Category Archives: misc

iPhone OS 3.0

The new software for the iPhone is available today.  iPhone 3.0.  Get your copy today!


edit: 8:40 AM – I just tried to update, and it’s not available yet.

edit: 4:18 PM – Apples servers are being hit hard, and I can’t authenticate for the update.

edit: 4:47 PM – Update in progress.

After Moving Day

If anyone’s missing last Sundays ‘Weekly Links’, sorry.  The company I work for changed buildings, which means we had two days to move the IT department and get it up and running by Monday.  There was two of us, and we worked 24 hours of the 48 in the weekend.

Now I’m waiting for my body to get back to normal.

The good news is that all the employees moved their computers today, plugged in, and were running with no issues.  A good weekend.



Today is a hopeful day.  Let’s remember that Obama is a man, not the Messiah.  As a man, he has a chance to succeed, to exceed.  As a Messiah, he will fail.

Patrick McGoohan dies

Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show “The Prisoner,” has died. He was 80.

He was most famous as the character known only as Number Six in “The Prisoner,” a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small enclave known only as The Village, where a mysterious authority named Number One constantly prevents his escape.

2008 Accomplishments

I figured I’d write a post about what I accomplished in 2008.  This is it.  I’ll also add what I hope to accomplish with each item in 2009.

WordSlinger Beta released.  WordSlinger is an Integrated Development Environment for writers.  It’s geared towards the way I write, although I’m looking at integrating some users wishes into it.  In 2009, I’m hoping to bring this up to release quality and get it out into the world.

Moved my computer systems from Gentoo based servers to Ubuntu, as well as my desktops.

Got interviewed as a stay-at-home dad for Sharp magazine

Went to Ghana, Africa for two weeks.  (Yes, it was an accomplishment)

Went to the World Fantasy Convention for the first time.  I’d like to go again in 2009.

Started updating the blog weekly with a list of links I’ve found interesting.

Completed The Courier and got a couple of copies out to first readers.  I’ll touch it up, work on a Query, and get it out to agents in 2009.

Stopped being a true stay-at-home dad.  I accepted a job that still allows me to be the primary caregiver to my kids (essentially I’m home whenever the kids are).  I was lucky to find a forward thinking company.  My work load has increased a lot, but so far so good.

BuildMaster Beta released.  BuildMaster is an application that does nightly builds of software projects.  It notifies users on whether the builds succeeded or failed, and if they failed, what the issue was.  For 2009, I’d like to get this finished with a nice web page to report status, and some sort of data storage on the backend to show the history of builds.

Boy, when it’s listed out like that, I feel like a pretty lazy guy.  Where did all the time go anyway?

What are some of your accomplishments this year?

Happy New Year

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I hope everyone brought in the new year the way they wanted.  We did.

I’m starting the new year with a new writing project, title currently unknown.  I’ve shipped off The Courier to a first reader, which means this will be it’s second reading by someone other than me.  Based on the feedback I get, I’ll maybe make some changes, and then send it out to 5 or 6 second readers.  The Courier took alot longer than it should have.  When I let the manuscript rest between revisions, I let it sit too long, far too long.  And while it rested, I didn’t do any new writing.  That’s a mistake I won’t be making again.

Once I outline my new project, I’ll start on a Query letter for The Courier, complete my agent research, and send the darn thing out to agents.  I’ll keep everyone up to date on that progress.