The Camera is Back

Canon has returned the Digital Rebel. They repaired the damaged CF
pins for free and reprimanded me in the strictest possible way by
including a photocopy of the page of the manual, which I have read by
the way, that instructs the user of the camera on the proper insertion
of the CF card. I do indeed feel like an idiot for bending the pins.

A repaired and functioning camera can mean only one thing, new
pictures of Hailey.

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On the day that this was posted, only the white box above was posted.
The white box represents that I am speechless; I can think of nothing
to say. On this day that we found out that Roscoe had lung cancer. [–ed 20060523 ]

Too Close to Home.

A new activity for enterprising criminals is becoming more common,
called ‘ATM Skimming’, it requires someone to install a card reader
and camera on the front of an otherwise official ATM. Using the ATM
extras the thief can capture account number and PINs as you access
your account.

Though is sounds easy to spot an ATM with a few optional accessories,
the thieves are [ more clever than you think][1]. [ The UT Police
Department][2] reports skimming activity in at least to areas of
campus.

To protect your account information it is important to not use
isolated ATMs, and to inspect the ATM for any odd looking accessories
before you withdraw money.

[1]: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/24/0034234&mode=nested
[2]: http://www.utexas.edu/admin/utpd/atm.html

Bride of Frankenstein

Hailey has learned to walk. At first it was just a few steps around
the toys, and a few steps towards the back door. She would only walk
when I would prop her up and let her go. Her first steps were two
Thursdays ago, around the 12th.

She will take one or two steps with stiff legs and awkward
movement. Picture the bride of Frankenstein and you will have a good
mental image. After a few steps she will tire, or realize that its
faster to crawl.

Today was the first time that she showed day care what she can do. In
a week or two, as we sit out of breath on the couch, we will look back
and remember fondly the days that we could chase Hailey down without
breaking a sweat. Soon she will be too mobile for our good.

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot? Over.

I was bored so I read the flyer from Discover Card about the upcoming
changes to the card-member agreement. This has really caught my
attention …

>_Default-Acceleration-Collection-Costs_ We are adding a new provision
to this section stating that you will be deemed to be in default if
you fail to make a payment when due on any other account you have
with us _or with another creditor_. [emphasis mine]

Did they just say they could claim my account was in default if I made
my car payment late?

The SUV Buyer

[A recent article published in the New Yorker…][1]

>Fred J. Schaafsma, a top engineer for General Motors, says,
“Sport-utility owners tend to be more like ‘I wonder how people view
me,’ and are more willing to trade off flexibility or functionality
to get that.” According to Bradsher, internal industry market
research concluded that S.U.V.s tend to be bought by people who are
insecure, vain, self-centered, and self-absorbed, who are frequently
nervous about their marriages, and who lack confidence in their
driving skills.

I’d take [active safety][2], if the care seat would fit better.

[1]: http://www.gladwell.com/2004/2004_01_12_a_suv.html
[2]: http://content3.us.porsche.com/prod/boxster/boxster.nsf/usaenglish/boxster

Firefox

The Mozilla Organization has renamed and released a new preview of
their new lightweight, [next generation browser][1]. It was originally
called Phoenix but they had a trademark issue with the Phoenix bios
people, so they changed the name to Mozilla Firebird, but they had a
naming conflict with an open source database server that was using the
name Firebird first, now they have changed the name to [Mozilla
Firefox][2] and have created a nice little [branding program][3]. This
preview release includes and [installer for Windows][4] and includes
all the great built-in features like

* HTML and CSS standards support
* Pop-up blocking
* Tabbed browsing
* Extensions

If I have installed Firebird on your computer in the past, you may now
remove it, and [install Firefox][5] instead. If I haven’t installed a
browser on your computer before, you should [install FireFox][6]
immediately. Firefox is only a browser, so you can continue using the
virus spreading e-mail program that you are accustomed to. Go on,
[install Firefox][7], I’ll wait. [][9]

[1]: http://mozilla.org/products/firefox
[2]: http://mozilla.org/products/firefox
[3]: http://mozilla.org/products/firefox/buttons.html
[4]: http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/0.8/FirefoxSetup-0.8.exe
[5]: http://mozilla.org/products/firefox/releases/#download
[6]: http://mozilla.org/products/firefox/releases/#download
[7]: http://mozilla.org/products/firefox/releases/#download
[9]: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ (Get Firefox – Take Back the Web)

OK!

Canon has notified me that my [camera repair][1] is not covered under
warranty, but they will fix it for free as a one-time courtesy
repair. I’ll take that.

Hailey has been able to stand unsupported for a while now, but tonight
she stood on her own in the middle of the living room for the longest
that I have ever seen. We might have reached 45 seconds. What makes
this remarkable is what she was doing while she stood there. She was
shaking her butt up and down, just as she does when she dances, and
she wasn’t losing her balance. She finally fell down when she took a
step towards the couch.

Any day now she will be walking and we won’t be able to keep up.

[1]:/archives/2004/01/31/d_oh/

Debian Sid

It has been a while since I have switched Linux distributions, so
today I installed Debian Sid. I have over 21GB of data in my home
directory and don’t have a good way to back that up, so I installed
Sid on top of Fedora Core 1. This was not the standard run of the mill
install and created some problems I wouldn’t have had if I was able to
format the drive and start from scratch. After figuring out the way
the new Debian installer named disks I was able to move the old fedora
root partition information into a safe backup directory. Then I
allowed the installer to do its thing. I had to abort the default
options a couple of times, mainly to manually update the
apt/sources.list to install Sid instead of Sarge, and to install grub
instead of lilo. So far I’m digging the apt-get way of installing
packages, and the fact that almost everything I have ever wanted to
install is available as a Debian package including XGalaga.

I went with Sid over Potato, or Sarge because the others don’t don’t
have new enough packages for my taste. I thought about installing
Gentoo again, but I couldn’t bring myself to sit through the
compilation process again. My machine isn’s fast enough to wait
through an entire Gnome build.