The CD Sounded Horrible
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:18 pm)

I use GRIP on my work machine to rip CDs, and was amused by the GRIP FAQ which states:

Q: I was listening to a CD in Grip and it sounded horrible! What's up?

A: Perhaps you are listening to country music...

Hehe, I hate country too.

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SJPB is 5!
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:49 am)

Tomorrow is my 5th Blogiversary! Yes, I've managed to keep blogging, although not always daily, for five years now.

I have, however, kept an average posts per day of 1.39. In the 1,825 days since I started, I have posted 2,546 times.

For some reason, I thought this was yesterday, but upon consultation of my calendar, I find it is tomorrow instead.

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Wasp Woman
Posted in General
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:10 pm)

My copy of Wasp Woman showed up today. I can't wait to watch it.

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Bureau of Communication
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:49 am)

I ran across the Bureau of Communication's website today, they have some funny forms you can fill out and email people, such as this Declaration of Romantic Intent I wrote:

Apologies to Ellie if you read this

Apologies to Ellie if you read this

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I Would Use These
Morning watch, 3 bells (5:53 am)

I Park Like an Idiot.com stickers.

Don't stick "I Park Like An Idiot" Bumper Stickers on other cars like these people did!

But they do encourage you to send in pictures.

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21 Hours of Work
Posted in Tech
Morning watch, 2 bells (5:08 am)

I just hit 21 consecutive hours working. The sad thing is this is not a record for me. I'm really starting to feel like crap, though.

The RAID repair is running well and it almost 60% now with no problems.

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Abort!
Posted in Tech
Middle watch, 4 bells (2:10 am)

Well, the RAID repair utility backed up to 50% and got stuck in some kind of loop. It didn't advance for over an hour. I took a wild guess and figured the drive is bad. I put in my spare (I have a spare for every server hard drive) and just restarted the repair process. Man I'm tired.

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Text Formatting
Posted in Code
Middle watch, 1 bell (12:49 am)

I just remembered to make a note of the way I'm converting text from the Gutenberg Project to a usable format. When I get a book in ANSI text format, it has been formatted to a certain width, delimited with newlines. To properly format this in a modern word processor, you need to remove a single instance of a newline, and replace a double newline with a single one. It's quite simple to do with the right tools:
tr '\n' '+' < original.file > out.file
cat out.file | sed 's/++/\n/g; s/+/ /g' > final.file

This quite nicely reformats the plain text into single-line paragraphs. I use the + character because it doesn't normally appear in this type of text. YMMV; you may want to pick a different one.

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Almost There
Posted in Tech
Middle watch, 1 bell (12:43 am)

The repair on the RAID mirror is about 65% done. It's getting to be a long night.

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14 Hours and Counting
Posted in Tech
First watch, 4 bells (10:07 pm)

Well the vacation is truly over. I'm still at work. I had a problem with our VPN server, and at the end of the day had to reboot it. So I did. Almost three hours later, it finished booting (it went through a chkdsk and had to rebuild AD indices since it's also our domain server). Anyway, as soon as it finished booting, the RAID alarm went off, signifying that the mirror was degraded. So I had to shut it down, enter the RAID BIOS, and rebuild the array. That was almost an hour ago. It's now at 12%.

My worst fear is that when it finishes, Windows will once again want to run chkdsk and rebuild Active Directory indices and take another three hours to boot, at which point the RAID array will get screwed up, and I'll have to rebuild it…

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Smoothie of the Day
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:38 am)

This morning's flavor is mandarin orange and pineapple. Yummmm.

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Treasure Island
Posted in Bookbinding
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:21 pm)

Ben asked about formatting/typesetting books, here's Treasure Island so you can see what I've done.

If you open the file, it's obvious that the pages are in a weird order. When printed duplex and folded properly into 4-page signatures, everything lines up properly, I promise.

I was even able to remove page numbers from blank pages in Word 2007. It was tricky, but I bent it to my will.

Here is the Dracula file as well.

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Apple iPhone and Exchange Synchronization
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:57 pm)

There are a lot of pages about getting your Apple iPhone connected to your corporate Exchange server, but most of them were complicated and confusing. Our VP of Sales just got one (Apple iPhone) and wanted to hook up the ActiveSync stuff to his eMail account.

Myself, being resistant to even deploying Exchange, knew pretty much nothing about it, but I'm good at figuring things out. What it all boils down to is this:

If you have an Exchange 2007 server running, and allow users to connect via HTTPS through your firewall to the Exchange server, you don't need to do anything else. Just punch in your firewall address in the Apple iPhone mail application as the mailserver. It will automatically try to connect via port 443 (HTTPS). I'm sure this is different if you have multiple Exchange servers with different roles, but we only have one that does everything. So all the stuff about https://server.domain.ext/Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync/ and what not were just confusing.

Our VP is now able to connect to his synchronized mailbox from his Apple iPhone just like he's at his desk, except smaller and without Microsoft software.

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Classics Rebound
Posted in Bookbinding
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:06 am)

I've been thinking about using some of my newly acquired skills to create my own line of classic books. This past weekend I spent my time making smoothies in my new blender (it's awesome!) and typesetting Dracula and Treasure Island. Since they're both in the public domain in the US, there are no copyright issues.

I'll keep you posted on how things are going.

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Dirty Car
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:58 am)

Last night Lorien and I met Ellie and Wade for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant. On my way into the restaurant, I saw a dusty car drive by with Wash Me written on the back window in the dust. Just below it was written: I wish my wife was this dirty.

I wonder if someone wrote that on their car as a joke, or if they put it on themselves…

In either case, it was worth a good laugh at the table.

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