Update


Still alive. Brenda saw her third production season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to fruition; all shows are up and running, her crew gets tighter every year and she seems to like it more all the time. Riding my bike again; still outta shape. The four eggs nesting in our hanging plant out front have hatched; got a couple of crappy pictures, lack motivation to get them off the camera. Hooper weighs 58 pounds, a 16% increase from past vet visits; still considered normal, but he could stand to lose a few lubs, just like his owner. The goddamned TV is busted, on the final week of the Tour; parts on order, will arrive after the Tour. In one week…

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WordPress Changes


Wow, start actually blogging again, and you discover all these new things about your blogging software. WordPress, the software that has "powered" this blog for the last several years, is up to version 2.8.5 and a lot has changed for the better. Software updates are automated and work seamlessly, even for users running WP on other hosting sites (like me). Themes and plugins have similar auto install/update functionality. Apparently there's also a change to the database from latin1 to utf8 character sets, which is wreaking havoc on a few of my posts that have "smart quote" characters in them. Lots of solutions exist, but the "right" one seems to be a slightly involved conversion of my MySQL…

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Migration and Lance


awright, I got my iPhone talking to my new user account. All I did was tell the "Applications" tab to sync with my iPhone, and it copied the apps to my new iTunes install. Then I did the "wipe", letting iTunes blow out my iPhone's music library. At this point, my contacts and iPhone apps are synchronous with the iTunes install on my new laptop's new user account. I spent an hour or so copying the music from my old user account to my new one, and after all that things aren't perfect, but they are good. My old files from my old user account are on my new laptop, and after a little terminal action I changed the permissions…

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Feel the Rage


I fucking hate this shit. New computer, started setting up, got my iTunes all dialed in, then realized my goddamned motherfucking iPhone is really not interested in syncing with my new setup. Apparently, I was supposed to use the Apple Migration Assistant. That utility is fairly impressive, but now my Mail.app is busted, and I have a crapload of duplicated bytes in the form of redundant applications and all kinds of extra shit. The whole point of the new computer was to start fresh, and now I have one halfway setup user account on the new computer (that does not want to speak to my iPhone), and all the binary turdlets from my old computer copied over, with a…

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Speedy


3421 seconds. That's how long it took my new laptop to render the de facto radiance benchmark scene. That's good enough for 13th place on the list, not bad for a laptop marketed to college kiddies and soccer moms. My old laptop is 36% slower in this test, and cost me $700 more than my new one. Amazing. Full stats: rpict user time: 3421 proc: Intel Core 2 Duo cores: 1/2 clock speed: 2.4 GHz cache: 3 MB OS: OS X 10.5.6 Radiance ver: 4.0a compiler: gcc 4.0.1 compile options: -O2 -ffast-math -funroll-loops results: 691120680 rays date: 2008-12-29 submitter: robg…

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Wikigagged


An editorial in today's Daily Camera mentions a recent judge's recent order to "disable" the domain name of wikileaks.org, a site that purportedly offers up Standard Operating Procedures for American troops in Iraq, Gitmo, and other evidence of corporate wrongdoing. Potentially interesting reading, and protected under the First Amendment for chrissakes. Luckily the judge is an idiot, and does not understand the domain naming system too well. Here's the IP address: http://88.80.13.160. As the editorial says, visit the site today. Do it to honor the First Amendment.…

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rumblestrip: new layout, upgraded backend


Once again, rumblestrip.org has a new look. This time it's based on the neoclassical theme by Chris Pearson. Very clean, and with a rotating masthead graphic (currently randomly selected from eleven images, more to come). The bigger news is that I've upgraded to the latest version of Wordpress. The new version supports tagging, which allows me to assign tags, or keywords, to each post. This allows a finer-grained content definition than the traditional "categories" I used to use. One nifty feature of the new layout is the new "tag cloud" feature, which displays all the tags in my blog; the more a tag appears, the larger the tag shows up in the cloud. This simply offers one more way…

