Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Methods of Communication

This recently came up in a conversation with my mom, but I thought it'd be worth posting.

Here are my preferred methods of communication:

  1. Email - Non-emergency.  I can read it any time and get back to you whenever.  When I get email, my phone does not vibrate or make noise.
  2. Instant Message - Non-emergency.  This is more of a real-time chat when I'm not busy.  When I get an IM, my phone makes a short, quiet beep that I'd only hear if I was available to chat anyway.
  3. Text Message - Emergency-ish.  You want to talk to me now, but it's not Urgent.  My phone beeps and vibrates when I get a text message.
  4. Phone call - Emergency.  You need to talk to me now.  It may or may not be urgent, but you don't want me to ignore you.  My phone vibrates and plays a loud song when I get phone calls.
It's interesting.  Younger people just default to text messages.  To me, a text message is like a page (from the old one-way pager days).  And, to me, pages mean something bad is going on: a server is down, a friend is hurt, etc.  I'm getting more used to getting text messages as if they're Instant Messages, but I think my list above just makes sense.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

cwm notes for OpenBSD

This year I've tried to use more of OpenBSD's base tools with little or no configuration files.  Two that I focused on were tmux and cwm.  I've been using tmux since before it was added to the base system, but I had tried to make it look and feel like GNU/screen.  I stopped that nonsense.  Now, my .tmux.conf is very minimal:
set -g status-keys vi
setw -g mode-keys vi
But I had been using spectrwm for my window manager.  And a good friend, Andrew Fresh (afresh1), suggested that I try out cwm(1).  So I did.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tournament and Follow-up

I've been playing tennis since I was a kid.  My parents always played, so of course my brother and I got into it pretty young.  When I was young (teens and before), I was pretty good.  Not great, but pretty good.  I played with some really good players... some that went on to become college coaches or club pros.  But, in my teens, I got a job and really cut back on tennis.  As an adult, I tried to get back into a few times, but it never lasted.  It seemed that my interest piqued at the end of the Summer and by the time Spring came around, my interest was gone.

This year, I started playing early.  I was hitting against the wall in February and played with my dad some then.  I continued hitting against the wall and started playing other people around April.  By the time June came around, I was actively playing several people a week and consistently getting better.  I played in a tournament at the end of August and made it to the finals.  This Fall I've been playing in a USTA Flex league.  And over the weekend, I entered another tournament.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

So long, Sydney

On a very cold evening in January, 2003, Holly was driving to my parents house to meet me so we could spend time with my family.  On the way, she was driving on a windy, two-lane road through the woods.  All of a sudden, this thing popped into the road and then ran back in the woods.  Then it happened again.  At first Holly wondered if this was a fox or something.  But, no.  It was a dog.  A black and white little puppy.  She was hopping into the road and then running back into the woods where her two brothers were.

It was cold.  They were sick.  They had been dumped in the woods.  They wouldn't have made it through the night.  Holly took action.  She took them to the vet nearby. That night, we decided we were keeping one of them: the white and black little leader: Sydney.  She was strong and smart and brave.  She was running to the road to get help for her sick, weak brothers.  And she did.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sea Gull Century Photos

I updated my Sea Gull Century post with pictures!

Here's a link to the Photo Set on Flickr.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sea Gull Century

Sea Gull Century
I know I haven't been keeping this blog up to date.  But it's been a busy year.

At the (almost) last minute last Sunday, I decide to sign up for the Sea Gull Century Ride.  It's a 100 mile ride on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  There were three courses available: Assateague, Snow Hill and a Princess Anne Metric Century (100 km/62 mi).  I did the Assateague ride since it went out to the ocean.

I spent last week ping ponging back and forth between confidence that it would be no big deal to high anxiety worrying that I would be able to finish the ride.

Since I registered for the ride so late, when I tried to get a hotel, many of them were sold out.  So, I went on Priceline and found one close to Salisbury University (where the ride starts and ends).  I should have known that I didn't get lucky.  It was a dump and I had a smoking room...  that stale stench... Yuck.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New level of fitness

So, I've really started to improve my fitness this year.  I've taken to cycling and am enjoying it very much.

I recently rode in Joe's Ride and Stride (a 45k ride) where I did really well, in my opinion.  Since July of last year, I've lost about 75 pounds and am feeling really good.

In Joe's Ride, I finished in 1 hour, 52 minutes.  To date, it was my best time for that distance.

Not sure how much I'm going to post here, but we'll see.

Monday, September 3, 2012 Update

After hosting email and websites for ( and in my house on OpenBSD boxes for many years, I decided that I didn't want to deal with the headaches of maintaining the systems.  Plus, when my power went out, so did my email.  That sucked.

So, I've migrated my sites to Google Apps + Blogger.
  • is now a Blogger website.  This allows me to manage my website within the framework of Google Apps.
  • My email is hosted on Google Apps giving me the Gmail interface (plus IMAP & POP3 if I want it).
  • CapBUG and MetaBUG are also both their own Google Apps domains.
Now I have less overhead in my house and a very nice, reliable system for my domains.

Hooray cloud.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yaifo 4.8

OpenBSDI've updated Yaifo to 4.8 to go with OpenBSD 4.8.

It can be downloaded from Sourceforge.

I've tested macppc, i386, and amd64. I'm having an issue with sparc64 and have not yet tested sgi, alpha, or landisk (which I'm pretty sure doesn't build yet). sparc64 works, it just prints out an error message every few seconds. If someone wants to submit a patch, I can commit it and release a 4.8.1 or something.

Please subscribe to the mailing list and submit any test reports, diffs, suggestions.


Oh, and Yaifo HEAD is now sync'd with OpenBSD -current (as of 2010-11-28).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yaifo 4.8 Beta

OpenBSDI've merged changes from OpenBSD 4.8 into Yaifo and checked it into CVS ( Please test it.

I've tested macppc, i386, and amd64. I'm having an issue with sparc64 and have not yet tested sgi, alpha, or landisk (which I'm pretty sure doesn't build yet).

Please subscribe to the mailing list and submit any test reports, diffs, suggestions so I can get Yaifo 4.8 released.