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Whoo Hoo! The first seed catalog of the season arrived today!

Okay, so it's only the Stokes seed catalog, and they tend a lot more towards the commercial grower and nursery market, but it still counts for something!

This is the sign that it is the start of the winter dreaming of next year garden season. A time for hibernating on the couch, covered with blankets, sipping hot chocolate and deciding on way too many different varieties to order.

Well, I would be hibernating except for the fact that my plan for this winter is to set up at least three more 18'x3' garden beds and two 24'x3' beds and turn two old boat trailer tents into cheap greenhouses. If I'm lucky I will finish half of that.

Sony and copyright

There really is some incredible irony that Sony is going through such incredibly stupid steps to try and protect their "Intellectual Property" when their most famous foray into the world of copyrights was when they won the BetaMax decision that allowed for Fair Use recording of programs off the air.

And now they are doing everything they can to keep the end user from being able to achieve anything similar without Sony getting to to install a rootkit on your system.

To top it all off, it also appears that their rootkit itself violates copyright through the use of LGPL code written by someone else without meeting the requirements of the license.

Gotta love the chiropractor

Either snowshoeing or the drive back and forth to Mt. Rainier did a number on my back. My low back was out of alignment as well as one of my ribs.

It took Scott a little more effort than usual, but he got them both to loosen up just enough, so that as my muscles relax, everything is getting much better. Ahhhh.

Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier

On Friday when we were both feeling rather crappy, it was seeming very unlikely that we were going to be able to make it up to Mt. Rainier this weekend to do some snowshoeing. But as luck would have it, we both woke up feeling well enough to give it a try.

Since we got a late start, we just went up a little past the bridge over the Nisqually river and snowshoed around the scenic bypass loop. Since we are both a bit out of shape, it turns out that it was quite enough.

There was about 2 feet of powder on the ground, some scattered rain showers with ice pellets mixed in, and occasional gusts of wind that were probably around 20 knots. In other words enough weather to know that you are outside, but still nice enough to enjoy being outside.

Load balancing printers

Laurie just called with an interesting question. At the library they have 3 network printers, and basically what they want to do is load balance them, which I had never really though about doing with network printers.

Sure, it makes sense to do it with a print server and a bunch of printers connected to that server, but it had just never occured to me to try that with network capable printers.

Well, with a little searching, it appears that it shouldn't be all that hard to do using some chap old box with linux on it along with samba and cups. Samba to talk to the windoze clients and cups to do the load balancing.

Critters in the wall

We have some sort of critter in the wall between my computer room and the living room. My guess is that it is either a mouse or some sort of bug that got in the wall.

Laurie crawled down under the house yesterday, but she couldn't find any sign of mice in that area from underneath, so in the next day or so we will try from up in the attic.

I'm not really a fan of anything that kills mice and leaves them to rot and stink where I cannot easily reach them, and our attic ain't that easy to reach.

What I think I'll try first is a solution that many people on the web seem to swear by, peppermint oil dripped on cotton balls. It seems that rodents are supposed to be allergic to peppermint and spearmint. I'm sort of wondering if it is in fact any mint, since we have quite an excess of catnip around that I could quite easily sprinkle up in the attic.

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