of the Month:
is something that will take weeks rather than months."
Dick Cheney after the Iraq war began.
October 31, 2006 -
hard drives is so much fun! Today at work a computer
died which held data Jesse really wanted to keep...
and I heard that if you freeze a defective drive
sometimes it will make it work for just a bit so
you can get your files off before it warms up and
dies once again.... The drive was a noisy little
bugger before when we tried to hook it up to another
computer.... and after we froze it the frequency
at which it vibrated was much higher so it was like
a tiny little tornado siren, and we both died laughing.
It didn't work though, but the characteristics of
what was wrong with it didn't really match with
a good freezing candidate. It was fun to try though!
I took Tachyon II in to work to be my Linux system...
Tachyon III seems to have some problems with some
of the USB ports... but it's quirks aren't too great.
I ponder I should rename the old Tachyon... I just
haven't decided on a good elementary particle yet.
I pondered Electron and Positron for it and my XP
system, since they will be Windows and Linux, and
Electrons and Positrons are opposing particles.
October 28, 2006 -
mostly moved in now... Still need to copy some more
stuff over, and I accidentally formatted a drive
that had some files on it, but they weren't anything
too important- I also learned that I can't have
EIDE drives plugged in, along with a SATA, and then
plug in a new EIDE drive.... the result is "invalid
system disk." Took me forever to figure out
why after I added a drive the system wouldn't boot,
even after I disconnected it. But I did find that
if I unplugged the SATA drive all was ok- and then
it can be plugged in again later when the system
knows what EIDE's it should have.
October 27, 2006 -
I blog from the new computer... well, I'm really
just typing this into a text file so I can hopefully
I can add it to my blog later when I get the rest
of my software installed. Right now I have Windows
with all my system drivers installed, and just a
couple programs... but most importantly I pulled
the old system out from the stack and put the new
one in- I feel committed now to getting the new
one perfectly happy for daily use so the old one
can be retired.
October 26, 2006 -
so busy... I've been rather delinquent in my blogging.
Bush signed a bill to build a wall on part of the
US/Mexico border... I find the solution a bit troublesome
though. First, it's going to be a good wall that's
difficult to get over, and it's going to be placed
in highly trafficked areas... both are good, but
if you place it in just the areas that are frequently
crossed, those areas will just shift to where there
isn't a wall, so we'll end up spending billions
and nothing actually changed. The other thing I
found interesting was the new Mexican President
elects' thoughts on the wall... He compared it to
the Berlin Wall and called it a grave error; This
from the leader of a country with the strictest
laws against immigration and a very secured southern
border so they can keep out all the poorer people
from Latin America.
got upset today in a press conference. Many Republicans
are now pushing for some type of time table for
pulling troops out of Iraq. He accused reporters
of having a pessimistic tone in their questions...
Reporters asked if he could blame them for being
pessimistic about Iraqi troops not taking over so
Americans could come home.... Rumsfeld raised his
voice and shook his papers a bit and said that was
completely and totally false and that they were
standing up... and then another reporter asked if
the people of Baghdad were safer today than they
were six months ago.... and Rumsfeld turned and
just walked out.
October 19, 2006 -
difficult day it was, but it ended well. The last
half the day I spent talking to Rudolph, the HP
support guy about one of the printers that had gone
crazy. During lunch and after work I started in
on my file cabinet of antiquated technology... I'm
putting magnetic tape on old technology and putting
them all over my file cabinet- it was so plain and
it's the first thing you see when you enter my cubical-
it also matches the clip Bob gave me very well;
I still need to make good signs for the clip too.
October 18, 2006 -
new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll came out today:
37% of Americans plan to vote Republican in the
upcoming election, and 52% plan to vote for Democrats.
That is the widest margin for the Democrats since
they began the conducting poll.
October 16, 2006 -
Two hours after I spiffed the HP all up with the
new hard drive and power supply it died! Junky defective
power supplies! It was late, so I just went to bed,
but after work today I came home and put the old
power supply in and then fired off an e-mail to
the Ultra people for my return authorization.
new cell phone is kinda nifty, but I fear the last
owner must have been a little like Teresa- poor
Cory didn't seem to notify anyone that he was going
to lose his number, and now all his friends call
October 15, 2006 - (Part II)
I'm chatty today. I ordered the other motherboard
today as I said before, but then I also noticed
Chroniton, my HP media center/server was out of
space on a couple of its drives... the I eyed the
new SATA drive I wasn't using... so I pondered:
"Hey, I'll toss that in and then have loads
of new space... I know I just put the side back
on it yesterday, but I pondered it was time to take
it back off! (This is why I normally just leave
the sides off). There wasn't an extra power plug
for the new drive though, so I took the power supply
out and put the in that I mistakenly ordered...
yup yup, it was perfect for the HP, and now it has
power to spare.... and it also has 684.36 Gigs of
October 15, 2006 -
my new computer's problems went from bad to worse.
I did some meandering on the Intel site to research
heat problems, and it said that if the board read
hot, but you suspected that it perhaps wasn't you
could update the BIOS and they supplied me an updated
version for my motherboard, so I downloaded it,
put in on the new system, and told the file to update
away, so then it restarted.... and BSODed (Blue
Screen of Death) on me. BAH! BIOS are saved on a
chip on the motherboard unlike other software instructions
that are saved on the hard drive... so once it's
screwed up, you must replace the BIOS chip to get
it to work again, so now I'm at a bit of a quandary..
buy the replacement chip and be back to where I
started, or just get a new motherboard and start
over. I've come to dislike the motherboard I picked
out in the first place, so I went with option #2....
we'll see where that gets me. OK... I'm over budget
now, but I'm ready to move on. OOOw, the new MB
supports eight drives... so nifty!
seem to be a lot of Nancy Boyda signs planted everywhere
these days, and this time around she seems to be
leading in the polls against Jim Ryan. Ryan said
he will not debate the issues with Boyda again,
but if you'd like to hear what she has to say you
can schedule her to come to your house to talk.
