October 25, 2014

H4O - Last Chance Canyon - October 11th, 2014

I recently had the the suspension all rebuilt on my truck and wanted to go stretch its legs with an impromptu trip up Last Chance Canyon. I had some part to deliver to oxlxxx and he happened to be running that trail . . . so here we are!

I only had one other person join me for most of the trail. We stopped many time for photo ops so we have plenty to share!

Here are some teasers from my camera:






I finally found the Dutch Cleanser Mines. Turns out we had always been pretty close. Well worth trip though. We took some poser shots in the mine.










Towards the end of the trail, we bumped into owlxx on his way up. Apparently, he and his friend had a fun night run going up the canyon. We need to revisit this at night with a full crew in the future!
Andy took most of the pics since my phone was busy running the GoPro. Expect to see some video later.

April 27, 2014

Life Review

I had quite an interesting weekend.  I happened to have Friday off as part of my 9/80 so I had three days from the monotony called work.  I spent Friday cleaning out some clutter from the house.  Ellen had four bags of clothing and shoes while I had two desktop computers, two laptops, a full 5.1 stereo system and a box of books.  I then spent a few hours with my friend Marcel that runs Crenshaw computers in Gardena. 

Once I got back home, I did a little research on old computers that I have owned.  In doing so, I started to read my old blog entries.  So many things I have forgotten about.  I spent the rest of the day perusing through my entries, at least until Ellen came home.

Most of Saturday and part of Sunday was spent playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes.  I find the Lego games a great way to relax.  I am enjoying seeing all the different Marvel characters interfacing. 

On a tech note, I finally got blu ray movies to play on Ubuntu.  I really hate all this DRM junk.  I do not understand why movie companies spend so much money on something that does not work. 

April 25, 2014

Ubuntu Updates

I now have updated two desktops and one laptop to Ubuntu 14.04.  I tend to stay with the LTS (long term support) releases so I end up seeing many alterations to the OS.

My favorite change so far is the integration of the menu bars into the window title.  This has allowed me to go back to having my window focus follow the mouse instead of click and maintain all the screen real estate.

 I had to learn a bit about Samba 4 though.  I waded the factory configuration file which had all the options well commented but just could not figure out how to translate my of Samba 3 config over.  On a hunch, I used the old config and voila, it worked!  I tip my hat to the Samba team for keeping it backward compatible for us slackers.

Xorg has come a long way as well.  On my new home system, I am running the embedded Intel graphics which Xorg figured out and worked with right out of the box.  Everything appears to be functional, even OpenGL.  I guess I will have to load Steam and see what happens.

I am still trying to figure out how to get Lotus Notes back on my system at work though.  On 12.04, I managed to get all the appropriate libraries loaded to make the 32-bit Notes client run.  However, many of them are no longer accessible in 14.04.  I did find that IBM now make a new client (version 9) that just does the right thing.  Hopefully I can get hold of that and see if it does the trick.  Otherwise, I am stuck remoting into my Windows 7 virtual machine.

I have the day off today so I am going to take care of some clutter sitting around the house.  Looks like I have a car load of stuff to take to good will and a pile of books for the used book store.

April 8, 2014

New Computer

Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought my first new computer since August 2006 (LINKY).

I am currently running an old HP dc7700 small form factor.  It still works well with a Core 2 Duo and 4GB RAM running Ubuntu.  However, it lacks the punch needed to run Windows in a virtual machine.  I wanted something in a small case with some punch.  Since Dell and HP are a little pricey, I decided to get a Shuttle system. Here are the specs:
  • Shuttle SH67H3 PC Barebone System
  • Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155  
  • Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive
  • Corsair XMS3 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1333 MHz
I installed Windows 7 just to run the performance test.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  This thing is going to scream once I get Ubuntu installed.  Fortunately, Ubuntu 14.04 should be released next week.  That gives me some time to get the SCSI card for the tape drive and TV tuner card installed.  I also thinking about installing a bluetooth card in the mini PCIe slot. 

March 24, 2014

New Blog Location

Welcome to the new GasMeister's Bile!  If you are a follower of the old blog, welcome back!

I am still working on the look of the blog but the content will still be the same.

I have a lot going on in my life so expect me to return to my old blogging self.