Archive for July, 2010

Not my droid...I cheated and used a Flickr pic

One of my big frustrations with my Droid Incredible is figuring out how the auto-focus worked.  I tried touching the optical joystick to trigger focus (like on a point and shoot digital), or holding the phone with my focal point in the middle then moving it.  After having the phone for 3 months I finally figured it out: touch the screen where you want it to focus and it focuses.  I’m an idiot.

Just wanted to post a follow-up on the new server.  It just hit 11 days of uptime without a reboot and I’ve had no issues…temps are all good, all the other computers can access it, backups are running on schedule, and CPU never really breaks 50%…which is pretty good for a 600 mhz Celeron.  I had my doubts as it seemed like dated technology (even if it WAS a brand new chip) but it seems perfect for a file server.  Wish I could do an estimate on power savings, but I imagine they’re pretty big.  My office now gets pretty warm with the A/C off, but I just turn it on about 30 minutes before I have to start working and it cools it off nicely.  All in all, it appears to be a very sturdy pc.  Woo hoo!

Started Season 2 and while I can’t say it’s vastly different than the end of Season 1, there are some obvious changes, mostly good:

  • Dr. Crusher has moved on and was replaced by Dr. Pulaski.  Better acting, but as far as major differences, meh.  Whatever.
  • Worf is still security officer, where he belongs, but has a fancy new sash.  Guess the other one was a little low budget and they splurged on a new one when the show was renewed.
  • Uniforms have changed.  Top commanders are still red, other officers are a mustard and the medical staff now has blue uniforms.  Good changes, I’m a fan.
  • Riker has a beard, which I believe he keeps for the rest of the series, considering that’s kind of his trademark.
  • Counselor Troi looks as good as ever, except for the weird pregnancy thing.
  • Speaking of that, at least the first episode had a very definite dual-plot thing going on…wonder if this is part of the attempt at more complex plots.

Still very good and getting better.  Plus, Justin is LOVING it, which makes me happy…though I did realize last night that I was his age when this first came out.  Cool thought.  Onward and upward…

After a marathon Star Trek weekend with my 9 yr old, Justin, I have completed Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  As my friend James warned, the season definitely got off to a rocky start.  I guess it could be expected as characters had to be defined, a new ship had to be introduced (as well as new technologies, like the holodeck) and cast dynamics were figured out.  But I admit that about halfway through the season I finally started really enjoying it.   Keep reading for my totally biased opinion.

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Watching episode 23, “Skin of Evil”, and (spoiler alert), Lieutenant Yar has been killed, making her the first regular character to die during the series (not that I minded). However, I can’t help but think the final scene looks an awful lot like the default Windows XP wallpaper, “Bliss”:

I read an article about a month ago called Losing Your Star Trek Virginity. I was attracted to the article both because of the author’s experience (he, the geek, had never watched it but his wife, the non-geek had) and because I embarked on a similiar journey about a year before.

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I was recently asked by a reader to elaborate a bit on barcodes and the bardcode scanner I implemented with the Kitchen PC. And yes, I said “asked by a reader” because it makes me sound like I have way more readers than the two that actually follow this blog (and neither of them are my wife…it’s just too over the top geek for her). Regardless, here’s some info on how we use the kitchen scanner, as well as some other fun information on barcodes

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Was watching an episode from Season 1 of Star Trek:The Next Generation (episode 6, “Where No One Has Gone Before”) and saw something that caught my eye. Maybe it’s just me, but that looks a whole lot like the what was the source of the recent holiday craze, “The Snuggie”. FYI, this episode first aired on October 26, 1987…almost 23 years ago!

This guy is AMAZING. I’ve watched this video like 5 times now…and this is, in fact, what inspired me to build the new file-server, though my skills are no match for his. If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, enjoy computers, and enjoy building stuff, I recommend clicking through to the Tube and watching in high def, full screen. Mad Skillz, he has.

I decided it was time for a new file-server…both because the existing file server is large, consumes a lot of electricity, and forces me to run the A/C in my office 24/7. Solution? Build a new low-power pc that will fit in a closet in the house, store more data, and run on less electricity. This is the story of the build.
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