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Just a little quickie...
Wednesday, March 5th 2003 5:08pm

I put up the photos from our recent trip to Seattle. Yeah, my camera sucks, but there are some good ones. I didn't realize that panties were just free like that. Weird. Enjoy it.

I'm just sick of the bloat!
Wednesday, February 26th 2003 8:44pm

Well, if you're like me, then perhaps you're sick of the bloat in Winamp version 3. It's not really a horrible product, except for the silly little fact that it doesn't work properly, it's slow, VERY bloated, and, at least on my setup, likes to crash pretty frequently. Hell, I'd even install it again if they would release an update! Damn guys, get with it! I'm not the only one complaining!

So then maybe you're interested in trying Zinf, formerly FreeAmp. It's an open source mp3/ogg player for a variety of platforms, most notably Windows and Linux.

Zinf the good: Pretty small footprint, quick to open and play files, nice clean playlist and file indexing module kicks the shit out of Winamp3 when it comes to speed, even across a LAN. It also uses MusicBrainz (an excellent project!) for CD identification.

Zinf the bad: Um, the keyboard bindings are undocumented and are less intuitive than Winamp's. All the skins/themes (including the default) are really quite fucking ugly, compared with the nice eye-candy that Winamp has. Forget visualizations and plugins. For anybody who has more than a few thousand mp3s, it needs a way to search/filter the indexed list.

Summary: Just want to listen to some music and hate waiting for Winamp to load and/or crash and/or freeze? Try Zinf.

I burned some time today making some tedius changes to the [we]blog script here. If everything worked as intended, you probably won't even notice any changes...but behind the scenes things are quite a bit different. I can even edit existing entries now...which is something that I've been meaning to implement for the past two years!

Of course, that doesn't ensure that I'll actually catch my mistakes and go back and fix them...but at least I have the ability to now if I want to.

You know, I could spend the rest of my time just working on my projects, building stuff, exploring creatively in various ways, making sounds and noises and breaking little circuits apart and putting components back together in interesting ways, and doing collage and scanning in documents and making things. I just wish somehow I could pay the bills doing it. Give me some mp3s, a hot soldering iron, and a PC and I get pulled in quickly...

But doesn't it have <em>geek appeal</em>?
Friday, February 21st 2003 9:10am

Well, the noisybox server is finally mounted on rails in the ominous rack. Phew!

After all is said and done, I have to say that I don't think the whole rack thing is worth it. Sure, it's nice to have something like that...but when I think back on the high number of hours I have spent on it, I just don't think it's worth the effort. The whole thing is modded to hell...and I can certainly say that I'd be hard pressed to find another person (with the obvious exception of stm of chach-house) with a full rack in their 'puter room. I suppose that's something to take a little pride in. Too bad I'm not a very prideful person.

Ultimately, I just don't think I need the rack. In fact, I'd have to say that it probably just makes things more complicated. In a few years (knock on wood!) when I retire the new server, I'll probably end up getting rid of the rack and going for

  1. small
  2. easily modifyable
  3. easily upgradeable
For fucks sake, I can't even drop an AGP card in the new server.

Don't get me wrong...I like what I have...it's just a BEAST.

So I got Donnie Darko on DVD for my b-day! We watched it last night and it reinforced in me just how good it is. Thanks to dean the bean for exposing me to it. I'm not exactly sure how I missed it originally, but damn, it's a very good film. I have to say it -- it's much better on DVD than the crazy stretched copy Dean showed me. :)

I picked up the new Pigface album yesterday (used, but in excellent shape!) and "Mount Eerie" by the Microphones. I heard the Microphones album last time I was in Lubbock and some very respectible KTXT DJ played it in its entirety. Wow. Drop what you're doing right now, get together some cash, and go buy this album. I mean it. You won't be disappointed! Ok, it's maybe a little artsy for some people's tastes...but goddammit...that fucking record moves me.

Last thing -- the noisybox [we]blog now has a subject line. Big whoop. Behind the scenes, though, the logs are being written to files and also shoved into a MySQL table. I likey. I'm planning on doing some more cool stuff with MySQL...please just give me time.

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Monday, February 10th 2003 8:18am

Not that anybody (other than me) cares about this...but after posting the last message I fuckin realized that something like 80 or 100 of my log entries were missing. Huh? I can't even begin to tell you what happened...just somehow, sometime they got killed. I couldn't even tell you when. Ug.

The good news: I managed to restore them from a backup. I'm not entirely confident that the set is 100% complete...but it's certainly better than it was. :)

Ok, I need to back up more often. That's for sure.

I VOW to run Linux on my desktop PC before I ever install Windows XP. Please hold me to it.

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Monday, February 10th 2003 7:39am

Well, the photos section got a bit of a makeover yesterday. Nothing too amazing, but I think it looks a bit better.

I also finally got around to taking "school" off the navbars and replaced it with "misc". I really didn't see the point in keeping such static pages on my main navigation bars...that is, at least, until I go back to school. :) The school stuff is linked from the miscellaneous section...giving me a bit of room to expand.

Other server related stuff: I'll probably be doing some log parsing and public shitlisting, more work on navigation improvements, more work on the perl scripts for the LED sign, web interface to the LED sign, web X10 control for the xmas lights on my new display shelf, and eventually a LED sign webcam...among other things!