Sunday, November 1, 2009

Yaifo 4.6 Updated

OpenBSDI just committed an update to Yaifo CVS that makes i386, amd64, alpha, and macppc work with OpenBSD 4.6.

To download, check out HEAD from CVS:

cvs -d co -P yaifo

I'm still testing and tweaking sgi and sparc64.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yaifo 4.6 delayed

OpenBSDAs I expected to get a bunch of emails about YAIFO for 4.6, I thought I could lessen that by posting here. I've been very busy lately and haven't had time to merge in the new installer changes into Yaifo for OpenBSD 4.6. I'm hoping to have time to work on it shortly, but diffs are definitely welcomed.

Friday, September 4, 2009

VMware Server and NoScript ABE

NoScriptI have been using NoScript with with Firefox for a while now. It is a Firefox extension that blocks scripts from running in Firefox. For each web page, you can allow scripts from each site that the page has scripts to run or not. This can be a temporary "Allow" or it can be permanent.

So, for sites I visit frequently and trust like Gmail, I permanently allow scripts from For other sites that I do not visit often or if it's just a one time visit, I may temporarily allow scripts. NoScript blocks JavaScript, Java, and Flash. It's great because if has some scripts in their page, but also has scripts from, you can allow, but not

Recently, I started having problems connecting to my locally running VMware Server using Firefox because of NoScript's ABE feature after a NoScript update.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Welcome Eddie

EddieIt's been a stressful year with working on my degree, Holly breaking her elbow, and losing Cali. We thought that Sydney was having a hard time dealing with not having a friend. And, I think after Sydney, we're clearly a two dog family.

We've loved the Samoyed breed and really miss some common Samoyed characteristics that we've had in the house for 12 years. I know we're not ever going to replace Cali, but we thought that getting another Samoyed would make us happy and give Sydney a familiar-ish playmate.

So, we started talking to breeders.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cali Memorial

Cali loves the windIn the August 2009 issue of The Equiery magazine, Holly placed a memorial ad with some of the most beautiful words I've read: "You were our companion, playmate, deputy and shower guardian. May you forever play the tree game in the wind. Woo-woo-woo."

I can't read that without crying. Cali as a special girl and we'll always miss her. I love you, Holly.

I miss you greeting me at the door when I get home, girl.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Holly's Elbow Incident 2009

Elbow 09For those that haven't heard yet, Holly had an incident with her elbow in February of this year (2009). Before now, I had shared these posts privately amongst close family/friends. But now that we know that everything turned out fine, Holly is OK to make them more public.

Check out the Holly Elbow09 section of this site. It's probably best to start at the first post and work your way backwards.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

RIP Cali

Cali loves the windIt was December, 1997. Holly and I had been married for just about six months and Holly tells me she wants to get a dog. A samoyed, in fact. I told her I wasn't ready for a dog -- I wasn't ready to give up some of the freedoms I enjoyed not having the responsibility of taking care of a dog (feeding, walking, watching, ...).

Lucky for me, I was vetoed. Holly insisted we get a dog and we went to a breeder to look at the new puppies. That's when we found Cali. Who knew how much happiness that beautiful fluffball would bring to Holly and I and anyone that ever came in contact with her.

A couple weeks ago Cali stopped eating. A lot was going on at our house with Holly traveling and me traveling and it's not too uncommon for Cali to get stressed and not eat as much as normal. But she was hardly eating at all. We started to get concerned and took her to the vet.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Elbow09 Update 8: No News is Good News

Elbow 09I haven't posted any updates lately because there haven't been any except for one: Holly's back on the horse. She's been working with Moose to get her balance back by walking Moose around the field. Life seems to be getting more normal with each day.

Yay, Holly!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yaifo 4.5

OpenBSDAnnouncing YAIFO 4.5!

Yaifo 4.5 has several new features and a new architecture. You can download Yaifo 4.5 from SourceForge. Below is a summary of some of the changes in this release:

  • Support for sgi added

  • Add 'get-files' target to copy authorized_keys and ssh_host*_key files

  • Add SNAPSHOT=yes|no to default to snapshots directory

  • Add install target (requires REALLY=YES environment variable)

  • Start adding landisk support - not complete

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Post-Interview Lunch

Suit image from MS ClipArtI decided it was time to look for a new job. So, I sent my resume to a friend who forwarded it on to the right people at her company. They liked what they saw and asked for an interview. The interview went very well and I was informed that they would be extending an offer.

After the interview, the interviewer asked if I'd like to join him and other members of the team for lunch. The team members and the interviewer were dressed in business casual attire while I was in a black suit. The potential new company and my current employer are both located in the same city and I knew it was possible that I would see some of my co-workers out at lunch. But since the interview went so well, I figured it was a risk I was willing to take.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Elbow09 Update 7: The Final Update (hopefully)

Elbow 09We went to see the doctor this morning. At 7 weeks after surgery, the doctor was VERY impressed with Holly's progress. She can extend her arm to about 4 degrees and flex her arm to about 130 (137 in therapy yesterday). In fact, Dr. E. said that while he can't directly compare her injury with identical patients, she is far ahead in recovery than most elbow patients (with injuries fairly similar to hers). He said that she should be cautious though and not let her progress blind her to possible problems.

At this point, she still can't bear weight but she can reasonably do anything else. She's been driving for about a week now and has been going to work too. She's still a couple weeks away from riding and she's going to start out slow. And she promises to be careful!

