September 15, 2002

More Ogg Vorbis encoding today. That is my project for the weekend. The computer are hard at work moving the files over. I have gone through so many CDs already. I am finding so much music that I forgot that I had. This really is a great way to get use out of all those CDs that you tend to forget about.

Loopy did lunch at the State Street Diner. Other than that, it was a pretty slow day. I did make one discovery today (Loopy says that he showed this to me before but I never get excited about things until I discover them for myself.) I discovered a group of developers called Tierra making remakes of some of the classic Sierra On-Line adventure games like King’s Quest I and II and Quest for Glory II. Those were awesome games back in the early and mid 1980’s. King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown was one of the games that got my excited about video games in the first place. Before that game, all there was to me was silly Atari action games. But KQ1 made me see that games could go in a whole other direction. I own all of Sierra’s King’s Quest games, there were eight of them, plus a remake of the original with better graphics. Well, Tierra is taking that remake and remaking it with much better graphics, some enhanced game play, new sound and even voice actors. Quite a change from the eight color, beeping, 1984 original. And it is free as well! And here is the link so that you can download it straight from Tierra Games. They are also on the verge (on the cusp) of releasing the remake of King’s Quest II and soon after that, Quest for Glory II (I don’t know why they are starting with the second installment in that series.) This is really exciting because the original games from these series are not available anymore. Lots of people want them but Sierra no longer makes them available, even for download. Also, many of the original games don’t work properly with Windows 95 and later. And some might not work at all. I played KQ1 and The Black Cauldron on my old Amiga 1000, long, long ago. I still have the original boxes.

Loopy downloaded the MAME engine and Forgotten Worlds and has been playing the classic arcade game. In fact, he managed to beat it within an hour or two of having downloaded it. It is neat to be able to go back and play the old games that have disappeared for so long. Those old arcade games where a real part of many of our childhoods. It is very nostalgic.

September 14, 2002

Today, Dominica and I went to her parent’s house in Frankfort and spent the day there. The washing machine here is leaking badly and we had a lot of laundry that needed washed so we did quite a few loads while we were there.

I have been hard at work making my in house network radio station work. Currently I am still in the process of encoding the compact discs into Ogg Vorbis files. To do this I have set up a factory system of one computer (in my closet) that is ripping the CDs into .WAV files. These files are then stored on a shared directory. My computer on my desk and Nate’s computer in his room then connect to this shared directory and process the .WAV files into .OGG files. This process takes some time so I am glad that I have two machines working at it. Then Dominica’s computer takes the finished .OGG files and moves them off of the shared directory to make space for more .WAVs to be ripped there. The whole process is very complex but it has been running very smoothly and I have a ton of discs moved over already. Now I just have to figure out how to set up and run an IceCast server to send out the music to the rest of the house.

September 13, 2002

Friday the Thirteenth. Sorry that there haven’t been a lot of updates this week. It has been a really rough week. We spent a day and a half without any Internet access at all and I have been trying to get service reinstated on my cell phone as well.

The weather has been so awesome this past week. I can’t believe how nice it has been. We have had the windows open all week. I am really happy to have fresh air to breathe again. It is nice to be able to sleep in a cool room as well. It has been a while.

Eric and I are scheduled to be returning to Pittsburgh on October 2. We haven’t been there in a while so it will be nice to be able to get back.

Faster than I can even write about it, new versions of Mozilla keep coming down the pipe. Mozilla 1.2 alpha (just for us bleeding edge types) is out today and ready for you to give it a spin. I just went to Mozilla 1.1 but I will probably upgrade anyway because I am like that. I will let you know how it is working. [Tech note: Not only do Mozilla, commonly packaged as Netscape, and Opera allow you to download webpages faster than with Internet Explorer, but they also are able to block pop-up windows and Mozilla has an add on that can filter out many banner ads as well. Not only is all that advertising annoying, but is slows down your connection and your computer.]

I went down and spent a little time with my mentor at Empire State today. My evaluations are not back yet from my summer semester. So I am unable to enroll for classes this fall. I still have two classes from summer semester that I need to finish anyway.

September 12, 2002

This morning I had to get up extra early to head up to the Oneida Indian Nation to work for Dell. That was an easy $100. Only 30 minutes of work. Hee hee. I love working in IT.

Today is Miranda’s last day in the States. She has to get back to Ontario tomorrow to work the audit at night.

My project of moving my music collection onto my computer is finally coming to fruition. I have hours and hours of Vorbis files stored on the two Linux machines now – enough that I can set XMMS (my music player) to random and it will go for the longest time playing all new music. It is the coolest music system ever. It is so easy to use and so useful. It is so nice to know that every single song that comes on will be something that I want to hear. And, my music collection is bigger than any radio station’s. I have close to 900 CDs and I like a lot more than just the one or two songs on each one that made it onto the charts and is on the radio station playlists.

Mozilla 1.1 is out now. It is a little slow especially when you are shutting it down. Everyone knows about this glitch and they are working on it. All in all, it is working pretty well.

Becareful, tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Just warning you now.

September 11, 2002

One year. Can you believe that it has been a year? Eric called me that morning. About five or six minutes after it had happened. I was still in bed. I ran upstairs (this was in the house on Sanctuary) and turned on the television to CNN. I got the overview of what had happened and then I ran upstairs to wake up Loopy. He couldn’t believe me. We both ran back downstairs to watch CNN again. We got there just in time to just see the second tower get hit. What a day that was.

That same morning, Nolan called me from Lucente Homes to tell me that the company was splitting and that they needed my help in getting a new office and company set up. So today is the one year anniversary of Lifestyle Properties.

I ended up spending most of the day on the phone with Time-Warner’s Road Runner service trying to get them to fix their services. They were down from 11:30am until sometime during the night. They gave me a huge run around on the phone. I had to call them twelve times. I have never had any company be so obnoxious on the phone. They really treated me awfully. I can’t believe how incompetent they are. Their repairman never showed up after I waited all day for him and their manager never called back even after I got many reassurances that she was going to before 10:00 pm. All in all, it was a pretty bad experience.