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Archive for October, 2007

Rockin' Leopard

October 29th, 2007

My primary Macs are now running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. I performed a clean install on my PowerBook and an upgrade on my Mac Pro. I have to say I'm really digging the latest version of Apple's operating system. Sure, it has a few kinks here and there, and I'm still waiting on compatibility updates to a few applications, but overall this new cat is a success. Along with its heavily advertised new features, Apple made some significant improvements to the user experience that I think will make using the OS easier and more enjoyable for new users (which Apple seems to be getting a lot of lately). I'm trying to record my frustrations as I encounter them, so perhaps I'll have some suggestions for Apple in the near future.

Season of OS upgrades

October 26th, 2007

Well, it's certainly the season of operating system upgrades for me. My Ubuntu upgrades are all set, Apple's new OS X Leopard was just released today, and Fedora 8 comes out in less than two weeks. My parents were kind enough to crash the Apple store earlier today when Leopard was released at 6pm. They picked up a couple T-shirts and a family pack of Leopard. If all goes well, I should be able to upgrade to the new OS this weekend (on my PowerBook at the very least). Here's to diving right in and being an early adopter!

Gutsier than ever

October 23rd, 2007

For those interested, I am now running the latest version of Ubuntu (7.10 aka, Gutsy Gibbon) to power this server. Unfortunately, the upgrade took way more effort than I initially planned due to some unforeseen issues. My upgrade attempts from Ubuntu Feisty continuously failed with unending segmentation faults, probably caused by some lower level corruption that I had inadvertently caused with some earlier manual package installs. Eventually, I succumbed to a clean install of the server. This worked nicely thanks to my thorough backups, and all is well again at Thank goodness that upgrade is behind me. Also, a big thanks to the support staff at RimuHosting for performing my clean install very quickly!

Uptime…and other ramblings

October 16th, 2007

At the risk of showing my computer nerd side, I feel I need to mention that the virtual server running has passed 100 days of uptime (not being restarted). As quite the bleeding edge Linux user, I'm amazed when I see uptime of this amount. If I managed my servers like a sane administrator, I would probably see uptimes in excess of a year, but my desire for testing the latest and greatest usually implies rebooting on occasion. In this case, my uptime streak is going to end in the next week or so when I upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version (7.10, Gutsy Gibbon). I have been waiting for this release for a number of reasons, not least of which include improved virus scanning speed for my email server and the latest ImageMagick and other packages to run the development version of the website I built for NASA Langley this past summer.

Blog Action Day

October 15th, 2007

The quarter keeps chugging along here at RIT. As usual, things continue to get busier as we get closer to finals week. Earlier today I met with three of RIT's trustees to discuss the Honors Program with a small group of other upper class honors students. We described a wide range of topics from the program's benefits to its shortcomings to see if the trustees should invest their time to push it to the forefront of RIT's agenda. I came away from the meeting with an improved understanding of how the trustees operate and their perceptive personalities. In other areas of the blogosphere, Blog Action Day has been underway. To that end, I'm closing this post by reminding you to read up on my history of ethanol articles. It seems I don't post my thoughts on the environment often enough, so I'll try harder in the future!

Honors Orientation Photos – finally!

October 7th, 2007

After weeks of waiting, you can now see the photos I took during this year's RIT Honors Program Freshman Orientation on my website. In my typical fashion, I have posted a ton of photos (349 to be exact) instead of whittling them down to the best of the best. For those of you who participated in the events, there's a good chance you're in a few of them. Enjoy the galleries, and let me know if you want digital copies of any of the photos.

Honors Fall Picnic photos

October 1st, 2007

I'm a bit overdue for a new photo gallery on the site, so I took some photos at the RIT Honors Fall Picnic this past Sunday. Big Dave helped by snatching my camera for a few shots…so try to guess which are his :). Another tidbit for those who care, I recently added text messaging to my cell phone plan, so feel free to flood my number with texts. If you need my cell #, it's listed on my contact page.