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Some more geek stuff

Friday, April 4th, 2008

My computer parts arrived yesterday. I wasn’t home when UPS tried to deliver them, but I called them and they let me go to their warehouse to pick up the parts, even though their operating hours technically end at 6. That was pretty nice of them, I’m pretty happy with UPS right now.

Anyway, I’m building a mostly-new system, since my old one kicked the bucket. For those interested, I got an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, ASUS motherboard, 2 gigs of RAM (for now), 500-gig hard drive, case, etc. Unfortunately all I’ve gotten to do with it so far, after putting everything together, is install Windows. That seemed to go without a hitch until I realized that my system drive is somehow the I: drive. I am assuming that this is because I also installed my old hard drives, which may have retained their old drive letters somehow.

Does anyone know if there’s an inherent problem having Windows XP on a drive other than C:? I haven’t noticed any problems yet, but I’m really not sure if this is a good situation.

Once I get Windows up and running, I’ll be installing Kubuntu, probably the x64 version. Windows has been my primary operating system for a while now, mostly because of work, but I’d really like to get back to making Linux my primary OS. I think that, even for working from home, it should be mostly doable, with a VPN client and some sort of VNC software running at both home and work.

Heavy mist

Friday, April 4th, 2008

It hasn’t been a good week for riding. It’s been raining a lot and on the one really nice day we had, I was sick. The weekend looks great, hopefully in the 60s and sunny.

This morning’s commute was strange. Rain was in the forecast, but when I looked outside it didn’t appear to be raining. I looked closer and could see a fine mist falling. I was going to ride in my work pants but decided against it. The parking lot was wet and there was more moisture falling. Once I got moving, it felt like I was riding through water droplets suspended in mid-air.

At first I thought I wasn’t going to get very wet. It still wasn’t actually raining. But as I rode more and more water accumulated on my helmet, glasses, and clothes. My wet ankles reminded me that I need to add a mud flap to my commuting bicycle. I felt water droplets on my face, and eventually enough water pooled on my face to reach my lips. The mist tasted slightly sweet. The air was thick with mist and fog, and I imagined anyone behind me must have seen the fog parted by my figure, and swirling eddies in my wake.

The mist got more aggressive during the second half of my ride, and I arrived at work quite wet but in good spirits.

March, 2008 recap

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

March was pretty rough, with some snow, a lot of rain, and cold weather that seemed to stick around forever. I rode as much as I could, though, and my mileage broke down as follows:

Commutes (14): 82 miles
Errands (4): 15.9 miles
Road rides (11): 255.67 miles
Mountain biking: none, trails too muddy

Total for March, 2008: 341.17 miles
Year to date: 713.43 miles

For the sake of comparison, I rode 258.66 miles last March.

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