Tuesday, November 28

Okay New rule

Okay, New (old) rule.

When responding to a post on a mailing list, and you want to start a new thread, don't reply to someone else's thread and change the subject. Make a new email.

It messes up my threading in mutt and Mail.

Okay New rule

Okay, New (old) rule.

When responding to a post on a mailing list, and you want to start a new thread, don't reply to someone else's thread and change the subject. Make a new email.

It messes up my threading in mutt and Mail.

Monday, November 20

Plane captains in the cockpit

Why does every captain of a palne think they are a tour guide? "If you look out the right side of the plane"

What is a "seat area"? "Look around your immediate seat area for any items you may have brought on board.". What the hell is a seat area? And 'may' have brought on board?

(Yes I know that's part of a Carlin bit, but it's true!)

I hate it when people (flight attendants, gate agents, whatever) treat me like I am stupid, AFTER they thank me for being a Platinum member. Obviously if I am a platinum member I fly a lot, and obviously know that I have to take my shoes off to go through security (or something like that).

Crown rooms that are BEFORE security? Now what kind of sense does that even make?

Ah... The frustrations of travel.

-sent from 30,000 feet.

Plane captains in the cockpit

Why does every captain of a palne think they are a tour guide? "If you look out the right side of the plane"

What is a "seat area"? "Look around your immediate seat area for any items you may have brought on board.". What the hell is a seat area? And 'may' have brought on board?

(Yes I know that's part of a Carlin bit, but it's true!)

I hate it when people (flight attendants, gate agents, whatever) treat me like I am stupid, AFTER they thank me for being a Platinum member. Obviously if I am a platinum member I fly a lot, and obviously know that I have to take my shoes off to go through security (or something like that).

Crown rooms that are BEFORE security? Now what kind of sense does that even make?

Ah... The frustrations of travel.

-sent from 30,000 feet.

Wednesday, November 15

Smartphone switching

Okay, so for about a year and a half now, I've been using the Treo 650. It's a nice phone, except that:

A) The battery sucks.
B) Email SUCKS
C) Useability sucks

So recently, I switched to the Blackberry 8700. YES. now THIS is a nice phone. I've never used a Blackberry before, and always looked down on those who do as being "Crackberry" addicts. But now I see why. This is a nice damn phone. Battery life is excellent (lasts about 3 days while using Cell phone and email regularily), bluetooth, and the EMAIL!! OOOOH the email!!! Push technology is so freaking great.

Things I miss:

The IR port.
The extensive amount of Applications for the Palm Platform (although I haven't found a program yet that I haven't found a blackberry equivalent for)
The ability for it to charge from my laptop (Yes, I know some people have done this with their Palm [points to Roesch], but I didn't so I suck okay?)
Auto Sync.


Blackberry 10, Palm 5. 4th Quarter.

Idiot commenting

Okay, so I read ALOT of news, blogs, and websites. As does everyone now adays I suspect, we all read our share of blogs.

So why, when I read stuff like.. Digg, like Slashdot, like the Crazy Apple Rumors site, and any number of other sites that I frequent on a repetative basis, do these damn morons who make the first post, have to announce to the world that they did so?

We CAN SEE IT'S YOUR FIRST POST PEOPLE, QUIT TELLING US. You're killing me.

1. Frist post!! OMGWTF!!!!111!!ponies!!!

Go choke.

Idiot commenting

Okay, so I read ALOT of news, blogs, and websites. As does everyone now adays I suspect, we all read our share of blogs.

So why, when I read stuff like.. Digg, like Slashdot, like the Crazy Apple Rumors site, and any number of other sites that I frequent on a repetative basis, do these damn morons who make the first post, have to announce to the world that they did so?

We CAN SEE IT'S YOUR FIRST POST PEOPLE, QUIT TELLING US. You're killing me.

1. Frist post!! OMGWTF!!!!111!!ponies!!!

Go choke.

Dvorak says something right

John Dvorak finally said something I agree with. Zune will be a flop.

