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Category: computers

08/16/05 08:03 - ID#32173 pmobl

die squid die

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So as my name slowly drops down the latest entry list, everyone is probably wondering what happend to me. I went on a 48 hour convert my life to linux, transfer ~1TB of data onto the new server. I am happy to say it's almost over. I didn't move, it just had to be done. I am sure you can imagine how much media (e:matthew) and I have made over 2 years. Even (e:terry) had 23 GB of stuff including every episode of dragonballz which will burn nicely on our new linux enhanced DVD burner. They are only $59 at compusa and to boot they have 100 packs of DVDs for $4.99. Even the cashier couldn't believe the price. It reminded me of the old stealing days, lol.

The hardest part has been mirroring the server to be exactly as configured on the elmwood red hat box.

I remember life before the computer. I had so much time! I had a vic20 and a C64 back in the 80s but that was pre-modem for me Then from 1995 to 2000, esseentially all of college, I did not have a computer. Like all the other poor students I went to the computer labs at school to type my papers. Does anyone else remember that?

Then I met (e:jacob) and it all changed again. When we moved from phoenix to flagstaff, he sold his computer and got me a powerbook duo 280c. It' size rivals the vaio but not its strength. It changed my life. That's what got me my job in the web lab in AZ, which led to the ibook, which led to my job at Canisius, which led to my MFA, which brought me here fixing this linux box! It's so weird how little things can change your life so drastically.
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Category: computers

08/15/05 12:48 - ID#32172 pmobl

New Old Computer

While everything else is completely f-ed up I thought I would add to the drama by completely rebuilding the supercomputer into a linux wonder box.

It is really stressful because it is not just for me, it is for (e:terry) and (e:ematthew) and they have to be able to like it too. Right now it looks like crap, bu t it is running suse 9.2 to be upgraded to 9.3 once the DVD finishes downloading from azureus [inlink]computer,3[/inlink] I added a DVD burner and an extra 160GB drive for a total of around a half a TB. Hopefully everything can fit now that windows is gone.

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I also went and checked out the treo 650 today and I was disappointed that the keyboard was so small, I couldn't type on on with my adult sized hands.
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08/13/05 01:18 - 79ºF - ID#32171

Crappy mobile Land

I hate living in the land of crappy mobile phones. I really want a new phone. My sidekick 2 died with a plague of insects so as I wrote before I am back to the sidekick 1. My contract expires in october and I don't really want to go back to a sidekick 2 for another year. It just doesn't have enough flexibilty for me in terms of apps, it doesn't record sound of video and it doesn't do wap at all, and most of all it doesn't connect with my laptop to work as a modem.

There are so many amazing phones in other countries. I wish that this sidekick like phone would come to america

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Specifications:

  • Network: CDMA 2000 1x 1900 MHz
  • Intel PXA 272 520 MHz
  • Intel Marathon Graphic Accelerator
  • Display: 65k colors (240 x 320)
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera w/ flash
  • Windows Media Player 10
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b
  • 192MB RAM / 64MB ROM
  • 1M polygon 3D Game Support
  • Divx Codec built-in

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Category: downtown

08/13/05 11:55 - 76ºF - ID#32170

Little City Less Distraction2

2Last night walking home from Allentown with (e:lilho) we were talking about (e:hodown) and I was telling that I am glad I don't live in a big city as it reduces my exposure to excessive amounts of in-your-face advertisments. There is just something peaceful about an advertisment free space.

Think about it, if you live in NYC or Tokyo or Toronto, it is almost like every surface become a monument to consumerism. Every surface that can, hold a message on what to buy, how you should look, etc. From the light up hightech version down to the glued down paper ones. Even on busy street like Allen we don't have much of that besides that one billboard that is so high up no one sees it.

