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Secured more prizes for the OLS early-bird draw, this one should be pretty interesting. I'll probably post an article about OLS 2001 and the draw on Friday. We're over 31% booked and the interest from the major corporations is higher than ever this year; I really want to make sure all the hackers who should be there find room.

Well, we are finally moving on April 1st. Our new apartment is in Conservation Co-Operative; a housing co-op with a strong environmental angle to it. What this really means is that we lose our dishwasher and air-conditioning. The housing market at the moment in Ottawa is utterly insane so we're not complaining as this will allow us to save enough to purchase and renovate a house next year.

Woke up to a 2nd Cleaner Shrimp in the tank, oh wait it molted again except this time left the carapace clinging to a large rock. The tank is finally mature, the calcium level is near 350ppm and stable, small feather-duster polyps are growing all over most of the rock surfaces, baby snails are propogating like mad, and best of all coraline alge (purple stuff) is spreading to most of the rock surfaces; all signs of a healthy well established tank. Now we have to move it.

So, given that it has to move anyway I've sold my existing tank, stand and hood and purchased a 90G drilled tank and 15G sump tank to replace the 55G tank. The new one will have an overflow skimmer to drop water to the sump where all the filters, protein skimmer and heaters will live down out of sight where they won't get in the way of the livestock. It also has the nice effect of maintaining even top water level since water loss is reflected in the sump rather than the main tank.

Now I just need to determine how to move 55G of water across Ottawa, ok well across about 8 blocks... it is still a major hassle!

After having a chicken sandwich at Yesterdays, on Sparks Street in Ottawa the last few days have been food poisoning hell. I recommend that everyone avoid that place if possible. Anyone who can't cook chicken properly is a danger to themselves and those around them.

Woke up to a missing three stripe damsel fish, searched the entire tank. Got worried. Moved rocks around, got more worried. Went to get breakfast, came back... damsel was out. Got perplexed. Turns out it found an area in one of the pieces of Live rock that it could hide in. Relaxed.

Spent most of the last two days placing most of my life into small cardboard boxes. After several evenings of 25+ people being lead through my apartment by realestate agents I've become fed up. Time to move.

Very good progress on the OLS sponsorship front. Many companies are being very cooperative and I am looking forward to working with them to make sure things go well.

18 Jan 2001 (updated 18 Jan 2001 at 23:11 UTC) »

Very strange, my Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp molted again yesterday. That's 9 days between moltings, very strange considering they're typically supposed to be 30 days apart. I must be feeding it some kind of super shrimp growth-hormone!

Looks like the first 250 people to register for OLS (if before March 1st) will get a free Ximian pet Monkey except with the new Ximian logo!

Damn high-limit credit cards! Damn them to hell!

I would like to thank Bryce for today. I'm not entirely sure how it is his fault but it will make me feel better just knowing that it could be.

Things have gone from Interesting to hellish. I found out today that my landlord is putting my apartment up for sale and for dramatically more than it was worth when I moved in. Personally I think he'll have trouble at the asking price, but new owners may not want to keep leasing it.

With this in mind I need to figure out how I'll move the 55 gallon marine tank if it does come to that.

In an attempt to raise some towards the potential upcoming downpayment (I really don't want to go through this again) I've listed some items for sale at my website. Most of the items are pretty large and will probably only be of interest to people local to Ottawa.

Now off to keep working on evaluating the OLS2001 paper proposals. Looks like a great batch again this year. Even the NSA has submitted a proposal.

So far this week has been rather interesting. Last week I started actually keeping track of my food intake, cutting our horribly unhealthy foods and trying to increase healthy ones. Since then, I've had rather bad insomnia, to the point that I'm really only sleeping every 2nd evening, very strange.

So to make use of all those extra hours I've decided to re-arrange my apartment... all while my wife is sleeping. :)

Decided TV sucks and that the internal TV speakers are perfectly suitable for watching it. Move my Nakamichi AV-1s into the office and setup my old rear speakers in the living room and the loudspeakers in the office. Very nice improvement in sound quality. Even the tiny $50 speaker set I was using as rears sounds good driven by this amp. Also decided that RCA cables suck and need much better shielding around computers. Looking for a sound card supported in Linux with RCA or XLR outputs now.

Did misc marketing planning for new company. Now looking at hopefully going to see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

8 Jan 2001 (updated 8 Jan 2001 at 08:53 UTC) »

2001, finally. It is 3:30am and I have a strong desire to keep my diary up to date this year.

