Happy May 1st

I can’t believe it’s May already. I sure wish the weather reflected it though…

Anyway, not much new. Being a bum today and experimenting with my new toy, the ASUS O!Play

Overall the ASUS O!Play has played every file I have thrown at it and the picture is really clear – am guessing the all digital interface is what makes the differences. The O!Play UI is a bit funky and browsing network shares and creating shortcuts is odd. Fortunately I can telnet to the device and mount shares from SAMBA which makes things a bit more usable. Oh, the WIFI connection was crappy at first since every other boot prevented the interface from coming up. I had to downgrade to the 1.18 firmware to resolve the issue. Surprisingly streaming a 4GB files over the air works well. I’m happy with the purchase and see potential hacking to make things even better yet!

Yay! The car is back!



My car is finally done. As expected Main Motors Body & Collision did an excellent job with the body repairs.

Now just have to get over the paranoia of people following me to close…

Hang in there BSCi people affected by the RIF

It appears quite a lot of people I know from BSCi were cut yesterday. It makes me angry how one company can cut so deeply all the while the CEO doubled his base salary…

Hang in there folks, fortunately the job market is improving. I’ll do my part and reach out and send job ops I can find or receive.

Anyway, hang in there.

The Epsilon Screw Up

I’m quite disgusted by so many companies have entrusted Epsilon’s services. The latest privacy breach really has me a bit more aware of where my information is stored and question the overall security of our information.

To date the following companies have emailed me about this breach.

  • Best Buy
  • US Bank
  • Hilton
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Chase

I’m sure there will be more.

If it were me I’d expect Epsilon to pay for each and every expense created by this breach. Spammers will for sure take advantage of all the breached information and I’m sure some people will fall for the scams.

If I only had the time to switch to a fresh email address I would surely do it, what a pain huh? Just proves there is a downside to using a single marketing service.  I’m so glad much of my email goes through Gmail since their spam filters are superior.

linuxfreak.net: dom0 upgrade complete!

Just a followup on the previous post. Loki (dom0) has been upgraded to Debian 6.x successfully. It was actually quite easy and as expected the domUs started right up after configuring Xen for bridging.

Now that there is a newer kernel I can experiment with things such as btrfs, etc… There should also be so speed ups as well 🙂

Happy Spring!

linuxfreak.net and other hosted sites to be down in the near future

Current planning is in place to upgrade the beyer infrastructure in the next month or so. Mainly software updates will take place on dom0 which will affect all guests due to the upgrade of Xen. Guest will remain at their current version of OS (mainly Debian 5, Ubuntu 10.04, Centos 5.5).

A SSD drive will be added as additional experimental storage for Oracle hosts – should be interesting 🙂

More information to come

Oh the decisions…

With the announcement of the iPad2 from Apple a lot of thought has been placed on whether it’s time to consider a tablet or wait.

What I really have my eye on is the Motorola Xoom mainly because it’s Android and I know that with Android everything Google will work fine. I’m not sure the flash -vs- no-flash is a valid debate, yes it’s nice but I’d hope for a world without flash at some point.

The price of the iPad is very appealing. The price for the Xoom as it exists today is out of my range. Even at the least expensive option I really don’t care for the 2 year contract for the data plan. Personally I’m already paying for a data plan on my mobile phone, I should be able to use it as I wish. Obvious mobile carriers will fight this to the end.

A wifi only option for the Xoom would be awesome, there appears to be a rumor it exists but yet it’s no where to be found so far.

We’ll see. I’ll be curious to hear back from Fro after he picks up the iPad2 and hear his opinion.

The wifi version has arrived since this post and is priced to match the 32GB version of the iPad2. Also Fro has purchased the wifi Xoom and is digging it besides the initial Xoom he purchased which had some rebooting issue.

Meanwhile I’m still on the fence about tablet purchases…

W00t! Froyo (Android 2.2) is available for the Captivate

Spent a part of the day at work waiting for the clock to get to goin’ home time so that I could apply the new update.

Overall it went quite smooth considering that Kies Mini doesn’t suppose to work so well on Win7 x64. Lots of little changes to explore 🙂

Disclaimer: Was in secure coding class today and discussing how things such as web sites are so easy to hack if not coded right. I was listening so not totally distracted 🙂

Where does the time go?

Once again it’s been a while since the last post, where does the time go?
New job is going well, doing a combo of security and environment setup. The only downside is having no rights on most environments, a feeling of powerless… Though that means less of a chance to get blamed if something breaks 🙂

Can’t believe Valentines Day is almost here, I have some good things for Ingrid.
Only thing else going on is a pending rebuild of my desktop PC, it’s been nearly 16 months, would like to rebuild that before starting on a new development project I have in mind. More to come.

Brrr… It’s cold!

It’s suddenly damn cold, hopefully that slows the snowfall down.

Well, week one is almost done, short week anyway, and things are going well. So much to do and mostly self-service so it’s submit request, wait, rinse and repeat.

Well, not much else to say at the moment. Stay warm all!