Hi all, well about a week ago (9/22) we celebrated our anniversary and I put some pictures up along with a big description about the fun that was had. (FYI, this also contains very interesting pictures of Angie...)
Well, we finished a bunch of yard work at Joe's yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn't get any new pictures to put up on his site. Sorry, I guess I should see what I can do about that soon.
AOL sucks more
Hi, AOL sucks even more because they screw up the IE installation so that it will NEVER acknowledge any proxy settings. This messes up alot of different programs (OSTA, AdSubtract, etc). Here is one guys story.
Yep, I finally did it and bought me a new computer. It arrived Friday and took up most of the weekend getting it up so that I could work today. What a pain in the butt. On the upside, I can now run Tribes2 (my current favorite game) at an incredibly higher frame rate. The new machine is a P4 at 2.0GHz, 512MB of RAM (yes, I even got it in 2 RDRAMs of 256 so I have 2 open - well, they're terminated, but you know). An 80GB HD (which was a WD a little slower on transfer than the Maxtor, but nothing I'm going to worry about for now) and a FLAT PANEL monitor!!! If you ever sit in front of the computer for hours and hours and hours and hours this is definately the thing to have. The image is incredibly crisp. Of course, the only things I have to compare it to are the old 19" I have (wasn't trinitron or anything) and a 17" trinitron I got several years ago (thanks Ed). The 17" is the closest in clarity, but doesn't really even compare. The only real issue is that since I'm running it as an analog monitor, you have to watch and make sure your refresh rates are correct - otherwise there are bands from top to bottom that look about as clear as the trinitron. Yep, not that bad, but just enough for me to be a freak and notice. Anyway, I have to finish some more tests. Oh, and FYI on the fps for Tribes2 my old P3 500 (w/a Voodoo5 5500) would give me 20-25 when not fighting someone (6-9 if I was) and this thing is giving me 25-30 in a huge fight and between 55-100 when not fighting.
AOL, OpenSTA and Grandpa Lakeview
Well, AOL wasn't the real problem with the proxy server issue. Actually, it turns out that IE does some really unusual things with proxy settings when you have a dial-up account in the list and you connect via LAN (VPN connections count for dialup entries).
On more news, I've stopped additional work with OpenSTA (which is a very cool load testing program). I'm waiting for a new version to fix stuff that I need to complete some testing.
Grandpa Lakeview is having hip replacement surgery on the 23rd in Klamath Falls. We will probably go over to see him and find out how it goes.
My cat is gone!!!
Mac has run away from home. Apparently. I don't really know what the deal is. Maybe he decided to go live with the neighbors or to go hangout with some bum across the street on the bike path. I don't know. I'll post pics later.
Grandpa's Hip - Photo Archive
OK, Grandpa has a new hip and apparently all is well. Dawn and I went over there yesterday and spent a few hours waiting with Grandma. Unfortunately, we had to return home before Grandpa got out. I called there earlier today and he is apparently doing OK. Dawn talked to mom for a while earlier and she said all was well, too.
I've finally made all the little design decisions on the photo archive. There will be a login (username/password), but we will store it with a cookie on your machine (if you want) and you can easily retrieve it if you loose it. Also, I'll make it easy on everyone so they can pick their own passwords and login if they want. Unfortunately, this site does get a few oddball hits now and then that I can't isolate (aka people I don't know - one from Texas the other day, a hit from France last week - actually I probably get more hits from people I don't know than people I do - hahahaha). This will just make it so that I don't have to wonder who is doing strange things with family photos. All of the ones that Dawn scans and all the ones that I have will be available on the site. There will be an easy way for you to make comments about the photos (especially useful if you know what was going on then and I don't/didn't). You'll be able to see a list of all the notes you have made, new notes since your last log on, notes by person, etc, etc; and there will be a search feature for notes and the photos (although initial data entry on the photos will be fun - I'm sure). I'm still working through the photos that Dawn has scanned and of course there are still more. Dad has also said that he is going to be working on doing some scans of stuff that he has. I'm certain that I don't have the hosting necessary to put all the photos on the web all the time, but I will put up several hundred meg at a time (since some of it will be on dawnpally.com, too). If you have comments or you want something specific in there let me know now, before I start a bunch of coding.
Of course, because we have so many prize photos - hehehehe. Here is just one fine example. I don't really know what the deal was with it, but I'm pretty sure someone in the fam liked the way the rainbow looked. Actually, this was probably taken back in Klamath Falls when we lived on Wiard street (based on where it was found). This is in mom's big blue album on page 11.
Tires and Grandpa
OK, so the subjects don't actually go together they are just what I'm talking about in this entry.
I got a flat tire on my way home from the gym today. I guess that is really a sign that it is time to get new tires, huh? The only stupid part was that I parked on the wrong side of the road so I was between the car and the traffic instead of having the car between me and the traffic. Very stupid.
On better subjects, Grandpa is out of jail (well, actually the hospital) and apparently on his was to Lakeview to hang out for a while and recoup.