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!
Really got the neurons filing.
Woo! Got permission from my boss to go this year! I’m all registered. Hurrah!
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.
That’s far too much of your life to spend doing something you hate.
... unless I happen to be wearing a joy buzzer at the time.
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.
Approximately 36 hours was just enough of a taste that I desparately want to come back with The Missus for a decent vacation.
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.
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Oh well, it’s all filed now.
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!
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.
Sadly, I’m denied due to US Citizenry requirements.
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.
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.