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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Samsung Makes Refrigerators?

A year or so ago I thought I got a good deal on a fridge.  Home Depot had a black Samsung fridge similar to the one my parents have.  The board had blown on it and had been replaced - it was otherwise new.  I think I got it for about $700 or so, which was hundreds of dollars below the retail price.

Well I don't know if there was anything wrong with my fridge or not, but I seem to be running into some typical Samsung problems.

The fan started making noise because it's hitting ice.  Right now we've put everything in a cooler and the outside fridge and we're waiting for it to cool down.  I have a feeling this is going to become an annual event.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Revisiting WINE

Now that I have a Macbook Air, I have a passing fancy in WINE again.  I had tried out WINE recently possibly for the first time since the 90's.

I find it interesting that in some ways, application support is as shaky as it was in the old days.  It makes some sense though when you think about it.  Windows is always changing!  These days everything is through an installer and you have 64-bit support to deal with, etc.

I wonder how virtualization of Windows affects interest in WINE.  Why try to mimic it when you can just run it?  Currently I have VMWare Fusion with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  Eventually I'll have to bit the bullet and just buy a full expensive Windows 8 license, but I'm getting by for now.

Chess Openings Wizard is the application I've had the most success with.  I would say it as a Silver according to the AppDB standards.  Not quite good enough to stop running it through virtualization.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Uncle Phillip Visits

My brother is back in town to visit for Thanksgiving. Connor got to hang out with him all day and play. Tonight we're continuing our George Lucas movie tour. Connor's already seen all the Star Wars movies and is now working his way through Indiana Jones.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Eclipse On My iMac

My new iMac has renewed my interest in doing a little programming in my free time. It's not hard to understand - a slick new computer with a 24" screen and UNIX underneath - what's not to love?

I downloaded Eclipse and it seems to work very well. I thought I would try a little application programming in Java. I've dabbled with Java over the years and I figured it was time to re-visit it. I found a library called Chesspresso that is LPGL. I've got a little to show for it so far - although obviously I don't have it picking up piece images very well just yet and the pieces aren't moveable.

I'm working on downloading the iPhone SDK so I can play with that. Meanwhile I'm listening to "The Stage Names" and "The Stand Ins" from Okkervil River.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Coke va Pepsi, Facebook

Coke drinking in te Obama administration -

I would say Facebook is winning the battle over Twitter to get people to use it to post their status updates.  if there was a tool that pushed Facebook updates to Twitter I would use it.

I figured out how to push pictures taken on my iPhone to Facebook.  the Facebook app is awesome.  Flickr better get something similar set up.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I am now the proud owner of an iPhone.  The SIM in my Motorola RAZR 3 died a few weeks back.  Rather than replace my SIM for $6, I decided to buy a $300 iPhone that has 16g of memory and supports 3G.  I've really been enjoying it - listening to a lot of podcasts and watching video podcasts.

Connor has totally given up on Thomas and Friends and now is a huge Transformers fan.  I remember liking Transformers and owning all of the Constructicons.  I really I bought them slowly over a long period of time, probably when I was around 12.  I might have owned one other Transformers - that's about all I could afford.  On the other hand Connor is 5 and has 4 models of just Optimus Prime and a host of other Transformers.  Times have changed ...

Yesterday we had our first soccer game of the new season.  The previous weekend we had a washout.  Our coach was gone, so as assistant coach I had to get the game managed.  We play on two different fields  at this age group as 3 on 3, but one of the other parents helped out with the other field.  We were short handed most of the game but we held our own welll even playing 2 on 3 part of the time.  Connor is still not playing very aggressive and is a little awkward in his running, but I think the lack of aggressiveness comes from not having a sibling to fight over toys with.  The awkward running probably comes straight from me.

Back right before New Year's I splurged on a new living room setup.  I got a 46" TV, a BlueRay player, and a new computer that outputs HD.  I must say I'm a bit dissapointed with the result.  The TV is probably not as big as it needs to be (people - pay better attention to those distance versus TV size charts - they are not just trying to sell you a bigger TV) and as a result the computer is a bit hard to read from most parts of the living room.  Things have also been slow on remodeling the living room to better fit it all in - one of Sarah's brother started that but hasn't finished it.  I think I'm going to have to roll up my sleeves and work on it.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Subway Lounge Page on Wikipedia

I was going through some old pictures I'd taken on my camera phone and ran across a couple I'd taken when visting the former site of the Summers Hotel and Subway Lounge.  I noticed there was no Wikipedia page for it, so the link is to the page I created.  First time I tried creating a Wikipedia page, although I made an edit to the U-Verse page once that has since been removed after seeing an article in the Clarion Ledger that the service was coming to Jackson.

I actually only went to the Subway Lounge once.  Jeff showed me the place back probably sometime in the 1998-2000 timeframe.

I remember back when they were wanting to tear it down there was an effort to save it, ultimately unsuccessful that made the papers.

I found a blog entry of someone from back in 2005 that said Subway Lounge would be re-opening as part of the Farish Street Entertainment District, which was the first time I'd heard that.  I've also heard that a B.B. King Blues Bar would be there, and I doubt both would ever come to fruition.  Heck, I'm not sure if anything will ever happen on Farish Street.  You never know though, since the King Edward is actually being renovated now.