Here you'll find some stuff that interests me that's generally
unrelated to the Mozilla stuff. This is a low-budget blog in that it's
just a plain HTML file and isn't interactive. There is a one-click blog
program with this web server but I haven't had the time to look into
turning it on yet. Maybe someday in the future.
August 25, 2010It's been a long time.
things have been quite busy with two in college and me shuttling one
back and forth to classes. It's been stressful up until the beginning
of this summer when our son was gone for his internship and things have
been quiet. I've spent a good amount of time getting my health back in
order by basically losing a lot of weight. I ran in my first road race
a few weeks ago since 2000. That felt pretty good though I can do much
better in time if I lose more weight. I will be working pretty hard on
losing weight and general training into the end of this year. Our son
is in his senior year while our daughter has matriculated at a local
community college. She already has a good number of credits so it
shouldn't take her long to get an associates degree.
up a 27 inch iMac, an iPad, a new iPod Nano, a Unibody MacBook Pro and
an iPod Touch (free student summer offer). The iPod Touch went to my
daughter, the MacBook Pro to my son (his old MBP has hardware issues
with the DVD player). All of these are very cool products and do make
life easier. I'm still using my old Athlon X2 as my home desktop as it
gets the job done.
I did find a use for those iPod Nano plastic
cases which look so cool. I normally keep bandages in my workout bag
scattered in the bag. I just rearranged things to put the bandages in
the iPod Nano case. I also put some alcohol swabs in there for cuts and
other body damage. Now what to do with the iPod Touch case?
also discovered the benefits of high-tech workout gear. It keeps you
cooler, takes up less space, is lighter and you can hand-wash it. This
means that I don't need many of them as I usually do laundry once a
week. I have three of the shirts and that means that I can have two in
the drawer while one is drying from being cleaned. I've been picking
these up for as low as $7 as Sports Authority on the clearance rack.
These shirts take up less space in my bureau - space has been a problem
but I've weeded out some of the rattier stuff. Losing weight means
going down in size which means that clothes don't take up so much space.
June 31, 2009I'm still
in pain but it's on the decline. My cuts are healing and it looks like
the risk of infection have dropped. Chest still hurts when I cough and
make certain movements and I have to be careful with my wrist but my
splint does a pretty good job when I'm wearing it.
out to hit some tennis balls tonight with a friend. The courts were
full so my friend asked a couple of high-school players if they wanted
to play doubles. They said okay and we took them on. I thought that
they would do well against us as I was injured and I had just upped the
weight on my racquets considerably. Spec weight was 12.8. My light
racquet weighed 12.9 and the heavy one weighted 13.1. I weighted both
to 13.2 before overgrip. These sticks are heavy. Great for
groundstrokes. You just have to get the racquet moving and it takes
care of the ball. I couldn't get pace on my serve though. I can't
muscle this thing - at least not yet. I'm going to have to go for
longer and smoother on the serve to crank up the power. My chest pain
may have slowed me down too. I think that it will take at least six
weeks to adjust to the weight.
MozillaJoe Drew agreed to
review my SSE changes. If we can get this change in, then we can apply
it to Mac OSX, Linux, Windows x64, etc. And there's lots of other stuff
that we can do too.
June 30, 2009
TennisI had a
major accident playing tennis this past weekend. I went for a ball and
tripped in the mesh netting between the courts. I injured my left wrist
(feels like a sprain), had cuts on my right hand, a bump next to my
left eye and trauma to my left chest. I have some knowledge of first
aid so I wrapped the left wrist with an ace bandage and took care of
the cuts on the right hand. There is probably some infection in the
right hand but it is healing so I will just check it everyday and only
go to the doctor if it looks to get worse.
I picked up a splint
for my left wrist at the local CVS and that's been helpful. Doing
everyday things with an injured wrist can be very painful.
My chest hurts when I cough and do other things like getting up from a prone position. Good stomach muscles definitely help out.
The bump next to my eye is getting better rapidly. There was no real pain, only some swelling.
biggest headache with these injuries is that it is very hard to
workout. No barbell work (which I like to do daily), pushups, situps,
twisting motions and there's limited range of motion on the left side.
I did a little stretching and aerobics to find the limits. May try a
little yoga tonight. Tomorrow I will try some light jogging on the
treadmill to at least get my heart rate up for a while.
rackets were pretty unbalanced. I found out that the difference in
balance was about four points and the difference in weight was about 6
grams. I definitely felt this on the court and I spent some time
modifying both rackets to match in balance and weight. It will take
some effort to get used to the new setups because they're now both 13.2
ounces. Before, one was 12.9 and ther other 13.1. I had to add some
weight to the heavier one to get the balance that I preferred on the
lighter model. I then added weight to the lighter model to get it up to
the weight of the heavier model while maintaining the same balance.
