Rod Begbie




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Watch games at all five Major League Baseball parks in California
Summer Holiday!

I fancied a trip to California next year for our summer hols. A good way to guide us around: Go to a game at each of Petco, AT&T, Mcafee, Angels and Dodger.

Looks like the Red Sox will be in CA three times next season, so we’ll pick one of those as the time for our holiday!



be at Fenway during the play offs
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Game 4, ALCS 2004

It. Was. AWESOME!



Attend the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (read all 4 entries…)
a heck of a week

Really got the neurons filing.



Attend the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (read all 4 entries…)
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Woo! Got permission from my boss to go this year! I’m all registered. Hurrah!



Attend the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (read all 4 entries…)
Info about ETech2006 is starting to appear

http://conferences.oreillynet.com/et2006/



raid 5 my file server (read all 4 entries…)
Finally done

I now have four 300Gb drives and a 3Ware 8506-4LP card in my new Linux server.

All the parts cost just a smidge over a grand from Newegg—With over half of that being the card + hard drives, along with the cheapest processor/motherboard/videocard/etc.



make a movie in 48 hours
And you can view it...

... here.



get a job that I love
You spend 40 hours a week there...

That’s far too much of your life to spend doing something you hate.



Shake a President's hand
Just not the current president...

... unless I happen to be wearing a joy buzzer at the time.



give more to charity
Look into monthly subscriptions

I’ve now started donating $10 a month to a few different charities. This way, it is less noticable to my bank balance than if I donated $120 in a block once a year, and the charities don’t have to pester me with reminders once a year.



Visit San Francisco
Fantastic whistle-stop visit

Approximately 36 hours was just enough of a taste that I desparately want to come back with The Missus for a decent vacation.



Visit Chicago (read all 4 entries…)
A thoroughly splendid weekend

What hijinks!



Install Gentoo
If you want to know exactly how your system works..

Gentoo is the way to go. Its lack of friendly helpful GUIs and “wizards” is definitely scary to the uninitiated, but as you watch things build and tweak their options, you gain a lot of understanding about what’s going on under the covers.



see a Yankees game, live
Game 4, Fenway Park, ALCS, 2004

Was a great night out!



raid 5 my file server (read all 4 entries…)
Did this at work

I’ve just set up a new departmental server at work— A Linux box with SATA RAID-5.

Some lessons-learned if you’re thinking of doing this:

  1. The 3Ware 8504 is perfect for Linux. Gentoo’s LiveCD recognised it on boot-up, so I didn’t have to lift a finger to configure it!
  2. We used 4×160Gb drives. Two for storage, one for parity, and one for live failover, giving us a little room to breathe should something go awry.
  3. Get a good hot-swappable enclosure. We got one that fits in 3 5.25 external bays and it should make life a lot simpler if we do have a drive failure.


file our taxes as soon as possible...to get our refund quickly! (read all 2 entries…)
Done... but OUCH!

Our final W2 dropped through the letterbox on Thursday… as did a 1099 for some work I’d forgotten Joy had done.

A 1099 which dropped our refund from close to a grand to $130.

Bugger!

Oh well, it’s all filed now.



raid 5 my file server (read all 4 entries…)
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I’d picked out my Raid card (The 3Ware 8504-LP, which handles 4 Serial ATA drives in RAID-5, and recognized as being very Linux-friendly), but now I’ve had to pay for car repairs, so can’t afford to sort out the server. Curse you fickle fate for toying with me this way!



Get on The Amazing Race
Application form

CBS are looking for folks for season 8. Season 8 will be for families—4 people to a team! Season 9 will reportedly be back to normal.

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race_application/

Sadly, I’m denied due to US Citizenry requirements.



file our taxes as soon as possible...to get our refund quickly! (read all 2 entries…)
Make believe

I just installed TaxCut, and took a dry-run at my taxes, entering the numbers that Microsoft Money thinks, and we’re due about $800 back. Hopefully that number’ll go up a little once I have the actual W2s in my grubby paws.



learn python (read all 3 entries…)
Ramped up quickly

OK, I’ve spent enough time hacking around in Python to check off this task. To re-iterate my previous comment, Dive Into Python is a great resource for learning the language.

Things I Like:
  • There’s a hell of a lot of stuff which other languages consider add-ons baked right into Python. Even better they tend to do The Right Thing in the way you’d expect.
  • The language is spendidly non-verbose. The indenting-based structure makes for nice clean code.
Things I don’t like:
  • Spending so much time in strongly-typed compiled languages over the years makes it hard to shift into a mode of not knowing whether things will work until you hit that line of code and everything crumbles.
  • I haven’t found a really good IDE yet.


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