Ruminations

 

Smart(phone) Controls

I use my phone a lot in the car to listen to music and podcasts. With subsonic I have full access to my entire music catalog which makes it a no brainer to use instead of fooling with CDs.  However I found myself really missing having physical buttons to control pause, play, and track skipping.  Aside from the convenience, it was also a little dangerous for me to be messing with my phone while driving.  Inevitably, I would end up hitting the wrong button, and that would be an even bigger distraction. … [continue reading]


– Jamie @ 12:50 PM on Jun 7, 2012
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Before Cloud Music Was Cool

Before cloud music was even a blip on the radar.  I was frustrated with the state of the art: syncing music to my devices.  I have a pretty big music catalog and it has never been possible to sync it all to a single device.  When I was traveling I’d have to decide just what it was I thought I’d want to listen to. Inevitable, I’d want to hear something I didn’t bring along.  That sent me in search of a solution, and that’s when I stumbled across subsonic.  It’s a donationware application that allows for streaming music from your home network to the Internet.   … [continue reading]


– Jamie @ 9:36 AM on Jun 5, 2012
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Twelve Days, wtf?

On Sunday I was making cookies (Snickerdoodles) and Ali had put on some Christmas music. The Twelve Days Of Christmas, The Sinatra Christmas Album version, came on, and I said to her, “I’m confused by this song. What are the twelve days of Christmas?” I went through a couple of scenarios in my head, and I finally said, “How many days are in Hanukkah?” She said, “Seven? I think.” Me, “Huh. I really don’t understand this song, where do the twelve days come from?”

Today, I was poking around on the intertubes and came across this video. … [continue reading]


– Jamie @ 9:04 PM on Dec 17, 2009

Man In The Middle

I got pulled into a problem at work yesterday. The issue is that some people (randomly) begin experiencing one-way audio on a phone call that moments before had been working fine. Packet captures revealed that when the problem occurs the audio stream makes it all the way to the IP phone, but fails to be played on the user’s handset. A colleague had analyzed the data and found an anomaly around the time the audio stopped working; the RTP timestamp in the packet jumped significantly. The working theory was that maybe the phone was confused by the time jump which caused it to quit playing the audio. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 10:37 AM on Jul 31, 2009

Devil’s Path

David and I did our annual hiking trip back in September. It was absolutely the hardest terrain we’ve ever covered. We were hard pressed to do seven miles a day. I can only imagine what it would have been like if I hadn’t made significant strides in reducing my pack weight.

In a previous post I wrote about my plans to reduce pack weight. I bought the do-it-yourself G4 pattern from Quest Outfitters. I think a sensible person would have just bought the pre-made pack from Gossamer Gear. The guys in the how-to lightweight backpack books talk about how great it is to make your own equipment, and I guess I drank the Kool-Aid. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 11:19 AM on Mar 7, 2009

Photo Album Link Clearance

I used to try and write a blog entry per photo-album, but lately I’ve got lazy. So instead you get the photo-album link clearance blog entry.

Apple picking @ Hurd’s Orchard

Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Athens, AL

Baltimore

Christmas @ Jen and Rob’s … [continue reading]

 

– Jamie @ 9:05 AM on Feb 10, 2009
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I Often Misread Things

I often misread things … today I saw the headline

Practical Steps to Mitigate Virtualization Security Risks

I read it as

Practical Steps to Mitigate Virtual Security Risks

and I’m thinking to myself why would anyone be worried about “virtual” security risks? … [continue reading]

 

– Jamie @ 1:56 PM on Feb 4, 2009

You Have To Wait For It

I just ran across this video. There is a pretty funny bit just over two minutes in, but the best part is at the end. … [continue reading]

 

– Jamie @ 12:03 PM on Jan 8, 2009
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New Years

When I was eight, Prince released 1999. This song suggested New Years Eve 1999 was going to be something for the story books. We would usher in a new century, and in the process, we would send off the previous one with a party unparalleled. I was (to quote Paul Simon) “born at the right time” — when 1999 rolled around I’d just be hitting my mid-twenties.

In the eighth grade I decided that I wanted to be an engineer. Initially, I thought chemical engineer, but after I discovered computers it quickly changed to computer engineer. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 1:11 PM on Dec 31, 2008

Donald Paul Holland

Anniston – A Memorial Service for Mr. Donald Paul Holland, 72, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at McCoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Quillin and Sandy Aids officiating.

Mr. Holland died Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Holland was retired from Baptist Health Systems. He was also a member of the Elks Club, a loyal Alabama fan, and of the Methodist faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Holland; his sister, Rose White; a brother, Daniel Holland; and a stepdaughter, Angela M. … [continue reading]

– Jamie @ 5:51 PM on Dec 12, 2008
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