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June 2004

Now Dark

Abulsme is currently in the process of relocating from Pennsylvania to Florida. The server that normally hosts is either on a moving truck, or has not yet been brought back online in Florida. Expect this site to be back online by early to mid July. In the meantime, you can still email me. Going Dark

We are neck deep in the middle of moving stuff into the truck. All the big heavy stuff is already in the truck, but we are still loading the little stuff. Soon… meaning anywhere from an hour from now to 48 hours from now, I’ll be unplugging the server that runs on and loading it into the truck.

At that point will go offline. You’ll still be able to send me email and such since I piggyback off Chris for that stuff rather than having that on my own servers too. But the webnsite will be down and off line. I’ll probably end up being able to get things pointed at a redirect page saying I’m down, but the site itself will be off.

This may last for several weeks until DSL is up and running at the place in Melbourne. (We tried to get cable installed a few weeks back, but they had trouble with a dog next door or something, so we decided to forget about cable and go DSL. We’ll see how it goes.)

Oh, and my laptop is fixed, but I haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. Not sure if I will be able to before driving to Florida or not. (If not, they will ship it to me.) So email is still not reliable to get to me, although I am still trying to look once in a blue moon.

In any case, I’ll post again as soon as the site is back. In the mean time, call if you want to chat or get news since effectively I’ll be offline for both web and email for a while longer.

Talk to you all when we’re all settled in Florida.

Powerbook Won’t Wake From Sleep

Well, a little over 24 hours ago my Powerbook went to sleep and would not wake up. Nothing I could do could make it even open an eye. Well, until I did something Ivan advised, and let it sit overnight with no power and no battery. Then in the morning it came on again…. until it went back to sleep again, and then once again I could not get it to wake up. Seems after going to sleep, the only way to wake it up again is to depower it for several hours (looks like at least 3).

I took it to the Apple store about 4 hours ago. They think it is probably the Power Management Unit. (Makes sense.) But they can’t verify without taking it apart, and because they would probably need to order parts, they couldn’t ensure that I would have it back before I have to leave Florida. So I put a case in the system, and will be taking it to the Apple Store in PA instead Saturday morning.

In the mean time, I got the machine up and running again, and set the energy controls to not allow the machine to go to sleep at all and I am keeping it plugged in. That will hopefully keep it up and running until I leave town.

Having said that though, my acess to my machine may be unreliable for the next couple days, and once I take it for Service on Saturday, I may be without it for up to a week. I am going to go through major withdrawal. (Although I should be packing that whole time anyway.)

In any case, email may not be a fully reliable way to reach me for the next week and a half. Feel free to call if you need to talk to me. I’ll be occationally checking my email on other computers via the web, but I often miss things that way, and almost never answer email that way. So really, feel free to call. :-)

Now, I just need to get a few things done that I need the computer for before I send it for service. (And do a full backup, just in case.) But right now… it is way past my bedtime. So time to snooze.

Wish me luck on getting this thing repaired! I do want a new machine, but with everything else going on this month, this is not a good time for that! I’m crossing my fingers for a relatively cheap repair!

The World is Safer!! (Again)

A few days ago the State Department dropped the travel warning it had on Angola. Thus the number of countries with State Department Travel warnings has dropped to 25. This is once again at the number it was when I started tracking this statistic in October 2003. In between it peaked at 27 countries, where it stayed from December 2003 to March 2004. In April the State Department dropped the warning for Turkey. Now they have dropped the warning for Angola. So start planning your trips to those places now!

State Department Travel Warnings Over Time

A chart of how many countries world wide have US State Department Travel Warnings as that number varies over time.  Serves as a proxy to chart roughly how dangerous the world is as the world situation changes over time.  Perhaps not the best measure of that, but an interesting one perhaps.

Another Stike for Tivo

I love my Tivo to death, and hope to buy two more DirecTV / Tivo combo boxes before the end of this year (one regular, one HDTV). It is still the best thing out there in terms of PVRs. But as a business, they keep getting strikes against them. Poor Tivo.

DirecTv Sold Stake in TiVo
(WSJ Online quoted by Shark73 on TivoCommunity)

In a research note Tuesday, William Blair & Co. analyst David Farina said DirecTV sold its entire 3.5 million stake in TiVo shares Monday night for about $7.20 a share. Spokesmen for both TiVo and DirecTV weren’t immediately available to comment on the reported sale, which comes shortly after Eddy Hartenstein, vice chairman of DirecTV, stepped down from TiVo’s board of directors.

(Full Disclosure, I own ONE WHOLE SHARE of Tivo stock. Oh, I probably should have disclosed on the last post too. I own one share of Apple as well. :-) )

Another Cool Apple Thing

I unfortunately have no immediate need for this, and there are other things (many other things) on the priority list anyway, but hey, it is cool.

AirPort Express

Enjoy your iTunes music library in virtually any room of your house. Share a single broadband Internet connection and USB printer without inconvenient and obtrusive cables. Create an instant wireless network on the go. Extend the range of your current wireless network. How many devices do you need to do all this? Just one.

Oh, by the way, did I mention here that my mom did go ahead and get a 12″ Powerbook fully loaded? Boy am I jealous! Powerbook is way down on the list to spend money on at the moment too. Maybe by the end of the year or early next year.

Sam and Brandy and Amy’s Moving Days

I emailed this to some folks yesterday, but thought I would post it as well. :-)

Hi all! A bunch of you have asked lately, and many more of you haven’t, but just thought I would update you all and beg for a little help. The update is for everyone. The plea for help is really only for the people who live near me, although some from farther away have offered help and would be most welcome.

Anyway, the update first… I’m on my last week in Florida before Brandy, Amy and I actually MOVE to Florida. I fly back up Friday. Then it is packing packing packing. Which goes into 100% mode after Amy’s school finishes on Tuesday. After much debate, we decided to go the UHaul route again instead of professional movers. Saves a bunch of cash which we can use on other things. So over the weekend we’ll be loading up the truck, then Monday morning we’ll drive the truck full of stuff, plus one of Brandy’s cars full of pets down to Florida.

Then probably one last trip to PA on the 30th to actually sign all the papers to close on the house and possibly bring back Brandy’s backup car. Then we will be Floridians!!!

The job is going great and all that too. :-) A tree in the back yard of the house we are staying in did fall over on Sunday, but it didn’t hit the house, so we still have a place to stay. Yea! :-) In general, things are going well, and slowly falling into place down here. As the final move approaches things are getting more and more hectic and stressful, but hey, that is part of the process.

OK, now the plea. Yup, helping us load the truck and stuff. Those of you who have helped me move in the past will recoil in horror. (See the story of Putrid Rotting Fruit.) But Brandy has tamed me somewhat, and there won’t be live bugs this time. Well… probably some crickets for my lizard to eat. :-) And I’ve actually thrown away a lot of junk! Promise! Anyway, those of you far away obviously can’t come to help us load the truck, but anybody close by who is willing and able, we would much appreciate added hands to get everything loaded. (Hopefully everything will be packed by then.) We’ll provide food, refreshing beverages and entertainment!

We’ll be doing the truck loading Saturday the 19th. (Picking the truck up in the morning, loading in the afternoon.) If we don’t finish the 19th, we’ll continue on Sunday the 20th. But the 19th should be the big day. Once we’re all done, we’ll be ready to hit the road at the next opportune moment.

The big loading day is a week from Saturday. If anybody thinks they can come, please let me know via email. We appreciate all the help we can get. Once we get to the Florida end, I expect we’ll be doing it by ourselves. Don’t know anybody well enough yet down here to beg for help. :-)

Anyway, thanks in advance! We appreciate it!