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LCARS24 – GUI replacement

For those of us who are Star Trek fans and like to tinker with LCARS software, check out LCARS24, can run on any Windows PC, and turns it into a LCARS interface. 

Watched: Star Wars – A new hope

Ok, so I never watched the Star Wars movies before. Well last night, Liz and I sat down and began watching the first Star Wars movie, A new hope. The only character I really liked in the movie was Obi-One (don’t know how to spell it), and he died. The movie was ok, story was ok, acting was so so, and saw the flub in the part when Luke comes back from his successful mission of blowing up the death star, where he calls the actress playing the Princess by her real name. I thought that was funny and kind of surprised they would leave that in there. Overall, it was an ok movie, fairly easy to watch, but not knowing anything about Star Wars, I’m trying to catch on the story line.

I’m so used to a certain level of production quality and story quality from Star Trek, that its foreign to me to see what they did with Star Wars. Now I am not going to try to compare the two anymore, because its really not the same thing. I love Star Trek, Star Wars is just another sci-fi movie series, and its ok. I found a lot of similarities to what they are doing with Battle Star Galactica.

a wii fever

Friday was the day, our wii arrived via USPS. I got home from work and began the setup around 6 or 6:30pm. I had it up and running in no time, it was easy to connect, and was just the right size to fit stanging on its side in my entertainment center.

We had some friends over and played for a while and then watched some Star Trek episodes. After they left, Liz and I played some more and stayed up until about 2am playing around on it.

Saturday, we played a lot and almost wore it out. We had gotten our mii characters transferred from another console where we had already created them, but found we couldn’t edit them on our console. So I got some software online that let me connect my remotes to my PC via bluetooth and I was able to edit our mii characters and fix them so that we could edit them on our console. The only problem is that this process overwrote our existing stats, so it wiped our slate clean, and we had to start over with the records for each mii, which is no big deal, but we had some pretty good scores on there!

Sarah is very good at many of the sports games. Although we don’t have two controllers yet, so we are swapping in 2 player games. Once we get a second controller, it will be much easier. I also want to get some better games, such as Transformers and Fastastic 4.

How many bits?

In an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, Data reveals that he has a total memory capacity of 400 quadrillion bits. This spisode is entitled, “Measure of a Man”. I just had this random thought today, and googled the math to find that 400 quadrillion bits = 46 566 128.7 gigabytes which is a LOT of space! Over 46.5 million GB! Now thats some nice storage space. That also equates to 45 474.7351 terabytes.

My year of Hell in 4 days

There is a Star Trek Voyager episode entitled “Year of Hell”. Its about a span of 365 days in the life of the crew where pretty much anything that could go wrong, goes go wrong and I think they barely survive (its been a while since I’ve seen it). Well, over the last 4 days, I’ve had my year of Hell starting from Friday night to yesterday around 6:30pm. I’ll summarize:

1. Friday night, I installed DST patches

a. DST patch caused a problem where my info stores would not
mount in Exchange 2003
b. The DST patches also broke the goodlink system for mobile e-mail
c. Turned out that MS had changed the way the permissions work in
Exchange and AD and we had to re-set the permissions on our
GoodAdmin account
c. Spent up until 11:30pm working on the DST patches and fixing the
goodlink account while on the phone with Good support

2. Saturday – all day

a. Checked the server from previous night to ensure everything is
still working
b. Found everything to still not be working.
c. Found some objects in Exchange 2003 were not
inherriting permissions correctly. Had to continue
resetting permissions for those items and testing.
d. Continued working with Good support and testing and finally got the
Goodlink mobile e-mail working
e. Had to follow a workaround by allowing inherritance on the
AdminSDHolder AD object and allowing time for replication
f. Spent the rest of the day testing the mobile e-mail system paranoid
that it would fail again.
g. Abby got sick Friday night, so I got maybe 2 hours of sleep Friday
night and Sat Morning

3. Sunday – all morning

a. Continued testing the mobile e-mail system, all tests were working
ok, external and internal.
b. I stayed home with Abby all day to take care of her, she was really
sick and had a very high fever.
c. Got my first almost full night of sleep, since Liz was kind enough to
stay in the living room with Abby