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TiVo Upgrade


A while back I posted a tearful tribute, in song, to my dear departed TiVo. I still don't know what happened to it, but it was an old Series 2 with the "40 Hour" capacity. She served her owners proud for almost four years, and I decided it would be cheaper and certainly faster to replace it with a new box rather than try to fix old blue. The "80 hour" Series 2 TiVos are now yesterday's news, and apparently there was a big promotion through TiVo's website recently so there was a glut of those babies available on eBay. After losing several auctions by a buck, I finally scored one for eighty bucks and the seller was nice enough…

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Outlook Sucks, Part IV


Good morning Rob, Outlook here. Guess what? I still suck.…

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How the vi editor would look if made by Microsoft


This has been around for a little while, but I just stumbled across it. Very funny, if you use the crusty old vi editor in unix (as I do) and hate Microsoft (as I do). How the vi editor would look if made by Microsoft…

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Outlook Sucks, Part III


Outlook Sucks. The reason for its suckiness is unknown. (Right click and select "View Image" in the image below to read the full error message.) It's sad when it takes such a large dialog box to say "our software is garbage and we don't even know what's wrong with it."…

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Outlook Sucks, Part II


A little while ago I lamented the fact that my office had switched to Outlook, and I announced to the global community at large who reads my website (approximately four people) that Outlook Sucks. It still does. Along the way, I have groused about it to my colleagues here in the office, and now that one of my co-workers has fled Boulder to work at our San Fransisco office, we continue to rail against the sloppy, bloated, non-functional pile of email code excrement via instant messenger. But it's not enough folks, it's not enough. Now, every time something pisses me off about Outlook, it's going on here. And, begin: Today I received a duplicate copy of an email forward from…

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Moved


Well, shit. That took longer than I thought. Delayed by a holiday party video project and thwarted by my webhost's computer being downed by the horrid weather and resultant power outages in Seattle last weekend, I am now moved in to a new home at dreamhost.com, and my email is slowly trickling over to the new home on a more regular basis. In the meantime, I went to a roller derby contest (no shit), made a movie (no shit), read a book (well, I started it, anyhow) and prepared for the upcoming Christmas holiday (as best as one can). All worthy of talking about here, and in earlier times I would have talked about all these events in realtime.…

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My outlook on Outlook


Microsoft Outlook SUCKS! I have resisted this stinky pile of shit for years and years, and was delighted to see they used Thunderbird here at my new job when I came out here a year and a half ago. I snickered and then sighed a long resigned sigh when both of my last two employers haplessly "upgraded" to Outlook when I left those companies and they were forced to hire general IT consultants, who of course mindlessly toed the Microsloth party line. But, alas, it's finally happened. My present employer, wanting some groupware features such as shared email folders and calendaring, has finally made the jump. The back end is not Exchange, so at least this thing runs fairly quickly,…

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Windows on Mac


Last week, I got all excited about Apple's announcement of BootCamp, their beta software that would allow one to configure a new Intel Macintosh computer as a dual-boot configuration, allowing users to run WindowsXP on their Macs. This is exciting because even though I love Apple and OSX for just abut everything, my daily workflow involves creating 3D architectural models with a little program called AutoCAD, which is Windows-only. There has always been that missing void in my Mac's capability. When I got my last Powerbook I also purchased VirtualPC which allowed you to install and run Windows in emulation. What this means is that software is translating the instructions meant to be executed on an Intel cpu for the…

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They Went and Did It!


