fogo de chao == yum yum yum

November 12, 2007

Tiff and I took her brother out to dinner at Fogo de Chao in Minneapolis this weekend. It was great! None of us had been to a churrasco-style restaurant before, so we didn’t really know what to expect. The meal starts with a serve-yourself salad bar, which was filled with most excellent selections. You could […]

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changing with the times..

November 7, 2007

As many of you know, I’ve recently moved positions at work, and am now the primary systems administrator for an extremely smart group of people who are working on rolling out some new products. Nifty technologies we’ve been working with: Hadoop Ruby on Rails Amazon EC2 Other cool technologies we’ve looked at, but are not […]

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at&t is just rocking! 3g in minneapolis/st.paul

November 1, 2007

AT&T (ex-Cingular) has now turned 3g on in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area! What a pleasant surprise after getting the WM6 treatment yesterday. ;) They’ve made me a happy customer.

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at&t finally releases wm6 for their 8525

November 1, 2007

Windows Mobile 6 is *finally* available for the (HTC-built) AT&T 8525! Yeehaw! It’s available from here: First impressions: It’s fast The GPS sharing feature works nicely Looks about the same. Menus are very similar. Upgrade was easy [just back your stuff up!]; highly recommended so far!

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October 24, 2007 had an outage last night, from around 4:10pm central to around 6:30 central. It affected all of their SIP trunks. Interesting! Apparently, it was attributed to a Level3 outage, but it doesn’t appear that other VoIP trunks with other L3 resellers went down. We’ll see…

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Configuring an IPsec tunnel between Openswan and Windows 2000/XP with x509

July 30, 2007

This document describes how to get Openswan working with various other IPSec stacks, including Openswan and Windows 2000/XP. If you have any difficulties with this process, please e-mail the Openswan mailing list, or if you can’t get help from there, e-mail me at: If you are using clients which benefit from receiving an IP […]

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cisco 2801s use standard laptop memory

July 17, 2007

This one is purely for the geeks, and I’m just posting it because I couldn’t find a definitive answer on the web: if you have a Cisco 2801 and want to add more memory (there is 128mb soldered on the board), standard pc133 sodimm memory (ie, the same kind you use in older laptops) will […]

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How to compile Nvidia kernel modules on 2.6.20+ with paravirt_ops enabled

May 2, 2007
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If you try to compile the nvidia kernel module on 2.6.20 or higher kernels that have paravirt_ops enabled (like the Debian kernels), you will run into a problem – it’ll complain that a non-GPL compatible license is using the GPL-only code paravirt_ops. I finally found a workaround (other than building the kernel without paravirt ops) […]

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new resume format

April 7, 2007

I’ve gotten tired of my custom-written MySQL app to handle my resume, so I decided to scrap it and try out xml-resume-library to maintain it. It’s quite interesting, and I think the results are pretty good.. my resume page has been converted over to it, check it out! One of the really cool things that […]

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tomtom pocketpc rocks!

January 27, 2007

Tiff and I are taking a trip to Texas in March for a family reunion thingy, and I really wanted to get some sort of navigation system for while we are down there. On a whim, I tried out TomTom’s PDA edition, with a QStarz bluetooth GPS. I’ve been really shocked at how well it […]

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google calendar is fun!

January 27, 2007

Tiff and I recently decided to start using Google Calendar to start organizing our lives.. it’s been going pretty good so far. I’m currently using a Cingular 8125 Pocket PC for my cell phone, and wanted to be able to sync the Google calendars down to the phone. After experimenting with many programs, I finally […]

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yeah.. i’m a little busy.

October 17, 2006

OK, like most fledgling bloggers out on the ‘net, I’m becoming an utter failure when it comes to updating this bad boy on a regular basis. Sorry ’bout that. Just a few random notes: I’m extremely busy. Work. Work. Work. I’m now the official NBC Sports sysadmin at my company. That means work. Lots of […]

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finally, a “control panel” that i kind of like!

September 6, 2006

I’ve seen a wide gamut of those “control panel” things for hosting providers, and most of the ones I’ve looked at, I haven’t liked. They usually cost tons of money, use software I hate (ie, qmail), and do not integrate well with my preferred distribution (Debian). I ran across one today that seems to work […]

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something i’ve learned today..

August 22, 2006

Original Post: August 14, 2006 @ 20:18 This morning, around 9:00, I took my dog out on a walk, and there was a strange car across the street from my house. When I walked across the street, a guy I didn’t know walked up from behind the house with what I thought was a towel […]

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August 21, 2006

Well, my pet project (from an infrastructure perspective) for the last couple months is finally up and live — check it out. Note I can’t take any credit for the coolness of the site — that’s the excellent design team down the hall from me. In any case, I was fortunate(?) enough to miss the […]

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let there be grass!

August 8, 2006

Well, I know this is meaningless for many of my regular readers.. but Tiff and I *finally* have grass in our yard! WOOHOO! Only three months late.. I’ll post pictures once the sod’s rooted a bit.. :)

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More pictures from Vancouver, BC

August 4, 2006

Thought I’d post some more pictures on my last full day here in Vancouver.. this is following up on this post. :) Yesterday afternoon, after the talks, I decided to wander the waterfront a bit.. here’s a few pictures from down there: Just a shot of the waterfront. Concession staff wearing a shirt saying “Vancouver’s […]

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Trip to Vancouver, BC

August 3, 2006

I am currently in Vancouver for the USENIX Security ’06 conference. The trip and conference have been pretty good so far.. here’s a basic summary: Day 1 – Saturday, July 29, 2006: Tiff dropped me off at the airport, dropped my luggage off and got through security without any snags. Since I upgraded my ticket […]

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finally, a decent pair of earbuds..

July 18, 2006

I’ve always hated earbud headphones because the sound just wasn’t that great on them, and they always fell out of my ears. At the same time, I loved them because they were small and didn’t get in the way. The other day, I noticed a deal that Amazon was offering on the Shure E2c isolating […]

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good customer service — from sam’s club??

July 11, 2006

I purchased a 50″ Samsung DLP TV at Sam’s Club in Sep ’04. When I purchased it, the guy who was helping me with it asked me if I’d like to purchase an extended warranty. I had previously read that Sam’s will let you return items after any period if they break, as long as […]

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Configuring an IPsec tunnel with Openswan and l2tpd

July 10, 2006

This document describes how to set up a VPN with Openswan combined with L2TPD. This provides for a more user-friendly experience than a standard IPSec VPN on many client operating systems. Note that for most sitesite VPN’s, you will still want straight IPSec. If you’re not sure if IPSec is right for you, I have […]

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