4. Monday – All DAY!!!

a. Started getting complaints that people couldn’t open some e-mail
messages in Outlook
b. Got some reports that people were missing e-mails, that the volume
of messages received over the weekend and morning were very low
c. To make it more frustrating, all the external tests and internal tests
I was doing were working fine
d. Checked the mail queues in Exchange 2003 and found hundreds of
queued messages, they were stuck in the MTA queue
e. Nothing I tried would release the messages
f. I called Microsoft and paid my $245 fee for support, and spent about
8 hours on the phone with 2 separate Microsoft engineers.
g. Once I got through to the escalation engineer, we got the issue fixed
within 3 hours or so.
h. Turned out that MS had made two code changes to alter the way
Exchange does recipient and sender address formatting or lookups.
i. The quick fix was to uninstall patch 930241. So I did, and that
restored functionality completely, for both symptoms.
j. I also worked with MS to run some store traces to try to
identify the issue.
k. After some minor permissions adjustments for two servers who were
still not inherriting permissions correctly, everything started to
work normally.
l. I did NOT have lunch this day, nor anything to drink. I was on the
phone all day!
m. At 6:35pm I finally left the office and went home and crashed!

So as you can see, thanks to Congress for screwing around with the Daylight saving configuration and thanks to Microsoft for making some code changes that had unexpected side effects, I ended up having a very bad few days indeed. I really didn’t get a weekend, no break, barely any sleep. Its going to take me a while to recover from that. I need a vacation! Sarah has off all next week for spring break, I’m thinking of asking for next Wednesday off to break up the work week and give myself a break.

Weekend Summary

This weekend was a busy one in Tampa, with lots of things going on. This past Saturday, the Strawberry Festival kicked off. I really want to go and get some fresh strawberry shortcake, its soooooo good! They also sell flats of fresh strawberries for a good price as well. I was going to go down to Plant city and get some yesterday afternoon, but I was pooped and ended up taking a nap. (I must be getting old, I’ve been taking naps almost every weekend lately). It rained most of Saturday evening and night, so we stayed in. Amanda brought the kids over that afternoon (on Sat) and the kids played togther and we (the adults) watched Star Trek Voyager until about 8 or 8:30.

After the kids went to bed Liz and I watched some of the episodes of Monk from Season 5 that we had missed since dropping cable. We sitll have 3 more episodes to go and we’ll be caught up. BSG was new last night, but I have to wait to watch it until it shows up in the newsgroups.

Very good video comparison of Star Wars and Star Trek

I love this! This is a greag YouTube video comparison of Star Wars and Star Trek. This guy says exactly what I’ve thought on this subject for a long time. And its well told.

My Birthday

My birthday didn’t turn out quite as any of us had hoped yesterday. I was still sore from playing racquetball and worn out from work, but Liz still wanted to go rollerblading at skateland in Brandon. So we get there and I’m pooped and change my mind, I really didn’t want to do it, if I had done it I probably wouldn’t have lasted 5 minutes and it would have been a bust. So we sat in the parking lot for 45 minutes trying to figure out what to do. We ended up going to Dunkin Doughnuts and getting a quick snack, I got a nice bagel with creme cheese and a boston creme doughnut, Liz of course had her usual chocolate frosted. We went home and got on a trek to get some gas in my car. Then we watched a Star Trek episiode with her parents before I headed off to bed.

Star Trek references in Heroes

On Monday night’s Heroes episode, they showed a license plate for a car that drove George Takei around in the episode. He played Hiro’s dad, but in this one shot they showed the license plate of the car. I didn’t see it at first, but Liz noticed it briefly and got all excited. So the next day we downloaded the episode and check and sure enough, there it was. The license plate read, NCC 1701. Very cute, and a nice tribute to a Star Trek character in the show. They have made references to Star Trek before in the first few episodes in scenes with Hiro.

Star Trek Home Theater

If money weren’t an object, and if a miracle happened and I got permission to modify my living room.  This is what I would do!  What an amazing creation, I am definately envious! 

 http://www.reighn.com/theaterphoto.html