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Week of 24 November 2008


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Monday, 24 November 2008
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08:12 - Barbara started feeling ill last night around bedtime, and had a very rough night. She just called and got a doctor appointment for later today. I hope it's just a 24-hour bug, but she thinks it may be gastroenteritis.



11:17 - Barbara was right. It's gastroenteritis. She got an 8:50 appointment, and came away from it with two prescriptions, one for an anti-nause drug and the other for one that calms the intestines. I ran by the drugstore and got those filled. She's resting on the sofa now. She had made an appointment to take Malcolm to the vet today, so I'll do that for her.


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Tuesday, 25 November 2008
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09:46 - Barbara seems to be fully recovered. She's just headed out to run errands.

Today, I'm going to build a replacement for my main desktop system, which incidentally will also be the new reference mainstream system. I'm using an Intel Core2 Quad 9650 processor on an Intel Media Series main board. I thought about installing a standalone video adapter, but the integrated video is more than sufficient for my needs. Because I'll be using the system for editing video, it'll be bulked up a bit over a normal mainstream configuration in terms of memory and disk storage--8 GB of Crucial RAM and three 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda hard drives.

Obviously, I'll have to run a 64-bit OS to take advantage of the 8 GB of RAM, so I'm downloading the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 8.10 as I write this. I've avoided 64-bitdom until now because of minor compatibility issues with 32-bit software, but most of those problems have alternatives or workarounds available. Assuming I don't run into any problems with 64-bit Ubuntu 8.10, I should have a fully-functioning system later today.


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Wednesday, 26 November 2008
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Thursday, 27 November 2008
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08:45 - I finished building the new system Tuesday, and shot video of the whole build. We went out to dinner Tuesday evening, and I started feeling ill soon after we returned. Although the doctor told Barbara she wasn't contagious, that was obviously wrong, because I came down with whatever it was she had. So, I went to bed Tuesday night and got up regular time this morning, having lost an entire day.

Barbara's family are coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. I should take a shower and get dressed, but I'm still unsteady enough that it wouldn't be a good idea to get in the shower. Perhaps in a couple of hours I'll be doing better.



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Friday, 28 November 2008
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Saturday, 29 November 2008
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08:59 - I'm still not 100%, but I managed to get Linux installed and configured on the new system yesterday. That took a lot longer than I expected. I started by trying to install the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. To make a very long story short, it appears that 64-bit Ubuntu is not compatible with the chipset in the DG45ID motherboard and/or using 8 GB of system memory. I ended up with 32-bit Ubuntu 8.10 installed with 4 GB of system memory.

Despite that, the system is wicked fast, and it's very nice to have 4.5 TB of disk space available. I'll be doing some video editing on this system, and it should be more than sufficient for that. Speaking of which, my Canon Elura camcorder died Tuesday, just after I'd transfered the .DV files of the build up to my hard drive, and just before I became ill. Although I almost never buy extended maintenance contracts, I had bought one on this camcorder. Wednesday, Barbara packed up the camcorder, got an RMA number from Mack Camera, and sent the camcorder off for repair.

It's been a very strange week. As of tomorrow, I dive back into the forensics book. I'm trying desperately to get it all finished by the end of the year, so I'll have little time for posting here.



09:49 - Oh, yeah. Something I always forget to do when configuring a new system. To eliminate the prompt for a sudo password, change the %admin (last) line in /etc/sudoers to as shown:

thompson@wittgenstein:~$ sudo visudo
[sudo] password for thompson:
# /etc/sudoers
#
# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.
#
# See the man page for details on how to write a sudoers file.
#

Defaults        env_reset

# Host alias specification

# User alias specification

# Cmnd alias specification

# User privilege specification
root    ALL=(ALL) ALL

# Uncomment to allow members of group sudo to not need a password
# (Note that later entries override this, so you might need to move
# it further down)
# %sudo ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL

# Members of the admin group may gain root privileges
%admin ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
thompson@wittgenstein:~$




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Sunday, 30 November 2008
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