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Imagine being confronted by those kind of advertisements in every direction. I think people will say you become numb to it and it doesn't affect you but that can't be right or no one would invest all the money. I think what really happens is it begin sto work subliminally. You no longer consider the implications of looking or even consider the good in the advertisement but then when you are in the market, the message kicks in and you are like, "I do want kodak film." (e:lilho) was saying that in such a place it makes it more difficult to define who you instead of what everyone wants you to be. I think she has a good point

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Sorry I really need a new cell phone so I can get better pics. When I first saw this new light up sign on chippewa I was so sad to see Buffalo, get its first glimpse of Las vegas. Strangely, I think some people would refer to it as progress for the city. Is being exposed to all of the advertisements really progress? I like not having to think about all the things other people want me to want. It's just another form of forced desire. I know I could just not look at it. But when it is flashing and spinning and so giant, do you really have any choice. It is human instinct to look. I hope progress in Buffalo doesn't mean it will ever look like those pics above.

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Category: games

08/12/05 02:59 - 72ºF - ID#32169

Thesis Meeting

So I met with my thesis advisor today and everything seems to be in order but I have to meet with my entire committee very soon and add a person possible. Then I think I need to get it bound.

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I also saw Dave Pape today (sorry the pic quality is so bad) and he was playing the Donkey Kong bongo game that I wrote about last night
[inlink]paul,3754[/inlink]. It appears that in addition to drumming you have to clap. I think it works in a simiilar way to my baby swimmies [inlink]paul,2483[/inlink]. You need flash and a microphone to play with them.

We also spoke about doing some mobile to VR project which would be really fun. I cannot wait for the thesis to be over. It is somewhere around 40 page snow but I have lots more info and so few days. I am also taking on another programming job, making children's games for a site. That should pay the student loan bills. So I am back to having four jobs. I guess I do owe about $86,000 so it sounds very reasonable to me.
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Category: games

08/12/05 09:55 - ID#32168 pmobl

alternative interfaces for games

Has anyone else notice that 99% of computer games are violent first person shooters. I don't understand that. I don't mean video games in general, I just mean PC games. I guess there is the whole there.com, secondlife.com, everquest, sims thing. What do you guys think?

I mean consoles are full of other types of games, which brings me to my title, alternative interfaces for games. Like DDR and the maraca game for dream cast. Today at EB games we saw the donkey kong bongo game and the playstation version of the same thing. I want to try them but (e:terry) says I won't play enough to justify the purchase. Does anyone have these drum games? I want to try it out.
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Category: food

08/11/05 02:41 - ID#32167 pmobl

india gate buffet

(E:terry), (e:flacidness) and I hit the India Gate Buffet forr "breakfast" today. It was quite delicious although you could tell by (e:flacidness)' ten year old girl portion. The buffet is only $7.99 and it is as much as you can eat with lotss of tasty veggie and non veggie options. I really need a new picture phone.

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Category: web

08/11/05 12:46 - 71ºF - ID#32166

Textamerica

I was look at another mobile blogging site called textamerica.com and I found this picture which reminded that I missed jacob. I wonder what he is doing now.

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(e:shawnr) said that textamerica.com is evil and that they sell their members media to other people. I believe him. Just check out this line from their privacy policy.

Textamerica may share with its affiliates any information provided by you on this website, including your name, e-mail address, usage patterns, credit card account information, and uploaded images and text. from textamerica privacy policy




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Category: web

08/11/05 01:46 - 74ºF - ID#32165

Craig's List Call for Mobile Users

I think I have made the best posting to Craig's List so far. I would really like to get some more mobile users on the site, so I can start rolling out the mobile social networking pack. Hopefully this gets something started.

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My thesis is finally many pages long, somewhere near 40. I didn't realize that we were supposed to double space. I think it just may be all done in time. On another note, my job situation seemed to get all crazy when one of my bosses pointed out he understood my contract differntly than me. I think it is just a misunderstanding, but we have to wait for the other supervisor to arrive back on the scene in order to rectify the situation. I hope this turns ok, because otherwise I am seriously thinking I will be heading out west in about 15 days.

My advice is don't ever trust anything that involves employment. Never believ in anything that is orally spoken. Everything must be in writing in order to verify it's existence. You must always go over things 1000 times in order to make sure that it is all safe and sound. Otherwise you get taken advantage of, and having that happen is not fun. I can't wait till (e:jesse) comes home, it can't be long now.
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Category: hair

08/10/05 01:59 - 68ºF - ID#32164

Shave Time

I decided t was time to shave again. How what a difference it makes in how old you look. No scandals this time, if you remember the last haircut drama.

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