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March 22, 2009

Some days in Ireland – Sunday

Filed under: Ireland — tmclaugh @ 12:32 pm

Spent Sunday in Tramore with Keith, Jayme, and Keith’s niece.

March 21, 2009

Some days in Ireland – Saturday

Filed under: Ireland — tmclaugh @ 10:39 am

I’ve been in Waterford, Ireland since the weekend through this coming weekend. I’m over here with my roommate Jayme and her boyfriend Keith who is from Waterford and back for the week for work. I’m functioning as a combination of third wheel / daytime entertainment for my roommate. It’s a role I’m happily embracing.

We left on Friday evening from Boston and arrived in Shannon around 5am. Couldn’t sleep on the plane like I had planned so I was happy I bought Watchmen to read while in the airport. It was then a two hour drive from the airport where I again had planned on sleeping. Instead I spent the entire ride like a dog staring out the car window. This was mostly due to the fact that I was scared. Two-lane highways with walls on either side and tons of rotaries. Wow. (Though it wasn’t until about the sixth rotary when I figured out that’s what they were and it wasn’t just that no one felt like paving straight roads.) Along the way we stopped at a gas station for some coffee which was where I first felt like a stranger. Man in front of me as I waited turned to joke with me and my face just dropped as I realized he spoke English and I had literally no clue what he had just said and wished not to sound impolite. Keith stepped in at that point fortunately. Still think that man must’ve thought I was a tard. Now I realize why I sometimes have to speak slowly to Canadians.

Eventually we made it to Keith’s sister’s house where we met the family and had some breakfast. White pudding… Actually not bad. Still haven’t experienced black pudding however. My favorite is still the breakfast sandwich. All I can picture is Homer telling Bart to butter his bacon. Take some bread, slather butter on it, then throw some bacon on top. Of course it’s pretty awesome but as I noticed later so few fat people and I’m amazed how that is possible when they butter their bacon. (Tried to buy shirts some days later and I’m a large or extra large in the US while a double extra large here. I happen to be reasonably slim in the US and of course don’t butter my bacon.)

We hit our walls after breakfast and made our way to Keith’s place then for a relatively short nap at around 11am. Just four hours since we had to make our way out to the pub for the Ireland vs. Wales rugby match. An Ireland win would clinch the Six Nations tournament as well as be their first grand slam (beating every team) in about sixty years. I spent a little time having Keith explain the game to me during the England vs. Scotland match beforehand at his place and then we made our way off to the pub. Was feeling still a little sleep deprived but maybe eating while we were out would pick me up slightly. Need sleep or food in order to drink. Ended up at T&H Doolan’s in Ciddy Center around 4:30. Back home I once went to my local bar and found it closed only later to find out it was because of a kitchen problem and serving alcohol without being able to serve food would just be irresponsible. (This attitude doesn’t apply in Pennsylvania where I hear even serving peanuts would just encourage you to drink more.) Learned quickly that pubs don’t really serve food. Drinking, tired, and hungry at 4:30pm.

T&H is about the oldest pub in Waterford and the crowd was interesting. Half Irish and the other half Welsh transplants. Interestingly while a little tough at first I found the Welsh the easiest to understand after a short bit. They sounded like my old neighbor. (If you know the story, yeah, THAT neighbor.) Let me first start by saying that the Guinness in Ireland DOES NOT TASTE AND DIFFERENT. The difference is you’ve probably been drinking bad Guinness from lines and taps which haven’t been cleaned enough. It tasted no different than a good Guinness that I’ve had many times in Boston. Granted, I’ve drank a lot of bad Guinness in Boston too. Got into the rugby match after it started. Possibly because of the excitement surrounding me. Possibly because of the drinking, sleep deprivation, and hunger. The bar has about three parts to it. One side is the

February 17, 2009

Some VMware ESXi post install notes

Filed under: Virtualization — tmclaugh @ 12:02 am

I ended up reinstalling ESXi 3.5u3 recently since there were no running needed VMs on the box and I wanted to play with a few changes I made to the installer image.

December 1, 2008

Verizon FIOS Actiontec MI424WR and multiple subnets

Filed under: FIOS — tmclaugh @ 11:12 pm

I have Verizon FIOS for internet service and I have a roommate.

November 22, 2008

VMware RCLI on amd64/x86_64

Filed under: Virtualization — tmclaugh @ 4:45 pm

I’m running an x86_64 install for Fedora right now on my laptop and want to use the RCLI tools which fail to install on x86_64 (amd64) OSes.

[root@tomcat vmware-rcli-distrib]# ./vmware-install.pl
This version of "VMware VI Remote Command Line Tools" is incompatible with this
operating system.

November 11, 2008

VMware ESXi on an HP Proliant ML115 G5

Filed under: Virtualization — tmclaugh @ 3:47 pm

I recently decided to virtualize my computers here at home using VMware’s ESXi.

January 6, 2008

The people I hate most in open source

Filed under: Other — tmclaugh @ 11:17 pm

These people are possibly the biggest thing I hate about open source.  Right now I split my open source time between my own work, my FreeBSD work, and for my job I’ll be starting to get a little involved in Fedora hopefully. Having used open source software since 1999 I’ve been around a few different open source projects.  One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about FreeBSD is the relatively small tinfoil hat crowd.  FreeBSD isn’t about fighting some bogeyman but about creating a damn good Unix-like OS and I hope we continue to keep it that way.

June 14, 2007

SDF Public Access UNIX System Celebrates 20 Years!

Filed under: FreeBSD — tmclaugh @ 5:04 am

“It was on June 16th, 1987 that the SDF-1 received its first caller at 300bps. This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public access UNIX System with the demise of “killer.dallas.tx.us” during the Operation Sundevil” raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.

Over the years SDF has been a home to 2+ million people from all over the world and has been supported by donations and membership dues. SDFers pride themselves on the fact that theirs is one of the last bastions of “the real INTERNET”, out of the reach and scope of the commercialism and advertising of the DOT COM entities…”
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About five years ago I was out of college, my school email address was going to expire, and I didn’t have an ISP. I hate webmail and just wanted simple pop3 email access. I remembered back in high school having a free shell account from some system I couldn’t remember and went searching. Most of the google hits I found were service providers with monthly fees (I wasn’t paying $5 a month just for email) or had no email access. Eventually I stumbled on SDF. It was a $2 donation for a permanent account. A full unix shell account for $2! Just couldn’t beat that and it hasn’t been a bad decision. I’ve always liked the fact that SDF is a non-profit and is paid for by donations and while run by volunteers. It’s nice to know there still exists a place which just provides internet services for the sake of just providing those services to anybody that could use them.  By the way, they’re also active NetBSD supporters.

May 12, 2007

Mono 1.2.4 in BSD# repo

Filed under: FreeBSD,Mono — tmclaugh @ 3:33 am

It’s ports tree freeze time and Novel has yet to announce it but Mono 1.2.4 is in the BSD# CVS repo ready and waiting.  If you’re interested in Mono on FreeBSD please use and test it to make sure the update goes smoothly and there are no surprises.  You can see the BSD# homepage and instructions for using mono-merge to use the ports in the BSD# repo.

February 25, 2007

Mono 1.2.2.1 build crashes resolved

Filed under: FreeBSD,Mono — tmclaugh @ 4:36 am

If anyone has had problems building or updating Mono because it crashes please update to 1.2.2.1_3 as this should solve the problem.  Thanks to Phillip Neumann for suggesting the patch based on some LC environment issues he had sometime ago.  Also thanks to kib@ and mux@ for testing changes for me repeatedly to narrow down the problem.

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