Archive for December, 2004

Fixing family computers

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Gina Trapani wrote about fixing her mom’s computer. In my case, it applies to my brothers’ computers, as my mom actually runs Linux.

A few days correcting Windows XP’s mistakes — like first not allowing downloads from any application, then secondly accidently eating the partition it resides upon (which had crucial information with no backups) — is painful. My other brother’s computer would log out as soon as logging in was attempted.

They’ve both been running Firefox and using OpenOffice.org for some time now, and each are interested in switching to Linux (which would’ve happened if it wasn’t for the fact that the WinXP problems ate up too much time, leaving none left for Linux with Linksys WUSB11 v2.6 wireless adapter support).

Pac-Mondrian

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Play with art: Pac-Mondrian.

The weather up north seems frightful

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Down here in Georgia, the weather has been slightly chilly and quite rainy. From what I’ve seen from the Weather Channel and elsewhere, the whole East coast north of this state (from South Carolina on up) has recieved a huge winter storm, however. Lots of ice, sleet, and snow has covered up everything, especially in the Boston area.

I wonder what the conditions will be like for the drive back up I-95 in a few days.

What are the conditions like where you are?

I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas…

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

The forecast for Cambridge calls for snow this Christmas. I’m not in the Northeast, however.

Over southern Georgia, year after year, the atmostphere wishes for a snowstorm. Temperatures near the land have a different thing in mind and typically tease the residents with a not-cold-enough — yet chilly nonetheless — briskness causing the precipitation to be sleet and/or freezing rain. It happens each Christmastime, outside of a snowfall miracle (which typically happens once a decade, on average). This Christmas seems no exception to the norm. Today, the day before the big day, very cold rain pelted down as I made my way to pick up last-minute gifts just minutes before every store in the nation closed. Tomorrow’s weather will be more of the not-too-pleasant cold showers, no doubt.

In related holiday news… while driving towards southern Georgia, major plan changes (family stuff) caused us to take a non-typical route. Heading through Atlanta (and, thus, Macon as well) instead of I-95, a meeting of some of the locals was arranged. Yes, that meant driving over to meet Trae (who has a spiffy new website design) and family on the-day-before the-day-before Christmas. It was great to see Trae, Mary, and their kids again. We had pizza and brownies and talked a while before I headed to Savannah.

I’m really tired thanks to bouncing all around the country with travel lately, so it’ll be nice to get some rest for a few days. Sleeping in is good.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Industrial theme ver. 1.0.11 for Firefox

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

I’ve addressed several requests; modified icons, and fixed the right-mouse-button click on download dialog crash in the most recent version of the Industrial theme for Firefox. Enjoy!

Update: I have fixed the install.rdf within the theme so that it states the correct version. Sorry about that! (:

Utah ’04 wrap-up

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

I’ve been in Utah for the past week-and-some-days on a work-related trip. Today, I’m flying back to Massachusetts

Things done while in Utah:
# Met a lot of great people in the Provo office.
# Also met Ryan and Josh, from #photography (and elsewhere)
# Went on a few photo trips with Ryan and Josh
# Hung out with Nat while he was in the area
# Pictures, pictures, pictures!

Places visited:
# Novell office in Provo, UT
# Snowbird
# Antelope Island
# Salt Lake City
# Arches National Park
# Natural history museum

Random events which took place:
* Finally got my charger and batteries on Monday, a week after I ordered the goods (so much for “Priority Mail”)
* Free ride to the top of Snowbird to take pictures (normally $15 or so)
* Visited Antelope Island, an island now without antelope (but it does have bison) we didn’t get close enough to the bison, however
* Stood under Delicate Arch (see a QuickTime VR panorama)
* Almost fell off the side of a cliff at Delicate Arch (crumbling sandstone beneith my feet, slippery ice in another area)
* Saw ancient graffiti from the Anasazi
* While having sushi with Nat, the power went out — but only on the street that the Japanese restaurant, the local bar, and the Marriott were located
* Visited a $1.50 movie theater with Nat, saw Napoleon Dynamite
* On the way back to the car, we saw an odd poster for “Baptists at Our Barbecue“, a local Utah movie about a town that is split between 262 Mormons and 262 Baptists (the poster conveys that much)
* Watched a really cool 3d bug movie (strangely sponsored by Terminix) at an Imax theater
* Went back to the $1.50 movie theater (with Josh this time) to see Shark Tale

I had a fun time, but it’ll be nice to get back home.

Oh, I’ll have to post my pictures soon too. (:

Firefox in the New York Times!

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Today’s the day that the Firefox ad is in the New York Times.

It’s great to see the ad finally — and it even seems (at least according to the PDF so far) they even spelled my name correctly. (: