My hair… gone!

After nearly seven years, I cut off all of my hair and went back to a clean-shaven dome. It’s been something I’ve been considering doing for some time now, but when you have long hair, the constant urge to get your hair cut just isn’t there for you. In the seven years, I had maybe 5 haircuts.

Now’s as good a time as any, I say.

Here’s a photo of me during the TWA Flight 800 salvage operations w/ my hair similarly short.

Server Stability Issues Resolved

I finally figured out what was going on w/ the server. Turns out, the latest upgrade to OS X 10.4.8 was *part* of the problem, but the problem’s been around since 10.4.6-ish.

It turns out that the real issue is that some dual G5’s suffer random restarts if there are firewire-attached external drives.

Who knew?

Rather than revert back to 10.4.6, I simply turned off the drive that I’d left on.

Problem solved.

Start of a new life

In your life, there are days you can look back to as markers that divide your life in two.

Today is one such day for me.

I hope only that the future half is as much fun, and is as enjoyable as the past has been.

Site Features

There are a lot of features on this site, and it may take some time for readers and authors to uncover them. I’ll try to explain some of the topics as I go along by capturing the posts I’ll make and adding them to this book.


I created this site and more generically, registered this domain, as a spot for my immediate family to get together and share information with one another.

As a professional computer guy, I do this kind of thing for companies and friends, and even for some of my online social groups, but I’ve never stopped to do one for my family. By registering the domain, my hope is that I’ll spawn one site for each member who wants to have their own page, and simply inter-link them so that we all have a spot to call our own.

About this site

What’s this site for?

This book is where I’ll discuss the reason this site (and domain) exist, how to contribute and who it’s for.

I’m intentionally writing for a non-technical crowd, so there’ll be a lot of links to external sources here, and all acronyms will be clarified.

What are those little blue “b” icons for over next to the news stories?

Ubuntu starup to challenge RedHat!!Canonical is the 65-employee start-up behind a popular version of Linux called “Ubuntu”. The company is betting that it can win a place in the market using a strategy that dominant Linux seller Red Hat has dropped. [Digg — Tech]

I’m posting this story for three reasons:

  1. I wanted to demonstrate what happens when you click the “b” (for “blog”) icons next to the news story headlines. Clicking the “b” will create a web log (blog) entry for you, quoting the story next to the “b” icon you pressed.
  2. I like and thought some of you might not have heard of it, and figured this would be a way of possibly introducing it to you. It’s generally a tech-news based site, but the mechanics of it work so well that they’ve branched out into other news areas (politics, science, strange news).
  3. I love and use Ubuntu Linux every day (and right now, to post this).

Linux has been on the upswing for a while, and with all of the time I’ve spent fixing Windows-based computers that are over-run w/ malicious software (malware), I’ve been experimenting with different Linux distributions (distros) to find one that I’d be comfortable recommending to Mom.

Ubuntu is pretty much that distro.

Call me some time if you wanna talk Linux (and have an hour or so) — I’ve got a lot of great things to say about it. 🙂