Last September I setup a 55 gallon aquarium, and somehow was possessed by insanity and decided to make it a salt water marine tank. No matter how many times people told me that keeping a marine tank was a great deal of work, expense, and very difficult I refused to believe them. I would like to appologise to everyone at this point in time. It has been quite an adventure, and I would not have a hobby any other way, what fun would it be if it were not a challenge.

Woke up today to find that my Scar let Cleaner Shrimp had molted. Apparently this is a good sign of a healthy decapod and I'm a little more optimistic about my water quality. You may have heard in Bryce's Diary that my first Cleaner Shrimp lasted about 30 minutes and died a horrible death. This was later determined to be a problem with the salt concentration in my tank being too different from the store tanks. So far I haven't lost any other livestock in about 3 months so I'm more optimistic. Since Bryce was here I've also added 4Tur bo Grazer Snails 2 Tiger Snails, and 2 Red Legged Hermit Crabs. Since these were added they've just about decimated the hair alge I was having trouble with.

So looking forward, we just got about 60 paper proposals for the 2001 0LS on a wide variety of topics. The proposals are out with reviewers and we should be announcing the accepted papers on Jan 15th as scheduled. So far things are going according to plan, this is troublesome.

I've also taken a very active organisation role in the Ottawa Linux Users Group steering the group towards improved content, community involvement and corporate evangelism. We're always looking for good guest speakers, if you have something to say let me know!

Been planning something big in Linux development for some time now, with the cooperation of several key individuals the time when I can make an announcement is drawing near.

Ok, I'll try to catch up more tomorrow and keep up to date into the future, honest. If I don't, I'll try not to blame Bryce... it's not his fault.

It has been quite some time since my last entry. This year it seems that OLS is taking up even more of my time. Bigger, better, and a whole lot more work.

On the bright site, it is about 35 days away and things are about 92% sold out. Once it's full, no more registration worries, no more paperwork, and no more trying to make sure everyone important to Linux knows about the event. Yay!

Been selling more and more rackmount Linux and FreeBSD boxes. Seems people ARE looking for cheap 2U systems. After spending a few days a week putting them together, finally hired some people to handle assembly and sales. Yay!

At some point this month, my summer Post-OLS vacation kinda got mucked up. Looks like visiting Newfoundland isn't on the schedule for this summer. Though so far visiting folks and sights in Wales, Scotland and England seems to be on track. Yay!

At 17:00 EST on April 13th Paul Lahaie and I set off to take a short tour around the Upper Ottawa Valley on our motorcycles. I have a 1996 Honda CBR900RR, and Paul just picked up a brand new Suzuki SV650S he was eagar to bring into the upper valley twisties.

We arrived in Pembroke which is usually about a 1.5 hour ride away from Ottawa about 4 hours later. Several warming up breaks added to our travel time.

Friday morning came all too early and contrary to the weather reports, it was raining. Not just raining but raining at 4C outside. After about 4 hours of procrastination we left Pembroke to head south towards Kingston with the vague hope that the rain would stop and that we would see the high of 10C promised by The Weather Network.

Half an hour later we were wet. I don't mean damp as most of our gear is in fact advertised as waterproof. It is almost funny how even the lightest rain finds its way into every opening at 120kph. Most of our kit was waterproof, unfortunatly neither of us had picked up waterproof boots, or gloves. Had it not been 4C outside, perhaps this would have been a mild inconvenience, at 4C becoming wet makes a serious impact upon your level of comfort.

After 6 hours of riding, stopping, riding, stopping and even having our gear dried in a clothes drier at one restaurant along the way we finally pulled into Kingston. We located lodging and promptly hid from the rain and attempted to dry out our kit.

The next morning we thought we would be smart about the trip back. After a run to Canadian Tire to pick up a wide assortment of items including additional waterproofing materials as well as a number of products intended to prevent our helmet visors from fogging up we headed back to the hotel to prepare for the ride back to Ottawa.

At 3C no anti-fog product on the planet will function. At 3C it doesn't matter if you keep your gloves dry. At 3C and 120Kph there must be a -20C windchill. Imagine going skiing in the rain in -20C weather. For 6 hours.

Needless to say, the ride back into Ottawa was somewhat stressful. It also caused me to take a much more serious look at electric heated riding gear like Widder makes.

Things we learned.

  • Bring rubber overboots
  • Bring waterproof thick insulated gloves
  • Sportbikes do not provide any rain protection
  • Electric socks are not to be mocked
  • Never, EVER, trust a weatherman.
Well back to work. I wish I had photographs to include, it was certainly an interesting experience that neither of us will ever repeat.

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