North Shore Trip Photos Posted

Yesterday I returned from a trip up the north shore of Lake Superior.  This was a trip to just explore and do some ATV riding as we have not gotten out much this year.  We spent a few nights in Silver Bay and did some exploring around there.  The photos from the trip can be seen at

Would I use a netbook

Over the last several months I have been attached to the various netbooks on the market.  Yesterday, I was listening to Mobile Tech Roundup and heard Kevin talking about the Toshiba NB205 netbook, and peaked my interest.  I had seen this device a couple of times, in the past, but never thought too much about it.  The battery lift is one items that really peeked my interest, I thought really nine hours on a charge.  Well, as we know those number tend to be a bit altruistic, but even if I could get six regularly, I would be happy.  Also, these the keyboards on these devices have come a long way from when the first Eee PCs arrived on the market.  I had the a change to spend a few minutes with the NB205 yesterday at the local Microcenter and I must say the keyboard and track pad are very usable unlike some other models I have seen in the past.  Also, the track pad buttons are located under the pad rather then on the sides, which I much prefer.  The issue that I have is can I would with the low resolution screen of a netbook.  I am writing this post on a monitor that does 1280 by 1024, nothing special, but bigger than 1024 by 600 as many of the netbooks are.  Also, I have some concerns about the speed, but for the battery life, I think that I could deal with it, after all, it is not much slower then my almost four year old desktop.  I am sure there are other models that have other benefits that I have not seen yet, but I will keep looking and maybe someday I will pull the trigger and purchase one.  The real question still remains would I use a netbook?

Road Biking

I have always owned mountain bikes and until my last bike, that was purchased over 10 years ago, there were usually from Target or some store like it.  Earlier this month I started riding quite a bit more and much more consistently than I had in the past and that got my thinking that it might be time for an upgrade to my bike.  Well, I really didn’t know what I wanted, but I knew that a mountain bike was not the best for the kind of riding that I was doing (mostly paved roads and trails) so  I look quiet a bit online and thought about it for a while.  Then someone I know started talking about road bikes, something that I had not even considered until that point.  I stop by a number of stores and looked.  I eventually ended up taking a Trek 1.5T for a test ride and turned around and bought it.  I could not believe how much of a difference there is between the mountain bike and the new road bike.  It is smooth and all of the power goes into moving the bike.  I am still adjusting to this bike and I am guessing that will take a while, but I am starting to get adjusted.  I really am enjoying it.  My advice is if you are looking for a bike have a good idea how you are going to use it and purchase a bike that will fill your needs.

G1 Uptime

Well, I got  an alert that there was an update waiting to install on my G1 (HTC Dream) today, but before I let it install I took this picture showing the phones uptime.  I am not aware of many smart phones that can come near an uptime of over 25 days.  I know my Windows Mobile phone needs to be rebooted on a regular basis.


If you have a phone that will has a great uptime please comment.  Also, I am shooting for 1000 hours next time.

Server Update

I was just able to spend some time working on the new server and got the outbound email to relay correctly now.  This means that email notifications from the website are now functional.  Great news.  More features will be added to the site as time goes on.  I am working on getting a photo gallery online next as I have a bunch of photos that I would like to share.

I have a test gallery on line.  I am not totally sold on the gallery that I am testing with, so it may change.

So, with that being said anyone with information or recommendations on galleries to be used with WordPress please let me know.

Well, I decided the needed something more lake Gallery2, so I installed that and have started to put some of my photos up.  I will have more information once I get the link between WordPress and Gallery2 working.

New Blog

Well, since the move to the new server, I decided that it was time to try out a different CMS for my personal site.  I had not posted on the old one in over a year, if I rember correctly.  Maybe, just maybe I will post somthing more often now. You never know.

If you have any tips or would like to be setup as a user to be able to post comments will I work through some of the remaining issues and sites to get back online drop me an email.

Server Problems

Well, as you may notice the site looks different again and a number of sites are down.  The old server was long out of date and it is now offline.  I am in the process of moving all of the sites over to the new server.  I would like them to all be online this week, but we all no how time escapes us.