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February 11, 2002


I've decided to start a Weblog. I started out looking at Userland Radio. Although it had a large number of features, I found that I liked having everything on my server. This includes the data entry screens and the database. The biggest reason was the database. I didn't like the idea of my weblogs being stored on someone elses server where I couldn't keep track of it.

With MovableType, the database, forms, scripts etc are all on my server. Yes this is a hosted server, but I can easily make ftp based backups on my schedule and move the whole site to another server with the weblog intact.

Big Boy Vitamin

Today, we ran out of the liquid children's vitamins that Trey has been taking since birth. So we tried half a Flintstone's vitamin. To our suprise, Trey chewed it up and wanted more. This is really good news on two fronts. We had tried this earlier and he wanted nothing to do with it. Also, Flintstone's are cheaper than the liquid vitamins.

February 12, 2002

Christmas video

Well, Alan just confirmed it. The 8mm tape we used for Christmas is blank. This is a real bummer since this means we don't have the video of Trey opening his presents at home.

February 13, 2002


Cascading Style Sheets: Because of this weblog I'm beginning to look at CSS. It looks like a promising way of handling my web pages. I'm intrigued by the thought of being able to change the look of my web site with the change of a single file. It is also a promising way of keeping a consistent look for the entire web site. We will see. Maybe I can get the web site done.

February 14, 2002

Happy Valentine's Day

Today was a day of mixed blessings. Personally it was great. Work wise it was extremely difficult. Work: We had an Exchange server with a corrupt database, a SQL server with a corrupt database, two test wireless units that are unuseable because their contract is up (48 hours to activate and test have to be completed today), another SQL server has a failing RAID card. Personally: I surprised Cherie with flowers, Trey was in a good mood, we had Steak for dinner with brownie's and ice cream for dessert and Grandma and Grandpa Harris sent Valentine's day cards. All in all it was a good day.

February 17, 2002

Daytona 500

I just finished watching one of the wildest races I have seen. The great, and amazing, thing is that everyone walked away. Congratulations to Ward Burton. One disappointing thing about Nascar this year is that RaceCast is no longer free. In order to follow along with the race on your computer you have have to either pay $4.95 a month or $29.95 for a full year. And RaceCast is always behind the action and hard to connect to. Not to mention that the software is beta software from Real Networks. You don't find out it is beta until after you have already paid for it. I suppose that all of this is alright if you can't see the race on TV or hear it on the radio and this is the only way you can keep up.

The value of a schedule

Yes, I've heard and read about it, but until you actually do it, it doesn't sink in. Children need to have a schedule. Last weekend we started Trey on a scheduled nap time. He now takes his nap every day at 2:00pm. He complains a little, but it is more a perfunctorily complaint than an actual complaint. Next we will be working on scheduled bed time, lunch and dinner. This will make his life and ours much more enjoyable. With him taking scheduled naps I am more likely to see him awake when I get home. Before this he would end up falling asleep when Cherie and he got in the car to pick me up from the train station.

February 19, 2002

Cool site for Web sites

ACME License Maker PHactotum-license.jpg This site is so cool. I first saw the candy heart maker on A Day Late. I then saw the link to this. Give it a try, I did. Also try the candy heart maker. Here is one for Trey

Mozilla - Give it a try

I've decided to give Mozilla a try. For those of you who don't know Mozilla is the open source that the latest Netscape is based on. The great thing is that it doesn't contain all the rest of the applications that make Netscape such a beast. I installed Mozilla with only 8MB. The only thing I dropped was the Mail and News reader. This is really refreshing since IE 5.5 SP2 takes up to 17MB just in the download. Also, Mozilla supports everything I've been playing with lately, CSS, Weblogs, Moveable Type, etc.

Mozilla and Flash

Okay, maybe I spoke too soon. Mozilla just crashed on me. I had gone to Bebsland to test out Mozilla and I needed Flash to view her pages. Well I let Mozilla look for the plugin and it didn't find it. It did have a list of plugins so I chose the Flash viewer for Netscape, downloaded it, clicked on the button to show location and boom boom out go the lights. It seems that Flash doesn't see Mozilla as Netscape, it isn't. And they don't have a Mozilla pluggin. Now why the crash? I don't know. I think it had something to do with the button I pushed. Also, two things bother me right now. Mozilla doesn't word wrap in a form entry text box. Maybe there is an option somewhere that would change this. The other is that the MT buttons to boldface, italize, underline or enter a URL don't work. They are calling Javascript (javascript:insertLink()) Maybe I have to install something else? I'll have to ask Kirk at work. He has been using Mozilla for a while now and has probably run up against all the problems I'm having now.

February 22, 2002


Well, now that Valentines day is over, Easter season is here. Don't forget to get your Peeps. And for more Peep action try a Google search. Of course annie's peeps links is pretty complete.

Southern Charm

A friend sent me an interesting letter. Yes, it was one of those joke letters that end up annoying most people, but I really liked the following lines:
If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think we will accept them as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we wouldn't call 'em biscuits.

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Update on Mozilla

In my previous post on Mozilla, I complained about some problems with MT and Mozilla. For the word wrapping problem I found that Mozilla is working as designed and that there is a work around with MT that needs to be made. I'm too new at MT, CSS and these templates to apply the fix right now. Give me some time and I will. As for the buttons, I haven't yet found a solution. And I won't for a while. I've removed Mozilla from my machine. Seems that after I installed Mozilla, Internet Explorer was slow or not working. I un-installed it and IE is back to normal, almost. If I use the Address tool bar in my start bar it no longer works. It launches IE, but doesn't load anything. Strange.

February 25, 2002

Please Welcome

Please welcome Sophia Jenelle King to the world. Sophia entered the world today and that is just a great thing. Congratulations to Lew and Jen.

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