Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Wednesday, 30 June 2004

Last time I tried out Linux, it was 1997 and I installed Redhat Version.. I dunno 4 or something on an old 486 box with two NICs in it to use as a firewall when I first got a cable modem. It booted off a floppy and installed the entire OS via FTP. Bob had to help me with it, and then we had to get another of his friends to finish it off for us. All it really did was be a NAT server with a shell command prompt on it. I didn't really even flip over to it's screen very often.

That's all Changed with Fedora Core 1(Redhat V10 if you will) So far all I've done is install it on my second machine (a PIII/500 desktop) and I've fired up Mozilla on it to look up a couple things, and I have to say I'm pretty darned impressed with it so far. Everything that I do with Windows currently was installed during the install process. web browsing, ftp, news, the GIMP, and OpenOffice. I havent tried anything out with it yet, it's getting too late tonight to mess with it, but I'm looking forward to it and learning as I go. I've introduced a new category to the blog now, Linux, to keep track of these posts. I'm going to see what happens if I try to use USB and Wireless and stuff with it, just for shits & grins. Nothing dramatic like what Richy & Steve pulled off (check the blogroll for their sites) but it'll be fun to tinker with over the next while.

Will I switch and ditch Windows XP Pro? highly doubtful. I didnt spend all this time, and all the money getting Microsoft Certs to abandon it, and we use Windows Servers at work. I'll continue to putter and experiment with Linux on my desktop at home though.

Wednesday, 30 June 2004 20:39:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Linux#
This is just so I have a link to point to from the Buy & Sell Listing at www.trader.ky
Wednesday, 30 June 2004 20:29:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Wireless#
Sunday, 27 June 2004

Spain out... Italy out... England out... Germany out...

Could be a Portugual/Czech Republic final, could be a Netherlands/Greece final... who knows? It's wide open. Whatever happens, it should make for good matches and good games to watch. Hopefully the final isnt decided on penalty kicks, because that's pretty random. I think it was 94 when Baggio put his shot over the crossbar and not even close to the net against Brasil, and this time around it was Beckham who did the same. Of course, there's also the curse of England in shootouts, or the curse of England in matches against host nations to fall back on.

Portugual/Greece would be a good final to watch... of course all the games in our time zone are in the afternoon, so I could only “watch” from the ESPN Gamecast. I wonder what the odds are on A) a POR/GRE final and B) a GRE win?

Sunday, 27 June 2004 19:58:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Soccer#
Wednesday, 23 June 2004
I installed it on my machine at work yesterday to give it a whirl...
Wednesday, 23 June 2004 19:41:28 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Microsoft | WWW#
Monday, 21 June 2004
Got my pigs all in a line now... read on for the solution.
Monday, 21 June 2004 17:35:27 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Microsoft | Wireless#
I wouldnt say that my network is overly complex... but for a wireless network in an apartment, it actually is pretty complex...
Monday, 21 June 2004 12:12:41 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Wireless#

Scaled Composites successfully launched and landed SpaceShipOne into suborbit this morning (62 miles or 100km up) enough to be weightless, enough to see the curvature of the earth, and enough for Mike Melvill to become an astronaut. Reuters had a video report of it up a few mins ago. Some people have said that the link didnt work for them. It worked for me, and gave me goosebumps. give it a whirl, maybe it will work for yuo, maybe it won't. Check out Space.com for more details.

Monday, 21 June 2004 08:00:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | #
Friday, 18 June 2004

I was all set to tear into a good rant today about traffic on the island. I had examples, such as when you get behind the wheel of a Honda Inspire (basically a RHD version of the Acura TL) you immediately become an asshole. I was going to pose the question “When is 'island-time' not 'island-time'” and the answer is whenever there's traffic.

I'll save that rant for another day.

Darlene sent me a link this morning to The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman. It's basically a long commercial (or a short film) for American Express, but it's very entertaining. If more commercials were like this, there would be no need for the skip commercial button on your ReplayTV or TiVo.

Friday, 18 June 2004 10:03:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links | Rants | WWW#
Thursday, 17 June 2004
Just some random links and thoughts for today.
Thursday, 17 June 2004 11:39:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links#
Tuesday, 15 June 2004
Plot Outline: A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards
Tuesday, 15 June 2004 20:40:41 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Movies#

Here in Cayman, we don't observe Daylight Savings Time, so that means that right now, we're on Central Time (and in the winter we're on Eastern Time) so that means that Portugual is six hours ahead of us.

That means that the games are on at 11:00am and 1:45pm when I'm at work. Yesterday was a holiday, so it was good, even though Italy drew with Denmark. The Euro 2004 website has Real Streaming Media for listening to the games (not sure if you have to pay) and you can get an Audio/Video subscription for $14.95 that will give you play-by-play to every game and selected video highlights at half time and end-time (I think)

A half-step below that is ESPN's Soccernet Gamecast. It's basically a window with a “chat window” where you can get/read the live play by play, and stats, and an image of the field. It shows you where shots are coming from, where goals were scored from, and things like that. If you mouseover one of the “spots” on the field, it has a tooltip that shows you more details. It's pretty cool and since I can get away with having an extra explorer window open on my desktop at work, and probably couldnt get away with streaming audio and video to my work computer, it's going to be how I follow the Euro 2004 tournament this time around.

Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:11:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Soccer#
Sunday, 13 June 2004

Oops. apparently the link to the photo albums has been giving a Cannot Find Server DNS error all week. I looked at it just now, and what happened was the machine that the website is hosted on's IP address changed by one number, so even though the Dynamic DNS entries were correct, my router was forwarding the packets to the wrong address. My bad. I've updated it for now, and later on I'll change it to a fixed address to prevent it from happening again. For now, they're up and all the photos are there, everything from Xmas last year through to the Cuba Pictures from last month.

Sunday, 13 June 2004 07:25:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Links | Pictures#
Friday, 11 June 2004
Stop the presses! Call the president! Alert the National Science Foundation! I believe I have stumbled upon the worlds first Stealth Car! Either that or it's cursed. I've had a bright red Acura Integra for just a hair under 2 years now. I believe that when I get inside this bright red car, the whole thing becomes invisible to those outside, much like Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet.
Friday, 11 June 2004 09:14:27 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Cayman | Rants#
Tuesday, 08 June 2004
If you've been reading this for awhile now (all 5 days that it's been up that is) you know that I was going to be happy no matter who won game 7 last night. We were at Legendz last night to watch it, and we got there too late to find even a bar to rest our drinks on. It was PACKED. I wish I had my camera with me to show you how packed it is. In June. In Cayman.
Tuesday, 08 June 2004 07:25:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Rants | Hockey#
Monday, 07 June 2004
or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Monday, 07 June 2004 09:15:08 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links | Microsoft#
Sunday, 06 June 2004

You might notice that everything seems a little “bigger” on the site today. Last night I was messing around with the CSS files and the templates. One thing I noticed in there was that all the font-sizes and line-height definitions were in pixels, which are fixed. What I ended up doing was changing all those references from px to em. Ems are an elasticy font definition size. Im not a pro, and Im not a traditional print-media person, so I can't remember if Ems are an electronic/CSS type thing, or if it's a holdover from old printing press terminology, but what it means is that now you can control the size of the font on the screen.

Want to see what I mean? if you're using IE click on View>Text Size and then select another size. Everything scales. Want it smaller? choose smaller. Do you have a high-res screen that makes 11px font require a jeweller loup to read? Click Larger or Largest and bam, there ya go. I also changed the size of the margins and padding on the outsides of the page, so if you do happen to have a lower-res screen, there's more real estate for text.

Tomorrow should be interesting. Tune in tomorrow same Bat time, same Bat channel for a world-class rant.

If you run dasBlog and want a copy of this template, shoot me an email.

Sunday, 06 June 2004 18:15:32 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | WWW#
Saturday, 05 June 2004
Stanley Cup Finals Opinions :)
Saturday, 05 June 2004 21:07:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Rants | Hockey#
Thursday, 03 June 2004

Well this week has been a bit overwhelming. Im going from managing one server locally and four remotely via a DSL VPN link to sitting next to a rack with nine servers in it (and one more should arrive this weekend). They're running everything from NT4 to Server 2003, and one Virtual Server running 2003. Exchange, SMS, SUS, Exchange, SQL 2000, ISA, Firewalls, Scriptlogic, Citrix MetaFrame and that's not incuding the custom apps for accounting and the big Revenue Generator program. We've got DSL, Frame Relay, C&W's infamous "direct connect", wireless point-to-point and a whole 19“ rack full of patch panels, switches and routers. Plus close to 200 desktops and terminal emulation programs. Im trying to spend a few hours a day just trying to get a handle on the naming conventions, and who does what (as far as the servers go) and where it is.

I'll tell you one thing though. It sure is a nice change to be respected at your job. So far, I've brought two innovations to the table (besides my haircut, thanks Rich :p ) One are those 3Com Intellijack switches to cut down on cabling, and the other is the Zyxel B-4000 Wireless hotspot-in-a-box. That's the same one I set up for the Seaview Hotel & Dive Resort a couple weeks ago to give them in-room internet and wireless access in the lobby, dining room, restaurant and bar. It works great (albeit I had to add in an outdoor omni-directional antenna from Little Bucket at Kirk's ISS to boost the signal enough to penetrate the walls into the rooms) and the setup is DIRT easy. I was up and running in about 5 mins. It has built in authentication, accounting, a thermal slip printer for handing out usernames and passwords, and it's as simple to use as pushing the big green button on the printer to generate a 1-hour username and password.

I brought it up today, as I did during my interview, and they said “We were waiting for you to come onboard before rolling it out.” We ordered it a few minutes later. A couple weeks ago, trying to do anything innovative would have been met with a big fat slap in the face. It just goes to show you the difference a little vision in management can make. It's not just that they can't see the forest for the trees, but they can't see the trees for the bark. Everybody knows what happens when you go running in the woods without looking where you're going... you end up running smack into a tree and knocking yourself out or worse.

We can only hope.

Thursday, 03 June 2004 19:30:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Rants | Wireless#
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