February 2009 Archives

Linux on my new laptop?

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Well, with the whole macbook/macbook pro revolution in full swing I have decided to go against the grain and go back to the other side of things.

I just put in an order for a new laptop. I decided to go with Dell, mainly because my current working situation offer a nice discount on the hardware.

Dell Studio 15 Laptop (S510205NZ)
Base Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66GHz/ 1066 FSB/ 6MB Cache)
Memory 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 SDRAM Memory
Video Card 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Hard Drive 500GB SATA Hard Drive

what's the hap's?

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Yes it is very colorful here... it is summer time and the sun is super bright.
We are still in the process of settling in.  We have found a house to rent but it is not available until March 7th.
Currently we are in temporary housing in an extended-stay type hotel.  Basically a room with a kitchen and bathroom.
It is okay but we really want to get into a place where we can streatch out.

Here is a link to google maps to get an idea of where we will be:
http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?q=26+fortification+rd+wellington+new+zealand&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&split=0&gl=nz&ei=ytakSZawFJWukAWA0-i6BQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title

There is even a "street view" to get somewhat of a peak at the view we will have:
http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?q=26+fortification+rd+wellington+new+zealand&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&split=0&gl=nz&ei=ytakSZawFJWukAWA0-i6BQ&ll=-41.299823,174.830149&spn=0.001469,0.002835&t=h&z=19&iwloc=addr&layer=c&cbll=-41.29974,174.830207&panoid=Y4ZVjB2FJxPg9f88knjfGg&cbp=12,105.62495921292461,,1,-0.6622516556291436

We will be ready for visitors anytime after March 07.  We have plenty of space at our place.  A couple extra bedrooms.  Most of the house comes furnished.  One of the bedrooms is not... but we can take care of that.  We can put you up when you come over!

Everyone tells us to enjoy the current weather.  I sounds like the winter here (June, July, August) is pretty brutal, high winds and sideways rain.  I think Mom and Dad are planning to come in Sept or Oct. 

Work is coming along.  They have been taking it easy on us this first month as they know we are dealing with a lot of personal stuff to get acclamaited.
We have our NZ bank accounts
Figured out how to pay our US student loans... the conversion sucks.
I have my NZ mobile phone: 64 021 629 909
We have a leased car.

So far the culture has been very easy to settle into.
Everyone speak english... sort of.  British english I guess: colour, centre, that sort of thing.

The weather has been great.. sailing is a big thing down here and we have had plenty of opportunities to enjoy the boats.
The food is great, comprable to the cuisine of San Francisco.  Lots of Indian and French food.  Very little Mexican.... almost none.

This weekend Regina is taking me on a kayaking trip down on the south island for my birthday!
Can't wait!  We will take pictures.

vacant anarchy

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Things are going well.
Things at work are, very... free form, I guess is the best way I can explain it.

There is very much a mentality that says the artist get to do what ever they want. 
There are a ton of really cool tools, but between the people in my group, the code group, and each department... often there seems to be "too many cooks in the kitchen."

Dreaming In Code

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I finally finished reading this book: Dreaming In Code by Scott Rosenberg.

I highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in the software development process. It is written in a way that allows easy digestion for anyone, geek or not, yet still engages those of us that are neck deep.

Frogpad!

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Learning how to type all over again.
This is going to be a short note, as I am typing with my new Frogpad.
I am hoping to be using it exclusively in 3 months time.


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