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I need a newer bulb that isn’t so scratched up on the outside.

General updates

I haven’t had as much free time as I would like, but the semester is now over, so that’s a good thing. My weekend has been stolen by my parent’s main computer system. It had been acting poorly for quite some time. Now that the semester was over, I decided it was time to do a clean install of windows. It turns out that it was running so poorly in fact, that the backup software wasn’t running–on top of that, the hard drive was dying. Long story short, I was missing only about two weeks of backups, and the files that were placed on the drive during those two weeks, I think I’ve recovered from the main hard drive. Now the computer has a new drive in it (had to go to Best Buy to purchase a SATA drive, as there was only one IDE connector that was taken up by cd drives), and windows is installed (on that note, I hate dealing with SATA chipsets and floppy drives) with all updates. I’m currently copying files off the the external backup drive, and then I have the fun process of figuring out which files are missing from the last two weeks. when dealing with this sort of thing, I recommend DriveImage XML, Acronis True Image*, DiskInternals NTFS Recovery*, and the Ultimate Boot CD. A combination of these tools will generally allow me to get files from point A to point B, and then back to point A. (note * = not free)

When that’s all sorted out, I would like to do a fresh install on my main computer, as it acts a little wonky from time to time. Even further (much further) down the road, a reinstall of windows on my laptop would be nice, as would getting a backup server up and running utilizing some old ide drives, and my 1tb sata drives, configured using LVM or the likes.

As far as nixie goes, I’ve spent some time on the code, and spent a bit more time messing around with Eagle PCB design software, its pretty slick. I’m not nearly as far as I would like to be, but hopefully I’ll have some more time later in the week.

Oh, and some pics from the last month or so of mine:



Late last year my camera had an unfortunate accident: the camera landed lens down, from a height of about 3 feet, onto carpeting.  The end result was a camera that was still fine, but a kit lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6) that was pretty well thrashed inside (rattled inside, couldn’t zoom, etc).  Thankfully, I purchased Ritz Camera’s protection plan, which even covers accidents.  The downside, is that they have a 3-7 week turnaround time (now, why it would take even three weeks for them to look at, and say, yep we can’t fix it, here’s a new one, is beyond me).  Sadly, this happened before Christmas, and thus, I missed out on a lot of holiday pictures.  There is some good news though.  I have about a week before it comes in according to the shop.  So all that there is left to do is wait just a bit longer.  For those interested, if the shop follows through with that date, it will have been a 5 week turnaround time, which I guess isn’t too bad considering all the holidays.

Sky looked cool today

one of the more interesting of the shots:


now to figure out how to change this theme to add just the tiniest bit of spacing for the medium flickr size….

I choose you, sharpie!

Just messing around with a long exposure while changing the zoom on the camera:





edit: so I now have a flickr account, but things are still acting a bit wonky, (alignment does nothing, and I can’t have more than one image per line using the flickr plugin, now just some behind the scenes stuff is acting up) but hopefully it will get resolved (I asked the author of the plugin)

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