Sometimes the Camera on Hand is the Best

A few weeks ago, I was at a party (the place I worked for during High School was hosting it). As time passed, I wished I brought my s90. A few others had DSLRs with them (one from the Cannon camp, the other is a Nikon fan). So, I would not have looked out of place if I went nuts taking pictures. Anyways, I managed to take a few good pictures with the Motorola Droid before it was too dark.

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Freedom Atlast

Well, until September 2nd that is. Summer began officially on Saturday at 6:00 PM CDT, when one was back home from the last final of the semester. It looks like this summer will be another one of those work as much as possible to have money for the next two semesters of college (aside from the social life side of things it has worked well in the past two summers).

This summer, running needs to be worked into the daily routine. Last summer, by the time work was over for the day the temperatures outside were not favorable for running (way too hot). And, as a typical college student one has a difficult time getting up early in the morning when there are no classes. The routine starts tomorrow (pending the cooperation of the weather, otherwise it’ll be another 4 to 5 miles on the treadmill again). Since getting sick right before finals week, and remaining sick for it’s entirety one hasn’t been up to running outside.

WordPress plug-in wise, Breadcrumb NavXT 2.1.2 will be released this week, right now it looks like Wednesday, the 19th, will be the release date. Again, just a bug fix release, but one that most will find useful. WP Trainer will be visible on this blog as a technology demo sometime mid June. Right now on is working with some older code of mine, updating it to newer libraries and such. The code is two years old, and more or less is being completely rewritten. It is serving as a refresher in using Mootools, which will be the main JavaScript framework used in WP Trainer. Since many things are changing for Mootools 1.2, major work on WP Trainer’s effects will be put off until 1.2 is released.

-John Havlik

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Vacation

I’ll be gone for the next few days on a trip out to Utah any comments will not be responded to until I return. Do note that for Breadcrumb Navigation XT the following issues have come to my attention and they will be addressed when I return:

  • Sub-category pages may not work as expected, this really is not a bug, but the manner that it works right now may be confusing and/or not what is wanted. This will most likely be addressed when WordPress 2.3 support is implemented due to changes in what categories are supposed to be used as (virtual folders verses tags).
  • Attachment pages probably cause problems for the breadcrumb. Since it seems attachment type posts/pages are broken on my blog and testbed blog, I am at a loss as what to do about this right now. The problems I am experiencing may or may not be a WordPress bug, and thus I need to look into it more thoroughly.

Additionally, any comments made may ‘disappear’ or not appear to post at all. This is due to Spam Karma 2 and the database server timing out. Most of these are recoverable, so watch for them to appear when I get back, otherwise repost them when I am back.

-John Havlik

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Happy Summer Solstice

Yep, the current season for the northern hemisphere is now summer. It would not be summer with out the sun, our local star.

And speaking of stars, the star Eta Carinae made its way on to the front page of Digg twice today. Eta Carinae resides at about 7500 light years away from Earth. Back in the 1840s the light from a supernova like explosion on Eta Carinae reached Earth. Now with composite pictures from NASA excitement over this star is increasing. According to Phil Plait, from Bad Astronomy, Eta Carinae should produce a gamma ray burst in its supernova event. A steady diet of these high-energy rays will kill all living inhabitants of Earth. Don’t panic, according to Phil the most likely directions for the gamma rays to be emitted during the event are not aimed directly at us.

-John Havlik

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Vista Performance

The Vista beta 2 displayed the potential of Microsoft’s new operating system, too bad that the included performance issues became worse. Last week I was called into a client’s office to try to figure out why a custom written command-line application took twice as long to complete in Vista. By no means is this an apples to apples comparison but the results are surprising.

This particular application written in Fortran an compiled in Windows XP took about 2 hours to complete it’s calculations on a Pentium 4 1.6Ghz machine running XP. The same application, running the same model, on a Pentium D 2.8Ghz machine took over 4 hours to complete when running Vista. Without even knowing that I have primarily used Linux as my main OS for the last month, they inquired on the benefits of migrating to Linux as they own the source code the the majority of the tools they use. Since none of their tools venture out of the command line world, porting them to Linux could be as simple as a recompile.

Last Saturday someone inquired on my impressions of Vista and Linux. Again there was no reason for the person to suspect that I run Linux, but they inquired anyways. These people are not the technical type, they know how to use their computers to aid them in their work and that’s about it. The simple fact that these people are frustrated with Vista and more importantly know Linux exists surprises me. While others have in the past proclaimed the respective year of proclamation the year of Linux, to date no substantial mass migration to Linux has occurred. I will not grant a single entity the privilege of the icon for a year. However, the next three years will be interesting, especially if Microsoft manages to piss off any major game studio (e.g. Electronic Arts).

-John Havlik

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