Governor seems to be doing very well in her re-election
too, rated as one of the five best Governors by
Time Magazine, she has reached out to Republicans
and has a very well blanced cabinet including former
Governor Mike Hayden. The Republican challengers
for both Sebelius and Boyda have launched negative
ads against them, photoshopping their images
in grayscale to make them seem more gloomy and they
make them sound like they hold weekly bakesales
to support terroism and illegal immigration but
I buy into none of that.
was all over the morning political news shows that
Bush and Rove are suddenly very positive about how
the elections will go for Republicans.... FOX News
was very inquisitive in repeating the phrase: "I
wonder what they know that we do not??" I just
pondered; "Um, aren't they the same ones that
have a super-positive view of Iraq each month? ....I'm
not thinking they really know anything more than
the rest of us." In related news of Iraq, the
top general of the British army stated early this
weekend that Iraq was falling apart, and the presence
of troops in the region was only making things worse.
Iraq has become a wasteland during the war... it
was estimated that 2.5% of the population of Baghdad
has now been killed since the onset of the war,
and millions have fled the country to escape the
North Korea tested an atomic bomb, though there
is a bit of disagreement on how successful it was.
The UN voted to impose limited sanctions... I'm
not exactly sure where it will go from here, or
what we should do- what I did find of interest was
how other countries are viewing the events... In
South Korea people are placing equal blame on the
US as they do on the North. Many feel that the Iraq
war, and the North being labeled as part of the
"Axis of Evil" has forced Kim down the
path of nuclear armament. ....They also feel he's
a crazy madman too.
got Brent's computer all fixed up last night. Internet
Explorer had a trojan downloader virus and it had
happily downloaded two trojan viruses for his system
which I was able to clean.
October 14, 2006 -
started to work on Brent's computer today... when
a system gets a virus I like to take the drive out
and scan it in my USB kit from another computer
so none of the system files on the infected drive
are running. I hooked the drive up to the laptop
and then I realized I had four systems, none with
a side panel on- perhaps it's time to try to put
everyone back together again once and for all.
October 13, 2006 -
was a good day at work, I got the Mac I fought with
all day yesterday to format and accept OS X.4. It
starts up superfast now so that made for a happy
October 12, 2006 -
came home from work and found that my new heat sink
had arrived... I also went to see if there was anything
inside the mailbox as well, as it was somewhat open,
and as I reached it a bird flew right into me.
October 8, 2006 -
set up my new cell phone today, my number is 221-6828,
a Topeka number this time. Tracfone is kinda whack
with how they set up roaming areas... I could either
pick Topeka, Lawrence and Wichita as my home area,
or I could pick the rest of the state. Odd that
before I could call Hays from Holton and it was
local, but to call to Topeka is double minutes...
Since I always use it in Topeka though, it is better
ordered a new CPU fan for the computer I built,
but still don't really use cause it runs at the
highest temp it will allow without shutting down.
I'm not certain why the one that came with it did
not function well, I tried everything but alas....
The new one is a nifty gold plated monster with
the new heat pipe'n construction.
October 7, 2006 -
and today marks the fifth anniversary of the beginning
of the war on terror with the launch of Operation
Enduring Freedom to topple the Taliban government
in Afghanistan. Another milestone was passed last
month with the number of US war dead surpassing
the number of those killed on 9/11.
some reason I started doing origami recently, I
guess because I have a cubical to decorate now,
but it's been a year or so since I've made anything.
October 6, 2006 -
at work I continued to move old technology, and
I started to format computers so they can go to
surplus... actually I was just using fdisk to clear
off the old partitions and then I moved the systems
to the hall, but then Jesse told me I had to use
the format command too, so I moved them back to
the lab for formatting. I hate to make mistakes
of the sort, but it was good exercise I guess.
October 5, 2006 -
at work I moved some old monitors out to the hall
so they can go off to surplus- quite a number of
monitors too. It was good exercise, an added benefit
to the job. There were some nifty finds like the
screen monitor from ancient times... and some nifty
ram chips of nearly a dozen different types that
were very well kept to preserve all the original
shine... they were just like 1 to 8mb chips, very
small.... I think they'll make excellent file cabinet
magnets (once magnets are applied that is). I made
a nifty magnet tonight out of an old floppy drive
circuit board I had at home. It has a lot of nifty
copper wiring on it as you can see from the scan
I took. Ah, I got my new scanner today... the replacement
for the one that TigerDirect sent that was DOA with
all the glass smashed out... this new one was not
packaged any differently, just in the box it would
be on the shelf in, which is not sturdy enough for
shipping... but this time it seems to have made
the journey in better shape. I installed it, though
it insisted on loading way more software on my computer
than what I feel it needed to, but... it seems to
went on strike today so Dad is going to be out of
work for a few days or months depending on how well
people can negotiate I guess. The last time they
went on strike was just after Carrie was born and
it went on for quite a while.
October 4, 2006 -
was a good day today- I went out to lunch with Teresa
and Lin, and then after work Bob, Teresa and I went
to see Superman at the dollar theater. It was a
good movie, but I would rate the X-Men, and Spiderman
October 3, 2006 -
I went to my first house concert at Matt & Judy's
with a group of people from work to watch the April
Verch Band. It is part of the Folk on Mass.
series, and I've actually never really listened
to folk music really, but I thought the band tonight
was awesome. It was mostly fiddle/violin which April
played, and she also sang and used tap dance as
added percussion- It was a very high energy and