Filed Under (church, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-09-28

So, it looks like I’ll be attending the Fall 2007 Church IT Roundtable in Kansas City. This is an unconference for church IT folks with a roundtable discusison format. I really waited til the last minute and had no intentions on going. However, I’ve been talking quite a bit lately with Jeffrey Thompson and Bryson Medlock and I’ve let them talk me into it.

I just booked a flight this morning and leave on Tuesday morning, October 2nd and come home next Friday, October 5th. The flight was surprisingly pretty cheap still but I was having some trouble with hotel accomodations.

I finally decided to hop on to and give it another whirl. The last I went to Louisville, I used Priceline to book my flight and it put me on a 6:00AM flight from an airport 2.5 hours away from home, so I’ve vowed to never use them again for air travel, but they just scored me an awesome deal on a room at the Radisson in Lenexa. Current going rate on the Radisson website for that room is $109 a night, and with Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price,” I got it for $50/night! Sweet!

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Filed Under (Politics) by Justin on 2007-09-27

I continue to be impressed by the Huckabee Campaign and I really wish that everyone in America could be signed up on his email list.

I just got this last night:

Mitt Romney seems to think being “top tier” is about money. He recently made a comment suggesting that our campaign was going to need to raise $20,000,000 this quarter to be considered top tier. Well let me break the news to everyone, we aren’t going to raise anywhere near that and frankly that suits us just fine.

Let me ask you though, do you think being a top tier candidate should be based on raising money a lot of money?

I know I don’t. In fact if I weren’t running, I would want the candidate I am supporting to say “Top Tier” should be about what you stand for and how the rest of the Republican Party feels about your positions.

Here are some of my top tier ideas:

1. I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.

2. I support the FairTax.

3. We have to know who is coming into our country, where they are going, and why they are here. We need a fence along our border with Mexico, electronic in some places, and more highly-trained border agents.

4. I believe that we are currently engaged in a world war. Radical Islamic fascists have declared war on our country and our way of life. They have sworn to annihilate each of us who believe in a free society, all in the name of a perversion of religion and an impersonal god. We go to great extremes to save lives, they go to great extremes to take them. This war is not a conventional war, and these terrorists are not a conventional enemy. I will fight the war on terror with the intensity and single-mindedness that it deserves.

As I said, we aren’t going to raise a bunch of money. What we want to raise is a bunch of support for our ideas. Ames, Iowa proved that we could be outspent and out raised and still turn folks out to the polls.

So today, I am asking you to throw your financial support behind the Top Tier Ideas campaign. Vertical Day was just one piece of our relentless push to elevate a discussion of the issues. We will have many more such efforts in the final months before the Iowa Caucuses and we will need your financial support to help fuel our campaign.

Yes, having an insane amount of cash behind a campaign surely can make your campaign a lot easier and you can certainly buy yourself a lot more publicity. That being said, Huckabee is doing extremely well and almost certainly has a higher supporter/dollar ratio than most of the “top-tier” candidates.

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Filed Under (Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2007-09-25

I’ve got a listing on ebay for a Cisco 2611 Router. If you need it – go bid on it, or even better, Buy It Now!

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Filed Under (Politics) by Justin on 2007-09-24

The Mike Huckabee campaign has been doing what they’re calling “Vertical Day” today, and there’s been some great stuff posted. It’s really neat to me to see politicians embracing the Internet and all the new forms of media that have become so popular recently. One article in particular has perked my attention: Our Faith Makes Us.

Recently, out on the campaign trail, a voter asked if my personal faith informed my decisions. My answer was simple, just as it always has been: my faith is my life – it defines me. My faith doesn’t influence my decisions, it drives them.

Mike’s strong-rooted faith has been a rather large factor in why I’ve decided to support him, and that quote really sums it up well. I feel like his campaign is really gaining steam, so much so that I wouldn’t call him a “longshot candidate” anymore. I think the odds are definitely stacked against him, but he apparently does have some very talented folks working for him.

