a refurbished interior and a new name - Fiesta Mexicana.

Fiesta Mexicana is even better than Los Sanchez was. It offers some very eclectic dishes, with a mexican flair. I have tried their mexican stir fry, chicken with sour cream sauce and Fiesta chicken enchilada. They were all delicious and a far cry from mexican fast food fair. Highly recommended if you are passing through Coeur d'Alene, Idaho anytime.


As you can tell from the posts, I am adding back the Dutch oven recipes I had on the web site. All this is taking way too much time, but it should be worth the time I spend on it.


When I looked for my email tonight, my main email account had 52 messages in it (normal is about 10). Of the 52, 49 were spam. I've just about had it with these illegal messages that waste my storage and bandwidth. As a private citizen, though I can't do much. About the only thing I can do is help to convert unsuspecting bot-hosts (clueless Windows users) to Linux users. The more Linux and OS-X in the world, the less bot slaves and the less spam.


Well, it's 10° F this morning, with the wind at about 9 mph, wich gives us a wind chill of -2.5° F. Nice and brisk. It's supposed to warm up in the next few days, which will be fine with me.


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Tuesday, 28 November 2006

I hope to get more of this web site installed over the next few days. First up is the users who registered with the old site. I'm not sure if user passwords from the old CMS will work with the new CMS, but we will see.

After I do the user list, I will try to convert my old posts to the new system. This will be a bit tough, as I have to read an old record, write a new record, read the new record and update the new record. Kind of strange, but that's the way it has to be done.


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Monday, 27 November 2006

The onset of the first hard snow prompted me to put the plow on my truck and the snow tires on my car. While I was doing all those outside chores, I slipped on the front deck and landed on my back. I landed ok, but now I am pretty sore from the experience. I guess I shouldn't have waited so long to do those chores.


As you can tell, I have this web site back up, running a different CMS. It has no plugin for a recipe database, and I will have to decide what to do about that. I will be getting the content back up as soon as I figure how to transfer it from the old CMS.

I have also gotten the NILUG web site working again, though it currently has even less content than this site.


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Friday, 24 November 2006

Welcome to the new BLOGical Thoughts web site. I will be populating the site with all the information from the old site, but it will take a while. Please be patient.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Apart from the web site problems, I certainly did.


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Monday, 20 November 2006

I did a complete backup up of all my web sites. I normally back up the database on each of them at the start of a new week, but I also backed up the static files this time.

If anyone takes down these sites like they did to Rimrock Software, I will be ready.


I finally finished the database design on the coaching program. I need to fine tune it, but it is ready for the development of the program. As part of the development, I need to get mysql running on my notebook again. When I reloaded the notebook with Mepis Linux, I also needed to restart the mysql server, but I'm having trouble with that.I did get everything else working on the notebook. I have loaded and verified that both Quantas and The Gimp work on the machine. I am very happy with everything about the new distro except for the menu, which I can change at any time.


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Friday, 17 November 2006

Update: 07:24

One of my other web sites was attacked and some of its contents was destroyed. I have removed all content from the web site and installed a single static index page. I may rebuild the site using other technology, but not in the near future.


I currently have Mepis running on my notebook, but was unhappy with the lack of support for programs I use every day. So I was going to download Fedora Core 6 and try that. I never got to it.When I picked up the mail last night, I got the latest issue of Linux Magazine. Jason Perlow strikes again. He has an article detailing how to get more out of Ubuntu (Mepis is based on Ubuntu). I did a few things he suggested, and I now have a very satisfying and complete Mepis Linux.

The notebook wireless now works, thanks indrectly to the article. I have tellico installed on it. I have everything else I need installed on it, except for Quanta. I will try to install that tonight.

The wireless thing came about because I downloaded the latest ndiswrapper and played a bit with the wireless configuration. And it just started working. Weird.


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Thursday, 16 November 2006

I got the PCLinuxOS distro to load into my notebook computer by selecting the Safe Mode option. I then tried to install it on the hard disk. It crashed, twice, taking out the master boot record with it. So PCLinuxOS is not an option for me.

I then reloaded Mepis Linux, as I needed to have something on the notebook. I will try again to get the wireless working on that distro, and will try to get tellico compiled on it.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2006

I can't get wireless to work with Mepis Linux, so I downloaded PCLinuxOS and burned a CD. Problem with that is, it doesn't properly recognize my notebook display adapter. I end up with a blank screen instead of a sign on screen. I will be looking into this more tonight.


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Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Well, Kubuntu got its chance on my notebook computer, and it came up short. No Tellico, no easy way for it to support my Wifi chip, and it is missing some of the applications I use all the time. So I have moved on.

I installed Mepis Linux 6.0 from a DVD. It has a lot more applications than Kubuntu, but I'm not sure if it will fill the bill, as it is also based on Ubuntu. It doesn't have Tellico, either. Tellico is a must have for me, so I will see if I can compile it under Mepis.

I wish there were a distro out there that had as many applications in it as SuSE, because I am rapidly becoming disenchanted with Novell and its policies concerning Microsoft.


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Monday, 13 November 2006

There will be no news this this morning, as I am writing this from work. I was in the bathroom this morning when the power went out. It was still out when I left for work about an hour later. So all the good news items I had on my computer will have to wait until tomorrow.


I did some computer maintenance on a couple of Betty's machines yesterday. I fixed Firefox by loading up Beagle, and I fixed Evolution so she could send email from her Verizon account. It is such a pleasure working on a Linux machine.I also installed the Gimp and Openoffice.org on her Windows multimedia machine. That also went very smoothly.

She loaned me her notebook computer so I could install Linux on it and she could dual boot Windows and Linux. I have it pretty much configured and will probably deliver it to her tonight.


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Friday, 10 November 2006

The conversion program I am working on will have to be run from our main program's directory. Some of the units I am using in a support DLL assume that the running program is in the main program's directory. I can't get the DLL to run anywhere else.

I am now analyzing the results of the conversion. I have found several errors and am making changes to the conversion program. I am definitely ready for a weekend at this point.


I am convinced I know how Micro$oft builds new versions of their operating system. They take all the bits and put it in a big sack. Then they shake the sack well so all the bits are well mixed, and pour them out. However they come out, that's how the Vole puts them together. They do that to make it look like they did something revolutionary to the O/S, but also because they can make more money selling books on how to do the same stuff the older version could already do, when people can't find how to do it with the new O/S.Cynical? I'm not cynical; I've just seen it over and over since Windows 95.


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Thursday, 9 November 2006

I actually got the conversion program I am working on at work to run all the way through and to produce valid output. I still have a problem, though.

The program is supposed to work from any directory you copy it to. Right now, it only works correctly from our main application's directory. I am working to change that, but I'm not having much luck. I hope to solve that problem today.

I also need to figure out why some of the output files are empty. So I still have a lot of work to do.


Because of Novell's defection to Microsoft, I am actively looking for a replacement for openSUSE Linux. The candidates so far are Ubuntu, Mepis and PCLinuxOS. I will be making out a checklist and will extensively evaluate them on my test machine.


Speaking of test machine, I did something that I never thought I would do. I installed Windows Vista RC2 on one of the removeable hard drives for my test machine. I will not be using it myself, though. We have no extra machines at work, so we will be using it to verify some problems with our product.


At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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Wednesday, 8 November 2006

And now, the election results:


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Tuesday, 7 November 2006

I am making great progress at work with the C# program I am adding functionality to. I have gotten past the problem I had last Friday by writing an overloaded constructor and an overloaded method. (It's amazing what a little time off will do to your productivity).

Now I am cleaning up some places where the names of some fields changed between versions 4.5 and 5.0 of the main product. When we went from 4.5 (Paradox database) to 5.0 (Access database), the field names conflicted with some reserved words in M$ Access. So we had to change them. The program I am working on had not been touched since before 5.0 was finished, so I had to change them there, also.

Next up is to continue testing and to fix any other problems I run into.


Vote!

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. --Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994)


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Monday, 6 November 2006

I spent a quiet weekend. I needed the rest after last week's work week. And today, I will be debugging a C# program, which is something I've never done before.

It's pretty easy to write a C# program, especially with the help you get with Visual Studio. It's quite a different matter to debug someone elses code, which is what I will be doing.

Why the debugging? The program was written back in April and was meant to be used with two versions of our flagship program - 4.5 and 5.0. The original author debugged it against 4.5 (in production), but could not do anyuthing about 5.0, which was not even working at the time. So it's up to me to do the debugging, since this conversion program will be distributed first with 5.0.


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)
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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Friday, 3 November 2006

I only have one item left to do on my notebook O/S reload: add wireless support. I seem to be having trouble doing that, though. Why can't these Linux distros offer better support for wireless chipsets?


I got official notice yesterday that I will be working from my house starting next year. This means I need to make room for the computer and get some carpeting laid down in the computer room. I will be looking for carpet this weekend.


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Thursday, 2 November 2006

I finished updating my notebook computer. When I ran Smart Package Manager the first time, it identified several packages that could not be downloaded. When I ran it last night, it picked up right where it left off the night before. As a matter of fact, when Smart crashed once during the process last night (it hasn't reached version 1.0 yet) and I restarted it, Smart not only picked up on the file it crashed on, but it also picked up in the middle of the download for that file.

I am more and more impressed with Smart. It even picked up the latest version of Kaffeine for me, the version compiled to allow you to run videos. A big thumb's up for Smart Package Manager.


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Wednesday, 1 November 2006

I spent last evening re-installing the original openSUSE 10.1 on my notebook computer. I initially attempted to install the 10.1 upgrade, but there was a problem with the DVD. So I fell back and installed the original.

I then installed the Smart Package Manager and the rest of the evening was spent in a failed attempt to download 800 mb of update packages. I think this failed because the package web sites were extraordinarily busy. I will try this again tonight.


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