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Camping in David Thompson Country

2004-08-31 Leave a comment

We took the kids and went camping with some friends of ours and their kids over the weekend at David Thompson Resort, on the Thompson Valley Parkway west of Rocky Mountain House on the weekend. The resort is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in beautiful scenery next to a large reservoir with unbelievable blue water. We tented, as usual, this being the fourth time we’ve used the “Taj MaTent” that Jennifer bought. The campground is not especially tent-friendly, being pretty rocky, and mostly designed for trailers and RVs, but there are a few good tent sites and we got a couple of them.
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Categories: Personal

Windows XP SP2 Blows Up Kids Computer

2004-08-27 Leave a comment

My kids have an eMachines Celeron 1.8 GHz machine for playing kids games on. It came bundled with Windows XP Home and a bunch of crap that I expect nobody is ever interested in like AOL and stuff like that. They’ve had it for a year and a half, and it was getting a little flaky, but nothing too major. Occaisionally it would go to sleep and not wake up without a power off, stuff like that. Now XP Service Pack 2 has installed itself, and those little flaky problems have grown a bit.
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Boring Day in the Lab

2004-08-27 2 comments

Today is a day for building basic workstations and servers in the lab in preparation for the next batch of testing and hacking. This part’s boring, which is why I like to spend the least possible time on it. Hence, imaging software and scripted installations are my friend.

The lab needs a better name than “The Lab”. Any suggestions?

Categories: Other Work Stuff

First New Search Engine

2004-08-26 Leave a comment

As I blogged previously, we’ve decided to do a preliminary rollout of our new internal search infrastructure in Calgary, to index and search the closed project data. I’ve been doing pilot installs in the lab to make sure I don’t run into any snags.
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Categories: Search System

Back to School Shopping Ritual

2004-08-26 Leave a comment

Well, I participated in the annual Back to School clothes shopping event last night, with my dad and Mack. Mack’s going into kindergarten, so its his first year of school, but he’s been in preschool, so this isn’t totally new to him. Emily went too, with her mom and Grandma. It’s a funny thing, getting the kids ready to head off to school. I always remember being excited to get back in the fall, to start new classes, learn new things, get new pencils and erasers. I don’t remember the clothes shopping too much, but since my early schooling took place in the seventies, maybe not remembering the clothes I wore to school is a good thing (velour track jackets and bell bottom cords).
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Categories: Personal

“Just a Geek” and Inspiration

2004-08-25 2 comments

I’ve just been listening to Wil Wheaton’s interview on Comptuer America, where he talks about his second book “Just a Geek“. I periodically read Wil’s weblog and it was interesting to read his weblog posting about his interview before I actually listened to the interview. He essentially reviewed his own interview, candidly assessing his own on-air performance. The guy’s frank and open, and funny and insightful. He was my main inspiration to start a weblog of my own, in fact, and take all the little electronic notes I always write to myself and publish them to the world. Anyways, after reading the things people have posted about the book on other weblogs, and hearing this interview, I’ve definitely added this book to my “to-read list” as another potential source of inspiration in what has already been an inspiring few weeks.
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3D Golf Tournament Lots of Fun

2004-08-25 Leave a comment

The tournament, which was smaller than in past years with about 8 foursomes, was great fun. Despite a threatening dark sky in the morning, the day turned sunny and the weather was beautiful (if a bit prematurely fall-like). My team, a bunch of duffers, managed to finish second in the not-very-heated Texas Scramble competition at two under, and I even got to write my name on the longest drive competition card, though it was blown away by Mike from 3D a few foursomes behind us. 3D did a good job of hosting the event, and included their nice touches of giving out a framed photo of each foursome to each tournament participant, and of showing a slide show of highlights of the game that Judy from 3D and Belinda from HP went around shooting throughout the game. I’m not sure why, but for some reason the picture of me shooting the ball into the lake off the first tee kept reappearing during the slide show, but other than that it was great.

They also gave out bags of loot which included nice 3D Computers / HP golf shirts, and a nice mug, and a cool little techno-toy that’s neat and useful for my geek gadgets in the truck. It’s a little pad about 125 mm by 75 mm, made of some bizarre sticky-gelly substance. You stick it on your dashboard, and then perch your cell phone or Palm handheld, or sunglasses or whatever on it, and then proceed to drive madly while the aforementioned gadget sits happily unmoving on the dash. Cool.

Categories: Personal
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