Reviving sick wrt54g v2

Another success for DD-WRT! I just revived my cousin’s old v2. I had to flash it twice, once with the mini to get passed the usual Linksys crap, and
then up to the full v23 with dd-wrt. Fun. Now what to do with it? I haven’t quite decided yet. I’ve got an Airport Express that does pretty well on one
side of the house; so I guess I’ll put this one in the wire closet for the back yard. That is, unless I give my cousin back his now working router, even
though he was going to throw his away. Oh well. I have a Buffalo router that needs the dd-wrt treatment in case I do the right thing.

Finally getting around to mt 4

So I’ve been playing around with Movable Type 4 again. It’s a bit frustrating. I think my problems are with specifying the proper paths. The documentation is lacking, or I’m an idiot. Either way, I keep getting 500 errors whenever I try to publish anything other than the index pages.
Scouring through the error logs, I can see that the wrong url is supplied despite my best efforts to figure out what and where mt wants to point. Once I figure it out, I’ll put the rest of the pages up.

Up too late.

Even though I’ve found the chemical answer to my sleeplessness; sometimes the pills take a while to kick in. Anyway, if I’m standing on the front stoop doing my computing thing, I’ll hear something crunching through the leaves. I was on my way outside tonight and got to see the source of the noise. I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture while he was on the steps; but, I did get this:

Returning to Lilypond

After receiving a short note from Graham Percival regarding the known issue in the Lilypond GUI and Leopard, the latest release does play nice with TextMate. I have been able to start the tutorials and even create a little midi file. The reason I’m doing this is because GarageBand finally adds the ability to create custom ringtones for my iPhone. I can create the music in TextMate, use Lilypond to make a midi file, pull it into GarageBand and go nuts. Fun. I’ve almost got Christopher O’Riley’s version of Bulletproof in there. I haven’t played with Lilypond in some time and it’s the learning curve is a little steep.
On another note, Tess has taken her first ballet class. Tammy asked her, “Don’t you want to be a doctor?” “No, I’m going to be a ballet girl.” So much for the fancy retirement community. I love her so…

Leopard vs Free Agent Pro

So it seems Seagate Promise and Apple need to get their folks together. Those who know my Mac loyalty will also know that I’m not completely blind to Apple’s faults.
I’m used to having to wait for third parties to get their Mac software together; but, several of my Mac program are almost unuseable. Soundtrack Pro 2 freezes consistently, for example.
My latest problem is with the drivers for Promise SATA controllers and Seagate’s Free Agent Pro external drives. So far, knock wood, the USB 2.0 side works reasonably well, but the eSATA side causes my Dual G4 to panic. The Sonnet cardbus card fails with the FAP too. What a pain!
I feel confident that these issues will be addressed; but, it seems I’ll just have to wait. One would think that Apple would have tested multiple configurations of available external drives, what with the whole Time Machine business. I’ll try to be patient.
Patience = dispair disguised as a virtue.


Tam and I are in Aiken to see Hillary. I understand she is notoriously late; one more reason for me to like her. Though she probably would’ve gone nuts, I think we should’ve brought Tess.
There was a small rumble in the crowd. Nothing happening though. Tam and I are near the media folks.

Let’s help Heather win!

One of my good friends and former partners is competing in�For Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s 21st Century Choreography Competition.

Here are the requirements for the competition:

  • Must demonstrate expertise within the ballet idiom
  • Must be set on multiple dancers
  • Must have been created within the past 3 years
  • Include no more than 2 continuous segments of dance� no video montages
  • No longer than 5 minutes TOTAL
  • Samples that use 20th or 21st Century music are encouraged

Check, check, check, check, check, check.

Although I have other friends competing; Heather should have this one in the bag.

View her vid and rank it up!

Mac Trojan

Well it had to happen sometime.
I looks like there is a trojan (properly named) out there in the wild. It only seems to affect patrons of porn sites. It goes like this: you want to look at a video and you are asked to download the proper codec. You say ‘yes’ and download an installer that mounts itself and asks for your password. You give the password and it changes your dns settings and sends you on a wild ride around the internet. Oh yeah, it also sends itself to people on your buddy list in iChat or AOL. Fun.
Symantec is calling this a ‘worm’. Although it displays worm-like behavior once it’s installed, you have to grant it the privilege of running on your machine; and that, my friends, is a trojan. Whatever the name, everyone should know better than to download and install things from untrusted sources.
I can see where this exploit could confuse people. If the trojan called itself Adobe Flash, few people would think to go to Adobe’s site, to see if they had the latest version of Flash and get it from there. Instead people might have heard of Flash so they’d be tempted to install it. This is dangerous.
I’ve sent out warnings to my clients so that they understand that part of what I do is keeping them current, or at least one generation behind cutting edge, anyway. Hopefully, they’ll trust me and not do something stupid.
At any rate, Windows users can rejoice that some Mac users who live with a false sense of security are now actually being targeted. I just want to make sure that everyone who knows me and uses Macs, knows to be more careful and smart enough to know that no system of ones and zeros can ever be completely safe.

Pain in my butt.

OK. So the MT4 templates are cool; only you have to know what you’re doing and the online documentation isn’t much help. Also, the default templates use a different syntax than any of the other documentation. So, I’m having to feel my way around; which is why the site looks like crap.
I’m working on it when I have time; which lately has been slim to none. Things will improve eventually. You’ll just have to bear with me.