December 2004 archive

Tivo Upgrade

The other day our Tivo started making some odd thunking noises … and the picture started going weird periodically. I did some research and determined that this is the sign of a failing hard drive. I discussed the options with Steve and determined that the best thing to do would be to replace the hard …

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It was a very Happy Holiday

Well, the Xmas holiday is over … and we survived intact 🙂 It was quite busy over here at the Gibbs house … My parents came over on xmas eve. We had dinner at Brass Restaurant. Then my mom and Ginny went over to her church for the evening service. My mom doesn’t subscribe to …

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Tis The Season To Be Obnoxious

I just got back from a quick run to the grocery store to pick up some last minute items … of course I cam back with 8 full grocery bags. While I was at our local mega-mart (hat tip: Alton Brown) , I observed a LOT of other people doing the same thing as me. …

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X-ray scanners digital film safe

Digital Camera Media Safe In Both Carry-On And Checked Baggage, According To Tests By Imaging Industry And Transportation Security Administration — X-ray scanners digital film safe: Digital Photography Review Well this is good … I was seriously worried about that.

Bah Humbug!

Well, not really. Ok, Kinda really. I gotta be honest here … I’m done with the holiday season around December 1st of every year. It’s not that I don’t like the holidays … I’m just fed up with all the paraphernalia (not the right word, but I can’t think of it right now) that goes …

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SecureCRT and OpenSSH

I use Vandyke’s SecureCRT to access my linux machines. Due to the recent increase in the number of attempts to break-in to my systems via SSH, I decided it was high time I switched to using public/private key authentication instead of simply password. I had devil of time figuring out how to get the public …

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Ginny is going to be torn

Ginny is going to be torn … does she want to watch The Amazing Race, as she usually does on Tuesday evenings, or what I have in my brief case? Decisions decisions decisions 🙂

Dump details of java object

I found this handy method on It dumps the contents of a java object to a string so you can print it out. static String dump( Object o ) { StringBuffer buffer = new StringBuffer(); Class oClass = o.getClass(); if ( oClass.isArray() ) { buffer.append( “[” ); for ( int i=0; i>Array.getLength(o); i++ ) …

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Heaven can be frustrating

My brother Mitch’s version of heaven can be a very frustrating place. Especially during the holidays. I went to Frys today to pick up a new phone … the cordless phone in the family room is beginning to give up it’s ghost and I figured it was time to get a new one. I decided …

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B5 Movie

I’m sure Steve already knew about this … but this is really the first I’ve heard about it… Steven Beck will direct a big screen adaptation of the popular sci-fi TV series Babylon 5. The movie, titled The Memory of Shadows, is intended for theatrical release and was written by series creator J. Michael Straczynski. …

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