What kind of parties do you go to?

My friend John Pugh sent me this link last night … I liked it.

Someone posted to a mail list:

A few weeks back I was a party
and someone brought up a product which enabled you to hack into
wireless networks and scan for them similar to Netstumbler. I can not
remember its name or find it using search engines.

What was great, was the response:

I wanna go to a party with you. I’ve never been able to talk about
anything like that at a party. At least not with someone who was
interested in it.

It is a funny sign of the times, when so many people are
becoming so aware of technology. Of course, it also could be a
sign of the location. My other friend Erin Quill indicated that
of course in Silicon Valley this would be a commonplace conversation.

Next week we’ll be having a 4th of July party up in West Yellowstone
with a lot of friends. Of course we’ll be outside bicycling,
hiking, visiting Yellowstone park, etc. with a large group of families … most who have parents that work in high tech.

Of course … out there in the middle of the wilderness … I’ll be on the net the whole time.  There is wireless
Internet access up there … I found it last year using NetStumbler …

Backyard Bear!

Last night I was on our back deck talking with my wife. We were
talking about where we might plant some sunflowers. As I was
looking around the backyard, I saw something in the corner of my eye,
that was just over the fence in the back corner of our property.

My first thought was that a big brown dog was slowly running up the mountain … and then I realized it was a big brown bear!

It turns out that my neighbor called the county sheriff when this bear
chose to walk through his back yard … then crossed the street …
then went though the yard next to mine … and then we watched it amble
up the mountain towards my Internet communications shed. The bear
quickly crossed over the top of the rise near the shed and we lost site
of it.

This is the first time that I have seen a bear that close to our house
…. it was fun and a good reminder about the presence of wildlife!

Fedora Core 1 up2date problems

Once I was able to get Fedora Core 1 installed and working – and past
the issues that I had with the Dell GXa systems that I’m using – I ran
into the next issue … Up2Date not seeming to work …

I had seen this on previous Fedora Core 1 installations, however had
never looked around the see what the issue might be. I dug in
this time and found the following great article on Fedora Core 1 Up2Date problems.
It seems that the obvious problem was that the Redhat servers were
getting swamped with update requests and downloads. Changing the
configuration for ‘yum’ so that it would use one of the many ‘mirror
servers’ out there fixed the problem in a second.

I’m now experimenting with both Fedora Core 1 and Core 2. I know
that there are other distros out there, but for now I want to track
both Fedora and SuSE … I’m also going to continue my experimentation
with Darwin … I think it’s a dark horse that it going to make some
progress … just not sure how much yet.

Fedora Core 2 … problems and answers …

After all of the problems installing SuSE Linux on my Dell Optiplex GXa
machines (some old boxes that I’m using for wireless gateways) I
figured that I’d jump to Fedora. Fedora Core 1 installed just
fine … and took almost no time … except …

Once I rebooted I was unable to get the integrated 3Com Ethernet
adapter to work. I figured that I would jump to Fedora Core 2 and
see how that worked … just for the fun of it. No good … the
3Com driver still wouldn’t work.

I had to do some real digging to finally find the answer … this bug report at Redhat detailed the problem … Kudzu!  Seems that Kudzu might just leave the board in a weird state …

I followed the instructions as was written … disable Kudzu on boot … and
everything works fine. It was interesting to see this resolved as
of this month! Well … now I’m onward and upward …

No longer at The SCO Group …

I am out.

After just slightly more than a year, I am no longer working at The SCO Group.  It has been quite an experience.

Several years ago, I began to work with a small start-up company –
iBase Systems – that had one of the best engineering teams that I have
ever worked with.  They were extremely capable, motivated, and
practiced XP and Agile methodologies for development.  It was a
blast.  I joined them as a consultant, and worked with them
through some initial rounds of funding, and then as we worked to evolve
the company from a ‘tools’ company to a product company.

In early 2003 – pre-SCO lawsuits – we began discussions with SCO about
partnering and licensing.  These talks expanded into acquisition,
and in June of 2003 we were acquired by The SCO Group … just as the
first lawsuit was announced.  I have to admit that I was a little
unsure of the step we had just taken, however I did know that I was
going to get a good education and experience of UNIX and Linux.  I

Over the last year I was able to gain incredible insight and knowledge
about the history and evolution of UNIX, and the birth and origins of
Linux.  No … I am not ‘anti-Linux.’  No … I do not agree
with the media hyped versions of things … I was able to develop a
more objective perspective.  I have my own opinions about the
whole situation … and nothing is ever black and white.

Anyhow … after a year working at SCO on next generation products,
UNIX, and various other assorted things … it became apparent that I
was open to moving on to other things.  I love to create and
communicate new and leading edge technologies.  I am not one for
sitting around to wait out the outcomes of lawsuits.

