Weekend report

Liz went to the beach with her friends on Friday night. She’ll return sometime late this afternoon. She did take Iliana with her as she’s a wii bit too small for me to handle alone. The boys stayed with me and we had a good time on Saturday.

The boys and I went to see “Meet the Robinsons“. They liked it, but I’m not sure they really grasped the whole time shifting premise in the movie. Adan & Marco were so excited to go, they were hounding me since 9:30am. Finally, at 10:45am I figured I’d leave since I had to get money and wanted to get there early enough. Well we got there plenty early, so early that the theater wasn’t open yet. They didn’t open until 11:15am and our movie was at 11:45am. Oh well, c’est la vie. We walked around the shopping center a little until it was time.

After the movies, we came back home to give Marco another breathing treatment to make sure his asthma doesn’t flare up too much with his cold. The boys then played a round of Lego Star Wars on the Xbox. Then around 3:30pm, we went off to McDonald’s. I let them play in the play area which we never let them do. Then back home for some more horsing around, and Cars movie (I really like this movie).

Today, we played hooky from church, I made the boys pancakes and sausage . Gave them a little treat by allowing them to drink juice instead of milk with breakfast – (they get plenty of juice throughout the day). After I finish writing this, I’ll take them to Border’s book store (I don’t care for Barnes & Noble).

That’s it, maybe I’ll grill some burgers tonight for dinner as the weather is gorgeous.

From an Angry Soldier

While perusing digg today, I read the note from an angry soldier. It’s quite sobering, and exactly why I’ve always thought the war in Iraq was senseless.

I’m having the worst damn week of my whole damn life so I’m going to write this while I’m pissed off enough to do it right.

I am SICK of all this bullshit people are writing about the Iraq war. I am abso-fucking-lutely sick to death of it. What the fuck do most of you know about it? You watch it on TV and read the commentaries in the newspaper or Newsweek or whatever god damn yuppie news rag you subscribe to and think you’re all such fucking experts that you can scream at each other like five year old about whether you’re right or not. Let me tell you something: unless you’ve been there, you don’t know a god damn thing about it. It you haven’t been shot at in that fucking hell hole, SHUT THE FUCK UP!


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Weekend car work

It’s been quite a while since I’ve changed the oil in the Trans Am, actually a year, but since it has an oil leak I wasn’t too worried. This weekend I decided to officially change the oil, filter, and the transmission fluid as well. I also had the idea I would change the rear differential fluid, but I never got around to that.

It took a while to get it all jacked up as there isn’t much room for the jack to fit as the car is so low. But I got it up on ramps and jack stands.

The Trans Am

The oil change went fine, it’s pretty trivial, though I still have an oil leak. The hardest part was changing the transmission fluid.

fresh filter and oil pan

GM was kind to give the six speed manual (6M) both a fill hole and a drain plug. Once I got all the fluid out, I had to fill it. That was a chore as there isn’t much room under the car. I had a 6 inch hose that I was using but after 30 minutes, I had only put in half a quart out of four! So I stopped for the evening until I could go to Lowes to get a 5 foot hose.

I used this hose to pump the Mobil 1 ATF fluid into the tranny. Yes, you read that right, I put ATF into my manual transmission. That’s what is supposed to go in there. 🙂

house and tranny fluid

Here’s the fill hole of the tranny, it’s a pain to get to.

Transmission fill hole

It’s all done now. Next stop is to replace the rear differential fluid and gasket. Oh, and I can’t forget the limited slip additive so the rear end doesn’t chatter. Actually that’s not all that needs to get done with the car 🙂 I have a laundry list of todos:

  • fix driver’s side window
  • replace driver’s side door panel
  • fix headlight motors
  • replace passenger side fender
  • etc

OLPC in Nigeria

During a rigorous training session, Hassounah instructs the students to identify and hold aloft each of the laptop’s components, starting with the power adapter. The step-by-step instruction is part of how the children will learn to respect and use what will now be their personal education tool.

Link to story

yum install …

I swear I learn something new everyday. 🙂 I reinstalled Fedora Core 6 on my workstation today, and went to reinstall mugshot.

I downloaded the mugshot client, and attempted to install it:
sudo rpm -Uvh mugshot-1.1.40-1.fc6.x86_64.rpm
But it failed missing some dependencies:
error: Failed dependencies:
libloudmouth-1.so.0()(64bit) is needed by mugshot-1.1.40-1.fc6.x86_64
loudmouth >= 1.0.3-3 is needed by mugshot-1.1.40-1.fc6.x86_64

I quickly griped that I wish there was a yum repo with mugshot in it. !@#$%^
Then the light went on in my feable brain. I wonder if yum install path/to/rpm will work? Only one way to find out.
yum install ~/downloads/mugshot-1.1.40-1.fc6.x86_64.rpm
WOO HOO, I worked. Yum properly processed the dependencies and sucked them down from the my currently subscribed yum repos.

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                 Arch       Version          Repository        Size
 mugshot                 x86_64     1.1.40-1.fc6     /home/devel/jesusr/ftp/mugshot-1.1.40-1.fc6.x86_64.rpm  811 k
Installing for dependencies:
 loudmouth               x86_64     1.0.5-2.fc6      extras             53 k

That was cool!

Mom going to Linux

My mom asked me to order her a new laptop but she was on a budget. So I picked the Dell Inspiron 1501 with 1GB RAM and an AMD Sempron 3500+. It came with Vista, but my mom is’ not much of a computer person. She still uses Windows 95 on a Pentium 60 🙂 So the idea of teaching her Windows Vista scared me as I would have long nights trying to support that.

I then bought a copy of Windows XP Home, as I figured this would be easier to support over the phone. Then I kept thinking, why not go with Linux? Could it be any harder to support than XP or Vista? Actually, it isn’t. I wouldn’t have to worry about her machine getting infected with viruses, or any of the other windows type hacks.

I found this wonderful site on how to get Ubuntu running on the Inspiron 1501. Everything seems to work: wireless using ndiswrapper drivers, the Canon PIXMA IP6310D USB printer works using drivers from TurboPrint, the display works at the native 1200×800 using open source ATI drivers, though I don’t get to use compiz which is fine. Suspend and hibernate work as well. I even got flash, and music support. So far this is a great looking setup.

I did opt for a dual boot scenario with Windows XP Home on a 15GB partition, but that’s a “just in case”. The sad thing is, Ubuntu was easier to install and get working than XP was. 🙂

One last problem I have to solve is the modem. The laptop has a Conexant onboard modem. I’m not sure if my mom will be willing to ditch dialup 🙂 strictly for the price: $4.97/month vs. $25/month for DSL. But the ease of getting on the internet and me supporting here with SSH would make it worthwhile.

Next stop is to get my wife, Liz, running Linux as well. Then I’ll be Windows FREE at home, sorta, I still run it in VMWare for the few times I buy iTunes music.