Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Moms on a Mission ....

This year Lisa will participate in "Relay For Life", the American Cancer Society's annual event to help make cancer a disease of the past. Every day, the American Cancer Society works to prevent cancer and save lives by supporting research, affecting public policies and educating people about early detection and prevention.

This is a personal issue for Lisa and I. We've lost family members to cancer ... we all seem to know someone who has had one form of cancer. More than 1.3 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. Those are staggering statistics, but there is hope. Many advances have been made over the years, but it is still not enough. We must do better. With your help it will be possible.

Please consider making a donation to her team, "Moms On A Mission." at the American Cancer Society website.

Any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated.


#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 5:46 AM

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Congratulation Mars Phoenix Lander!!

The Mars Phoenix lander made a textbook tuchdown at 68 degrees north latitude in the Mars Arctic Region. The project is a joint venture between NASA and the University of Arizona.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 10:04 PM

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Tom Hanks endorses Barak Obama

Not that I care all that much who endorses a candidate ... I prefer to make up my own mind based on the facts ... I just like Mr. Hanks attitude in this clip.
Beware: Celebrity Endorsement

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 6:54 AM

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Latest Release of Ubuntu ...

Loaded the latest rev (8.04 LTS) of Ubuntu on my P-O-S laptop. I don't know why everyone raves about Ubuntu, I still need to tinker with it just like any other distro I've used. No worse than any other ... but no better.

First I had to deal with only 640x480 resolution and a screwed up color map. Fortunately I keep a working xorg.conf on my usb key, once that was replaced I was back to 1024x768 15 bits. ( yes I said 15 bits don't ask it just works)

Then I needed to hack out the network connection ... again not a surprise since my wlan card is a bit of an oddball. While I didn't need to compile the kernel modules like I usually do it still didn't work correctly. The module loads, get set with the KEY and SSID ... but it doesn't work .. seems as if it's deaf. To get it to work I need to unload the module reinsert and configure the card by hand. I'm probably going to turn off network manager in favor of a simple shell script.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 7:50 AM

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Proper disposal of a hard drive ....

My township was having it semi-annual hazardous waste disposal day ... and I wanted to use the opportunity to do some cleaning in the basement. As you can imagine I tend to accumulate loads of electronic junk. Well, before any hard disk goes to the dump it needs to be wiped clean, personally I prefer shred with the default 25 passes. But what about those hard drives that don't work any more? There is likely still data on them even though you're disk controller can't access it ... someone else could. What to do?? Well I came up with the solution demonstrated in this video.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 4:33 PM

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Happy Mission Accomplished day!

Today is the 5 year anniversary of President Bush proudly proclaiming an end to major combat operations in Iraq while standing on the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln with a banner in the background stating: Mission Accomplished.

Really now??? If "Mission Accomplished" were a child it would be going into kindergarten in the fall.

According to 139 troops perished before the mission was accomplished, since then and additional 3,923 troops have made the ultimate sacrifice. So 96% of all American Service deaths in Iraq occurred after we were done??? Then what the heck were they doing there?? It's obviously not a safe place to be!!

God, I pray this is over soon.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 5:45 AM

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