Big winds coming tomorrow

I have all my equipment packed into and on top of the Passat wagon, ready to take off tomorrow morning after dropping Tui off a t work.

Winds between 20 and 30 knots are forecast for tomorrow with gusts up to 40. Well I can do without the gusts but 20 to 30 sounds great.

I’ll be looking for Heidi’s husband’s uncle, Steve from Lebanon, New Hampshire at White’s beach. Heidi is my PT and she says that he is one of the New Hampshire boys that frequent White’s Beach. Oh…and I mustn’t forget, he drives a Subaru.

The Tortui Blog

I’m still trying to figure out wordpress and I’m slowly making progress. I can access everything fine remotely. Right now I’m on the Mac laptop at home and logged into the UVM Campus VPN. I believe this effectively makes me a remote host.

However, when I am logged in locally, I have an access problem because wordpress expects to be accessed from a certain URL, in this case, tortui.net:8085. Since 8085 is portforwarded by my router to tortui.net:80, I can not access locally using that address. I even tried defining that address in my local hosts file but that still doesn’t work.

Move to Campus Domain at Bailey/Howe and Cook libraries

Last week, Paul and I met with Geoff Duke and Greg MacKinnon, about moving the library faculty and staff to the campus domain. I believe the public workstations will also eventually move from “zoodom” to the campus domain.

My first piece of work to implement this move is to take a complete inventory of our domain. I discovered a good tool for documenting user file permissions. It’s showacls and the syntax is showacls /s d:\ except this doesn’t work when it reaches the bhshares directory. Then it sort of goes into an endless loop so I have to document each share separately.

DynDNS

I just purchased a paid addition of DynDNS. I’m not certain what the advantages of this are except for support and Host Update Logs.

Here is some information about loopback connections . A loopback connection allows you to browse to your websites URL without having to type in the local ip or localhost. This is nothing new for me except that I have rarely employed this method on windows–but frequently on Unix. It involves mapping the DNS name to a local IP in the hosts file which, in windows, is located at c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\Hosts.

ScribeFire

I just installed ScribeFire, a firefox tool that give you an interface to edit blogs. Hopefully it will make it easy enough so that I start to publish to my blog more regularly.

I’m very interested in using XAMPP and WordPress to create my own blog. It was mentioned on the dyndns ( https://www.dyndns.com ) website.

Well, I notice that my last entry in May mentions that I had just installed ScribeFire! I have re-installed my OS at work several times since that time as well as re-installing ScribeFire but never using it.

The reason that I re-installed my OS so many times is that I was experimenting with Windows Server 2008, using it as a desktop. The performance was pretty good and it was an interesting experiment, but I finally decided that it was more trouble than it was worth. There were really three reasons why I came to this conclusion; the first is that it is, of course, server software and I was frustrated because I was unable to install one or two programs because they won’t run on a server OS. The second reason is that network performance was really poor. The third reason is that I had installed the 64bit version and ran into problems with printer drivers. After that experience I was so fed up that immediately installed Windows XP, thinking that I had had enough of the whole Windows Vista family. About a week ago I realized that I was missing some of Vista’s features so I decided to install Vista, once again. But this time my RAM was beefed up from 1.5GB to 4GB. I think that the extra RAM has really made a big difference in performance!

It was not long after installing Vista that I read a few articles about the advantages of a 64 bit OS…and you guessed it! I started all over again and installed 64 bit Vista. I had thought that the only advantage of a 64bit OS is the ability to use more than 4GB of RAM. But according to what I have read, a 64 bit OS makes switching between paged applications much quicker. This was mentioned in the context of running a game along with other applications.

I’m not ready to say that I’ve noticed the 64 bit edition having better performance in any situation that I’ve noticed. I did finally get the front office printers working on my computer though. It seems that you can’t install 64 bit print drivers on a 32 bit OS, so I was unable to install those on Tyro and install the queue on my workstation. I finally just installed the Canon and Lexmark drivers on my desktop, though, and that works fine. I also installed the driver on tyro2 which has server 2008 64 bit installed. Although I was able to install that queue on my workstation, it doesn’t seem to work!

ScribeFire

I just installed ScribeFire, a firefox tool that give you an interface to edit blogs. Hopefully it will make it easy enough so that I start to publish to my blog more regularly.

I’m very interested in using XAMPP and WordPress to create my own blog. It was mentioned on the dyndns ( https://www.dyndns.com ) website.

Well, I notice that my last entry in May mentions that I had just installed ScribeFire!