As of June 11th, 2004 I am no longer working at The SCO Group. 
I’ll enjoy watching as things related to the lawsuit unfold.

I’m off to get back to work, and to re-engage in the industry!

Installation experiences with SuSE …

Last night I was experimenting with the installation of various
versions of SuSE Linux. I had received two copies of SuSE 9.0 at Novell’s Brainshare several months back, and also downloaded the .iso images of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0 from the Novell SuSE download site.

During one of the sessions at Brainshare the speaker was giving out
‘prizes’ for answering various questions, and so I picked up both SuSE
9.0 ‘personal’ and SuSE 9.0 ‘professional’ … along with several other
little trinkets for the kids.

I have to admit that I was shocked when I could not get three different
versions of SuSE to install on my Dell Optiplex GXa server!

I tried to install SLES 8.0 … after the first CD it told me to insert
the next CD … but had locked the CD drive! No matter what I did
I could not get the CD to eject.

I tried the SuSE 9.0 versions and found that ‘personal’ didn’t include any of the packages that I required.

I tried SuSE 9.0 ‘pro’ and it also died during the first CD with errors installing a package.

I tried RedHat and Fedora … both worked flawlessly.

I installed Fedora … what one Novell friend called a “hobbyist”
operating system … due to the fact that it worked! I want to
know why SuSE wouldn’t install … it really surprised me!

Counting down till Friday …

I know that I have been *really* quiet on my blog lately.  I have
been very busy on a number of fronts, and I also have been counting
down the days for this Friday the 11th.  There are a number of
reasons for this … and I’m sure that I’ll be bloggging on Monday the
14th to share some of the things that are going on in my life …

It’s all good … I am looking forward to taking the month of June to
complete a number of things, and I am really looking forward to our camping trip to Yellowstone for the 4th of July.  After that I’ll be ready to get going again on some new projects.

There is a lot going on out in the world, and in the computer industry … and I am about to re-engage!

Environmentally effected natural genetic engineering of landscapes …

On my drive from my house to Utah Valley, I drive through Provo Canyon.  Before getting to the canyon, I drive around Deer Creek Reservoir
(Wow … the picture on this page is pretty much what I see out the
back windows of my house!) and for the last several weeks there have
been the most amazing colors painted across the desert landscape.

There have been bright patches of red, then purple, and now yellow and
white as flowers are blooming and displaying their incredible
colors.  What is amazing is the patterns that are created by
‘natural genetic engineering’ … the interaction of the weather, soil,
wildlife, and numerous other causes that generate beautiful patterns
spread across the hill sides.

This has been a very interesting spring this year as the weather has
been wet, and we even had some late snow.  I think that this is
what is also effecting the blooming of the various flowers.  It’s
sometimes amazing to stop and really look at what nature has been
creating for millions of years … some of it is hard to compare to
what we create as humans.

Sam and Juice Boxes …

It was fun … about a week ago my son Sam showed that he knew how to
operate a Juice Box. These are the small juice-in-a-box products
that have a straw in a wrapper glued to the outside. He was able
to pull the straw off of the box, get it out of the wrapper, and then
stab it through the little foil spot on top of the box.

Tracy told me about it, and so the next day we watched as he did it
again with another one. It is amazing what he learns and
imitates. At my office in Heber City, I was working on some of my
computers when he found a floppy disk … I pointed at a floppy drive
on an old PC and showed him how to put it in. He had fun for 30+
minutes putting the floppy into almost every machine that he could
reach … put it in … eject it … put it in … eject.

Too bad that this skill of using floppy disks will not be one that he’ll ever know … they’ll soon be long gone!

Dugway Geode Beds

For a number of years, I have heard friends talking about going out to the Dugway Geode Beds
to dig for geodes.  We finally went on Monday, and it was
fun.  We left around 1:00pm and were there within two hours. 
It’s about 100 miles west of Provo out in the desert.  There is a
stretch of dirt road – the old Pony Express Route – that is 50.1 miles
of beautiful desert driving.  When you get to the right location,
you can see the southern tip of the Great Salt Flats.

I’m going to post a more official page with photos, GPS coordinates,
etc. to assist others with what I found.  The biggest thing that I
learned is that finding the Dugway Geode Beds is not that hard. 
Digging for the geodes is the hard work, and where to dig is the
key.  Finding geodes is based on your ability to find the ‘layer
of pink clay’ that covers the geodes.  We found a spot where
others had been digging, and I started from there.  Once I hit the
clay – two+ feet down – I started to find geodes.  I didn’t know
that I was supposed to keep digging through this clay … next time I
know better!