Wednesday, March 19, 2008



I so think I could do double that, I mean seriously, split the kids into groups and the bribe them with candy. They practically fight themselves!

However, when you get to the last of them, and they realize you have no candy, be prepared to bribe with tickets to disneyland or run like hell.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

bored at the library

Since Mom has started working out in Terra Ceia again, and we've only got one car, after classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings I've had to wait at the library until she's done. Usually around 3pm is when she can come out to get me. I get out of ENG111 at 9:15am, so that means I'm at the library for about six hours or so. For the first... hour or two I can usually get most of my eng111 work done and get some lunch at the library cafeteria, but for the rest I'm just bored, listening to music every once in a while, if I remember to bring headphones. At *least* I can get wifi on the R here, in linux, so I can do stuff on my own machine.

It's 1:30 now, so only 1.5hrs left to go, hopefully.

At least hardly anyone is here later in the afternoon, so it's not too bad.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Spinny kitten of goodness

So as of recent the kittens (jane and ansel) have taken over my rather nice paddedy chair. Instead of forcing them to move (I'm so nice) I slid over the chair and put my old beat up one in it's place. One day while I was sitting waiting for something to load down, I noticed jane was sleeping rather peacefully, so I gave the chair a quick spin and she seemed to enjoy watching the world twirl around her, so I did it a bunch more and made a video of it.

Amazingly she still likes to sleep there...


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Windows Server 2003 & Bike motorification

Apparently the community college that I go to signed up for the whole Microsoft Dreamspark program thing, and went as far as to set it up so that you can sign up for said program using just your SSN, and while that is a little bit creepy, I'd say it's pretty cool too so it balances out nicely.

For those of you who haven't heard of MS' Dreamspark program, it's this thing that microsoft has been doing for a few months now where if you're a college student, or have been accepted into a college that supports dreamspark, you can sign up and download anything you want from this small pool of software they offer, no charges at all, just relatively slowish download speeds. It's a pretty cool idea in my opinion, but the software list they offer isn't really much; that's not to say it's not awesome, though. Free (usually expensive) software for download? Woo! But if they offered like, Office07 or 03 & WinXP it would be pretty nice.

Then again, they software they offer is mainly geared towards "aspiring software developers" or whatever. They have: VisualStudio 2008pro, MS Expressions (2007?), MS SQL Server, VisualStudio 2005pro, xna game studio, and last but not least, MS Server 2003 standard. The first thing that really interested me was that srvr2003, so I downloaded it right away. And by right away I mean two 600MB ISOs at 230KB/s.

Once it did finish, however, I opened up VMWare and loaded it in to begin playing with it. First impression: just like windows 2000 server. Second impression: just like windows 2000 server with some new added features and fancier logos. New software is new software, though, and from playing with it in vmware I found a lot of neato little serverish things.

Playing with it in vmware, though, got boring. Running an OS like this on real hardware is oh so much more interesting. Realizing that I don't exactly have many capable PCs around here, I began to stumble on what I would run this on. I then remembered "the valtec," which is a generic whitebox PC that I got from a friend of mine for helping him move. It's not really spectacular- PIII 500, 512MB, 20GB, etc. However, that does *almost* fit into the "suggested requirements" for wndwssrvr2003stndrd, and it easily clears the minimum. After converting those ISOs into warmly burned compact disks I hooked up the valtec booted it up off the first disk. The install went like any other install, except it took an epicly long time, about an hour and a half.

From this I expected that it would run about as quickly, or as not quickly, as it installed. Much to the contrary it runs pretty fast, *nearly* wndwssrvr2000 speed, which I suppose isn't too radically crazy considering it's only three years newer, hee hee. So right now it's got remote desktop enabled, so I can hook right into it from the R61i here with no issues. I've got a web server running on it, but I'm not going to open the port until I have some data to dump there, which may take a while, if it ever happens.

Allllsooooo.... I've been making some great strides in my bike engine-ification project, both in using the engine I already have and in possibly getting a new engine off ebay for $150 shipped. The new engine is looking good because it has nice things, like a clutch and is connected to the wheel by a drive shaft, not a roller. The other option is using the engine I have now, but it needs some work and to mount it to the bike I still need some sort of mounting bracket. Making one of those would probably take longer than it would to get the money for an engine.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Getting back into blagging

So it would seem as though fall was the last time I fired up blogspot and typed anything in. I guess you could say I "eHibernated" through the winter and am just now emerging to type about random stuff once again. A lot has happened, but I'm going to break it down into multiple posts.