Archive for August, 2007

Buying a house

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Given that we are in the process of buying house this article kind of sums up some of the craziness that is going on at the moment. I don’t have much sympathy for someone who is buying a loft in Arlington for $950,000. I mean is it really worth almost a million? I am guessing daddy is helping with the down payment as well as sorting out the mortgage.

Mmmmm that sounds a little bitchy doesn’t it, oh well.

Suzanne Vega Concert

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

We are joining Dave for a Suzanne Vega concert at the Birtchmere on the 18th of Sept. Just an FYI if anyone else wants to join.

Couple beer cross posts

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Smithsonian National Zoo + Beer = Brew at the Zoo
When in Rome

Phoenix Bikes

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

I met a couple people from Phoenix Bikes last week during a special event with Whole Foods. They had a mechanic in the parking lot tunning up bikes. Whole Foods also donated a portion of the sales for the day to Phoenix bikes. There website says

“Welcome to Phoenix Bikes! We are a little community bike shop serving folks in and around S. Arlington, VA.

Located in Barcroft Park, along the 4 Mile Run and WO&D bike trails, we work with young people in the community, building bikes and becoming leaders. In addition to participating in our Earn-A-Bike Program and other Phoenix Team activities, our young mechanics join staff and volunteers in serving Arlington’s biking community. We do tune-ups and repairs at low cost to area cyclists, and sell quality used bikes fit for the whole family. Stop on by the shop to check us out, chat for a few minutes, and get into the Arlington bike community.”

So I decided to go down on saturday to see what I can do to help. I ended up being there for a couple hours. I helped fix a rear brake on bike that didn’t have brakes. I put together two wheels with new tubes and tires and I installed a new cassette on a rear wheel.

Lots of fun for me, hopefully I will have more spare time to help them out in the future.


Saturday, August 25th, 2007

The topic of conversation tonight the origin of the word bugger or buggery wikipedia came up as the first entry on google.

The follow on conversation was that the muppet show song phonemon was originally written and performed in a Swedish porn film. The challenge for the readers is to find a youtube clip of the Swedish porn movie.

here is a link that kind of back up the conversation

Where am i

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I haven’t posted here for a while. I switching from using live journal as my rss aggregator to, so haven’t been on live journal as much. I also wanted a little more control over my blog, especially being able to view the logs so all my new entries are going to I orginally thought I would do public type posts to and private stuff to livejournal, but that doesn’t seem to worked out that way.

So I figured I would do a post here to let people know I have moved. There is an rss feed available at if you if you are using google reader or something similar.

Another one bites the dust

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I have a number of maxtor (now seagate) 120 gig hard drives. I used to use them in my raid array till I got fed up replacing them every 3 months. I needed a hard disk for a test box and the only ting I had handy was was one of the left over 120gig hard disks. Yesterday I logged into the box and the root file system was readonly, kind of strange, maybe it was borked from distro upgrade. I rebooted and the box and ssh didn’t come back to life. I poked at the box this morning and found found it was kind of messed up. I booted the Seagate disk doctor tools and the first thing it reported was drive over heat. Not really surprising since these drive always ran hot, so I ran the disk diag tool, lots over errors

So the conclusion is official an other one bites the dust.

RIP Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB ATA/133 HDD, last known successful diagnostics test 11/27/2005 Compromised

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

The Register is reporting on a blog entry at Symantec about a host they found logging into using stolen recruiter credentials. The application then dumps presonal data such as name, surname, email address, home address, phone numbers to a report server controlled by the attackers.

I saw new spam today that is asking you to log into a recruiting database. I deleted them before investigating further. Perhaps they are realted?

Glad I didn’t install the Treo 700p Update

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I saw the update as soon as it came out, but I was busy that week so held off to see how others faired on Looks like I made a good choice as there were a number of people complaining about connectivity issues. Now Palm has pulled the 700p update for Verizon Hopefully the next version will fix all the issues mentioned in the forum.

Sky Meadows Hike

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

We went hiking at Sky Meadows State Park in Virginia.

Here are the Google Earth links, I forgot to switch off the GPS when I went into the gift shop which explains the Long straight line on top right. I was able to edit it out of the Google Map, but I don’t know how to do it on Google Earth yet.

Google Earth
Google Earth USGS topo map overlay
Open the first link then click on the second link to get to the topographic overlay.