BECOMING UNROOTED

So, I forgot my root password. For non-technical types, that's pretty much the key to the kingdom when you need to get full access to a computer, or install new software, or to make backups, or to fix something in an emergency. I use this little program called "sudo" all the time that lets you do most of the same things except with your own password. I guess it'd been so long since I'd actually needed that root password that it just slipped my mind.

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BABY.LISP

In our household, a baby just ain't a baby without an appropriately geeky birth announcement. And since Nick is mostly functional — I mean, he can't exactly type yet — this one is in Lisp. Share and enjoy! ; This program forks(). That should be plenty for a few years' entertainment ; Copyright (C) 2007 Kirk & Jennifer Strauser ; This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify ; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by ; the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or ; (at your option) any later version.

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VAPOR RISES

Dan Feather, aka "Vapor", died today after he lost control of his motorcycle. Dan was remarkable for his quiet decency. There were many reasons to like him, but above all else, he was a good man. Goodbye, friend. You leave behind many people who held you in high regard. Rest well.

DOWN TO THE UPTOWN

As our anniversary dinner tradition, Jen and I drive to Stanton to eat at the Uptown Brewery. Each year, we ask each ourselves if we really want to go all the way down there. Each year, we decide that we'll have a nice meal and that it's not that far anyway. Each year, we wonder why we don't go there more often. I don't want to disparage any of the wonderful local places, but it really is true: the best restaurant in Norfolk is in Stanton.

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I AM AWESOME

I got the best fortune cookie ever a few days ago: Your modesty will shame those with lesser knowledge. What can I say? It was right.

ELECTRONIC SURVIVAL KIT

So, you've made a survival kit to keep you alive until the good guys come to rescue you. Well, now you're starting life over in a new place. These are some of the things you might want to bring along. References http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=164176&cid=13709968 How To Carry It Electronically Our primary goal is to make our data as easy to access as possible. This is critically important when you don't know what kind of machine you may have to use to access your data.

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NEGOTIATIONS WITH WESTERN DIGITAL

We bought a Western Digital external hard drive for Jen's computer while we were in Omaha. I hooked it up when we got home and it was dead on arrival. I called for an RMA ("return material authorization" — basically permission to return it to the manufacturer) and got the replacement a few days later. Unfortunately, they didn't include a pre-paid shipping label to return the defective part, and the customer service guy wasn't too keen on giving me one.

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FRESH SUSHI BETTER

Jen and I took Jake and Ari to Omaha. I had joked with Jake that I was going to make him eat sushi, and to my surprise he loved the idea. There was a restaurant downtown within walking distance of our day's destination and I thought we'd leave Norfolk early and have an early lunch. On our way in, though, we were running a little late. As we passed Yet Another Strip Mall, I saw a big "SUSHI" sign and asked Jen if she wanted to see if it was busy rather than getting all the way downtown and finding out we didn't have time to eat.

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MOWING WITH MAX

I have a nice Craftsman lawn mower. I like my lawn mower. I have no desire to get another lawn mower. And yet, I got another lawn mower. Jen bought a cordless string trimmer from someone she knows and they offered to throw in their mower for free, so why not?, we took it home. I began mowing the lawn this weekend, and at one point I stopped to adjust the deck height on one side.

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PRE PACKAGED SUSHI NOT BAD

I was buying groceries and saw a new display of pre-packaged plastic boxes of sushi. In the middle of Nebraska. Supermarket sushi. The idea kind of horrified me, but eventually my curiosity got the best of me and I had to try some. I settled on the spicy surimi roll and threw it in the cart. As I was checking out, I asked the cashier if anyone else ever bought these, or if I was the guinea pig.

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