Archive for February, 2006

Installing a Tile Floor

I invited my friend Darren (his school)over to help. He has the tools and he’s done it before. We started out by removing the existing floor (a terrible red carpet) and cleaning up the bad paper-backed vinyl tiles that were under the carpet. Turned out to be a bigger job than we thought. My brother was there to help and it was necessary. It took quite a bit to remove the paper from the plywood subfloor.

Under the supervision and careful eye of Darren, we laid down the tiles as best we could. Here are the results:

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Georgia is scouting out the area.

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Maddy is nearly camouflaged.

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Conference about the changes.

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Can blogs revolutionize progressive politics?

Here’s an interesting article:
http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2485/

I’m certainly interested in watching. Could we have a politician that gets elected because he or she is a blogger? Could we have a way to provide immediate feedback to ideas about government, legislation? It would also be a great way to transfer power from one politician to another–just turn over the blog.

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Home Media Centre

This is what I’m setting up:
http://www.willmer.com/kb/mythtv/
Okay, so I’m not going to do this like other people. Here’s the plan:

I’ve got a 27″ LCD TV in our living room. LCD’s are nice because they use less power, take up less space and have a great picture. Not quite as bright as a plasma other TV’s but the other benefits make up for it for our home.

I’ve got a Yamaha DVD Player/Amp and 5+1 speaker system. Very nice and great theatre sound.

Now, I want the digital media player to work for me. I’ve got a hard drive filled with all my MP3s and a bunch of DVDs and other movies. I’d like to play them. I’ve decided to use one of my PC’s (a very cool Shuttle system) and get it set up with KnoppMyth (a linux distribution that will make a computer into a PVR, personal video recorder). For now, I don’t have a TV card in the Shuttle so I can’t do any of the PVR stuff but KnoppMyth also works pretty well as a Media Player. I’ll pop my hard drive in it and voila, I’ve got a media centre.

So here’s the cool stuff. First have you seen the Zen Shuttle? Looks good. And it’s very quiet. Because the power supply is out side the box, like a laptop, it doesn’t need a big fan making a lot of noise so the little quiet fan inside doesn’t have to work hard and doesn’t make much noise.

Zen Shuttle

Next, KnoppMyth is Linux. I can hook it up to the home network, allow it to share folders on other computers, or use it to download more goodies.

It’s going to take a bit of work to put it together but should be well worth it.

Here’s an article on setting this up:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1814975,00.asp

For the ultimate media server:
http://howtoforge.com/ultimate_freebsd_media_server

What is this Jinzora thing?
http://www.jinzora.com/

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Free Outlook Spam Filter

Here is a pretty good Outlook plugin spam filter. This was found by Jesse. http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/

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