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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

Archive for July, 2002



Monday, July 29th, 2002

If you’ve heard George Carlin’s “Stuff” rou­tine, and can relate to it, you might be able to pic­ture this scene:

This week­end my brother and I decided to lower the “Stuff” level in our “stor­age area” (read: front porch) by a foot or two. Really.

We are col­lec­tors. Not in the pro­fes­sional sense, but more in the “see some­thing that might be worth­while and take it home” sense. Mostly we do this with com­put­ers and their related parts. More often than not these are Apple Mac­in­tosh items, although occa­sion­ally we’ve been known to let a PC slip through.

We spent most of Sat­ur­day pulling things out­side, test­ing them (plug in, turn on, whoops I guess that one doesn’t work, can­ni­bal­ize, repeat) and adding most of them to the pile of garbage. By the end of our ses­sion we had cleared about a foot and a half of height from our front porch, uh, I mean, stor­age area, and ended up with a pile of work­ing 72-pin SIMMs (archaic, yes, but they’re still use­ful for some­thing!), a Mac floppy drive or two, a few HUGE 230MB500MB SCSI dri­ves (whoo-hoo!) and a work­ing Mac 6000-series, and one generic PC (Pen­tium 1 I think) that works, but needs a larger hard drive if we want to use it for any­thing (like, say, Red­Hat).

This doesn’t include all the stuff we put back in the trunk of my car (a Mac Clas­sic, a Mac 128k moth­er­board, Mac II, Mac IIcx, a few old SCSI hard dri­ves, orig­i­nal Mac key­boards and mice, etc.) which may some­day be tested, and of course is poten­tially use­ful until that day arrives.


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Friday, July 26th, 2002

Another long and tir­ing rehearsal has passed for the cho­rus, but not with­out progress, which is what makes me keep going back there for more pun­ish­ment each week ;-)

It was so intense tonight, work­ing the power-ballad and intro­duc­ing a new uptune for the Fall con­test, that my neck is killing me and the accom­pa­ny­ing headache is not help­ing at all. Sigh.

If they didn’t have so much damn poten­tial, it wouldn’t be worth half the effort. But that’s what makes the dif­fer­ence between them and any other cho­rus within rea­son­able dri­ving dis­tance (and many oth­ers around the coun­try). They have poten­tial and are will­ing to work to real­ize it, even though they are not yet com­pletely con­fi­dent in their abilities.

One of these days we’ll be able to fund a CD, then you’ll be able to hear them (you could always come to a con­cert if you live in S. Fla.) — it’s a treat.


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Learning DNS

Thursday, July 25th, 2002

Well, I’m sup­posed to actu­ally know about DNS and BIND already, as I’ve been act­ing as a BIND admin­is­tra­tor for about 5 years run­ning, but nev­er­the­less some­thing bit me on the ass today.

I’m not exactly sure what hap­pened, but I had to com­pletely replace a few files that looked just fine.

Gotta love technology :-)


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Learning OS X

Wednesday, July 24th, 2002

I usu­ally like the learn­ing process. I’ve never really hated it (well, except Math…) until today.

I’m sup­posed to set up a Mac OS X Server machine to run MySQL, Post­greSQL, and a few other toys, so the box can be used for com­mer­cial web host­ing. I say sup­posed to because I don’t actu­ally know any­thing about OS X, or Unix, or any SQL at all!

I have until the end of the week­end to com­pletely learn those tech­nolo­gies to per­fec­tion, so the machine can accept new host­ing clients by Mon­day morn­ing. I am antic­i­pat­ing many problems.

If you are an SQL or OS X wiz­ard, please shoot me an email, then I can maybe retain some shred of san­ity over the next few days.


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P.S. I Love You

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2002

Just in case you are one of the unfor­tu­nates who hap­pen to have landed here while I’m still build­ing the site, please remem­ber that it is “under con­struc­tion” (evil phrase, I know).

Because of this, some links might not work, some of the layout/text/graphics might look really bad, and some stuff might just seem dumb. That’s OK with me, since I’ll be fix­ing it shortly, but I wanted to cover my bases with you, the Live Stu­dio Audi­ence just in case any of you are obsessive-compulsive or anything…


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