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Thursday, December 2, 2010
New Server/Host – Superb Internet

Once again, I have switched hosting companies. I am in the process of migrating all the accounts on my server over to the new one, but I did mine first. Mostly to make sure it works and wouldn’t cause any problems. I saw a great deal on FatWallet that’s basically going to cut my yearly server cost in half, for the same setup. Plus, this place seems to know what they’re doing a whole lot better than the old one.

Right now, they’re having a 50-70% off anniversary sale on dedicated servers. It was too good to pass up. The sale goes through December 15, and then you keep that price as long as you have your server.

Superb Internet

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Image Not Found

When I woke up this morning, I had an IM that the server had been down and was rebooted. I couldn’t get to half the pages, and it looked like my WordPress database had been deleted. It wasn’t looking good. I sent in a support ticket to have it rebooted again. It didn’t come back up, so I sent another one. I’m not sure what was wrong, but it came up correctly this time.

The first thing I did was back up my blog database with WordPress Database Backup. I’m going to set it up to email me a backup daily or weekly.

If I look a little pissed off in that picture, it’s because I was. Things seem to be back to normal now, though.

Purchase location: Jinx
Purchase date: Jan 25, 2008.

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Friday, October 31, 2008
NaBloPoMo

Sure, what the hell.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008
Another Post!

I’ve been trying to post more often lately. Really. I’m not going to commit to anything crazy, like a post every day (like both of my brothers are trying to do), but I just want to get something up here more regularly than I have been.

Tuesday night, I finally had a good night of bowling again. I’ve been struggling a bit lately, and my average has dropped a few pins in all my leagues. One of them ended last week, and the other two have a couple of weeks left. Then the summer leagues start. Anyway, Tuesday I shot 194-215-258 for a 667 series. Not bad. In the 258, I put together eight strikes in a row from the second frame through the 9th frame.

Yesterday, I got a color calibrator for my monitor(s) at home. I chose this one despite mixed reviews at Amazon (and elsewhere), because the positive reviewers were all very happy with it. I ran through the setup, and it seems to have worked nicely. The color on my monitor looks much nicer, and at the very least it at least did something. The real test will be when I try to print at Costco, soft-proofing with their custom printer profile. The whole idea behind it is to be able to see on the screen exactly what the print will look like.

After calibrating, I was going back through some old images, and some of them looked quite a bit better. Here’s one I found from a year ago that I apparently didn’t think much of the first time through, but I like it now:

Man with Dog on Beach at Sunset

Tomorrow night, I fly out to Phoenix to visit my brother and his wife. I’m going to get to two Mets@Dbacks games while I’m there. Hopefully, they’ll play better than they did in their 13-1 loss to the Pirates last night.

The hardest part of posting more often is coming up with good post titles. It tends to get very repetitive.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Five Years

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this crap for five years now, and that there are people who actually read it. My first post was way back on August 29th, 2002.

I had been planning to write some sort of real post about this, but I guess I should have done it sooner. I don’t really feel up to it, and I’m sure I won’t get to it later.

So that’s all you get today.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Microblogging

Fairly often, I have a link or some other random short thing I want to share, but don’t feel like it’s worthy of a whole post. Some of the time, these get collected into bigger posts, but mostly they just get forgotten. Jason was talking about Twitter and Jaiku recently, and something like that seemed like almost the perfect solution. The main problem with them is I don’t like giving up control over to a third party when I can easily run whatever the hell I want on my own server.

I finally got around to doing this, adding a microblogging category. For anyone reading with an RSS reader (probably most of you), these posts will just show up like normal posts. Looking at them on the actual website, though, they’ll just be a short one liner, with no title or date, and little wasted space. This way they don’t feel like they should be more than a sentence or two. The implementation was pretty much copied from PhotoMatt’s Asides, with some changes to the display style.

Hopefully, this will at least get me posting more often, even if it’s just short, useless crap. Better than the long useless crap that’s usually here, I guess.

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Thursday, February 8, 2007
Long Overdue Post

I have no excuse for why I haven’t really posted anything here for a while. As usual, a bunch of stuff to say, no motivation to do it.

First, I have started off my BlackBerry programming with two applications for the Pearl: AutoLock, which automatically activates the keyguard when the display idle timer kicks in to turn off the screen, and SoftReset which simply provides an easy way to reset the device without requiring a battery pull. They’re both free (but I take donations!) and can be found here: BlackBerry Software. Now that I’ve got things figured out, I’m definitely going to get started on some poker results tracking software soon.

Second… I have soft water at home! It rules. No more calcium deposits in the shower, in the sink, on the dishes, and shaving is soooo much more comfortable. Photoblog image here.

Third: 6 days until Pitchers and Molinas (er.. catchers)! 8 days before the Mets staff has to report.

Enough with the counting. Bowling has continued to go fairly well for me this year, though I did have a few off nights (503 over three games, 701 over four games), last night I had another good series:

X   X   X   X   819/9/X   6/XX9
306088107116135155175195224
9/8/X   X   X   X   X   X   7/8/X
18386898128158185205223243
X   X   X   X   X   X   9/9/9/9/8
306090120149169188207226244
Series: 711   Average: 237.0

Two months, two 700s. I’ll take that. Still looking for another honor score (298, 299, 300, 800, or 11 in a row), though. Also, had this a few weeks ago:

8/X   X   9/9/X   X   9/9/9/9
20496988108137157176195214
X   9/9/8/81X   9/X   X   X9-
2039577584104124154183202
X   X   X   X   X   X   7/X   7/X9/
306090120147167187207227247
X   X   X   X   9/X   X   X   8/7/9
306089109129159187207224243
Series: 906   Average: 226.5

I don’t often throw 900 over four games, though I’m sure I’ve done it a few times in the past. Very happy about it. The Palm Z22 is holding up very well for recording my bowling scores with Frames. The lower resolution doesn’t bother me at all for what I’m using it for, and the battery life is terrific. This week I plugged it in for the first time since I started using it at the bowling alley. That’s almost a month without a recharge.

I want an LED mooninite. I may have to resort to making my own. Might be fun. I’ll leave off with this video of a government agency trying to track down the mooninite terrorists:

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Monday, January 15, 2007
Snap Preview Anywhere

I was browsing around the web the other day (surprise!) and came across a cool new service. Snap Preview Anywhere lets you have popup previews of websites on links on your website. It’s pretty neat, and was really easy to set up, and is (at least for the moment) free. I set up my site to preview any external link; links to other pages on my site won’t show previews, but I may at some point change that. I’m undecided on it right now. You can see a demo by moving your mouse over the link to the site in this post.

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Sunday, December 3, 2006
Monolingual

To anyone who leaves comments here: I only read and understand English. Comments in Spanish I don’t understand. They will get deleted, as will comments in any language I don’t know. Repeatedly leaving the same comment in a language I don’t understand doesn’t help your case.

Calling me a bitch in a language I don’t understand doesn’t either.

That is all.

Tomorrow: Rant about my ISP!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I’m Back

Well, my site is back anyway. What I initially thought was a hacked server is looking like it was actually a dying hard drive. I had backups of everything on it except my site, for some reason. I was lucky to be able to restore things. I need a better backup solution.

When the site went down last week, I was trying to make my first post in two weeks. Now it’s been three, and I have a lot more to write about, but as usual, no motivation to do so. Go read some other poker blogs for great write-ups of the 2006 WPBT Summer Classic. I’ll have one up eventually, I hope.

For now, I’m just happy to have this damn place up and running again.

Almost forgot: The House passed a ban on internet gambling yesterday. The Senate hopefully will not. Go join the Poker Player’s Alliance if you care about the issue. I did.

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