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Dude I Got a Dell

Today DHL came to the office with a stack boxes from Dell. Being that I work for the UNIX group we don’t often get deliveries from Dell. We actually thought that the delivery guy was delivering to the wrong part of the floor. Anyway, we opened one of the boxes and it was a 24 inch lcd monitor. We’ve been bugging my boss Mark for dual 24 inch lcd monitors for about a year now. Needless to say I was very surprised.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my new setup. You can click on them for bigger versions:
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The last 2 pictures are of an excel document stretched across both screens. It goes from column A to column AY. Now if that doesn’t say productivity I don’t know what does.


Long Wait

This time of year is bland for me. There’s no sports that I really follow going on. I don’t follow much hockey or baseball. Watching an NBA game leaves a bitter taste in my mouth from seeing people WVU played make millions, while former Mountaineers are in Europe or on farm league teams. I’m definitely not into NASCAR (is that really a sport?).

The thing that keeps me going is the build up and hype of the up coming Mountaineer football season. I can’t get enough of it.

You Tube has also helped over the last couple of years. Speaking of You Tube, here’s a movie to hold you over:


Ubuntu Firefox Fix

I decided to give Ubuntu 7.04 a try. One of the the biggest annoyances I’ve had since the switch is that when you hit backspace while in Firefox, it does the same as hitting the page up key. I have grown accustomed to backspace taking me back to the previous page, like it does on every other OS. I didn’t realize how much I used that until it was gone.

So I figured out how to fix it:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar.
  2. Search for "browser.backspace_action".
  3. Change the default value from field to 0.
  4. Start using the backspace key to go back to the previous page.

Now if I could only get my wireless card working consistently I’d be pretty happy.


Stay Together for the Kids

I was listening to my ipod today while I was running some new coax cable (more on this later). As usual I had it on set to shuffle. After about 15 minutes, Blink 182’s “Stay Together for the Kids” came up. Given my family’s current situation it seemed eerily fitting.

Lyrics:
It’s hard to wake up
When the shades have been pulled shut
This house is haunted
It’s so pathetic
It makes no sense at all.
I’m ripe with things to say
The words rot and fall away.
If a stupid poem could fix this home
I’d read it every day.

So here’s your holiday
Hope you enjoy it this time
You gave it all away
It was mine
So when you’re dead and gone
Will you remember this night, twenty years now lost.
It’s not right

Their anger hurts my ears
Been running strong for seven years
Rather than fix the problems, they never solve them
It makes no sense at all
I see them every day
We get along so why can’t they?
If this is what he wants and this is what
she wants
Then why is there so much pain?

So here’s your holiday
Hope you enjoy it this time
You gave it all away
It was mine
So when you’re dead and gone
Will you remember this night, twenty years now lost
It’s not right

So here’s your holiday
Hope you enjoy it this time
You gave it all away
It was mine
So when you’re dead and gone
Will you remember this night, twenty years now lost
It’s not right.


Buy or Rent?

Treah and I have been thinking about buying a house. Nothing serious yet, just browsing realtor websites. We did stop at 1 open house. I think the biggest hold up in my mind has been trying to figure out where are we going to be living in 3 years when Treah finishes her residency program. What happens if we have to move and sell our house? How much money will we lose/make?

Anyway, I found this on the NY Times website today. It’s a little flash based app where you enter in what you think your rent on a place would be, what you would pay for a house, and the mortgage info. It then takes all of this information and graphs out whether it’s better financially for you to rent or buy. It shows the cost savings/costs per year.


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