Wednesday, September 29, 2004

My first trip to public library in about 16 years

It's been a long time since I visited the public library in our town. Not much has changed in those years. I walked in the front door and it still had that familiar smell.

As a kid I always viewed the library as the ultimate place of leaning. School was to confining and at a young age I figured out that school in general was not really a place of learning but a place of conformance. A system, just like paying your taxes or driving a car. The library on the other hand was a place of pure knowledge or entertainment.

If you are a 12 year old and your interested in splitting the atom, there was no one there to tell you that you wouldn't understand the subject. You looked up the subject in the card catalog and started looking at books on that subject. As simple as that.

As I got older and had disposable income and transportation I fell in love with the book store. Here I could own the same volumes that I could only examine for 2 weeks at time.

So tonight I went to the library. While the building and smells hadn't changed any I found one this missing. The card catalog was no longer in it's little drawers. No, I looked around and found that the card catalog storage boxes had been turned around and are now used as display tables for art or the book club book of the month.

I have to say I was a little embarrassed to ask where the cards where and I didn't. I found the data terminal. Well don't let me sugar coat it, a Pentium 166 running a terminal emulator giving me access to an IBM database sitting on some AS/400 somewhere in the state of Illinois.

It still worked the same, look up the book find the Dewey Decimal number and find the book, but for some reason I was sad the the little cards where no longer in use. I signed up for another library card and will make it a point to visit the library again.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

MS04-028 Just a matter of time

I suggest that everyone needs to patch their Windows boxs. It looks like a nasty exploit for MS04-028 is just a matter of hours away.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Funny/Interesting and scary blog...

I was tipped off to this blog over on Slashdot.

I found some of your life


Some guy found a digital camera memory stick and is posting the pictures in his blog with some made up commentary of the pictures...

Now you don't see that everyday...

I was just in the public restroom at work (which happens regularly). When finished with what I had to do, I'm walking back over to the sink to wash up when standing in front of the mirror is a man shaving his head.

I've seen people with shaved heads before I just have never seen them doing this at work. I know I've been in a hurry in the morning to get to work but I don't think I would ever have over looked shaving my head. Or was this just a football bet gone bad?

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Hey, it was payday yesterday

That make me happy. I don't know about you, but payday makes those 3am calls much more bearable. Not to mention that I like peanuts.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Funny Web site...

I was reading slashdot this morning and someone made a comment and linked to this site.

http://www.playgroundlaw.com

Basically a site of playground insults. Don't expect to find many American ones in there. This site is from some chaps in the U.K.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

I know how those guys at Nasa must feel...

Maybe you did or maybe you didn't kow, Nasa tried to bring back the Genesis space capsule yesterday. And the results where ground breaking http://www.space.com/news/genesis_opened_040909.html The long and the short of it. A space capsule that had been in space for 3 years capturing ions from the Sun and space. They where going to bring it back to earth where a Helicopter was going to catch it mid-flight. Well, the chutes didn't open and it hit the ground at about 193 miles per hour.

They have now started to comb the desert.

Geez, I think I'm getting a cold...

Well, one of the things you realize when you have a child that goes to day care, is that everything that goes around at day care you get. It looks like the start of a cold.

Lucky, lucky me.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

It's that time of the month again.

I'm on call for this week. That means phone calls at 3am from total strangers regarding things I can't control. But I'm lucky I only have to do it one week every 4 weeks.

Normally the way things work, is we get to specialize in our field and run our little projects. But 1 week out of every 4 we are the jack of all trades and the weight of all those users sit on your shoulders. Sure you can get people in the group to help you out. But for that one week you are riding the rocket and all of your regularly scheduled problems are put on hold.

Wish me luck, I didn't get much sleep last night. But I can't complain as those paychecks continue to cash.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Seeing technology for what it can be

I went to Denny's this morning, we are off work so it was like Sunday again. When we walked into Denny there was a group of about 8 hearing impaired people. Now my 19 month old was really interested in how they where using their hands to talk. It was the first time she has ever seen someone sign before. But what was really cool was the conversation they where having. From what I could gather they where talking about their text messaging devices. Out of the 8 in the group at least 5 had either Black Berries or Side Kicks and they where busy showing each other the features of the devices. The average age of the group was about 65.

It dawned on me that what I sometimes consider a device of torture, others see as a magic carpet.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Technology Holy Grails

If you really have a passion for IT you usually end up with several technologies that you think are really neat but you don't have a way to use them everyday. For example, I have a friend who thinks the whole world should be stored in XML. But he struggles to implement XML in a product he's is developing. I call these technologies "Holy Grail" technologies. These are things that you think about everyday as you search for a nail to use these technology hammers on.

Currently I'm obsessing on a couple "Holy Grails".

1. VOIP
2. Satellite/Wireless technologies
3. RSS
4. Blogs

I will post more on these later. I'm a little pressed for time.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Mars Rovers and Cell Phones

It amazes me that we can remote control 2 golf carts on another planet but I'm unable to keep a cell phone call while driving home from work. I guess I'm in the minority here, but I don't need or want a camera, video game, mp3 player or swiss army knife in my cell phone. I would like a small phone, with decent battery capacity and the ability to make and keep a cell phone conversation going while driving home.

No, I'm not going to call the Cell provider and complain. They get reports every month on the towers and how many calls are dropped.

This is my second attempt at a blog...

The first attempt was from a machine at my house using GreyMatter. I liked the software and it was easy to setup. But I got tired of trying to make sure the server was up and I had enough drive space. So, I found these guys and will give them a shot.