Now that I’m just about fully converted off of my old PC, I’ve decided to have some fun with it. Some folks wonder how I can consider this fun, but to each his own.
I’ve decided to try to live without Windoze. I’m sure that I”ll have to run it for some things (Stacie really likes the buttons on the front of the scanner that make “copies”), but most of those things can be done in a virtual machine. I won’t delete my XP partitions just yet, but will attempt to use native XP (as opposed to XP in a VM) as little as possible.
I started with downloading some of the live CDs/DVDs for some Linux distributions to figure out which ones I like. I tried Mandriva, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, CentOS, and openSUSE. I really liked KDE in Kubuntu, but am more comfortable with GNOME and it seems more stable and a bit faster. I narrowed my search down to CentOS, SUSE, and Ubuntu.
Next, I decided to actually install the distributions that I liked and take a whorl at configuring them and getting things set up like I like them (LAMP + Parallels + a few other odds and ends). Here is what I discovered…. Continue reading “Unbunt-who?”
Stacie and I went to Amsterdam for a week for her Spring Break vacation. It was a great trip. We visited the three museums, got outside of the city to visit Delft, Den Haag, and Leiden, visited with some friends and had some great meals. The weather was great for most of the trip with the exception of the freak freezing rain storm that caught us by surprise the day before we left. We flew out in snow so we couldn’t have timed the trip any better.
Now that I’m home, I’ve brewed a couple of batches for the Vet School Open House party which will be at our house on 3/30/2007. I’m also planning on making some homemade root beer before the party.
I need to update my photo albums with the Amsterdam trip as well as post some additional pictures of Monster Truck, our new dog.
I’ve also got to take the job search seriously now as I have no excuse now that we are home from our short vacation.
Not a whole hell of a lot going on. I have been playing with the wiki a lot. I’ve enabled some fun extensions and have been importing data from other wikis to use as a base for some of my extension development testing. I’ve also procured a couple of domains and have entered into a hosting arrangement to host some of the things I’ve been working on so that they aren’t running on my home server. A big thanks to those that have assisted, and please feel free to continue to play around with the BoswellWiki.
I brewed a batch of beer over the weekend. I was making a Sierra Nevada Stout clone, that I call Polemonium Stout. It was the first batch in several months, and it showed. My temps got high to begin with, dropped too low when I was trying to compensate which I couldn’t correct for as I hadn’t thought far enough ahead (nor remembered from previous similar situations) to have boiling water sitting on my extra (homebrew) stove. By the end of the brew day, I drank a few beers with Courtney, who came over to watch, and I think the beer will be a success. It might not have the exact malt profile I was shooting for (as the temps got too low, it may be more fermentable than designed). It is bubbling away now and smells great. Brewing beer is all about ditching the stress and making beer. Papazian couldn’t have coined a better phrase when he said, “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew.”
I’ve spent the last few days installing various applications on my iMac and messing around with a lot of Unix style hacking. The goal and the completed end result is a live running wiki. I’m not sure where I”m going with it yet, but I would love to do something commercial with the wiki at a future date. I’ve kicked around several ideas in my own head as well as talked to some other folks to see what they think.
The page is still a work in progress, but I encourage anyone who wants to to poke around and wiki to their hearts content.
So I’m finally getting around to playing around with my server and updating my blog. There are a few of reasons for this, the primary one being that I am currently unemployed, and the secondary one being that the Comcast/Adelphia transfer for my market (sys/prin) has actually happened. Now that I’m on the Comcast network, I can actually serve up web pages from my own computer, rather than have it hosted somewhere. Continue to check back as I have started writing some code in Perl and have installed a MySql database on my iMac. I’ll be playing around with various things to create a fun site for me to get some practice with and for others to browse and leave comments.
Still playing around creating web pages, I added a bunch of new photos to the site. You can check them all out here….
Of course, you can always start at the main photos link to see the Alaska pictures.
Please use the comments fields here or just send me an e-mail and let me know if there is some changes you would recommend or additions you would like to see (I’ve got a ton more pictures that I need to continue to post.
I finally got around to posting more Alaska photos. I’ll be posting other albums later this week (like new puppy pictures).
Enjoy the photos.
So, I’m still not sure if anyone bothers to read any of this stuff, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s just something to keep me occupied and sort of fun.
I’ve had a nasty cold for a few days and still can’t seem to shake the cough and chest congestion.
Stacie thinks I have too much time on my hands if I’m actually considering a blog. I’m not so sure. We’ll see how it progresses.
The picture above is another from our summer 2006 vacation to Alaska. We had a nice long hike on a glacial bar somewhere in the vicinity of Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park. We came across lots of wildlife including a herd of caribou shortly before this picture was taken.
We stopped for a hot lunch of some sort of soup or other, then Stacie settled down for an afternoon nap.
I walked around and took pictures of some flowers which I will eventually get posted to the photo albums.