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  06:59:28 pm, by The Dreamer   , 146 words  
Categories: General

I survived Ohio State Mathcounts 2006

It was another interesting experience. Once again, inaddition to getting to score tests, I got to sit by the projector during countdown.

It was interesting, that while doing tie break on the top 16 individuals, I noticed the name K. Chenevey (at 16) briefly crossed my mind wondering if she was related to an Amy Chenevey that I once knew....

Turns out it was true....

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  01:41:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 196 words  
Categories: General, Software

Latest b2evolution hack against reefer madness....

Getting tired of a certain type of attack on my site of late....namely because the alledged 'origin' site tries to force you to download a trojan horse (which NAV promptly detects and blocks)....I decided it was time to block these obvious assaults, which takes the form of an invalid archive date code or an archive date that is excessively far in the future or in the past....

if( !empty($HTTP_REFERER) && strpos($HTTP_REFERER,$baseurl) !== 0)
	if( !empty($m) && ( strlen($m) < 4 || strlen($m) % 2 == 1 ) )
		$ReqURI = $baseurl;
	   	require dirname(__FILE__).'/'; // error & exit
	if( strlen($m) == 4 && ( intval($m) < 2004 || intval($m) > date('Y', time()) ) )
		$ReqURI = $baseurl;
	   	require dirname(__FILE__).'/'; // error & exit
	if( strlen($m) > 5 )
		$im = intval(substr($m,0,6));
		if ( $im < 200404 || $im > date('Ym', time()) )
			$ReqURI = $baseurl;
	   		require dirname(__FILE__).'/'; // error & exit

The code fragment is currently in _blog_main.php.

Some day I should sit down and learn the meantime, I'll just get by with the fact that knowing a programming language is not a requirement to maintain it..... &#41;&#45;&#111;


  09:57:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 222 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, BOINC, RoadRunner

My new 'box'

Well, got it set up, and everything seems to be good, once I did a quick reconfigure of some of the hardware. Namely the network adapter. Though I can't really fully test it, because as luck would have is the 6th of the month.....which means my RoadRunner service is out.

I don't know what it is, but my service is more likely to go out around this day than at any other time. By some strange coincidence it is also when the bill is due. Of course, I can't do much, because no RoadRunner...means I can't access my bank account nor call Time Warner. &#58;&#96;&#40;

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  03:09:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre

Decided to do something about the flaky SELECT....


Over time my URC-6131 remote has been getting harder and harder to work the select and arrow navigation on my ReplayTV menus.

I had tried battery swaps and various things, but finally accepted that I may have to resort to opening up the remote and applying the FAQ response for select button problems with these style of remotes.

So, while killing time after the arrive of my new 'box' and before my upcoming phone interview....I found myself trying to pry open the remote (while watching some shows from my ReplayTV at the same time)....

Well, as it was reported there was this 'liquid' under the select button....I cleaned the pads and put the remote back together.

While I had it opened, I also pushed the IR LED forward...which I hear will help widen its range.

Well, reworking the buttons...things aren't any worse than before. I suppose it has improved a little bit...but it still isn't 100%. &#58;&#46;&#46;&#40;

Hopefully the remote will last for as long as I keep my ReplayTVs going.....

  12:26:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 74 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, Networking, BOINC

'box' is here....

...and while there are no IVS transfers in progress, so in theory I could do a quick swap with little impact.

I do have a couple of phone interviews scheduled for later this afternoon, where a problem in the swap might cause I guess I'll delay doing things until after those. Plus it'll give the computer a chance to warm up.... &#58;&#80;

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  09:31:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: War of the Worlds


  10:22:47 am, by The Dreamer   , 604 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, BOINC

Upcoming 'box' upgrade

According to UPS, an IBM NetVista off-lease refurb Celeron 1.8Ghz with 256MB/40GB/CDRW/NO-OS machine that I ordered to replace my current 'box' will arrive on Monday. The old 'box' was an off-lease from a state auction (via eBay) Celeron 433MHz with 128MB/6.4GB/CDROM/NO-OS box....


Meanwhile, it just occurred to me...that after the upgrade, this Linux machine known as 'box' will move from being my slowest BOINC minion to 2nd or 3rd place....well, there's only 4 minions.

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  09:15:10 am, by The Dreamer   , 285 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer

Today is a bad day for the box

In my morning check of my systems, I found that box wasn't responding....

I figured at first that the scheduled mondoarchive of the system had run long (which I normally run at 6 month intervals....March and September....kind of surprised that March had snuck up on me).

So, I went on to box to take a look at what it was doing....and it was bad. The harddrive had failed a minute into the backup. Strange that's when the previous harddrive failed. Perhaps it wasn't a harddrive problem last time...but a more serious system problem.

Wonder if I can afford to replace it. &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;

The bigger problem is what do I do in the mean time. Can I recover enough to resurrect this critical piece of my home network? How are the remaining bits even working...the machine is my local DNS server, hmmm....starting to have trouble accessing sites on the Internet.... and it is also my DHCP server. And, it is a router to part of my network.... &#58;&#63;&#63;&#58;

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  09:20:09 am, by The Dreamer   , 83 words  
Categories: Software

Outlook 2003 -- Argh!


Well, this isn't any better than what I had before....crash...crash....crash.....

Ran SCANPST.EXE, after first tracking down where it had been moved help.

And, what's the point of saying yes to letting the problem get reported to Microsoft? Its not like they'll respond and fix my problem..... &#58;&#63;&#63;&#58;

Oh well, seem to be back in business again for the moment (by disabling the preview pane and deleting all the messages from the folder that would crash when selected....) &#41;&#45;&#111;


  06:41:25 pm, by The Dreamer   , 223 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, PDA

Upgraded to Outlook 2003

For reasons that suddenly escape me....I upgraded to Outlook 2003, today. I was previously running Outlook 2000 as part of the Office 2000 Suite.

In my current situation, I couldn't justify the cost to upgrade to Office 2003 at the moment....especially since I believe Office 2007 is just around the corner. But, there was probably some compelling reason to upgrade....probably because Outlook 2000 kept crashing for unknown reasons. &#58;&#63;&#63;&#58;

Well, installing the upgrade didn't seem such a bad thing....until I tried to run it. Various plugins didn't work, namely the version of Chilton Preview and LookOut. So, I have to track updates for these.

I then tried to do a sync with my Palm Tungsten| wants permission to connect and then it doesn't work. Guess I need to update the conduit (PocketMirror), only it looks like I need to pay to update. &#58;&#35;&#35;

Guess, I'll just live with it...since I don't sync all that often at the moment....and I'm sure that once I buy the Palm TX (or whatever is new when I can), I'll have access to a version of the conduit that works better.

I then checked my also had trouble, but a quick reinstall of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software seems to have it working again.

Now off to customize it to get back my old feel..... &#58;&#40;

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