Monday, September 11, 2000

Advogato Entry 35

Noonish

Well, I see I haven't posted for quite a while. I've been busy with Marching Band and the first week of classes. My apartment is now fully populated (4 people), though we are still in the process of setting everything up. We've got a nice stereo system going (really good receiver with Dolby Digital), and have two computers hooked up to it. I still have to find a good way to get MP3s playing, though. Both computers are not very close to the stereo itself -- you have to get up and wander over somewhere to change the playlist or anything. Oh well.

I had been working on a simple MP3 server web interface, though I don't know if that will ever bear fruit. I'll probably just use RIMPS or a similar piece of software.

I'm having some trouble adjusting to the fact that my computer is not in my bedroom this year. While it's nice to fall asleep without the background noise of my computer, it's annoying because I haven't been able to keep up with my e-mail very well. I unsubscribed from some LiViD mailing lists that I'd been on for a long time, but I got tired of wading through messages that weren't very interesting to me..

Anyway, people I know will just have to deal with the fact that I will not respond as quickly as I usually do..

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Advogato Entry 36

Morning

I'm sick. This sucks. I was just getting over another illness when this one came along. I could barely function yesterday, and I seem to be doing a little better today. We'll have to see how things go.. Anyway, I've been as inactive as possible, trying to let my immune system do its thing.

I was happy a few days ago when I whipped up a little phono jack switch. One input to two different outputs. Not that it was very hard to do or anything. Now I just have to do some soldering and put it in a small box..

Monday, September 25, 2000

Advogato Entry 37

Afternoon

Well, I haven't been keeping up with this. Being sick for a month doesn't help things.. Oh well, I'll have to see if I can get back on this horse.

I totally screwed up a CSci assignment today. I was supposed to download a Word(!) document, fill in relevant parts, and hand it in.. Oh well, it's still early in the year, and I still have plenty of time to make up for stupid mistakes. Hopefully, I'm done with stupid mistakes for this semester.

I don't know what it is, but school really seems to take a lot out of me. Even if I don't do anything (or maybe it's because I don't do anything), I get really tired. I should really get into an exercise routine (heh, like that'll happen).

The exciting event over the weekend was that Ralph Nader had a fairly large rally here on Friday. I paid my $7 to get in. Apparently, 12000 people is (or was as of Friday, they're still having rallies) the largest gathering of individuals paying to listen to a Presidential candidate. Not that it means we gave a whole lot of money -- they got about $110k (entry cost plus donations once in the door). Still, it's a much better deal for me than those $25k/plate dinners that some candidates have (*cough* *cough*).

Anyway, I'm having all sorts of fun bashing Sun here at work. We can't figure out how to use the 100Base-T network card in our new server. Fun. My boss had hooked up our tape drive to the system without realizing it only ran at 10Mb. Our backups are running several times slower these days.

As always, I keep hoping that I'll get motivated to help out on some open source projects. Someday it'll happen..

Found out about a semi-new TV channel in town, KSTC 45. There have been all of these strange `Hi, I'm Gregory and I'm 45' posters and ads all over town. It's kind of neat, as it is supposed to be an independent station with a local focus. Unfortunately, they're owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, a company that owns about 10 stations (and they at least used to have a DBS network). It's just hard to call a station like that `independent' (of course, they mean that it will not have a network affiliation