Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Needless to say, I've "recovered" parts (power supplies, cables, mounting screws) from a number of VoIP devices for which the manufacturer is absolutely rabid about service payments (i.e., the devices are in the trash but I've a ready store of the usual these-break-first parts).
Now's all I need is the time to desolder a number of connectors. Where'd I put that solder sucker?
I also need to worry about the hardware moratorium. My wife has been quietly watching all of this movement and hasn't said a thing. Mebbe she's just wating to see how much actually "stays". (I also did promise to sort through my old stuff and toss out various bits.) I hope to have my workbench (my desk) cleared off by Easter.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
It may also be worthwhile to note that they released Inssider 1.0.6 a couple weeks ago and the Linux tools ihave been tweaked, also (not by MetaGeek).
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Both Sparks and I suffered from Bill Gates Syndrome in that I could not get F8 to recognize my CDROM drive and Sparks wireless wouldn't cooperate. His problem was surprising as it's both a recent system and a recent wireless card (which worked when we tested it in Virginia). My issue wasn't that surprising as the laptop a Sony that's over five years old. Getting a distro up and running on it, when it was brand new, was a headache and a half.
Luckily, I had the N800 with me. I was able to visit some of the sites that were talked about and I managed to grab a few photos (I'll post them when I have the change to sort through them). I think that, next time, we'll spend the weekend before building/testing systems, vice on-the-fly.
All in all, it was a good time. We sat in on a few of the talks. FedoraTV, open source GIS, and Asterisk were memorable. When we first got there, I fired up Kismet on the N800 to see what was available (RedHat provided a wireless connection). To our suprise, we detected 5 OLPC computers. We didn't see them at first but did get to touch one of three later in the day. (Hint: they show up as ad-hoc probes for "olpc-mesh".)
The one sour note of the evening (which irks me more and more as I think about it) was a particularly rude comment by Jared Smith, at the end of his talk. He'd given a copy of his book, "Asterisk: The Future of Telephone," to a young woman sitting in the row in front of me. She was actually quite happy to have received it. I suggested that she get Jared to autograph it, which she did. As I was leaving, I overheard him say something along the lines of "How would you like it signed? Best of luck to my favorite E-Bay bidder?"
Grr... What an
ass ego ass!
(Note to Jared: Some people cherish their autographed books. I have a number of them, even some published by O'Reilly. Besides, you aren't worth that much.)
Regardless of one poorly thought out comment, I highly recommend FUDCon and BarCamp. Even if you only learn one or two new things while attending, you get to meet people from various circles and you'll probably pick up a few new ideas about some of the programs you've been using for years. Heck, you might even end up talking about one of your passions.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The store had the latest Harry Potter DVD in the drive. It had cycled around to where it was waiting for someone to push "Play". No central graphic. Just three columns of credits and disclaimers, with the "Play" button in the border at the bottom of the screen.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
With this article, I'd much rather see people "be annoyed, be very annoyed!"
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
In any case, it looks interesting (this will be my first un-con of this type). I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
What do you think? Something like a couple unstructured hours on a Saturday afternoon/evening?