March 14, 2010

Patriot Corza NAS: Intro

This is the first of a series of entries about the now discontinued Patriot Corza NAS.

A few months ago, the cpu/motherboard in my 12+ year old backup/build/mp3 server died. Given the other minor issues with the box (loud fans, a soft on-off switch, age of the components), I decided to just replace it with something smaller, quieter and that uses significantly less power. After some deliberation, I decided to go with a minimalist low-power pc configuration along with a NAS for file sharing.

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October 15, 2009

Death of the American Dream

The Company has decided to discontinue making Buell Motorcycles. My Ulysses has just joined my Saturn as a collector's item!

December 19, 2007

The few, the proud,...

the homeowner. It's kinda old news now but I've been busy and it's probably new to you! With San Diego's housing market "declining", I decided to take the plunge and I bought a condo/townhouse in October. I'm fairly certain that the housing market hasn't hit rock-bottom yet so I didn't get the proverbial "steal" but the deal was good enough for me and we plan to be here for at least another decade. The value will go back up. :-) It's a 4 bedroom end-unit with a detached 2 car garage and within walking (biking for the lazy kids) distance of the boys' elementary & high schools. Unfortunately, I'm still ~40mi from work and the commute still sucks but as long as I can still lane-split, I can deal with it. ;-)

September 19, 2007

School Fundraising

It's that time of the year again. The pre-holiday school fundraisers are in full effect. I don't quite understand the fundraising blitz. They hand out a packet to every kid in school and say go sell stuff to raise money. So far, so good. But they limit the time period to 2 weeks and you can't go door-to-door. So every year you wind up hitting the same set of local friends, family & co-workers that are also being bombarded by every other kid they know. If things were stretched out a bit, you wouldn't have people being overwhelmed in this short time frame and over the long term, people would potentially buy more. I don't need 10 boxes of pecanbacks so I'm not going to buy that many upfront. But I may buy 2 or 3 a month if they were always available.

This year, at least, they're allowing us to broaden our range by setting up a site to sell things through:

The fund raiser ends October 1st.

May 6, 2007

RHF SS1000

Yesterday, I completed my first SaddleSore 1000 ride in 17.5 hrs. The SS1K is the entry level Iron Butt ride. This particular ride was a charity event organized by the Ride for the Heart Foundation. For the most part, I had no problems on the ride and I made pretty good time. Outside of Arizona's blustery winds, it was a good day to ride, weather-wise.

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