I was just wishing, I had a little bit more space in my dropbox....when I came across this.
This is also gives me the excuse to play around with my new camera lens. An smc Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL.
Wonder if I should still take both lenses with me when I go to Gally?
After which, I learned that a 58mm cap fits the end of the hood nicely....so I bought a Promaster SystemPRO White Balance Lens Cap - 58mm.
But, this then means that the Camera Buckle Lens Cap Holder; for 62, 49 and 40.5mm Lens Cap Sizes that I had gotten wasn't sufficient anymore. Though it never really was, given that one side is blocked with on my strap...so I guess it really worked out that I needed to add another one of Camera Buckle Lens Cap Holder; for 67, 58 and 52mm Lens Cap Sizes to my strap as well.
62mm is the cap size of my Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 lens....which is now the other lens that I'm debating if I should bring on my trip....
Meanwhile...I'm wonder where one finds a lens chamois these days.... Think I at least have a recent lenspen somewhere. Also I discovered that the online storage part of my Eye-Fi cards aren't working....probably has to do with the great password reset at DreamHost.
http://db.tt/8sC6ZtO <-- Bonus .5GB signup link.
According to the American Sleep Association, this week February 1-7 is Restless Leg Syndrome Awareness week. Or, Willis-Ekbom Disease...which is the corrected name of the condition.
OTOH, according to the RLS Foundation...the awareness week is September 16-22?
Anyways....I've probably had Willis-Ekbom for years....I remember the weird something crawling under my skin sensations back into childhood, and I recall being told that I was a kicker in bed. I used to tuck the sheets in extra tight all around me, in an effort to control things....these days I don't do that anymore, but I need to have the weight of my comforter on top of me to sleep.
I also had a peculiar problem where the area around my feet would wear out faster on my sheets than anywhere else. One year, I put off checking for a long time, and eventually wore through the heated mattress pad underneath. That was a cold winter, with no working mattress pad.
Was annoying, because it is one of the few mattress pads out there that doesn't have the cord connection on the top surface of the pad...where my constant moving feet are going to keep bumping into it all night.
Then last year, I saw a new doctor, and before I said anything, he asked if I was on anything for my RLS. Now I'm on Ropinirole (Requip). I'm using a heated mattress pad that has the cord connection point on the surface, but it doesn't bother me as much and I things seem better. Though sometimes things still do shift. Also, the dose is mainly to treat the condition at night, I still have the sensations in the day time....
Stumbled on the domain name, by chance....just typing Chen variations that might work as a new site, and .ws (web site) was offered as an available suggestion. After mulling it over for a while...and then finding 'cause to move lhaven.net, I threw in the order for the new domain while I was at it.
Somehow slipped my mind that this year would be a leap year.
Guess that makes it appropriate that Rare Disease Day will be on February 29th this year.
About Rare Disease Day
Rare Disease Day is an international advocacy day to bring widespread recognition of rare diseases as a global health challenge. The day is celebrated on the last day of February every year and this year will be observed February 29, 2012. Learn more about the History of Rare Disease Day, Past Successes or the Goals and Plans for this year.
Anyone can be involved in Rare Disease Day and there are many suggested activities. The day has been established as a grassroots advocacy day and we encourage everyone to participate in some way.
This website focuses on Rare Disease Day activities in the U.S. To learn what’s happening around the world, go to the global Rare Disease Day website at rarediseaseday.org.
What is a Rare Disease?
In the U.S., a rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 people. This definition comes from the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 and is slightly different from the definition used in Europe. There are nearly 7,000 rare diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans. In other words, as many as one in ten Americans are suffering from a rare disease.
Besides dealing with their specific medical problems, people with rare diseases struggle to get a proper diagnosis, find information, and get treatment. The rarity of their conditions makes medical research more difficult. For 2012, our focus is solidarity.
After the upgrade from 3.3.3 to 4.1.2, I was troubled that I wasn't seeing submission responses for reporting spam to b2evolution's central antispam blacklist.
I finally dug into the code this morning...and figured out the problem...here's my quick fix:
This is because in the "blacklist_locally" section it says:
// We have EXITed already at this point!!
I suppose the alternative is that local backlist and reporting are mutually exclusive, so don't blacklist locally if you want to report? Though the interface should reflect this.
