September
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2006-09-26

It’s 7:45 PM as I start to write this and I’m still in the office. I just finished upgrading our old trusty firewall, a Watchguard Firebox III 700, to a much faster (and sexier!) Firebox X750e. It’s thinner (by one-half rack unit) and much faster than it’s predecessor. So far, I’d say that the Fireware platform which the new box runs on is a huge step ahead from the previous WFS stuff that the older generation of Fireboxen ran on. I’ve been monitoring it’s traffic for the past 1h 25m 29s now and all seems to be well. Next on the agenda is probably going to me moving our SMTP gateway virus scanning to this puppy and off the old Symantec product atop Win2k Server which has become a huge thorn in my side lately.

All I know is this – I have to make sure everything here is ROCK SOLID before we leave for Russia. T-minus 9 days and counting…

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September
19
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-09-19

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and in honor of that I decided to installed Dougal’s Text Filter Suite and activate the “Pirate” filter. It will automatically change ALL content on this site today, but tomorrow, only this post will be in pirate speak! So go ahead my friends – leave some comments and see how they turn out once filtered by the plugin.

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September
19
Filed Under (News, Politics) by Justin on 2006-09-19

Drudge Report is linking to an AP story this morning aboutPresident Bush’s Approval Ratings are climbing rapidly, up five whole points from a survey that was conducted just a few weeks ago:

President George W. Bush’s approval rating has rebounded to 44 percent, the highest level in a year, in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the newspaper reported on Tuesday.

And you won’t hear this broadcasted anywhere on CNN or MSNBC:

For the first time since December 2005, a majority of people polled did not say the war in Iraq was a mistake. The respondents were evenly split at 49 percent to 49 percent, the report said.

Just thought everyone would want to know…

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September
19
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-09-19

This is a neat little site where you can generate a map of what states you’ve visited. There’s also and option for countries, but mine looked pretty sad with only the USA and Russia colored in:

Create your own visited states map.

Hat tip: CoolB

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September
18
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2006-09-18

Our mission trip lodging budget was blown out of the water over the weekend. The hotel where we stayed last time has changed their room configurations (they finally figured out they were losing money by letting five people stay in one room!), therefore our hotel expenses just increased by nearly $1,600. According to our team leader, we do *have* the money, but it was allotted to pay our interpreters and buy supplies for our ministry work while we’re there.

If anyone has a few spare dollars laying around and want to make a contribution, get in touch! Every nickel counts.

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September
14
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-09-14

As my closest friends no doubt already know, Bonnie and I have a terrible addiction to our TiVo. I place the blame purely on Brandon for giving me the darn thing after the hard drive died in it. I resurrected it and can’t get enough Season Passes now to quench my thirst for terrible television.

Several months back, TiVo stopped offering their Lifetime Service option. I received an email offer from TiVo yesterday saying that anyone who currently has a box with Lifetime Service and purchases a new Series3 HD TiVo can pay a one-time fee of $199 and have their service transferred to the new HD box. They’ll even keep the service active on the old box for an additional twelve months.

Did I mention that the new Series3 box costs $799? So yeah, you’d be dropping a cool grand to get your shiny new TiVo with a Lifetime Service agreement. Ouch.

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September
14
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-09-14

ConvergeSouth 2006 is one of the few East Coast blogging conferences that I’ve ever heard about, and it’s only about two-hours away from me in Greensboro. Too bad I’ll be about 5,000 miles away from home in Moscow, Russia at the time. Even Robert (formerly known as “The Microsoft Blogger” and Maryam Scoble will both be leading a talk on “10 Ways to a Killer Blog.”

ConvergeSouth is an annual conference. On even-numbered years, our focus is regional interests with national appeal and it’s a one-day conference. On odd-numbered years, ConvergeSouth is a 2-day conference with a journalism day sponsored and hosted by the NC A&T School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

They have a quote from Jay Rosen on their site which kinda sums up a lot of the techy conferences that are being held so often these days: “The People Formerly Known as the Audience.”

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September
13
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-09-13

I can imagine a quick little game of poker between the folks at Apple and iriver going down something like this:

APPLE: I bet you our new 2nd generation iPod Shuffle. It’s teeny tiny, holds 1GB and costs only $79
IRIVER: I see your teeny little Shuffle, and raise you one iriver S10. It’s little bigger, but has a 1.5″ OLED color screen and supports more formats, AND has a FM tuner.
APPLE: Uhhhh… uhhhh… uhhhh… OK I fold.

I admit, I was even a little intrigued by the new iPod Shuffle that was announced yesterday, but the S10 from iriver just blows it away. That being said, I really do want one of the new Nanos – probably the 2GB green one to take to Russia in October. My little 512MB Shuffle that I got for my birthday is great for when I’m mowing the lawn or taking a few tracks in the car, but the capacity and battery life just won’t cut it for about 25 hours of round trip flight time plus whatever time I use it while travelling around Moscow.

Hat tip: DailyTech

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