R code - AnalyzeO2

Posted on January 31, 2008 by Stephen

The following R code is not to be used for diving. It is only an exersize in writing R code.

AnalyzeO2 <- function (o2) {
# This code is written for the R language. http://www.R-Project.org
# This function calculates the Working Depth (imperial or feet) for
# a particular oxygen partial pressure in a scuba cylinder.
# Calculations are based on the PADI/DSAT equations.

Blocking IP addresses by Country

Posted on January 24, 2008 by Stephen

I really don't care for all of the attacks sent to my personal computer so I started looking for a way to block countries without waiting until they attack and then adding them to my blocked list.

Junkbots, Bugbots and Bots on Wheels

Posted on January 22, 2008 by Stephen

ISBN: 0-07-222601-3
$24.99 at Borders

Never satified with one thing at a time, I picked up this book to give myself something to be excited about after work.

Installing MySQL 5.1 on FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE

Posted on January 21, 2008 by Stephen

http://dev.mysql.com/ recommends using a version of gcc recent enough to understand the -fno-exceptions option, it is very important that you use this option. Otherwise, you may compile a binary that crashes randomly. We also recommend that you use -felide-constructors and -fno-rtti along with -fno-exceptions. However, on my system I will use the following commands as root.

Stardust the Movie

Posted on January 20, 2008 by Stephen

If you have not read the book, you might actually enjoy this movie. If you have been fortunate enough to read the book as I have, you will be sorely disappointed with this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's great adult fairytale.


Posted on January 19, 2008 by Stephen

Well I have finally set up my DynDNS.org service so that I can send people to my private sites. Often I have friends that I would like to share files with but I can't count on my IP address staying the same. So by using the free services at DynDNS.org I can safely send my friends one address that will link them to my private network without worrying about the changing IP address given to me by my ISP.

New Photo Album

Posted on January 16, 2008 by Stephen

I have been looking for a good web photogallery package to display my photos from my dive trips and vacations. After much searching and checking what I have available as far as software goes from HE.net, I downloaded Coppermine Photo Gallery available here.

E-Book Reader Hardware

Posted on January 15, 2008 by Stephen

A while ago (2007/02/20) I wrote about the Sony E-Reader also called the PRS-500 and how fantastic it is to finally see e-ink being used. Now I have discovered another E-Reader device by Bookeen which is its third generation called the Cybook Gen3. I also discovered the Kindle which is available from Amazon.com.

All of the ereader devices are quite expensive at the moment (~$350). I hope that these items will eventually come down in price. So far there are some less than outstanding flaws in all of the readers. The iLiad Reader by iRex Technologies is way too slow to be useful as a book reader. Check out the video available on youtube.

A good site to look at some of the other available devices and hardware can be found at http://www.ebook88.com/devices.html.

Maybe you want to build your own e-reader. Over at eink.com they are selling prototype kits so that you can build one yourself. Check it out at http://www.eink.com/kits/index.html.

WebCalendar v1.0.5

Posted on January 14, 2008 by Stephen

I have just added WebCalendar v1.0.5 to my site. This is an excellent community webcalendar. It can handle many users and it allows not members to post to the calendar (it is controlled by a CAPTCHA plug-in and it must be "accepted" by the calendar owner before being displayed).

Fragile Things -- Neil Gaiman

Posted on January 12, 2008 by Stephen

ISBN-10: 0-06-051522-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-051522-5

This book is a collection of short fictions by Neil Gaiman.

Gun Safe

Posted on January 11, 2008 by Stephen

The next major purchase I will need to make is to buy a gun safe. I have been looking online at the different brands and models out there. My goal is to keep my long guns and hand guns in the safe along with valuables and things that I don't want burned up in a fire.

Sighting-In My New Scope

Posted on January 03, 2008 by Stephen

I went out the LPRG today to sight in my new scope. The scope is a Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn 6-24X40 Riflescope. This scope has DDB multicoated lenses to maximize transmission of light for excellent low-light and full-light clarity. A fast-focus eyepiece and wide-angle field of view combine to allow focusing-on and follow moving game easily. My scope has the Mil-Dot reticle with 1/4-MOA fingertip-adjustable windage and elevation knobs with resettable dials. There's an easy-grip power change ring for fast, convenient zoom changes. These scopes are fully waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

Livermore Pleasanton Gun Club

Posted on January 02, 2008 by Stephen

I am now a member of the LPRG club in Livermore. The yearly dues are $60 plus a $25 initiation fee.

New Years Eve 2007

Posted on January 01, 2008 by Stephen

I went into the city for the first time to celebrate the new year. I went with my wife and four friends to the Weston St. Francis (335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, http://www.westinstfrancis.com/) for their New Years Eve party. The tickets cost $110.00 each which included 5 or 6 different rooms (80s, pop, techno, live band, etc.) with 4 dance floors, open bar and party favors.