Wonder if this is why the amount of data coming from the antispam blacklist each week dropped off a lot in the last year or so....while the amount of spam has been ever increasing....
So, following the upgrade of my other b2evolution site from 3.3.3 to 4.1.2, and having the burst of wakefulness when I should be going to bed...I decided to start updating this site to 4.1.2.
I think I was almost done, except for updating my custom skin...but I forgot. If that's all I had left or if there was something else. But, I uploaded what I had done. And, figured I'd get some sleep and switch over in the morning....
Well, I switched in the morning...and it didn't go as well.
I had forgotten to update my skin, plus not all parts of the site (only one), was actually using my custom skin. The rest was pointed at the former custom-custom skin. Which had been updated when I overlaid 4.1.2...so it wasn't right. I switched everything else over...and that kind of go things working.
But, I wanted my customizations to the current custom skin....so I noted the diffs, and applied them to the new skin. Some of it worked, some of it didn't...the rest of it was just a mess.
Turns out some of the div classes/ids had changed, so my dynamic elements couldn't find the elements it needed to make things work. At least it didn't blow up. Also the css changed...so I had to figure out how to remake the tweaks I had done before. The stock custom skin is a fixed width skin, while my custom skin is a variable width skin. So, there were css elements that don't work in a non-fixed situation.
Now that I had upgraded, I wanted to check out some new-ish plugins. Main two, reCaptcha & socialbuttons. The old captcha image plugin had broke a long time ago...and I don't know why I didn't replace it. I turned off the broken parts at least.... Don't know how well the new reCaptcha works or doesn't work... registered users are exempted Hmm, I seem to have fewer smilies, I only added back in the ones that I had added...didn't diff to see what had changed between 3.3.3 & 4.1.2....perhaps I need to now.
But, next up was the socialbuttons plugin....that required a bit more work to get working .. you can read about it here.
Meanwhile, now that the twitter plugin is working, wonder if I should turn off twitterfeed? The new b2evolution, does a sort of url shortening, but its internal...doesn't use my Yourls service, like twitterfeed does.
And, it seems notification is or something core is broken.... because I'm getting emails from cron_exec.php
...and I've been eyeballing the WZR-HP-G300NH (not only 300Mbps N instead of 150MBps N, but also gigabit ports...also 64MB of RAM and 32MB of Flash ... up from 32MB & 4MB. Not clear on performance difference between Atheros 7240 and 9130...hopefully something).
Because while the current WHR-HP-GN is a step up from my WRT54GS...the QoS still impacts my throughput by a significant amount. Though not enough to turn off QoS in the meantime.
There have bunch a new builds of dd-wrt last month, but no 2012 releases yet. Big thing seems to be 3.x kernels. But, I tried one of the releases...and it was significantly slower with QOS than the last summer release (Build 17201), which has been doing adequate for me. Seems to get laggy over time, so back to rebooting my routers weekly...which can be annoying, because it takes a long time to become responsive again...and connections get dropped sometimes, especially if its long enough to trigger a new IP. So, I reverted back to 17201, which many other people seem to feel is the current best release. Not sure what functionality future builds are shooting to acquire. I think what I have does almost everything I want. I just want it to be less of a bottle neck when doing QoS.
IE: with the WRT54GS, ~5.5MBps down was the best I could get. And, when I started, I only had 6Mbps down service. But, Cox has been upping the speed on upstream and downstream over time. And, its supposed to be like 20MBps and up to 2Mbps up now. But with QoS on....~5.5Mbps was all I continued see, so I dismissed such claims from Cox.
I'm sure all the college students in the area are don't much to things. At least my DSL is more consistent. Though its only 6Mbps/768kbps, the maximum service tier for DSL here. Apparently, certain units in unit B can get U-Verse...but not all of them and I'm in unit A, so no go. Probably means they're on the box next to Chase Manhattan apartments to the south..rather than the box near CAUMC across the intersection.
I had made my own customization to QoS rules on the WRT54GS, and I had largely developed updated equivalents for the WHR-HP-GN's....the only thing missing is 'connbytes' feature in iptables. The kernel supports connbytes, but the provided iptables command does not. The behavior had changes since Iast used requiring the '--connbytes-dir' and '--connbytes-mode' paramers, but soon figured out that the iptables command had been built standalone, and without the feature.
