Monthly Archives: May 2003

Random Pre Summer Thoughts

June is almost here and my May entry count has been pretty low. I’m not sure where all the time has gone. I’ve definitely been really busy at work.

Speaking of work: now that I’ve been there for five years I’ve moved up to the 20 vacation days a year category. As a computer support guy I definitely find it hard to find a good time to get away at times, but 5 more days of vacation a year is a nice problem to have. I’m definitely looking forward to some vacation time around the 4th of July.

And of course summer basketball started up this week as well, so the next couple months are going to be pretty busy.

Many Layered Onion

I’m posting this from my XP desktop machine which I’m logged into via remote desktop connection on an iBook I’m test driving from work. So cool. Speed is pretty good over my wireless network as well. I’ve got all the options cranked up (millions of colors, desktop picture, full drag windows) and there isn’t any significant lag. Just another reason I’m glad I went with XP Pro rather than Home.

Added Bonus: Mary should especilally like the fact that I can work on stuff on my office machine from anywhere in the house. Less hermit time is probably a good thing.

I sure hope I can get that 12″ PowerBook aproved at work so I can continue taking advantage of rdc after the iBook goes into mobile lab service.

Bit Torrent Rules

I first heard about [Bit Torrent a few months back, but I wasn’t really aware of the various tracker sites that are out there so I didn’t end up trying the software out at the time. Plus it looked like the MacOS X version wasn’t up to speed (so to speak) since its version number lagged behind the main release. It definitely looked like a pretty cool filesharing technology though.

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a link to the infamous Star Wars home movie with the chunky kid doing his best Darth Maul impression and I got to try out Bit Torrent first hand. Since I’d already downloaded the client I decided to go ahead and try downloading a much bigger file and gave a Knoppix iso image a try. The download rate started slow, but continued accelerating and finished at an impressive rate somewhere around a 200-300K/s. The download accomplished, I once again put Bit Torrent aside and went back to my usual computing habits.

Then at the beginning of this week Aaron Swartz introduced me to in his Joss Quest. Now I suddenly have the means to quell my late burgeoning 24 addiction (I finally convinced Mary to let me watch a couple months ago; she always wanted to change the channel when 24 came on prior to that). Mary missed the season finale because of a dinner she had to go to, but thanks to Bit Stream and TV Torrents I was able to download a high quality mpeg overnight and burn a vcd for her to watch on our cheapo Apex DVD player that plays a wide variety of cdr formats.

Of course now that this year’s 24 season is over I’m working on catching up on all the episodes that I’ve missed. With the cliffhanger that we got Tuesday I can hardly wait for next season. I’ll definitely be supporting 24 by watching it live (with the commercials that support the show) whenever possible next season and I’m seriously considering buying the first season on DVD. The fact that I can easily access the earlier episodes only fuels my desire to watch more.

Dave’s New Idea

Here’s the [new idea”]( that Dave Winer’s been working on behind the scenes recently. As a [Movable Type user I’m not really clear on how tying into Google gives you something beyond what I already have via the the built in search capabilities. It’ll be interesting to see what other people have to say now that Dave’s announced his idea and they can start analyzing it.