Month: June 2004

Seven-course meals

travel

Tomorrow I’m off to Wisconsin to visit friends and family over the 4th of July weekend. Reminds me of a joke I heard recently while I was in Colorado: What do you call a seven-course meal in Wisconsin? A brat and a six-pack.

Red Hat to Mandrake

computers

Ever since Red Hat discontinued their desktop distribution of Linux in April and switched to primarily enterprise-class offerings, I’ve been looking around for a Linux distro to use. Red Hat to their credit is supporting a community effort called the Fedora Project. Looks interesting, but I got burned by Red Hat so I decided to look elsewhere. Hence, as I mentioned yesterday, my interest in Mandrake. I’ve been getting good vibes from various people about […]

Apple market share and the open source solution

computers

Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997. That was the last time I bought an Apple computer. My first Apple was an Apple II+ circa 1980. Anyway, Jobs has done some amazing things since he came back to the helm at Apple. The candy-colored iMacs were a big hit. And the new, fast G5 towers are impressive. But Jobs hasn’t been able to turn his design successes into sales. Apple’s market share continues to […]

Photos from Colorado

travel

I’ve posted 25 or so photos from my trip to Colorado. You can find them over on the Fotos page. I think my favorite is image #13 taken at Independence Pass, which looks especially good at larger sizes. What’s your fave?

Journey to Colorado – Part VIII

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I flew back home Sunday night from Colorado Springs. The flight was largely uneventful—except to say that there is a lot of wind sheer around the Springs, which is to be expected. Overall, I had a great time in Colorado. The scenery is amazing, and the cool, dry mountain air did wonders for my lungs. We got to see a lot, and there’s a lot to see. In my last few hours in Colorado we […]

Journey to Colorado – Part VII

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We brought the wet weather from the Midwest where things have been totally flooded out. They’re 5 years into a drought here in Colorado Springs, and there hadn’t been any rain at all for at least 50 days. Yesterday, though the rain came a plenty. We wouldn’t have thought twice about it, but there was a wedding to go to last evening. During the day we did a few touristy things that could be done […]

Journey to Colorado – Part VI

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The past two nights we slept well. There were a few restless nights initially, which is a symptom of the higher altitude. But either we’ve adjusted or we were simply tired enough that sound sleep has returned. We swung by Vail yesterday and checked out the ski village. Of course, the slopes were green and lush this time of year, but there were quite a few people around despite the lack of snow. Again like […]

Journey to Colorado – Part V

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Yesterday, we headed away from Leadville and crossed over Independence Pass at 12,095 feet elevation. It was a drive up a narrow mountain road. At the top, we got out of the truck and walked around. The air was blowing fiercely, and it was cold. But the view was incredible. The mountains were all around. If Colorado is anything, it’s stunningly beautiful. We then headed down the other side of the mountain and came to […]

Journey to Colorado – Part IV

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We are amongst the Rocky Mountains here in Leadville, Colorado. The altitude is 10,200 feet or nearly two miles above sea level. We drove up from Colorado Springs this morning. It was a beautiful drive. Unlike many mountain roads, which are clogged with tourist cars in the summer, Highway 24 was perfectly sparse. We did some sightseeing in the area and even went by where Camp Hale used to be. A touch of snow fell […]

Journey to Colorado – Part III

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Our first full day in Colorado. We slept in after a long day of traveling and didn’t get up until 8:30am. The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky for much of the day. We headed over to David and Betty’s around 11:30. We hung out outside and enjoyed the fresh Colorado air. In mid-afternoon, some people came over and we had a grill out. David had brats and chicken on the grill. […]