In what amounts to a complete one-eighty move, Apple has decided to endorse the installation of Windows XP on the new Intel Macs. Wow. It was only a couple weeks ago that a hacker scored $13,000 for being the first to solve the puzzle of booting Windows on the Mac, and now Apple has one-upped him by releasing Boot Camp, a (beta) installer that achieves the holy grail: the ability to run Windows on your mac for those times when you just need it. For me, that's only to run AutoCAD and Flight Simulator, but that still happens enough that I'm still running my old Athlon desktop system at home for those times. Boot Camp looks nice, and it…

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Good and Bad


Well, it's been a few days now, and I have good news and bad news about the new MacBook Pro. First off, it's fast; much faster than my old Powerbook, but then again my old Powerbook is four years old and that's not a fair comparison. Regardless, I'm pleased as hell with the speed, and recently ran a Radiance benchmark test on it and the MacBook Pro proved its mettle. But some other niggly details are pissing me off and ringing in my ears (literally) and I feel the need to vent. Where the hell did tabbed browsing go? I'm using Safari once again because it's a Universal Binary, and I'm trying to simplify my life so I thought running…

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Woohoo!


It's here! My new MacBook Pro! OS X running on a dual-core Intel. Backlit keyboard. 15.4" screen. Friggin' great. So far, so good, but a few bumps in the road too. For some reason, I can't connect to my wireless router, so I'm leeching off of a less-than-clued-in neighbor's open router, but the first thing I really need is the latest version of xcode so I can compile Radiance, and the damned installer is over 800 megabytes, so as that crawls into my hard drive I'm just playing with the new gadgets like Spotlight and Dashboard, and setting up some of the basic apps. The email program that ships with OS X is vastly improved with this version, and…

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Home Theater Hell


Houston, we no longer have a problem. It was the damned channel button. For the last several months, I have lived in a state of worry and emasculation, unable to get my "home theater system" fully operational. I tried several times, under varying levels of intoxication, to hook up this collection of black boxes and cable spaghetti in just the right way, so that the stuff would actually fucking work as advertised, to no avail. Inevitably, one or more things would not behave. Couple this with an untimely demise of our old DVD player (first it showed movies in black&white, then it started refusing to even play audio cds), and you have me down at the BestBuy looking…

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Dualin' part Deux


The other day, I was gushing on this site about my newfound access to a dual processor linux machine. But now, after yesterday's announcement at Macworld, I have ordered one of the new Apple laptops, which will sport a dual core Intel cpu. Come February (hopefully), I'll have a personal computer that's about eight times faster than my current one, at a cost about $300 cheaper than the last Powerbook I bought four years ago. Unbelievable. I know I'm in for some version 1.0 blues, as new hardware and software always have some "issues", but I'm looking forward to being able to run Radiance simulations on my lap, try out the new Tiger features ( I'm still on OS X…

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rumblestrip: new home, new engine


I've been saying for some time now that I want to do this or that to my website, find a better host, add more content (some of it old content that never made it back online after the last time I changed software). Well, recently a bunch of things happened all at once. My webhost had a series of outages and poor performance periods, followed by a very frustrating lack of follow-up by the webhost's tech support. Then, my friend Paul switched from Movable Type to the new version of WordPress. Intrigued, I had a look at WordPress' website. Turns out, they have added a bunch of functionality that I have wanted, and many of the features that initially appealed…

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Lost, Then Found


<p><strong>Friday</strong></p> <p>AIM_me: &#8220;This is getting complicated.&#8221;</p> <p>AIM_him: &#8220;It&#8217;s <em>really</em> not. I could have this set up for you in like 30 seconds.&#8221;</p> <p>AIM_me: &#8220;OK, here&#8217;s my domain registrar login info, here&#8217;s what I want&#8230;&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Saturday</strong></p> <p>email received: Subject: Domain Change Request Notice&…

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Warranty Wins and Woes


For three years, this Powerbook has been my daily companion. I bought it in January 2002, with the hope that OS X’s UNIX underbelly combined with OS X’s typical Apple desktop friendliness would finally help me get over initial hurdles of learning Radiance. I was not disappointed. Over the years, I have perhaps outgrown the speed of this one, at least for Radiance simulations. But I have grown to love OS X and of course Apple’s product design is rarely hard to look at, and for pretty much everything else besides serious lighting simulation this thing is a dream, so I’ve kept it close by my side at all times, for three…

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Dude, where's my bandwidth?


OK, what's the deal here. This is not a drill. All of a sudden, my wireless connection at home, like, sucks. Blazing download speeds of 100 Kbps have been witnessed. Huh? My wired PC still sees speeds close to 3,000 KBps on downloads, and my wireless laptop actually uploads faster than downloads. What in blazes is going on? Hmmm.…

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The Cup Gap


Did you ever notice how the largest-breasted women on the sales staff always seem to work the petite section of the women’s clothing stores? What’s the deal there? Is it some kind of global conversion conspiracy? Let me tell you something people, it ain’t gonna work. I was birthday shopping for my wife yesterday and I noticed two alarming traits in our retail sales staff. One is that the more packages you have, the faster people come over to see if you need any help. I call this the sugardaddy principle. The other was the aforementioned cup size coincidence, which I shall call the cup gap. Brenda, the love of my life, happens to…

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TiVo Desktop


So after nine months of commercial-free, when-I-want-it, categorized, optimized, and organized television viewing—thanks to TiVo—I now have a new way to be a dork in my own home. TiVo Desktop, free software available for Macs and PCs, allows you to share pictures and music that reside on your computer with your television set. Once called the “Home Media Option”, and offered as a pay service, the folks at TiVo must have decided to cut their losses and offer the service for free. All you need, assuming you own a Series 2 TiVo, is a USB LAN adapter and you can connect your main computer to your TiVo and share images and music with the…

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Too much


It’s all rather too much. My webhost is having problems, and I need to do something about that. Come to think of it, I’m months behind with my website update; most of my site is still offline since my conversion to Textpattern. I have a very expensive server arriving in a couple weeks at my office, and I really know little about it. Two friends want me to build a few computers for them, and I could use the dough because the annual inspection on my plane was a bit more costly than I was hoping for, despite my friend’s generous efforts to thwart that. As a matter-of-fact, I still owe my friend for…

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No room at the inn


$ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/hda2 38376872 36344640 82748 100% /dev/hda1 101089 9147 86723 10% /boot In other words, my webhost’s server is just about full. Is this partly responsible for the downtime I had yesterday? Dunno, maybe. The sole employee of said webhost has been unavailable for over a day and a half now (and I even tried his cell phone). To be honest, I’m kinda worried about him. Hmmm.…

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rumblestrip, now running on Textpattern


There. Today, during my lunch break, I uploaded a bunch of files to my domain host’s webserver, ran one SQL query which populated my database with the entire contents of my old weblog, edited a config file, and thus rumblestrip version 4.0 came into being. Now, it wasn’t all happy happy joy joy for Rob here, but with the kind help from several people in the Textpattern forums and on my website host I have been able to make this thing go. A couple of things: The comments on my recent Taco Bell story were posted while I was working on this new site version on my laptop, so they did not get inserted into…

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Textpattern: a whole new ballgame


I’m very upset with Dean Allen, very upset indeed. You see, he’s created this application called Textpattern, and it’s just such an incredible manifestation of ideas, such a brilliant application of technology, that it deserves the moniker of… (oh how I hate this term)... a killer app. But Textpattern is indeed a killer app. It’s the end result of taking a bunch of the best open source technologies available and coupling them with a brain that’s actually thought about the whole content vs presentation dichotomy, from the perspective of someone who can do a bang-up job of delivering either one. And it’s still in pre-release phase. It&…

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Arggggghhhh!!!!!!!!!!


