June 12th, 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I would compose a couple.  There’s not much of a point to this post, just some random musings about the process.
We have realized that our house is too dang small.  Well, it could be said that we’ve just got too much stuff, but that would involve taking personal responsibility for throwing stuff out.  Nah, that won’t do.

So, we’re searching for a new place to call “home”.

Those of you with houses, do yourself a favor – don’t skimp on updating.   We are somewhat fortunate, we had done some updates in our present (soon to be old) house, but needed to do a couple more major items.  Installing 200+ square feet (approx. 19 m^2) of floor tile in a weekend isn’t my idea of fun.  Neither is painting, you know, the stuff that you keep putting off because you don’t want to do it.

I’m also coming to remember that the whole house thing is a compromise – space, appointments, fixtures, location, etc, etc, etc.  Then, throw in being a geek – one of my first thoughts upon entering a prospective dwelling is about running wire – speaker wire, network, power to different places.  I have realized that what I would like to see in the “infrastructure” part of a house and what a builder puts into houses are two very different things.  It looks like my Mrs. is right – I’m weird.

So, the long-term goals here, once we have a new address – build out the MythTV system, then start on a MAME cabinet, and acquire/refurbish a pinball machine.

Stay tuned, hopefully this ride will be short…

Raw Materials

November 7th, 2006

I’m Al.

A little introduction is in order, I’m a data/voice network geek, primarily with Cisco products. I’ve also managed my fair share of Windows machines, touched a Solaris box a few times, and spend my free time on Linux (Debian) and MythTV.

Some links:

Allen’s Blog:
Tech Recipes:
Cisco Systems:
The University of Alabama:
UA Business: