June 24, 2002

Loopy got a chance to play with my new Zaurus yesterday and he was so impressed that he ran out and bought himself one to play with. Look for Loopy to be making some video games on the Zaurus in the near future.

We had a cook out in the driveway with the neighbors today. We fired up the old grill and cooked hot dogs and hamburgers and vegi-burgers for Dominica and I. Dominica is finally admitting that she is a vegetarian now. She has officially been assimmillated {sp}. After the cook out, most of us headed up the fill to set off some fireworks for the coming holiday. We had a small collection of fireworks from a trip to Florida last summer.

June 23, 2002

I bought a wireless ethernet card for the Zaurus today. It is pretty cool. I have mentioned earlier that we have a wireless ethernet hub in the dining room so that I can use my laptop anywhere in the house or even outside. I check, the laptop works all the way out past the neighbors driveway. Which is pretty cool; it is nice to be able to work outside sometimes. So, now I have a wireless card for the Zaurus which allows me to look at web pages and check my email from anywhere at anytime. Very handy. That may be the feature that I enjoy the most. I was able to get the wireless card at Best Buy. It is a D-Link.

June 21, 2002

We have been (at work) using a Compaq iPaq handheld Pocket PC for some of our applications. We have discovered, though, that this unit is quite useless since it crashes all of the time (Pocket PC 2002 is a Windows operating system!!) and when it does, the only way to restart the machine is to disconnect the battery which erases all of the programs on the unit. And, there is no way to replace the battery. All in all, we are pretty disappointed in the device. It had a lot of potential but it fell very short. Particially because Compaq decided to build a unit exactly like Casio’s and HP’s and didn’t bother to innovate at all. The only things that they did right was drop the price and install a faster processor. But none of the features are better.

Since the iPaq fiasco, Loopy and I decided to try out the newer Sharp Zaurus PDA since it is based on the same fast hardware as the Compaq iPaq but has some enhancements (like replaceable battery, secondary battery backup, built in keyboard, available camera, etc.) and most importantly, it runs on Linux instead of on Windows! So we got the first one today. So far, we are really impressed. Comparable (if you can call it that) hardware from Compaq is $600 and the Zaurus is only $400. The Zaurus is, thus far, better in every way to the Compaq from the size, ergonomics, cost, features, look and software. The Zaurus is a great buy. We are hooked. Pocket PC can kiss my butt.

June 22, 2002

What a busy day! I starting the day in Annapolis and had to drive out to DC first thing in the morning to fix a computer that had broken (I hate Pocket PCs!!) Then I had to drive from DC to Frankfort (outside of Utica) to go to Dominica’s cousin’s graduation. So, that made for a nine hour day of driving. Whoo-hoo. I am exhausted.

June 18, 2002

Wow, no wonder everyone has been complaining that it has been so long since an update. Sorry everyone, I have been so busy that I just couldn’t get the site updated. I have even done three or so updates on different computers without having a chance to sync them up to the actual page! I have been in Pittsburgh twice, South Carolina, Winchester, VA, Washington, DC and Rochester over the last three weeks. 4000-5000 miles have been added to my little yellow car!

Last night, three of our neighbors from the house that attaches to our came over to visit. It has been so long since we had anyone live near us that I forgot that you could do that!

In belated news: Emily and Craig are going to be moving to Ithaca! Yes, Ithaca. Coors has relocated Craig out to our little corner of the world, much to their surprise. So you can be looking for them in the coming months. Scott and Leanne have just had a purchase offer on a house in Perry be accepted so they are very excited. Anne should be returning from Belgium very soon now. Natalie and Miranda are on their summer jobs so we won’t hear much from them for a little while. Nate and Bob are starting grad school in two weeks. Eric and Josh are considering school this fall. Tim has mostly moved out and will be getting married in just about a month. My cousin Gwen and her boyfriend Mike will be coming to visit us this summer. Zach will be moving in soon. Bob got a Pepsi machine (yes, a real one) so anyone who comes over can get canned soda (pop) in the garage, already chilled for just $.25. I was given a pretty decent piano by a neighbor that was moving out so I finally have one of those. Phil has been learning to play golf with Josh.

I will be leaving for Washington again in the morning. I am so glad to just have a little bit of time to myself here before I go. Boy am I exhausted! Both this weekend and last I have had to write a paper and it took everything I had just to get home so that I could work on them. Next week isn’t going to be any better either. I have a graduation party on Saturday (that I will have to drive from DC to get to), Monday I have to go to college and then two of the guys from DC are coming up, Tuesday is an all day meeting at my house, Wednesday the guys are returning to DC, Thursday I have to play a golf tournament in Rochester with Nate, Josh and Eric and Friday I might have to leave to drive down to Houston. And, of course, it will take two days to get down there and then I have to fly back.

We are no longer in a drought situation here in central New York. It has rained almost everyday for the last two weeks or more. There is SO MUCH water in the ground, the plants don’t know what to do! It has been great though, it really keeps the temperature down. We haven’t needed to run the A/C for weeks now. This is really saving us quite a bit of money.

Ok, so y’all can start coming back to the page on a regular basis again. I expect that updates will be pretty slow for at least the next ten days or so but I will do what I can to get the updates posted. So you don’t have to check everyday again until July or so. Check like every three or four days.

Dominica got her Microsoft Side Winder Game Voice that matches mine so that we can talk to each other while we are playing video games. I am very excited, I can’t wait to start using it. It is too bad that I can only have mine on the computer in my closet since her main computer and my main computer sit right next to each other we wouldn’t be able to really use the headphones. Josh and Montana Bob use the Game Voice software to talk to each other while they play games so we should be able to get them to all work together. That would be really cool.

May 30, 2002

April, the largest month in SGL history, has been archived so you can load this page a little bit easier now.

My mother is not going to be getting chemotherapy right away. Her doctor decided that it was not necessary since she has been feeling so good recently. Thank you everyone that has been praying for her. This is a really big victory.

Eric was down today but we pretty much just worked. Eric, Loopy, Min and I all managed to get lunch together at the State Street Dinner. It is pretty hard to coordinate all of those people.

Loopy is totally addicted to Dungeon Siege. The game is really good and I suggest that everyone with a fast enough machine to be able to run it should check it out. I have been playing it a bit and it is definitely the game of the moment. The graphics and sound are really amazing. I am very impressed. The game does crash (on Windows 2000 at least) rather often but if you have been saving religiously, you are usually ok. Just about everyone who has tried it has had it crash on them.

Canadian FlagToday is Natalie’s last day before she heads up north to work for the summer. So, if you need to get a hold of her, call her now! She won’t be back for a long time. A bunch of us are hoping to be able to organize a “Llama Field Trip” up to visit her. We will see if we are able to pull that off.

I have been home now for two weeks straight (with the occasional trip out to Rochester.) It is about time for me to be on the road again. The day after tomorrow, Min and I are heading out to Ohio to see my cousin Gwen graduate from high school. We can’t make it to her actual graduation so we are just aiming for the party. Then Eric and I are working in Pittsburgh during the week. Then it is off to South Carolina with Min to meet up with Francesca who is coming up for two weeks. Then it is one place after another till the month is done. I tell ya, these things really come in spurts. Never can I get settled in at home. At least I have had the chance to get my computer together, that took forever.