die phpBB die

Well, I’ve nuked phpBB and switched over to punBB after being sick of spamming on the forum. I still have a bit of work left to do on the site, but its definately a lot cleaner looking. If you guys have any suggestions feel free to throw them my way.

It’s been a while

Yeah, I’ve kinda slouched off on the blog for a while; it’s been a busy semester for me. In terms of projects, I have a few that I have been dabbling with.

What has been taking up most my time as of late has been devising a remote controlled ignition device for this year’s Fourth of July. Using a 12 channel remote controlled relay board located here, I am in the process of rigging it to a 12 volt battery and putting it in a fancy enclosure. If anyone has ever used a model rocket kit, think of one of those electronic igniters, but with 12 channels, and a wireless controller.

I have also been doing a bit of work (not much at this point) with my wrt54g from fon. Right now I have openwrt installed on it (think mini linux) and have installed a kismet drone for wardriving.

Well, that’s it for now, hopefully things will pick up when the term is over.

No matter what your religion is…

…have a merry Christmas.

Its Christmas morning and I have yet to open all of my presents. I’m at my Grandpa’s house and we’re getting ready to leave. A few presents were brought to be opened, including a few books, more Family Guy, Serenity, and my free iPod Shuffle (I signed up for a credit card, they send you a shuffle). The shuffle is a pretty neat piece of hardware–minus the lack of a screen. I’ll probably just use it for podcasts and data, although I’m a bit turned-off at the lack of a plug and play podcast sync for the shuffle (it appears to only work on the regular iPod, although it would be nice if someone told me otherwise).

I’ve managed to keep myself busy here thanks to an access point that the neighbors were kind enough to leave open ;). I don’t even need my cantenna.

Shave and a haircut

You know, I can’t say that I’m a fan of the new nickel. It kind of scares me; the whole side profile thing just makes it look like some piece of Chinese currency. And the only thing that actually distinguishes it as being worth five cents is this little bit of text smashed up along side some Clark guy. And the phrase in the picture; “Ocean in view! O! The joy!” I don’t know about you, but joy is the last emotion that would be evoked by looking at a half-inch wide picture.

And that’s my two cents.

Black Friday

Well, it’s Friday night and I’m still recovering. Around 12:30 we heard that people were already lining up at Best Buy, so we (myself and a few of my friends) headed out. We had hoped to wait a few hours in the van, and then get in line when enough people showed up. Unfortunately, this was not to be; more cars started showing up after just five minutes in the van. Deciding to go out, we stepped out into the zero (with wind-chill) degree weather. I was planning on picking up a laptop and a computer for my uncle and cousin. We were a few chairs short, so two of the guys laid across our laps with the chairs facing each other.

The cold got to us very quickly, and we piled blanket upon blanket on us in hopes of some heat. We had a propane heater that was virtually useless. It must have been a very odd sight for onlookers; just a mass of floral-patterned blankets with feet sticking out of the sides. A few times people went back into the van to get warm; I was the only person who stayed out the entire time (go me!). Around 4:50 they started handing out tickets for the main items; I picked up the laptop, the desktop, and a second desktop on a whim; I had another one of the guys pay for it.

The first line that I had to wait in was to redeem a UPC code for the computers. This took quite some time as they gave the customers the option of some extra security features. Only one of my friends was left in the checkout line by the time I made it out. I took his place in line with the cart, and he got the UPC for the second computer.

This line took a while, but seemed to move quickly, as I had someone to talk with, and got a free geek squad mug and gift card (five bucks only) from a ticket drawing thing that had going to keep the customers entertained. After getting checked out, there was yet another line to wait in; this time it was to physically get the computers. This wasn’t too bad and only took 10 minutes.

I finally made it home around 7:40; exhausted; cold; and worn out. All things considered, I think Best Buy was very organized, as I have heard many Black Friday horror stories.

A wonderful way to start the day

I woke up this morning only to realize that my alarm should have gone off 30 minutes ago. Somehow, I managed to get ready for work in 15 minutes. I then proceeded to get into my car, only to find that it didn’t have enough power to turn over. Luckily, my dad is out of town, so I took the extra vehicle (a full size van) to work, but after some careful maneuvering around my car.

I ended up making it to work 10 minutes late, and without the thumbdrive with my paper on it that’s due tomorrow. Let’s hope tomorrow goes better.

The Blog

Just messing with the scheme and layout a bit. I hope to use this blog to show some of my various tech related projects along with a few general rants along the way.

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