Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Absolutely Unbelievable

I read this today and couldn't believe that this would happen. Especially if the church is heading this up, an institution for acceptance and love is bearing down on a local library for summer programs that talk about and teach diversity. Come on now.

A South Carolina library system has closed down its summer programs for young adults after receiving threats and allegations that it was trying to promote "witchcraft" and "drug use."

The Pickens County Library System’s half-hour summer programs for middle and high school students were supposed to take a light-hearted look at the topics "Secrets and Spies: How to Keep a Secret by Writing in Code or Making Invisible Ink" and "What’s Your Sign?" Another program was to examine astrology, palmistry, and numerology; and others were to feature tarot cards, tie-dying t-shirts, how to make a Zen garden, and yoga.

Now the programs are cancelled in the wake of phone and e-mail threats from the community, believed to emanate from a single local Baptist church. The astrology program was labeled as "witchcraft" by callers, while the Zen garden and yoga programs were objected to as "promoting other religions." The t-shirts workshop? "Promotes the hippie culture and drug use," callers said.

You can read the rest of the article Here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Windows Home Server Pt2

This is a play by play of the installation so be forewarned, if you are looking for a review of how the actual system works that is coming soon.

Well here goes the second attempt. I installed a larger drive for my main drive, dropped in the DVD and booted the machine. First thing up, This computer doesn't have enough ram. 512 is required and only 255 was found install is now exiting. Wow that was kind of rude. Anyway pop open the case drop in another stick of 256 and reboot.

Next up it only recognized the local drive. No big deal you say but I have an onboard RAID controller with 200gb of storage, and it doesn't see it. Well why would I want software "RAID" when I can have hardware, so I will let the install complete and see if it can detect my RAID card at that point.

8:00pm
Installing ......

While this is installing I burned the Client CD no biggie there basic iso landed on a CD no problems

8:15pm
Still installing .......
Setup will complete in approximately 52 minutes. Looks like I have some time to do laundry

8:25pm
Auto Reboot
WHS is showing its roots with a Windows Server 2003 boot screen 39 Minutes remain, half of the laundry folded.

8:45
Installation screen goes grey and auto reboot. Another Win2k3 splash screen and starting home server. Back to installation screen and another reboot. It just auto-ran a chkdisk? and reboot again!

8:50pm
Updating windows update, still at the install screen and waiting, while it reboots yet again.

8:55
Installing more Updates and I see another reboot in the future. And the reboot at 8:58

Installing more updates and the .net framework. I will let you know when I can get to the actual console.

9:15
Welcome Screen from WHS!

So there it is 1 hour 15 minutes to install Windows Home Server RC 1

Stay tuned for the review

Monday, June 18, 2007

Moving?

American Cities That Best Fit You:

65% Austin

55% Denver

55% Miami

55% San Diego

50% Atlanta

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Windows Home Server

I got the beta release for Windows Home Server(WHS) on Friday. I was planning on installing it this weekend until I ran into a road block. I knew from the beginning that the plan for this release of Windows was not initially going to be offered as a box version and that this is a Release Candidate and that it shouldn't be taken as the final version. The road block I ran into was the Hard drive requirements. WHS requires 65GB to install. 65, I have lots of 40 GB drives and even a 60GB drive, my next largest are 2 200GB and they are currently in a RAID setup that I don't want to break. So my plans for the weekend were shot as I could not even install the software to see the interface for myself. I was really looking forward to playing with it. I guess that will have to wait until I get more drives, or the hardware becomes available and the cost isn't too high.

Monday, June 04, 2007

MP3 Tunes Pt. 1

I signed up for MP3 Tunes service about a month ago, and have been wanting to give it a try. My schedule has been a bit hectick for setting it up though. So about a week ago I got an e-mail from them that that said hey thanks for signing up and now that you have been a member for so long we would like to give you unlimited storage space for all your mp3s. So I figured what the heck. I downloaded the application to "sync" my files and set it to run. It took a very long time. In fact it still is not complete and I need to figure out where it left off. I am still checking out the site as far as streaming goes so I will let you know about that in a future post. But as far as the upload goes just realise that it is very slow. I uploaded just over 100 songs and it took 3 days to do this, this was with a machine that is not used regualarly(YMMV).