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Filed Under (Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2007-09-18

I’ve really hit the jackpot lately with acquiring “new” equipment. Several weeks ago, a guy from my LUG (Linux User Group) sent a message to our mailing list saying he had a few old servers to get rid off. I was looking to scrap some of my old parts together to make one to run Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 at Crestview, so I quickly replied and secured dibs on a Dell PowerEdge 350. Several emails later, he had a better server that he was retiring, and also a few other goodies thrown in, so I made plans to go pick it up.

When I met Sean in Charlotte to get the stuff, this is what I ended up coming home with:

  • Dell PowerEdge 350 (1u)
  • Celeron 700
  • 512MB RAM
  • 40GB HD
  • 2x 10/100 NIC
  • Dell PowerEdge 350 (1u)
  • Celeron 700
  • 384MB RAM
  • 40GB HD
  • 2x 10/100 NIC
  • SuperMicro Server (2u)
  • Intel P3 1.26Ghz
  • 1GB RAM
  • No HD
  • 1×10/100 NIC
  • IBM 2104-DU3 SCSI Disk Array
  • 2x 18.2GB 10,000RPM Ultra160 SCSI Drive
  • 6x IBM Ultrastar 36.7GB 10,000RPM Ultra320 SCSI Drive

I brought it all home, setup the one server at church and the rest is sitting idly in my basement while I try to figure out what to do with it all. If I can find a controller card for it and ensure it works properly, I may bring the IBM Disk Array to work and use it along with iscsitarget as a backup location for my VMware stuff.

So, after acquiring the Dell PowerEdge 2950 for work a few weeks ago, I’ve been dreaming about getting a nice server cabinet to house the stuff. I maxed out our little 18U wall-mount APC NetShelter a long time ago, and it’s too shallow for this new server anyway. I quickly realized there was no chance of getting approval to purchase a new one as a 48U cabinet from Dell is about $900. I shopped around a few other places and found similar, or worse pricing and then decided to shoot a message to the LUG mailling list asking if anyone knew of a place in the Charlotte area to get used equipment like that. A few days later, Jack responded with this:

I have a full-size APC rack, with front & rear doors and rolling casters, just sitting in my garage. I used to host several sites for friends & non-profits, but I’ve since moved them to GoDaddy. You are welcome to have the rack, including all equipment inside:

  • Compaq DLT Array
  • Compaq SCSI Array (with drives)
  • Compaq 6500 Quad P-200
  • Compaq 5000 (may not work)
  • Compaq 15″ CRT
  • Compaq 8-way KVM switch
  • Compaq Keyboard w/ trackball
  • Rack-mounted power strip
  • Misc cables (scsi, ethernet, power cords, etc)

Like I said, you are welcome to it all. I don’t have a truck, so you have to come get it (I suggest brining a few guys with you).

I uploaded the pics to Flickr yesterday, so you can see that photo set here if you’re interested.

If you’re in the need for some old computer equipment, you might want to get in touch with me…

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Filed Under (church, Humor) by Justin on 2007-09-13

Seen in #citrt on Freenode:

jthompsonic: !forecast atlanta
ianb: hah!
itbot: Today: Hi 86 Lo 69, Chance Rain Showers. Precip: AM 31% PM 48%
itbot: Tomorrow: Hi 81 Lo 67, Rain Showers Likely. Precip: AM 70% PM 50%
ianb: !forecast hell
itbot: Today: Hi 72 Lo 53, Mostly Sunny. Precip: AM 0% PM 15%
itbot: Tomorrow: Hi 68 Lo 43, Rain Showers. Precip: AM 40% PM 21%

Funny, that’s not what the NIV says…

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Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-09-13

In a day and time where everyone is raving about upgrading to Windows Vista, you might find it humorous to look back umm, a few years to this video about the upgrade to MS-DOS 5. The video is painful at best, but if you’re somewhat of a techie, that should help take the edge off.

Awesome! Saves 45k of memory!

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Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-09-07

This should make Brandon happy.

Pearls Before Swine for Sep 7 2007

Source: Pearls Before Swine

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