We spent the week in Myrtle Beach, SC. The boys loved the beach and started to brave the waves. Marco is fearless and tries to keep up with his older brother, Adan.

While on vacation we hit the beach a lot and ate a lot. Being from Maryland, we miss good seafood (hard to find here in North Carolina), so we hit Phillip’s Seafood restaurant. Twice. The first night I got two Chesapeake Bay style crab cakes. They were awesome, but I still longed for more crab meat. The second time we went back I got a dozen steamed Blue Crabs. I only ate 10 of them. They were good and seasoned just right because my lips were burning afterwords.

Marco kept asking to go to the “animal zoo”, but he didn’t realize he was looking at a mini-golf with animals. We opted to go to Alligator Adventure so he could see real animals. The boys had a good time looking at alligators, snakes, frogs, turtles, and some exotic birds such as cockatoo, and macaws.

Ah the macaws, while looking at them I started doing my usual animal noises. “ma-CAW, ma-CAW”. The birds responded with ma-CAW. Adan, looked in amazement and said “Daddy, I didn’t know you could talk to animals. You’re like Tarzan.”

A great time was had by all.

SOA What!

It seems that this is the year of SOA. Maybe I’m just not a visionary any more, but I don’t get the the whole buzz behind SOA. It feels like a reinvention of CORBA, except instead of writing IDL, we’re writing XML (SOAP in particular).

While I believe that SOA does have a purpose, I think we’re looking to find a problem to solve using SOA. I like to think that we as engineers have problems that need solving and not just using the technology du jour.

I guess the thing that bothers me most about SOA is just the buzzword not the actual

Weekend HVAC work

This weekend I replaced my Trane Weathertron BAYSTAT240A thermostat
with a Honeywell RTH7400D. I used the same thermostat on my
conventional heat system and wanted to use it with the heatpump.

The conventional heat was easy all wires matched up. But the
heat pump had a tan wire connected to the “T” terminal.
The instructions for the RTH7400D don’t mention anything about
a “T” terminal. But that’s what
is for 🙂 Gosh I love the internet.

Here are some helpful links for folks if you have similar problems:

Trane wire

RTH400 wiring 1
RTH400 wiring 2
RTH400 wiring 3