We go back to see the doctor in six weeks and if things continue the way they have, he'll discharge her.

Now to remind her how to do laundry! :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Detecting My Wifi Network

OpenBSDOn my laptop, I generally don't have /etc/hostname.* files. Since I don't know where I'm going to be, I don't know which interface I'm going to be using. So, I'll manually run `sudo dhclient em0` or `sudo ifconfig ral0 nwid foo && sudo dhclient ral0`. But, I'm often using my home wireless network.

So, I added a little bit of magic to my /etc/rc.local:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Elbow09 Pictures3: That's Some Serious Hardware

Elbow 09

what a screw
Nice angle of the screw and plates. Not for the squeamish.

Elbow09 Update 6: Now With Less Splint

Elbow 09We visited with the doctor this morning and everyone that saw Holly was very, very pleased with her progress (as am I). She's now allowed full extension and flexion and is allowed to achieve that with some help. That means she can start to give her stretches a little push to get more extension/flexion.

The X-Rays look awesome and her bones are healing nicely. I will see if I can convert them and post them later tonight along with an updated picture of her scar. All of the doctors called her a fast healer. I'm so proud.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

UMUC Prior Learning

University of Maryland University CollegeLast semester (Fall 2008) I enrolled in University of Maryland University College's Prior Learning program (EXCL 301). The purpose of this class is to earn credit for learning that was done outside of the classroom. While I've never met anyone that has gone through this class, I had heard of a couple people that completed the EXCL class and earned credit. What I heard was that the class was very difficult and would require an incredible amount of work.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Elbow09 Update 5: Nothing New

Elbow 09Holly had her two PT appointments this week and the PT thinks her progress is good.

We went out to dinner to my favorite restaurant last night (her idea) and guess what: they were out of lasagna. The chef felt so bad, he told me if I come by today, he'd give me some lasagna on the house. :) So I did. I got carry out and we shared it over a nice bottle of Cabernet.

There's really no change to Holly's status. She's continuing with PT and we see the doctor on Thursday.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Using foo2zjs with OpenBSD lpd

HP Color LJ 2006nGetting OpenBSD to print to my HP Color LaserJet 2600n with CUPS was easy. pkg_add cups gtk+2-cups foo2zjs, run cupsd, connect to http://localhost:631/ and add the printer. But, I wanted to take away my need for CUPS and not have to deal with the stupid "Firefox 3 can only print once to CUPS" bug.

So, I took the time this afternoon to make foo2zjs work through the OpenBSD stock lpd and foomatic-rip.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Elbow09 Update 4

Elbow 09Holly's been doing pretty good still. On Wednesday, she went to her first physical therapy appointment. She said that the PT gave her a deep tissue massage and that it felt good. Both Holly and the PT felt pretty good about her range of motion to this point. After PT, Holly's dad took her to work in the afternoon.

On Thursday, we went back to Shock Trauma for her second post-surgery check up. The doctor was still very pleased with how things looked. He seemed to think she should have better range at this point, but Holly said that her range was better with the PT the day before. The doctor is going to monitor her over the next couple weeks and that will determine how much she has to continue using the splint. After meeting with Dr. Eglseder, Holly had her stich removed.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Elbow09 Pictures 2

Elbow 09
Note, this is not for the squeamish!

Elbow09 Update 3

Elbow 09This morning, we went back to Shock Trauma for Holly's post-op follow-up appointment. After getting some x-rays, we were seen by the doctors. There really isn't too much exciting to tell with this report. The doctors were very happy with her progress. The x-rays looked great and her motion looked good. She's going to be able to extend her arm an additional 15 degrees each week (to 45 degrees this week).

Holly starts physical therapy as soon as possible (next Wednesday). She won't be able to do any strengthening for 6 weeks and no weight bearing for 2 more weeks after that. And, much to Holly's dismay, she can't have Advil until week 6 either. :(

Monday, March 2, 2009

Elbow09 Pictures 1

Elbow 09

straight elbow
This is one view of her elbow after surgery. The image includes a hand drawing from the surgeon of her pre-surgery break.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Elbow09 Update 2

Elbow 09So, Holly's home.

Yesterday was not that great. Her splint was very uncomfortable and she was miserable. She seemed to be in constant pain, looked like she was running a fever and it was quite hard on her. Then, for some reason, she decided to take the split off for a little bit. It was amazing... It was like she was a different person. She was happy, she seemed pain free and she looked good. The splint had to be fixed.

Yesterday afternoon, Holly's parents joined us at dinner time. It was nice that she didn't have a roommate today and Dr. E. said that she shouldn't expect one (I think he tried to pull some strings based on the night before). Glenn and Martha (and Heather and Chris) have been great with our dogs and looking after Holly and I.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Elbow09 Update 1

Elbow 09On Saturday, February 21, 2009, Holly rode her horse for a little while and then was on the ground walking him to the gate. At the gate, she was ready to let the horse go when something distracted him. He stepped on Holly's foot and without realizing it, he knocked into her. That essentially tripped her and she fell right on her elbow.

She called me (this is the second time I've gotten such a call -- shoulder) and told me she fell. She wasn't very specific but sounded out of it. I could tell from her tone that she new it wasn't as bad as when she broke her shoulder. So, I hopped in the car and raced to pick her up. Then, I raced to the hospital. On the way, she told me what happened and that she knew she broke her elbow. The hospital was actually kind of a pleasant experience. We were there for ~1 hour. Pretty good for an ER visit for a non-life-threatening visit.