Archive for December, 2006

New Year… so new and fresh

December 31st, 2006

What is the point of a New Year celebration? Is it really that big of a deal to change the calendar on the wall? I mean iCal and Outlook don’t pop up on January first and scream about the change from one year to the next. New Years is simply a time for people to get drunk and nothing more. Sure lots of people make ‘resolutions’ but what is the point of that? If you have something that you should be doing to better yourself do you really have to wait for the 1st of the year to do it? Let’s me honest, it’s just convenient. No one wants to start a new diet in November so they put it off until the temptation to over eat or to indulge in great holiday food has passed. Once the immediate reason to goto party after party is gone people decide to stop drinking or smoking. Using the first of the year is just a way to pat yourself on the back, a way for you to announce to the world that you are going to be better this year then last. This is a very profitable time of year for all of the gyms, people are signing up to go work out and some very very small percentage actually do. It’s pure profit, money is just raining down but two months from now gym attendance will be back down to its usual level and they get to keep the money. If you want to go out and party then do it, if you want to loose weight then do it but you needn’t wait for the yearly changing of the calendars to start that promise. Just do it, the best time to start bettering yourself is now.

New Raid Array

December 31st, 2006

In a not so distant past I had 1.5 Terabytes of storage on one of my servers. That array met with it’s sad end one day and all my data was lost. I had bought a raid card and 6 250GB Western Digital drives(I know, thats not 1.5TB the server had some other storage not on that array). The drives didn’t do well in the array and needed to be reinitialized every couple of weeks. It is now a well know issue with certain WD drives in RAID arrays. The card I bought was also not as good a choice as I had hoped. While it did have some linux support it was very limited and I was unable to check the status of the array except at boot time. The storage was usable and fast enough but I had to reboot once a week and add whatever drive had failed back into the array. Well.. I missed a week and when I finally got around to rebuilding the array another drive died during the rebuilt. All data was lost…

The Nikon D40 is for me

December 31st, 2006

Well, I went down to a local photo shop (Eagle Photo, New Hampshire) and took a look at some cameras. I have decided to get the Nikon D40. When I went down to the shop it was the middle of our first(if very late) snow storm. I had never been there before and Portsmouth isn’t a town that I get out to very often so I took a few wrong turns. I may have also accidentally turned into a few vacant unplowed lots and perhaps had some fun with my car… but that is neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is I loved the camera and am going to have to buy one. The people at the shop were awesome and if you live anywhere near there I would recommend stopping in and talking to them. They have all kinds of cameras both film and digital ranging from pocket size point-and-shoot all the way up to some great looking SLR models. What really sold me on the place was how knowledgeable about the devices they were. Even though the D40 came out only a few short weeks ago the guy in the shop was willing to to show me tons about the camera and found out how to answer any question he didn’t know. They also offered a wide range of photo printing services, I will have to try those out in the future. The gentleman I spoke what clearly a Pentax guy but he made no attempt to push me toward them. He offered some information about Nikons, Canons and Pentax models and we went over the specifics of each model in my price range and the pros and cons. Extremely helpful and I place I am glad to begin buying my cameras from.

A Journey into Photos

December 27th, 2006

Photography, not something I ever thought I would enjoy. I’ve had a camera for a few years and I used to bring it out for the usual School Band Concerts or awards night but little else. Then over the summer I went on Vacation with a friend of mine and we took upwards of 800 images in about a week and I had a great time doing it. Maybe it has something to do with my new Macbook and how fun and simple iPhoto makes it to edit photos, or perhaps I just caught the photo bug but I just can’t stop taking pictures now. I found it both relaxing and energizing plus how better to remember a trip, a place or a time.

New db400971999 Blog

December 27th, 2006

I used to be a Drupal user but I have switched (back) to db400971999. Sometimes the easy way is the best way. I had been looking for a good way to integrate my image gallery into my blog and db400971999 seems to have the best plugin. It’s called WPG2 and it integrates db400971999 with an existing Gallery2 Image Gallery. Ideal for me.

I have had some luck getting it to work but at this point it’s not 100%. I have the integration far enough along that the right side navagatio bar shows an image from my gallery but when you click on it the interface it brings up doesn’t work correctly. You can click on the things that come up by they never actually take you to an album. The text right about that image is also a link though, it’s a direct link to the home-page of my image gallery which works just fine. With any luck I’ll get that sorted out shortly.