So, I just got my copy of Parallels 3.0 and it’s really a great upgrade. The new coherence mode lets you run Windows apps in “free floating” Mac windows, lets you have the familiar Windows “start” button & system tray on the bottom of the Mac screen, and generally integrates the two OS’s very well. You can launch OSX files into compatible windows apps, and drag & drop across the OS’s. This is really the best of the Mac & Windows. I do have one USB peripheral, a Fujistsu scanner, that doesn’t work under Parallels, but that’s the only thing I’ve found that’s not working! Check it out if you are a Mac user who needs to use Windows from time to time…
Well, I have been using a little Toshiba linux appliance for my internet gateway for probably about 4 or 5 years now (an SG10; actually, I have two of them) and I finally decided to retire it since I was not using any of the disk storage nor any of the features from having a linux box as my gateway; in fact, I got a “nasty-gram” from dyndns.org about a glitch with the dns updates. So, I said, what the heck, I’ll just use my Airport as a router, not a bridge wireless (got the Airport a couple months ago when the 5-year old linksys AP finally died). Well, it was not straightforward. It didn’t like being converted from bridge to router, and then, for some reason I can’t parse, though it purports to support the RFC 1819 addresses of 10.0 and 192.168, it didn’t like to route the 192.168 setting, and that killed an hour or so until I figured that out. I dunno why. Then, I tried to use a USB disk with the Airport, and it rebooted…but it’s not all the Airport’s fault. I also had a run-in with the software to configure TCP ports for an old Kyocera-Minolta laser printer. Seems that it has to reboot when you take out the old port, and reboot when you add the new port, and if you try to short circuit and only reboot once on the XP box where I was setting this up, then it gets really unhappy. Earlier in the week, a disk died on an old Gateway box I have (gotta rebuild it this weekend). Grrr….
I was supposed to be taking my dad to the mountains this weekend for a father’s day outing to catch some trout. Unfortunately, his back was still acting up (he’s 75 now, and hurt his back while trying to move a bushhog that was stuck), and he didn’t feel that he could spend a couple of days stepping over wet, slippery boulders. Probably a good decision, but I was disappointed.
Fortunately my wife, Jan, stepped up and said that the kids could fend for themselves for the day Saturday (more on this in a bit) and she’d ride with me and take the dog and do some hiking while I fished. A offer I couldn’t refuse! We drove to Virginia to fish in the Jefferson National Forest, about 3 hours from Chapel Hill. We didn’t rush getting there, and reached the trailhead about 11:15AM. She and Lessa (the 2-year old lab) headed out. I rigged up my 00-weight Sage TXL (built by Dave Lewis) and tied on an American Express (parachute style), size 16. Soon started catching lots of bright, spunky Virginia brookies. They aren’t big, but this is probably my favorite type of trout fishing. They are wary in this small stream, especially the bigger ones. Most of the ones I caught were about this size, but a few were bigger. Also caught a number of really fiesty rainbows as I went higher up the stream. Had lunch here, a couple of peanut butter & strawberry jelly sandwiches. Caught a trout in that pool, right after I finished my sandwich ;-). Probably brought 20 trout to hand and LDR’d or missed hooking that many more, but I wasn’t really counting. Saw one deer grazing through the woods, totally unaware of me, due to the noise of the water rushing over the rocks and falling into the plunge pools. In addition to the American Express, I also used an olive-bodied adams, with a hi-vis parachute post and a tail of dubbing, rather than hair or feathers. Worked well. A great day!
Walked back to the truck and met my wife about 3PM. We played with the dog a bit, and then started to meander toward home. As we were driving, my cell phone rang. It was our oldest son, Jason, asking where the garlic peeler was…hmmm, we thought…we gave them money to go out to eat. However, they decided to cook. Jason fixed steak & grilled onions, he fixed fajitas for Jeff. We were most impressed! They do like garlic, though. They used 3 bulbs (bulbs, not cloves!) and the whole house smelled of garlic when we got home. No vampires in our house!
So, I’ve been pretty excited about Web 2.0, mashups, etc. Lots of cool stuff going on. However, I’ll also admit concern about the amount of unauthenticated content on the Web today, as well as the growing amount of noise, relative to meaningful information (i.e. the signal to noise ratio is going down). Blogging (such as this!) requires nothing but a bit of web space, and no knowledge on any subject, just the desire to make a statement which may have no veracity and be something that wouldn’t be said in polite society. I am a “first generation” webbie; I’ve been doing this web stuff since 1993, back when web servers were rare (only about 5000 when I put one up in November 1993, at UNC-CH where I was working at the time). I believe in civil discourse, and have been around long enough to try to live by “read twice, click once” so that you don’t consign things to the ether that you will regret. Anyway, with that intro, here’s that post from the Chronicle of Higher Ed, with a variety of interesting links…
A great day at Jordan Lake…Jan and I took the boat (working now!), the dogs, and our oldest son and headed out. The dogs just love it. Hung out in the cove pictured (sorry about the quality of the picture, it’s taken with my phone) here for a while, then ran the boat over to the other side of the lake, and found a really great little beach we had not stopped at before. We’re going back next weekend, weather permitting, and that’s the place we’ll head first. Lots of folks on the water today, but not quite as many as Memorial Day weekend.
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools participate in Project Graduation (for 15 years now, I think), an event designed to help keep the high school graduates focused on having a safe party and avoiding the tragedies of drinking & driving. UNC-CH provides the Student Union, the community contributes financially, and volunteers staff a great event from 10PM to 4AM on the night of high school graduation. There is food (of course!), great raffle prizes (iPods and the like), and tons of games. Casino games, bungee jumps, inflatables, bowling…you name it, it’s there. This year for the 2nd in a row, Jan and I worked the 1AM to 4AM shift. It’s tough on the biological clock, but for a worthy cause. Our youngest will be a senior next year, and our oldest graduated two years ago, but it’s important for the community to volunteer and support this event! Cash is always welcome too 😉
Well, my first attempt to download didn’t get the whole file (~160MB of MP3’s in a zip file, 82 files in all this time). Second time got it all. I loaded it into iTunes last night, and listened on my commute (~50 minutes of drive time) this morning. I like this, but I’m thinking that I’m unlikely to get through a whole issue before the next weekly one comes out, especially if I listen to any NPR. Looks to be about 8 hours or more of running time.
I like the way they did it. The production is good, and they change readers with each piece so you get different voices and that keeps the interest up. If you are a subscriber, check it out! If you are not, you might want to give it a look…an excellent magazine!
This is really cool…I subscribe to the Economist magazine (a really great news magazine) and now, they have supposedly put the whole issue on a podcast. Am looking forward to listening to it on my commute. Getting ready to go download now!
Well, I got the boat motor working, albeit too late to make it to the lake. I also needed a tongue wheel for the trailer and went to a local boat dealer, though not one that works on Tohatsu outboards. Was talking with them about my problem, and they said that even though I thought I’d replaced the bad tilt/trim relay, it still wasn’t reversing polarity to the tilt/trim motor, and I’d replaced the wrong one. They said to put in the one that I’d taken out of the motor in the slot I thought was working, and poof, it worked…it was too late to get to the lake, but I’ll try to go next weekend. At least my instincts were right and I saved myself a trip to the shop…
…but I’m not the mechanic I thought I was…bought a new PTT relay for $65, plus tax and shipping…was very happy as I swapped it in, and it didn’t work…still only goes up, not down. Time to go to the shop 🙁