Author Archives: Ian

Wildlife 1

A while ago, I had my first recent wildlife encounter. On one of the coldest days of the year, I looked outside and saw a brown furry lump on the edge of the bluff. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a real big rodent. I first thought it was a beaver but it […]

Great Big Idiot

I wanted to see one of my favorite bands, Great Big Sea, play in Portland. Last time, it was a pretty spontaneous event. I took a different route home and passed the theater where they were playing later that night. I was surpised to see them on the marquee. I went home, ate dinner as […]

San Francisco from the Air

My flight down to San Diego on Christmas Eve stopped in Oakland. I had a window seat with a good view of the Bay Area as we were landing. I got a couple of good photos of San Francisco.

Trains and Snow

Some more interesting pictures from 2005 which I didn’t post at the time. The weekend of 12/17, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation gave rides on trains pulled by the SP 4449 steam locomotives along the track that goes by Oaks Park across the pond from my place. I was hoping to take a ride but […]

Thanksgiving Retrospective

One of the best parts of 2005 which I neglected to post about was Thanksgiving. I flew out to North Carolina and stayed at my brother’s place in Carrboro. My parents and grandfather also flew out. We did the same thing last year but instead of exploring North Carolina, this year we relaxed and saw […]

The Waters Will Rise

I took my normal walk down to the Willamette River at Sellwood Riverfront Park. The river was the highest I had seen it. Two years ago, it was almost as high in April but this is January. Normally, there is a beach, then a four foot wall with benches and picnic tables on a flat […]

Leap Second

About 28 minutes ago, the first leap second in seven years was inserted. The clock went from 23:59:59 UTC to 23:59:60. Here in Oregon, this happened at 15:59:60. This was done to keep UTC in sync with the sun. The difference between atomic time (TAI) and UTC is now 33 seconds. Linux handled this automatically. […]

Back Home

I got back home from San Diego last night. I had a miserable flight because of the tail end of a cold. I coughed, snuffled, and sneezed my way through the flight. I didn’t get to enjoy the nice weather in San Diego because of the cold. I didn’t do much while I was home […]

Rebuilding Fedora DVD

I am going home to San Diego tomorrow. One of the things I do every Christmas is upgrade my Dad’s computer to the newest version of Fedora. However, FC4 has been out for six months so there is a whole pile of updates. Instead of downloading all the updates after the upgrade, I wanted to […]

Bluetooth HotSync with Linux

It turned out to be really easy to do Bluetooth HotSync from my Treo 650 to my Fedora Core Linux box. On the Linux box: service bluetooth start service dund start Create the /etc/ppp/peers/dun file: 115200 local ms-dns noauth debug The first IP address is the local machine and the second is the […]