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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

Well as of next week hell begins, I start with a Midterm on wednesday and then the rest just pile on. Have I been studing this weekend? Not really…..but I’ll figure it out somehow someway haha. This weekend has been fun though, watched a few movies. Reformatted the HTPC and installed the new Raptor. I had some issues with the HD playback at full screen but through a flurry of google searching and forum reading I was able to correct the issue and we can now do 1080p streaming flawlessly again!

I also found a treasure trove of pictures that I just added to my gallery. They cover my Gorman trip in November of last year! Good stuff!

On another note, I found a new fun looking pastebin alternative called snipt I’ll be playing with that over the course of the next few days. It looks all flashy with the web 2.0-ness built in, but we’ll see how it fares in terms of functionality!

Thanks interwebz!

L8rz, Robert

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Monday, January 19th, 2009 | Author:

Thanks to everyone that made this a great weekend! It was the first holidae weekend of the year/quarter and it was spent sleeping, being highly unproductive and hosting plenty of movie nights. On Friday we had Nicole over for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, that was a good movie. On Saturday I went to study with a girl I met in class, she’s cute, quiet, and with my luck, most likely taken….oh well I got some work done which is good. Later that night we had Susan, partially Esther/Andy, over for Seven Pounds, that was a great movie. I loved putting together all the parts from that film. Not to mention engineer = win for something, I won’t spoil it 😉 Lastly, on Sunday night we had Jason, Kristin, Kristin’s friend (who’s name evades me right now) over for Pineapple Express and Slumdog Millionaire. That was another great movie (slumdog that is) Quite in depth and very suspenseful throughout. Hopefully we host more movie nights at our place as they are quite fun and I love getting together with other friends.


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Thursday, January 08th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

Well this post is going to be all about the response to this post. It’s kinda late actually, I’ve had this solution for a few weeks already but I wanted to test it out.

So I realize that I was sorely over thinking the whole development bug/issue tracker dilemma. I stopped and cleared my mind and started to tackle the issue from another angle. Why did I need/want a fancy web 2.0 front end? Why did I need to host my repositories in 3 separate places? Why was I making it so hard for myself?

Well turns out the solution I ended up going with was posted in my previous rant. I finally decided to go with RedMine and what a great decision that was! However there were a few issues that needed to be handled before moving to RedMine:

  • I need a mongrel/rails environment
  • I don’t want to spend gobs of money

The first, well both issues were actually handled at the same time. (Kill two birds with one stone theory?) While I did indeed enjoy my brief time at MediaTemple I definitely could not justify ANOTHER $20/mo on top of the already $20/mo for a mongrel/ruby environment. I’m a college student, sorry MediaTemple.

My answer to this was actually right under my nose. My previous host, JaguarPC, was a superb host. I had been with them for almost a year before trying MediaTemple and moving. (I was with MediaTemple for two months before moving back!) My only real gripes with JaguarPC at the time (when I moved away) were:

  • No custom DNS without opening a ticket (unless I had a reseller account)
  • The server I was on was slow and unreliable.

I wasn’t able to get them to open up a WHM panel for my shared account, but as often as I change DNS I decided it wasn’t a deal breaker. As for the reliability? I opted for one of the semi-dedicated plans, sure it only saves me $10/mo over MediaTemple but from what I’ve heard/read JaguarPCs semi-dedicated plans are rock solid. They even offer a fail-over plan for the semi-dedicated servers, but I decided I didn’t need that.

So for the past almost month now I’ve been happily hosted by JaguarPC again! I miss their support and fun forums. When I was getting setup and moving all my stuff over the support team really bent over backwards for me. I told them that I wanted to install RedMine and they enabled the RoRs support for my account and helped debug any issues that I was having on setup (outside of their scope of support mind you!)

It also turns out that JaguarPC offers SVN repositories from within shell accounts. So I can connect to my repo’s via ssh+svn, this is good but I’m not completely satisfied. At one point or another I’m going to want to have public repo’s that people can just checkout anonymously, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Now that I’m up and running with my new RedMine install I do have a few gripes, well one really (will I ever be happy? Nah…) I want more granular control over user/account permissions for the application as a whole. I wanted the ability for the SVN viewing option of a project to be locked to certain users but the rest of the project open to all. One option that some members on the IRC chat offered was to create two projects, one locked down with Repo access and the other open and free. I haven’t implemented that idea yet but it is definitely on my todo list.

Oh yeah… is the link to my RedMine install:

That’s it for now!


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Thursday, January 08th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

So I’ve been keeping tabs on CES 2009 (totally wish I had the moniez to go!) via a few blogs:




These three blogs make up the bulk of my Google Reader account. I have yet to see anything overly amazing come out of CES 2009 (or the MacWorld conference for that matter) however Warner over at GottaBeMobile put up an interesting post earlier today to say the least.

In that post he talked about, Xavier Lanier and his Scott eFleece vest. The concept was actually quite cool and I really REALLY like the amount of pockets that jacket has (not to mention that it looked pretty warm) I being somewhat of a technophile/nerd myself really appreciate some of the features that this jacket offers, the millions of pockets among other things. Although the price is a little steep than I’d probably be willing to pay, I think it is a fantastic gift idea for any nerds dear to you 😉

Scott eVest fleece


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Thursday, January 08th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

Well this is a different sort of post, a congratulations to Min, an acquaintance (I suppose, we never REALLY talked). She’s getting hitched to her boyfriend, well now fiance. I am indeed happy for them! They always seemed like a really happy couple throughout high school. (Oh the good ‘ol days….) I have followed some of the developments via Facebook and just the general excitement. I saw her over winter break, I didn’t expect for her to recognize me or know my name for that matter haha….but she did! Once again, congrats Min and let the good times roll!

Min’s Bride(zilla) Blog


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