Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Ongoing

Sometimes the “ongoing” stuff in life catches up and forces me to post updates.  This is one of those times:

1. I’ve picked up vintage audio gear that’s starting to stack up on the workbench.  I need to write some blog posts that show what I’ve snagged and what I’m going to do with it.  The latest?  A Dual 1229 for $1 at a yard sale.  It’s pretty beat up, but the basics are there.  I posted at Vinyl Engine with some of the notes about the gear, looking for advice about where to go next.

2. It’s time to redo Tammy’s business website, and I’m looking for hosting.  I’m thinking Dreamhost.  Ideas?

3. Cleaning out old gear is fun and sad.  Fun because I get space back.  Sad because it’s stuff without a good use anymore.


Microsoft Surface

Update:  The “pro” version has a stylus (fail) that you have to charge (!)


Lots of things have been said about the new Microsoft Surface.  Read coverage at The Verge for details.  I’m watching the video of the press event, and more than anything, the utter silence at 10:39 into the video says it all.  The “reveal” video/CG of the metal shards turning into the name had just completed.  Steve Ballmer pulls out the actual tablet to show the attendees.  Utter silence.

That said, it looks cool, but many will think “I already have an iPad, why this?”

‘Nuff said…

New Apple Stuff That I Want

Apple took the wraps off several new items today.  Here’s my top 3:

  • Mountain Lion – upgrade for $19.99 and get a ton of new features including deep integration between iPhone/iPad and your home Mac
  • Airport Express – This new version of the lightweight $99 wireless access point will replace my old Linksys router once and for all.
  • Apple TV – now that I have an iPad, I have a genuine use for AirPlay sharing not to mention the Mac to AppleTV sharing.

Colorado Trip Notes

About 3 weeks ago, I found out that I had a chance to go to Colorado for a week long Cisco training course. I fired off a few quick emails to get approval and it was a done deal. Now that I’m here, I thought I’d share some observations and even some pictures.

Sunday Morning

I left the house at 5:30 AM and here was my view:


I had to make a quick stop at my local Walmart to replace a mismatched wiper blade and I was off. The first three hours of the drive were familiar and boring – Springfield to KC – so not much to report. I hit the Kansas Turnpike and was greeted with my first surprise: 75 MPH speed limit! It looked like I was going to make good time. I allowed myself a side trip to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, KS.


I was happy to have a break from the road and it showed:


The trip added about 2 hours to my total drive, but it was totally worth it. I drove through some of the prettiest farm country and rolling hills I’ve seen. I wanted to stop and take more pictures on the way, but daylight was burning. That said, I had a promise to keep and that was a stop. At the Garden of Eden.



Now it was time to push on to Denver. Back on I-70 I was able to make good time and Denver was soon in sight. I made it to my room by 7:45PM which made my total day trip time 15 hours. I was tired but not too worn out. I crashed and had plenty of sleep to start the training in the morning.

Tomorrow’s post: Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide