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Fully domesticated snow professional

With the snow forecast (we got 12 to 14 inches of snow) I unpacked the snow thrower Saturday morning. It’s a 6.5 horsepower gas powered contraption.
Saturday we started getting snow, Sunday morning…

StarForce sillyness (they suck wind loudly)

Recently the maker of the StarForce apparently threatened to sue an author on Boing Boing for talking about his bad experience with their copy protection driver scam. This made me laugh since I remove…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! This is the Year of the Dog and we celebrated by visiting Lily’s family in Queens. The kids love abusing their cousins so it was all good.
In reality we just enjoyed the tim…

A Not by Kurt Vonnegut speech

Anyone remember the Kurt Vonnegut Commencement speech that never happened? Wear sunscreen? The text was great, and sounded very cool. It’s just Kurt Vonnegut did not pen it nor deliver it.
I was br…

Google Pack

Friday I installed Ubuntu on my laptop.
The operation was a success but the laptop died. Something in what I did made the NTFS partition an “unmountable_boot_volume” so I could run Ubuntu perfectly…

Optimum Online Boost

I have had Optimum Online Boost for a few days. It s not bad and here is what they offer (from the website):

Faster speed, up to 30 Mbps down and up to Mbps up.
Total of 15 e-mail addresses,…

Basement server installed

SUSE not Fedora
My Internet gateway at home is a old Dell XPS 450. It’s a PII running at 450Mhz, has a 30GB IDE drive, and 256MB RAM. No cd-rom drive, I removed it when it broke a few years ago. Wh…

Optimum Online Boost (Verizon vs Cablevision is good)

I may be able to host my server in my basement after all.
When I lived at the old house, I had Time Warner Cable for surfing the web, and Acedsl . The DSL line was for hosting my domain in my house…

What a phone call

This one irked me too much and I have to share.
Lily and I are on vacation this week so we re sleeping late and getting the kids fed and bathed after 8am. Vacation: it s all good. Around 8:45am tod…

Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 24th
Saturday night we put the kids in bed at 7pm. We told them they had to go to sleep or Santa might not come to our house.
Naturally as soon as we got them to sleep, Alek and my pare…

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