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Finally a two car family again

After two long years of being a single car household my wife and I were finally able to purchase two vehicles. The van that we had was on it’s last leg and we were no longer comfortable driving it. It has been quite a while since we were in a position where we could make a purchase like this so it was pretty scarey signing on that line. However it did feel pretty good this morning driving my own car to work.

We purchased both of these from Enterprise Car Sales and I highly recommend them if you are in the market for a new vehicle. The entire process was very easy and pressure free.



irssi logging question

I have recently upgraded my home server from Ubuntu 7.10 to Ubuntu 8.10. I have been using irssi on this box for quite a while now and the logging has been just fine. Until this recent upgrade that is.

Below is what the my logs looked like before I did the upgrade:

21:47 < etank> someone told me that it was the way my client was set up
21:47 < etank> or a mode on my nick
21:47 < etank> i gots no idea
21:47 < klb> do a /mode etank
21:48 < etank> Your user mode is +ei
21:48 < klb> ah.. +i is invisible
21:48 < etank> oh
21:48 < klb> I see the channels in your whois that I share with you
21:48 < etank> now try me

This is what it looks like now:

12:30 4/<gc c4/ etankg4/>g e?/Sup3rkiddo: nice rant
12:30 4/<gc c4/ etankg4/>g e?/i had never thought of it that way before myself
12:30 4/<gc c4/ etankg4/>g e?/but it sure makes sense to me
12:31 4/<gc 2/Sup3rkiddgc4/>g eetank, wow, someone is alive :D.. thanks :)
12:31 4/<gc c4/ etankg4/>g e?/np.
12:32 4/<gc c4/ etankg4/>g e?/i just tried it out on my box (a, b = b, a)
12:32 4/<gc c4/ etankg4/>g e?/all it did was move the memory reference around it looks like
12:37 4/<gc 2/Sup3rkiddgc4/>g eetank, yeah

I did not make any changes to the irssi config file. All I did was the OS upgrade and with that got the new version of irssi. Is anyone else seeing this kind of behavior?

Thanks in advance for any help you provide.



I have been wanting a cool new phone for quite some time now. I first fell in love with the iPhone (I don’t care that it is not open source). Then like most geeks I know the G1 was my new item to desire. I am half way through a contract right now with AT&T and they will not let me get the iPhone at the discounted price. Being in the contract means that I can’t switch over to TMobile to get the G1 either. Bummer huh.

Last night my wife and one of our friends went to a party. While there I met a girl that has a 3G iPhone that she has only had for about a month. She said that she would rather go back to her old phone and that she would sell it to me for $100. That is a heck of a deal right? The sad thing is that I don’t have $100. 3 kids are depending on us to have a good Christmas this year. On the other side of that coin my wife said that she wasn’t sure that even if we did have the money to get the phone that we may not have the extra money each month to pay for the iPhone data plan.

It sucks so bad being a poor geek :/


hg vs git

Which to use. I have been using hg for some small things for a little while and I really like how easy it is to use. The commands are easy enough to remember and they make sense with what it is that you are trying to do. That with the fact that it is really pretty fast make it a great tool to have. The only thing that I have found that is kind of annoying is that it complains with files over 10MB. Not sure where to change it to allow for files of this size.

A few of my friends have talked about git though. I have looked at the commands and they are really quite similar to the hg commands.

So I guess my question is what do you use and why. Is it worth it to switch to git from hg (or the other way even)?



Google browser sync replacement

Dear fellow web users,

I need some assistance. With Firefox 2.x I used GBS and loved it. I could add links to my toolbar or in a folder and it showed up on any other computer I used. It was awesome. Since switching to Firefox 3 I have not been able to find a good replacement for GBS. A friend recommended Weave but it is just not working for me. Here are some of my issues with it:

  1. When I add a toolbar link it does not get replicated.
  2. It is a freakin’ hog. On my Windows box at work it eats 99% of my CPU until it is done. Until that time the browser is unusable. The results on my Linux boxes is not too different from that.
  3. If you forget your password you are out of luck. There is now way at this time to change it. You have to register a new account.

So my question is this. What do you use that acts as a good / usable replacement for GBS?

ps. Before the comments come in about Weave being a prototype … I already know that. I just want something that works well now.


LUG Meeting

Our local LUG, BGLUG, is having a meeting tomorrow at Starbucks from 2:00 – 4:00 PM EDT on Winchester Rd. If you are in the area and are interested in dropping by then feel free to join us. It should be a pretty good time of geeking out and drinking coffee. If you have a Starbucks card you even get 2 hours of free wifi 🙂

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Happy New Year

I am not much into doing New Years resolutions so instead here are some goals that I am setting for myself for 2008.

  1. Spend more time with my wife and kids and less on a computer. (the computer part is going to be tough)
  2. Make it to the dojo more often this year. I have missed more than I want to this one.
  3. Solve the rubik’s cube I bought yesterday 🙂 (I never could figure the thing out as a kid.)
  4. Continue contributing to Foresight Linux.
    1. Become an official Member and then Developer.
  5. Read more books this year.
  6. Get better at using emacs.

Well thats about it. Maybe since I didn’t say “lose some weight” it will actually happen. I am sure that there will be more things that I add to this list as the year goes on but this is a good start.