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March 27th 2005
New server

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I know, I should have done this AGES ago… K2 and Robin finally talked me into it (not that it wasn’t hard). Now the external servers (web and mail) live on a separate system that is fire-walled from the rest of our infrastructure and actually sits in the garage (it’s LOUD) and links to the rest of the house through a wireless bridge. Kind of cool :-)

And the internal server got a software RAID-5 with half a terabyte for our (legal, of course) media – recorded TV shows from the ReplayTV as well as all the music from our CDs and from iTunes…

That should last a while (famous last words).

March 7th 2005
Computers make your life easier, right?

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I wonder sometimes. I like computers. Ok. A LOT. But I wonder if things really are easier. The amount of time a person can spend to get something working that should be really simple? And this is not a Microsoft rant. The latest piece of software to drive me mad today was iTunes, which simply refused to play my favorite radio station (Oregon Public Radio, our local affiliate of National Public Radio). And the day continued like this. The Linux box instantaneously rebooted when starting the latest VMware Beta release – I guess the kernel modules don’t quite match the kernel, even though they seem to think so.

Oh well. Challenges make us stronger, right?

March 2nd 2005
More on driving ages

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So, USA Today, or, as we call it, McPaper, has had a few articles recently on this topic. Summary was that 16 and 17 year olds cause two to three times as many fatal accidents as the average driver. Apparently there brain isn’t fully developed, especially when it comes to gauging risk (“I had three beers, sure this SUV can make this turn at 85 miles an hour…”).

But there was another interesting age related set of data a week earlier. Car buyer’s median age by brand. Top of the list, not surprisingly, Rolls-Royce with 62.9 years, closely followed by Lincoln and Buick (the other two brands with the median buyer’s age above 60). Ok, you say, those are “old-people-cars”. Right. Then how about the sporty-branded number four on the list, Mercedes-Benz with a median of 58.7? Or Jaguar on number 8 with 49.8?

BMW in 10th place is noticeably younger with 46.1, closely followed by Ferrari with 45.6. By now even the explanation of “the more expensive the car, the older the buyer” doesn’t work any more. BMWs and Ferraris are way more expensive than your average Chrysler or Mercury, which have median buyer’s age of 56.4 and 55.1, respectively.

At least K2’s new Subaru shows that she’s younger at heart then I am. The fourth lowest median age in the list with 31.7, only Saturn, Hyundai and Kia have younger buyers than that…

March 2nd 2005
More on driving ages

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So, USA Today, or, as we call it, McPaper, has had a few articles recently on this topic. Summary was that 16 and 17 year olds cause two to three times as many fatal accidents as the average driver. Apparently there brain isn’t fully developed, especially when it comes to gauging risk (“I had three beers, sure this SUV can make this turn at 85 miles an hour…”).

But there was another interesting age related set of data a week earlier. Car buyer’s median age by brand. Top of the list, not surprisingly, Rolls-Royce with 62.9 years, closely followed by Lincoln and Buick (the other two brands with the median buyer’s age above 60). Ok, you say, those are “old-people-cars”. Right. Then how about the sporty-branded number four on the list, Mercedes-Benz with a median of 58.7? Or Jaguar on number 8 with 49.8?

BMW in 10th place is noticeably younger with 46.1, closely followed by Ferrari with 45.6. By now even the explanation of “the more expensive the car, the older the buyer” doesn’t work any more. BMWs and Ferraris are way more expensive than your average Chrysler or Mercury, which have median buyer’s age of 56.4 and 55.1, respectively.

At least K2’s new Subaru shows that she’s younger at heart then I am. The fourth lowest median age in the list with 31.7, only Saturn, Hyundai and Kia have younger buyers than that…

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