Wow I’m writing in my blog tonight and it’s going …

Wow I’m writing in my blog tonight and it’s going along at warp speed! Whaddya know. I’ve been using RedHat 8.0, and I must say that I love it, but our DirecPC connection doesn’t. If you haven’t heard of DirecPC you’re lucky. Because Earl and I live in a relatively rural area, we don’t have cable or DSL access for internet. It’s either a slow dial-up connection or a satellite connection. DirecPC is actually now called Direcway. On top of one of our barns is a oval satellite dish that sends and receives our internet signal. It’s super fast for downloads, but upload speeds can suck from time to time. And the software that drives the beast only works on Windows. Earl’s Windows XP computer connects for us and shares the connection, but whenever I try to surf with Linux the connection drags right down to almost nil. So I’m using Windows XP for surfing at the moment. Which is sort of a shame, because RedHat 8.0 is damn pretty and works great! I look forward to using it again in better circumstances.

I was a real geek at work today and finally got the phone project done. I can now monitor the status of the phone system from my PC. It’s way cool. While I was wiring, though, I was standing on my desk and stood up quick and gashed my head on an overhead beam. Since I have a shaved head, you can really see the mark. It hurts quite a bit. It’s more of scrape than a gash. I guess I won’t be shaving up there for a couple of days.

I’m feeling much better since my little bout with the sniffles on Monday. I think the dried skin on the nose is worse than the actual sniffles sometimes!

Last night we went to my sister’s office in Syracuse to hook up her new computer. It’s great being her IT support person. She has a beautiful new Gateway with a flat-panel monitor. I’m insanely jealous. Afterwards we met up with my mom and went out to supper. It was good fun and everyone seems to be doing well.

I talked to my dad tonight and he seems to be in good spirits. It’s nice that the family is holding it’s own, especially with the holidays coming up.

Earl and I are going on a road trip this weekend. I’m not sure where yet, but Earl said that we can eat at Chick-Fil-A. So that either means Nashua, N.H. or somewhere in Pennsylvania. Attention Chick-Fil-A, you need to come to Upstate N.Y.!!!