This is just awesome, TRS-80 Bluetooth. We had a TRS-80 Model 100 when I was a kid. If I remember right that was the first modem I ever used, speeding along at 300 baud!
It was a very portable machine though. It had a usable keyboard and didn’t require a suit case to carry it. Battery life was good and it used regular 4 double AA batteries, so extra batteries were easy to find
The down side, for long term storage we used audio tape. That’s a storage format that I don’t miss.
I was helping Sarah’s brother Matt install a new water heater, which involved a few trips to Home Depot. We were lucky enough to be directed to Frank for help in getting parts to hook it up. This guy turned out to be awesome, he went with us around the store to gather up the parts and spread them out to show us how each one goes together. He clearly knew what he was talking about and answered all of our questions. I don’t know how much they are paying him, but he deserves a raise.
One of the parts that Frank showed us was the SharkBite push fitting. These made the job so much easier. Neither of us had ever sweated cooper pipes before, so being able to skip that entirely was a major bonus. Matt cut the old connectors off the end of the copper pipe, we pushed the freshly cut copper pipe one inch into the SharkBite fitting and that part was done. Although we had a few leaks that had to be resolved in other spots, we never saw the SharkBite fittings leak once.
I claim almost zero plumbing skills so I can’t say how this compares exactly to properly sweated copper connections. I will say this though, for me those SharkBite fittings worked as advertised, on the first try.
Went to the State of FOSS in Utah by Clint Savage at PLUG. Here are some notes:
- Trying to help users groups by providing live streaming of meetings.
- Provide a way for people to meet and network, hear about job openings.
- Did Utah Open Source Conference last summer.
- Planning “education weeks” for training on one specific topic. Low cost, 2 hours a night for a week.
- Promoting open source in education.
- Family track at Open Source Conference in 2008. Digital scrap booking?
- Core Team for coordination, sysadmin, media, sponsors, development and promotion.
- Victor Villa is going to be working on a cross-group newsletter.
- HomeRunsInIt.com – December 6, 2007, semi job fair event.
- Cross group calendar, so people can subscribe to one calendar and stay up to date with all of the groups.
- Perhaps sharing speakers across groups? UTOSF is like a meta group, not something you would attend, but would each group be better.
- Focus of next years conference is “How To”. Probably going to be late August 2008.
This PLUG meeting was held at Omniture.
I installed Vanilla the other day to try it out. I’m not excited about documentation that includes
chmod 777. I did that only long enough to finish the install and then tightened it up as soon as it was done.
The installation itself was simple enough. Fill out a few forms and you are up and running.
One of the problems with forum software is that you never know how it is really going to perform until well after you have a community of users pumping topics and comments into it. Of course by then it is a lot more work with switch if you run into problems. Is there a standard for export/import of forums? At least with blogs you have RSS/ATOM has a lowest common denominator for export/import.
This is one of the funniest comments on Slashdot that I’ve seen in awhile: Data Truncation.
The only portion of Windows Live that I use is Windows Live Writer, but the Live installer really tries to encourage installing more of the “Live” applications. But that isn’t my biggest problem with the installer. Easily my number one gripe is that it doesn’t provide a way to select where you want the application installed.
I try to keep regular application files off my the C drive. I looked several times but I didn’t see any way to indicate where you wanted the files to be installed.