Reading the first sentence of this article is correct as hell.
"If anything is doomed to failure, it is the Microsoft Zune" Go John. (at least on this article)

Tuesday, November 14

San Francisco

Alrighty, so I'm here in San Francisco. Again.

I like this town, not as much as I like Chicago, but San Fran is cool. I'm staying in Chinatown at the Hilton Financial District. I highly recommend this hotel if you are a Hilton Gold or Diamond member. (and you achieve Executive level floor). I don't know what the regular rooms are like, but the desk in this one is bad ass.

Anyway, so I am teaching this Sourcefire 3D class for my company. I really like teaching. Allows me to interact and share my thoughts on topics with several people. I like being able to get and give opinions about topics with me. Lots of fun.

The new Snort book is coming up. Should be soon. I think everything is being finalized getting ready for print. Go pick up a copy.

Dvorak says something right

John Dvorak finally said something I agree with. Zune will be a flop.

Reading the first sentence of this article is correct as hell.
"If anything is doomed to failure, it is the Microsoft Zune" Go John. (at least on this article)

Thursday, November 9

Delta

Following up on my post to Delta: I had someone email me and ask me how it went...

1. They refunded my ticket from ATL to AGS
2. They also gave me 10,000 miles for my problems.

However, I made Platinum Medallion in the meantime, so I don't know if they did all that stuff because I am Platinum now, or were they just being nice.

We'll see how things are different for Platinum. As much as I have flown over the past many years, I have never made Platinum, (I could have done it a couple times, but could never dedicate to one airline). I've have flown (almost) exclusively Delta in the past 9 months, and I have achieved over 85K miles in those 9 months.

I'll probably break 100K by the end of the year.

All I know is, I have a flight booked for my butt to fly to San Francisco on Monday, and I already have a First Class seat. (Delta upgrades Medallion members based on status, ticket fare, standbys...etc.. there's a bunch of criteria.) But I do know that I have the last seat in First Class, which means, when the 3 day marker rolls around for Gold members (Saturday), no Gold members will get upgraded.

So I guess my Platinum Status is paying off already. We'll see if I get my upgrade on my return flight. So for now, has saved face.

(Image copyright Delta)

Delta

Following up on my post to Delta: I had someone email me and ask me how it went...

1. They refunded my ticket from ATL to AGS
2. They also gave me 10,000 miles for my problems.

However, I made Platinum Medallion in the meantime, so I don't know if they did all that stuff because I am Platinum now, or were they just being nice.

We'll see how things are different for Platinum. As much as I have flown over the past many years, I have never made Platinum, (I could have done it a couple times, but could never dedicate to one airline). I've have flown (almost) exclusively Delta in the past 9 months, and I have achieved over 85K miles in those 9 months.

I'll probably break 100K by the end of the year.

All I know is, I have a flight booked for my butt to fly to San Francisco on Monday, and I already have a First Class seat. (Delta upgrades Medallion members based on status, ticket fare, standbys...etc.. there's a bunch of criteria.) But I do know that I have the last seat in First Class, which means, when the 3 day marker rolls around for Gold members (Saturday), no Gold members will get upgraded.

So I guess my Platinum Status is paying off already. We'll see if I get my upgrade on my return flight. So for now, has saved face.

(Image copyright Delta)

Wednesday, November 8

Baby Pictures

So, the Wife and I go and get 3D Ultrasound pictures of our baby done. It's pretty cool I think. They are hard to see IMO, but click on them to make them bigger.



Here's a picture of the baby sleeping, kinda curled up in there.

Baby Pictures

So, the Wife and I go and get 3D Ultrasound pictures of our baby done. It's pretty cool I think. They are hard to see IMO, but click on them to make them bigger.



Here's a picture of the baby sleeping, kinda curled up in there.

Monday, November 6

An OSX Background

I like Wallpapers. I'm not really a fan of any of the OSX ones that are out there, so I found one that was sort of what I wanted, ran it through a bit of Photoshop, and out popped this:

I tend to like it (i'm biased), feel free to use:

An OSX Background

I like Wallpapers. I'm not really a fan of any of the OSX ones that are out there, so I found one that was sort of what I wanted, ran it through a bit of Photoshop, and out popped this:

I tend to like it (i'm biased), feel free to use:

Sunday, November 5

DCR-SR40 on OSX

How to get your Sony Handycam DCR-SR40 to work on OSX:

When you purchase the DCR-SR40 Sony Handycam, it has a link in the instruction book on where to go to purchase software to be able to use the camera with OSX. It is NOT free, and second of all, the software is absolutely horrible.

Do NOT for one second think that you can use firewire with this camera either. Nope. Also, do not assume that this camera will work with iMovie or iDVD, because it won't. Why? Well, first of all it's USB, (OSX needs firewire with Digital Video Cameras, even HDD based ones)

It won't work, it won't work, it won't work. Don't buy the crappy software suggested in the manual.

The problem is, the video that is stored on the camera is in Mpeg-2. Well. That sucks.

Steps to get it to work:

1. Plug the Camera's dock into the Mac.
2. Plug the Camera's dock into the electricty.
3. Record something
4. Plug the camera into the dock.
5. Turn the camera on, and put it in VCR mode (the bottom LCD light)
6. Press the "Burn to DVD" button on the Dock.

This will mount the Video Camera into OSX.

7. Open the "NO_NAME" drive, present on your desktop.
8. Navigate through the folders until you find the mp2 files that are named something like "M2U00001.MPG".
9. Drag and drop this file to your desktop (you can erase it off the camera if you want)

Quicktime will NOT play this file, you have to up convert it mp4

10. Download and install "ffmpegX", a free program, and all the tools that go with it. (You will need mplayer)
11. Drop "M2U00001.MPG" file into ffmpegX, and then select what file type to convert it to on the right (I suggest 2-pass option for H.264)
12. Click "Encode"
13. Whenever later (a long time if you have a slow puter...) it will spit out a file, that file you can do whatever you want with (into iMovie, iDVD whatever)

OR!!!!

Return the camera, pay the restocking fee, and go buy the Panasonic PV-GS300.

I suggest the latter.

DCR-SR40 on OSX

How to get your Sony Handycam DCR-SR40 to work on OSX:

When you purchase the DCR-SR40 Sony Handycam, it has a link in the instruction book on where to go to purchase software to be able to use the camera with OSX. It is NOT free, and second of all, the software is absolutely horrible.

Do NOT for one second think that you can use firewire with this camera either. Nope. Also, do not assume that this camera will work with iMovie or iDVD, because it won't. Why? Well, first of all it's USB, (OSX needs firewire with Digital Video Cameras, even HDD based ones)

It won't work, it won't work, it won't work. Don't buy the crappy software suggested in the manual.

The problem is, the video that is stored on the camera is in Mpeg-2. Well. That sucks.

Steps to get it to work:

1. Plug the Camera's dock into the Mac.
2. Plug the Camera's dock into the electricty.
3. Record something
4. Plug the camera into the dock.
5. Turn the camera on, and put it in VCR mode (the bottom LCD light)
6. Press the "Burn to DVD" button on the Dock.

This will mount the Video Camera into OSX.

7. Open the "NO_NAME" drive, present on your desktop.
8. Navigate through the folders until you find the mp2 files that are named something like "M2U00001.MPG".
9. Drag and drop this file to your desktop (you can erase it off the camera if you want)

Quicktime will NOT play this file, you have to up convert it mp4

10. Download and install "ffmpegX", a free program, and all the tools that go with it. (You will need mplayer)
11. Drop "M2U00001.MPG" file into ffmpegX, and then select what file type to convert it to on the right (I suggest 2-pass option for H.264)
12. Click "Encode"
13. Whenever later (a long time if you have a slow puter...) it will spit out a file, that file you can do whatever you want with (into iMovie, iDVD whatever)

OR!!!!

Return the camera, pay the restocking fee, and go buy the Panasonic PV-GS300.

I suggest the latter.