There was a time, when people bought their own phones and then bought service....I did that twice. First was a 'fancy' candy-bar phone....it was nice, but it was hard to use for data. Second was a Motorola flip...where modems and such for it could be easily had...so with great complexity I found ways to be online while mobile.
Then they came out with digital...and I got one of the first digital only phones, it was sprint and coverage was poor. Though they only needed 1 year contracts back then. Later I got wise, and got phones that were both digital and analog. Along the way, 2 year contracts came into play. Now analog is pretty much gone. I've spent time on various major carriers and then some over the years.
More recent history...I had an iPhone 3G. I waited and waited to see if something newer than that was coming, and they didn't. I was on a blackberry before that, and now working a job where those aren't popular....iPhones were....and it was with Sprint...where reception at home is poor and none at work. Though with AT&T, reception at home was poor and work wasn't much better. There was reception by in the bathroom by my office. Fortunately, for visitors the conference room is next to the bathrooms.
Eventually, Apple came out with the iPhone 3GS, and a new iOS that turned my old iPhone 3G into a bear. But, it hadn't even been a year with it yet. So, along comes Credo Mobile, offering to buy out AT&T contracts....they credit the ETF to my account. Well, that was good...though its back to Sprint.
Then a couple months ago, my phone fell off my desk at work...and turned into one more piece than expected. Though it mostly worked after I snapped it back together. I used to get phone insurance back in the beginning...but since it became new every year, and then new every 2 years....I hadn't. Don't know if I should reconsider.
The phone continued along....though it developed a problem where it would just turn off expectedly, or spontaneously restart. The self-restart was a big problem, with my recent traveling...there have been 3 separate occasions where the phone had turned it self back on while all such devices are supposed to be turned off. Only once, did it do so soon after I had turned it off...that I heard it turn itself back on before I had stowed it for the trip.
And, then there have been days were I've been walking around not knowing that my phone was dead.
I wanted to go back to T-Mobile. I knew they had pretty good signal at home, though they didn't have much service at work. There was service...but it was a CellOne (GSM) tower....which later got moved. For good service, it was US Cellular. And, it was good when work was reselling their service. But, just before I was considering jumping to them on my own...they changed all their plans around, and I didn't like it. All this emphasis on voice minutes...in proportion to data usage. IE: I don't want to pay for unlimited voice minutes to get unlimited data.
There was a time originally, where I had a Blackberry...where I paid for unlimited blackberry data service....and had 0 minutes and 0 texts on my plan... minutes were only like 10 cents each.
Cell phone is still largely for safety & security.... And, when I switched to Credo Mobile...I opted to go with a 'feature' phone. At first I didn't want anything, though being able to tweet on the road might be useful. Though initially I signed up as if it was going to replace my work phone. Since they weren't reselling US Cellular anymore, those phones were going away. I ended up getting a Droid 2 with VerizonWireless service as work phone.
The Droid 2 was nice in the beginning, but its been getting pretty frustrating to use lately....and I was torn about wanting to go back to T-Mobile for personal service. While they'd would be good most areas of town, except right around work. I figured on benefiting fromt here WiFi calling feature. But, these days that's pretty much an Android phone....though there was this whole AT&T wanted to wipe them out...and not sure why I would want to be with T-Mobile without that one key feature.
So, I limped along on work phone that was getting less and less stable, and slower and slower....but Android. And, feature phone for personal...that was becoming unreliable. While watching the T-Mobile site for free phone offers.
A few times I saw their Sidekick 4G come up as free. And, it was a good candidate in most areas, except one. It has a physical keyboard (a 5 row to boot), and 4G. But, its only a single core phone and only 2.2. I wanted at least 2.3, and it seemed dual core was likely to be a requirement for longevitiy.
And, then finally...the AT&T takeover was gone....and discovering that the cell phone that I had been traveling with for safety, was useless. It was time to take the plunge. Though I waited until the last day of the sale period.
I went with ordering a MyTouch 4G Slide - Khaki - for $99.99 from T-Mobile on December 29th, 2011. It arrived on January 3rd, 2012. A few days before I took the plunge the old Samsung Seek had once again died on me, but I didn't notice that it had until after...and it didn't last to see the arrival of my new phone.
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