This means that it will be more work carrying it around on the court
and in hitting the ball while providing me with more access to power,
especially on the serve. We'll see if I can get into shape to handle
the added weight. When the injuries subside.
InternshipSon is doing fairly
well at his internship in Maine from the communications that I get from
him. I think that he's learning a lot being away from home for an
extended amount of time. He has a lot to manage with his work and in
living on his own. I'm amazed at how much less we buy in groceries with
him away. We do videochats from time to time and it's nice to have that
I found out today that we hired three
engineers in the last two weeks. That's always good news to me when
we're hiring. Demand for engineers in the local area seems to be pretty
has an odd problem with his MacBook Pro - the CD drive pops open
randomly. I've read that others have this problem too. Hopefully it's a
software issue that gets fixed soon. The machine is fine otherwise. I
might have to get him a temporary machine while his is repaired if it
comes to that.
MozillaRyan sent me information on the image modules changing
hands. I'll try for a review from the new guy for my JPEG SSE2 patch.
I've been waiting for a review on it since last fall.
tried installing Vista SP2 on my Dell XPS M1330 a few weeks ago but it
failed and suggested I download this huge (100 MB) tools to tell me
why. It couldn't tell me why so I'm going to remove all of the
anti-malware software that I have installed (Ad-Aware, MalWare Bytes,
Spybot Search and Destroy, Avast) and then try again. I think that
Microsoft should be able to tell me what's blocking the installation
since they will run into this with a lot of other people. But we'll see
what we can do. I really would like to use this laptop if I can get
some better performance out of it. Light is important to me now because
June 19, 2009The kids did great in college this past semester exceeding my expectations.
brought our son up to Maine for his internship three weeks ago and he's
busy working on his project. It sounds fairly challenging in that he
has to get scientific programs working on a parallel machine and get a
web server setup to serve out graphical content. A lot of the
challenges are in logistics, communications and getting stuff to work.
That sort of thing can be hard in private industry or in a university
research environment where you are new.
One of his current tasks
is to set up a web site on a Linux server with Apache. I tried this on
my MacBook Pro. It took about three mouseclicks to do so. His comment
is that things that are complex on other operating systems seem to be
so easy with Mac OSX. This sort of thing amazes me too.
also studying for his fall courses and is getting a feel for living
without all of the resources of a family to support him.
part-time contract work has him doing other math-related programs. It
has been pretty slow but work experience is work experience.
been spending a lot of time working out and I'm feeling better and
better. I could really stand to losing 45 pounds but one thing at a
I've done nothing with Mozilla for a while. Family stuff
and getting myself back into shape have kept me busy. Administrative
stuff has too but most of that is taken care of. I'm annoyed that my
latest JPEG SSE2 fix is still just sitting in limbo.
Work is not
as busy as I'd like but I've been working on getting a performance
server set up for others to do performance analysis with. I'm amazed at
how hard it can be to get a machine set up with Linux. The operating
system can be so finicky with hardware.
June 6, 2009I had to take care of a lot of errands late in
May including replacing the timing belt, water pump and miscellaneous
seals on my car at 176,000 miles. Yesterday morning I noticed an oil
leak (first time for the car) and brought it back and they took care of
it. It was a cam seal failure which they replaced under warranty. It's
not a huge deal but small nuisances add up to some stress.
also received a letter from our health insurer on a claim for a checkup
a month ago - they need our son's university information and whether or
not he's covered under any other medical plan. A lot of employee health
insurers cover the kids of employees if they are full-time students so
they either ask for university information every year or confirm it
when there is a claim.
We also went up to Maine to drop our son
off at his internship. The ride is about 4.5 hours and isn't very
stressful. We stayed in Bangor for a bit and it's a pretty snoozy
place. We did take a daytrip to Bar Harbor and that was very nice. A
quaint Maine town by the ocean just before the vacation season. The
shops were open but things weren't crowded.
We're keeping in
touch with our son via video chat. The MacBook Pros work very well with
this application. It has been quiet at home without our son and I've
been taking care of things that I've put off for a while. Our son's
tuition and fees will be going up by 11% next year though that may be
reduced by stimulus money - that depends on the legislature. It's not a
big deal though. Our son is earning more money this year compared to
last year working various jobs and it's good to see him with some
experience under his belt. He's working on supercomputer programming
this summer - stuff that I wouldn't mind playing around with myself. It
looks like the world is going parallel.
I'm trying to get back
to my workout regimen of weights, tennis, stretching and running. The
weights are easy because I have them at home. Same with stretching.
Running is a bit harder but I will work that out.
I'll be attending a "Trader's Summit" in Boston and that should be fun.
I've never been to one but they have a few stars there and it may be
nice to spend the day there. Or not.
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