Archive for December, 2006

Merry Christmas, everybody.

December 22, 2006 Leave a comment

It’s the Friday before Christmas, so in the spirit of the holidays, here’s me as Santa (courtesy of SantaSnaps.)


God bless us, everyone.

Categories: Personal

Ah, advance notice. Such a wonderful thing.

December 18, 2006 Leave a comment

We just got a call from the electrical provider for one of our locations. They want to turn the power off for the whole building tomorrow evening as part of a test. Folks, there’s a thing called the weekend where people aren’t working. That’s when you test, idjits.

I guess it could be worse, they could have said they wanted to test next Monday and told us about it on Sunday.

Categories: Personal

Because it’s a winter day, here’s some summer pictures.

December 12, 2006 Leave a comment

A couple of months back, Lauren and myself took a walk down by the Monacacy Aqueduct. It’s winter now, and the terrain isn’t as green and leafy as it was this fine day. These are to remind myself that those days will come again.

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Categories: Personal

Things my hometown is known for.

December 11, 2006 Leave a comment

When I was growing up I tended to think that my hometown, Mechanicsburg, PA, was just about the most ordinary place on Earth. A short jaunt through Wikipedia shows otherwise.


– is the furthest northern point the Confederate States Army occupied during the American Civil War.

– is the home of Jubilee Day, the largest one day street fair on the American East Coast. It is estimated as many as 60,000 people attend Jubilee Day annually.

– is also the hometown of Bret Michaels, ‘Poison’ lead singer.

– has the main offices and distribution center for the Book of the Month Club.

Not bad for a medium-sized town with less than ten thousand people.

Categories: Personal

A day with Mac OS 9.

December 3, 2006 Leave a comment

I recently picked up a GatorBox CS, a nifty internet router made in the early 90s for the purpose of connecting LocalTalk and Ethernet networks together. Its intended purpose is now largely gone, but it can do something else that’s surprisingly hard to do these days: make an AppleTalk zone. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while on my home network, mainly to see if it would make a difference in performance (it didn’t.) The software, not surprisingly, was only available for Mac OS. Considering how old it was, much to my surprise it ran fine on Mac OS 9.2.2 on my old Power Mac 6500. My success with that led to my poking around on the 6500, which I hadn’t really done in a while. I poked at it so much today that it’s now not starting thanks to (I suspect) a SCSI conflict. So it’s now unplugged to see if letting it sit a while without power will fix it by letting the logic board drain of all power and then reset back to the factory defaults when I power it back up later. There are some days when I miss 9, and there are some days I don’t miss its problems. Today seems to be a day where I both miss it and don’t miss it. 🙂

Categories: Geeky

Always nice to know…

December 1, 2006 Leave a comment

You paid attention during 80% of high school!


68-84% Pretty good, you know that there are libraries and newspapers, and you remember what you’ve read. You were a child that wasn’t left behind!

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