Archive for the ‘Geek’ Category

January 20th, 2012 - 11:21 pm § in Geek, Handyman

A Preliminary Review of the Nest

Three weekends ago my new Nest thermostat arrived. Its announcement a couple months back generated a lot of interest (see this NY Times review for a sample), and definitely piqued my interest, too. As soon as I heard about it, I knew that I had to have one.[...]

November 5th, 2011 - 8:00 am § in Geek

A Fix for Some PPC Apps in Lion

A quick note on how to fix some applications that won’t run under Mac OS X Lion.[...]

January 19th, 2011 - 8:34 am § in Geek, Handyman

iPhone Tripod Mount

A simple little project to make a tripod mount for my iPhone out of some household hardware.[...]

February 5th, 2009 - 8:44 pm § in Archaeologist, Geek

When on Google Earth? #3

Q: What is When on Google Earth?A: It’s a game for archaeologists. Q: How do you play it?A: Simple, you try to identify the site in the picture. Q: Who wins?A: The first person to correctly identify the site, including its major period of occupation, wins the game. Q: What does the winner get[...]

August 13th, 2008 - 7:31 pm § in Geek

All Out of Cache

I’ve been off with my kids visiting my Mom in Minnesota for the last two weeks. Nice little vacation, with lots of hiking, swimming, and beer swilling. (Though the latter was mostly me, not the kids.) Anyhow, now I’m back at work and getting back into the swing of the server upgrades a[...]

June 5th, 2008 - 9:12 pm § in Geek


A while back I declared 10.5.2 Enterprise Ready. This was based on my experience with binding to Active Directory and the behavior of WGM under 10.5.0 and 10.5.1. Well, last week 10.5.3 was released with a long list of bug fixes, among which were some substantial fixes for binding to Active Director[...]

June 2nd, 2008 - 8:26 pm § in Geek

The End of an Era

Well, we never did figure out what exactly cleared up our wireless problems, but since we’ve been running w/o major problems for over a month now, we’ve decided to close our tickets with Apple and Aruba. So probably tomorrow will be hell. My other major project, the dissertation, is al[...]

April 29th, 2008 - 9:14 pm § in Geek

I Got Nuttin’

I can’t say what the magic sauce was, but for the last few weeks our wireless has been remarkably solid. Maybe it was a combination of the “AirPort Extreme Update 2008-001 for Tiger” driver and an OS upgrade that we made to the Aruba controller. Maybe it was something environmenta[...]

April 17th, 2008 - 9:55 pm § in Geek

Another Entry in the Neverending Saga of Our Wireless Woes

Since my last post over two weeks ago—they’re coming in slowly thanks to my dissertation, which is taking up all my spare time and energy—we’ve only had one real technical development. Two weeks ago, one of the Aruba engineers helped us upgrade our controller software and[...]

March 29th, 2008 - 10:26 pm § in Geek

Another Wireless Update

Apple released AirPort Extreme Update 2008-001 for Tiger the other day. In our ongoing troubleshooting with Aruba and Apple, we’d been seeded a couple of pre-releases of this patch. (We were under an NDA, which is why I couldn’t mention them here.) So seeing this new patch cheered me u[...]