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Heart Attack and Sick Baby

November 29th, 2007 at 2:45 pm » Comments (10)

It’s been a long week. This past weekend my dad went to the hospital with chest pains and found out he had a heart attack last week (well, possibly last week, they can’t pinpoint the exact time and it could have been earlier than that) and also found out that he has diabetes, along with […]



Crunch. I Finally Own Something From–Apple!

November 24th, 2007 at 6:05 pm » Comments (2)

I finally did it. I can’t think of one Apple product I own — except for the new iPod Classic I just bought yesterday on Amazon for $228 as part of their after-Thanksgiving-day sale (aka Black Friday in the retail industry — they’re finally in the black for the year!). Now, to wait the 1-2 […]



The Mac is Back! HurRAID! HurRAID!

November 20th, 2007 at 10:20 am » Comments (3)

Well, I got a reply from the DiskWarrior folks I mentioned on Saturday and it turns out you must run it while logged in as an administrative user, simply elevating privileges at the usual prompt is not enough (a useful warning or something more descriptive would seem more in line for, you know, a Mac […]



Who needed the data on that server? Just the Mac guys… Crash!

November 17th, 2007 at 7:15 am » Comments (4)

Last night, Friday evening at about four thirty to be precise, I get the call that a user has attempted to restart the Mac “server” (running OS X 10.4 but attached to an external RAID5 array and used as a file server) by doing a hard power cycle of the external SCSI RAID array. While […]



Wire, wire, everywhere; now it’s in the ceiling

November 17th, 2007 at 1:21 am » Comments (0)

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, I assisted one of our maintenance staff with running twelve wires around the building. We made two runs, each with six cables (four network and two coax). Running six cables at a time through dropped ceilings in an old building (mostly, some parts were in the new building) takes […]



ActiveSync Error with Treo and Exchange Direct Push

November 15th, 2007 at 2:56 pm » Comments (0)

I finally took the plunge and upgraded VersaMail on my Treo 650 to version 3.5 (the default is 3.1), for $9.99. This upgrade adds several features, the biggest being the ability to sync Contacts over-the-air in addition to Email and Calendar when using an Exchange ActiveSync account, and Direct Push so you receive immediate notifications […]



Synergy Keyboard and Mouse Sharing App

November 9th, 2007 at 5:44 pm » Comments (5)

A few weeks ago, I ran into a post (I think it was from Matt Cutts but if I saw it somewhere else, I apologize for the lack of credit) that talked about a little tool called Synergy. It hasn’t been updated since last year, but it seems to work well enough for its purpose: […]



Ministry Technology Institute “Went Live”

November 8th, 2007 at 5:33 pm » Comments (0)

I say the Ministry Technology Institute “went live” because it opened last month, and I was too busy with school (ironically, I suppose) to notice! Nick and Steve, two great guys I got to know much better at the recent (not that they feel recent any more!) Church IT Roundtables, have done a great job […]