I'm thankful that I still have both sets of parents, a number of siblings, my wife, my kids, and a number of friends and still-welcome strays (shouts to the Garage Troll) who've passed through our lives in the past year. Here's hoping that you have good fortune and quiet lives in the coming year.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
For those that aren't familiar with the VUCC, it's a Talkshoe-based conference call held every Friday at noon (EST). I've added the badge for it to the left.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The cool thing about this is that we've been holding these dinners for much longer than the whole Bean-Sec/Chi-Sec thing has been going on. This evening's dinner was much more enjoyable because it was a much smaller group. We didn't invite many of the first-year students so the group was able to eat at one large table and we were all able to hear each other (a first!).
The only drawback to the entire evening was the food. Since "Mama" at the Biergarden (in Portsmouth) doesn't "drive" the kitchen any more, the quality of the food has slipped to the point where it's recognizeable that it's German food cooked by someone who's not familiar with it. Authentic German food (that is, good food) has a taste that is based not only on its ingredients, but also how the pans are handled, how the stove is operated, and how the prep surfaces are cleaned. All that I can say is that the Biergarden in Portsmouth, VA is now in dire need of a good German cook. If they don't get one, they risk losing a good-sized chunk of their clientelle. (For anyone that has a German grandmother, here's a hint: I didn't have seconds, not even of the spaetzle.)
For those that didn't attend tonight, you missed a good time (food not withstanding). Hopefully you'll be able to attend in the Spring.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It appears to be a SIP-based plugin for Firefox and Thunderbird, capable of running on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It also isn't tied to any one service provider like so many other VoIP tools nowadays.
Sooo... It looks like I'll be playing with it in the near future, seeing how well it works with Linux. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A friend's recent vanity search, which turned up some unexpected responses, prompted me to do one of my own (it's been awhile). The short version of this story is that I may not yet have visited Congress, but my words have. Yikes!
Okay, it was a RFC dealing with constraints on how a specific organization should make its data publicly available. Nothing major but what happens to your words, after they leave your head, can be quite interesting.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
As I'd been planning to experiment with the Jackd Audio Distro (JAD) and Ubuntu Studio, I downloaded and installed them first. In short, there are a number of tools in those distros that I'd like to have running. However, JAD is FC6-based and Unbuntu Studio is a version or two behind. In other words, there are a number of "known" issues that more recent distros have fixed and that I'm not willing to live with.
For me, the remaining choices were FC8 and Mandriva 2008. I've been hearing good things about FC8 and decided to try that first. Sadly, it's still a bit short in detecting hardware, specifically my stock (built-in) NVidia 6xxx video card. It still has the invisible mouse issue and still requires that the NVidia drivers be installed manually, including a number of prerequisites that the beginning user would find near-impossible to install.
So it's back to Mandriva. It detects the video card properly at install and autoloads the kernel modules for it. The Easy Urpmi service is also available which covers for a number of missing packages in the "free" Mandriva distro.
The one shortcoming in Mandriva that I have to work around is a number of odd RPM dependencies, due to the number of RPM authors who maybe didn't do as much due diligence as they should. My work-around: use Easy Urpmi for installing languages and their dependencies. Everything else, build from scratch. For some of the more cutting-edge stuff (e.g., stuff still in development), you have to build from source anyways.
So here I am blogging, while texlive-texmf (a _really_ big bundle) installs via Easy Urpmi and miscellaneous OCaml libraries are compiling from source. This should take most of the morning.....
Friday, December 7, 2007
In response to an exceedingly bad week of trying to get mpg123 to tolerate some high-end netcasts, I've decided to document alternatives to mpg123.