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Bought An iPhone

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

So, I finally got an iPhone. I know it’s a few years behind the time, but the 3GS and 3.0 OS finally made it seem like a complete product. Also, the 32GB model seemed like it was the first to really be big enough as a convergence device. Additionally, the App Store “ecosystem” looked like it had reached the size needed to sustain itself. So, I dumped my no-longer-on-a-contract T-mobile account over to AT&T. So far so good. It’s nice to have a reasonable Internet browser all the time. I’m an NPR addict, so having instant access to their podcasts is awesome. Weather radar in your hand is amazing. I’ve got enough space to hold an enormous number of apps, music, podcasts, pictures, movies, and TV shows to remain computerless for a good chunk of time. I’ve even managed to connect to my office VPN, but I haven’t bought an SSH app to do my normal thing with yet (I live on a terminal). I even found this blog app, so maybe I will get back to posting again.

Updates for updates sake…

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Well, I never got around to finishing the job of cleaning up after the last major software update and yet another has come along. This looked pretty important so I did. I wonder how long it will take for me to figure out what else broke. Hopefully, it didn’t make it impossible for me to track it all down.

Software Updates Don’t Go Smoothly

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

As anyone that works with software knows, upgrades don’t go as smoothly as you’d like.  Well, my latest here with the site has been the biggest bugger.  I don’t know how long it’ll take me to sort it out.  I don’t seem to have lost any data (yet), but I have missed a lot of organization that I’ll have to re-do.  That sucks.  So, things will be out of whack for a while…

Yet another update

Monday, February 26th, 2007

There was yet another update released of my blog software and I’ve installed it.  Hopefully this fixes a few little wacky things I’ve noticed (one being some browser compatibility issues).  The speed does indeed seem to be a bit faster than the previous generation.

Blog software updated

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I just did a software update on the blog. It’s been weeks in the coming, I just never got around to it. We’ll see how it works. The devs say it should be a lot faster, but I can’t say for sure. I think I’ve found some new bugs, though. It could just be me.

Staying busy

Monday, December 18th, 2006

It’s been pretty busy since my last post.  There is a lot going on.

First thing is the weather.  It has been a Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde thing.  We had a pretty cold streak that lasted about a week (cold enough I actually turned the heater on) followed by a heat wave.  It hit 70F-something today.  It’s December; it’s not supposed to be that hot.  I’ve turned the A/C back on.
Kitty is losing some weight.  I’ve put her on a restricted diet with Shinta gone and when she came back she said Kitty looked skinnier.  I’m not starving her by any means, but we’ve cut back from giving her food at every meow to something much more structured and regulated.  When she gets down to “healthy” we’ll increase the flow a bit.  I bought a bag of the “light” food too, so hopefully we can up the volume enough that she doesn’t feel as hungry.  We’ll see how it turns out.

I’ve been out to the airport 3 weekends in a row now.  It’s kinda nice just sitting there watching the planes and listening to the traffic on the scanner.  I’m gonna be real used to radio traffic again when I start back flying.  Heck I might even get to know “the guys” fairly well by then too.  It’s cool to have such an active little airport so close to home.

With Shinta gone, I had to occupy my time more than normal.  I decided to go ahead and try listening to a podcast I’d seen postings about, but just never gotten around to listening to.  It’s BSD Talk (http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com/). Somehow, I managed to listen to ALL of them.  Yes, an entire year’s worth of podcasts in a little over a week.  I’m caught up and loving it.  Will does a really great job covering the BSD’s and related things.  I find myself checking for more postings daily now.

The TV show season is winding up.  We just watched the Survivor ending tonight.  It’s cool that Yul won, but really any of the final 4 was fine with me.  I’m a little disappointed in the Amazing Race ending.  I really didn’t want any of the top 3 teams to win.  I’d have liked the Alabama team to win from the 3 that got to the top, but I really wished Kentucky or the Cho brothers had made it.  I think the Cho brothers had more of a chance, but they shouldn’t have played so stupidly.  It’s one thing to help the other teams in the “six pack”, but to constantly draw themselves down in order to help the others was just dumb (in my opinion).  Oh well, it could have just been how the producers edited things.  I’m looking forward to the Amazing Race All Stars coming next year.  I’m starting to wonder when Stargate is going to pick up again.

I took a couple of work buddies shooting.  Introduced them to “the dark side”.  It’ll be interesting to see if they want to go again.  I think they enjoyed it.  It’s hard not to enjoy blasting 5.56 down range.  No recoil, lots of noise, and an evil looking toy.

I finally added a slide show to my photo gallery.  It’s certainly not the most full featured slide show.  It’s not pretty, very intuitive, or even that elegant, but it functions without javascript.  That’s a big deal to me right now.  Maybe when I code some sort of AJAX solution, but not right now.  Right now I want it all done in a way that supports a wide set of browsers without the need for javascript.  I’m about ready to write the captions parser, but I may wait and redo the entire back end first to make it a bit more of a media asset manager with web browser accessibility, than just a dedicated photo gallery.  We’ll see.

Work seems to be kind of winding up for the year.  Looks like there are a lot of people disappearing for vacations and our last release of the year out the door.  Time to start working on some infrastructure changes for next year.

Gallery Software Upgrades

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

After some prodding, I’ve added some extra navigation buttons in the photo gallery.  Now when you view a specific picture you have a next / previous link available instead of having to back up to the thumbnail view to select an adjacent picture.  It required less code than I thought it would.  Maybe I’ll get around to the slideshow suggestion next.

Site update

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Updated the blog once again.  Now we’re up to WordPress 2.0.4.

Server issues continue

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

Well, apparently my connection and server outages are still happening. I contacted my host to see what’s up and they said that they are still having issues with the server I’m on and they hope to have it fixed next week. This is really making me think about not renewing with them this year.

Server and Network Updated

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

My host has upgraded their network connection AND upgraded the server I’m on, so things should be much faster now.  We’ll see.  I’ve been considering moving as things have been so slow (and up and down like a yo-yo) lately.  So far so good.