Technology is a four-syllable word for “a perplexing collection of items that are horribly complex, yet tightly intertwined and interested in raising this author’s blood pressure to previously unseen heights”. That’s all for now. I’m busy.…

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Installing Movable Type on Panther


<p><a href="http://www.movabletype.org/">Movable Type</a> is the name of the wonderful software that generates most of the pages on my website. It is infinitely flexible and I have been meaning to experiment with it some more. Afraid to try anything drastic with my live site, I installed MT on my Powerbook several months ago and promptly forgot all about this project, distracted by one of the eight hundred other &#8220;projects&#8221; I have going at any given time. </p> <p>Anyway, it was a royal pain to get everything installed and happy. Since I did a clean install of OS X 10.…

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Technical Difficulties


It has come to my attention that the menu I recently added to my homepage does not display on Netscape. Dunno why, have no time to fix. Just lettin’ ya know. I’ll get around to it.…

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VPN Success


Well, after a l-o-n-g hiatus, I returned to the scene of the crime today (which actually folows an attempt last week to get this shit working), and installed my boss’ VPN solution. It works! He’s got a new PC, and a remote access solution that will enable him to extend his already ridiculously long day further into the wee hours of the night. If you are familiar with my previous battle, you may be interested in what I needed to do to get it working. So am I. After jackassing around endlessly with his old router, and bouncing between tech support calls to Verizon, SonicWall, and NetGear, I came up empty handed back in September. Last week,…

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Ways to tell that you are a dork


you know the exact day that Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2004 is due on store shelves you actually go to CompUSA on your lunch break to purchase said program, precicely on that day you inform the CompUSA staff that today is the day it’s due out, after not seeing any copies on the shelf you dutifully wait by the “staff only” door with nervous anticipation waiting to see if the staff member returns from the stockroom with a fresh copy you purchase the very first copy of MSFS2K4 from the new shipment at the 36th Street CompUSA you call Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 “MSFS2K4” you install MSFS2K4 on your computer at work…

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History Lesson


<p>Here&#8217;s an amusing <a href="http://www.thelemon.net/issues/timeline.php">internet timeline</a>. Enjoy.</p> <p>Oh by the way, <a href="http://www.zombo.com">zombo.com</a> (which appears in the timeline) is the meaning of life itself. My friend Randy told me about Zombo a few years ago, and, well, it changed my life.</p>…

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Forget TiVo, I want my mTV!


<p>mythTV, that is. Have you heard about this? This little <a href="http://www.mythtv.org">nugget</a> was the first of hopefully many discoveries I made today, after visiting my <a href="http://www.joestump.net">new best friend&#8217;s website</a>.</p> <p>MythTV is an Open Source project that is trying to be all the things TiVo is, and more. I browsed the site a bit, and now I&#8217;m convinced that I must try building myself a mythTV box. Just think, for twice as much money as a TiVo, and countless hours installing and configuring Linux and…

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Damn CSS


<p>I am in the process of writing a real website for my company, and over the last two days have gone through the usual ups and downs of XHTML/CSS formatting, and browser rendering &#8220;differences&#8221;. </p> <p>I am a strong believer in the logic and power of CSS, and have been for many years. Now that the time has come for me to make a &#8220;formal&#8221; website, I have been struggling with the concept of writing code that makes sense, vs. code that safely works on all browsers. I am trying to build a site that makes sense, but at the moment I keep…

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I’m Baaaaack…


<p>Hola.</p> <p>Brief summary, as this is a work in progress:</p> <p>August 2002 &#8211; Rob gets a domain name &#38; host.<br /> September 2002 – Rob launches rumblestrip, a weblog. October 2002 – Rob realizes his host is not reliable, vows to find new one “right away”. November 2002 – Rob experiences another multi-day email outage with same webhost, vows once again to find new host “right away”. It is about this time that he makes a backup of the weblog content (foreshadowing). December 2002 – Rob posts a few things to the weblog, thinking all the while…

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Powerbook Gushing


<p>I couldn&#8217;t have said it better myself. Infoworld (Infoworld, so help me god, Infoworld!) recently posted a glowing <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/02/12/13/021216plpowerbook_1.html">review</a> of the new <a href="http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index17.html">G4 Powerbooks</a>. I&#8217;ve been loving mine for a year now, and if I didn&#8217;t need AutoCAD and Microsoft Flight Simulator (yes I NEED it), my PC would be outta here. Well, actually it would just have Linux on it. </p> <p>By the way, I found that story while playing…

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