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Windows Vista

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I installed Windows Vista on my spare X86-64 box. The interface changes seem nice but unfortunately, I have a GeForce3 Ti200 in that box and it’s not a DirectX 9 part. It turns out that only DX9 and higher video cards are supported as anything better than “Standard VGA” video card. Too bad, since I was looking forward to checking out the “Aero” interface with all of...

Genealogy Software

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I started looking at genealogy software again. I have plenty of options for editing “GEDCOM(GEnealogical Data COMmunication)”:gedcom files such as “Gramps(Free Genealogy Software)”:gramps and “MacFamilyTree(Family tree software for the Mac)”:mft but what I’d really like is something integrated into this site for viewing and possibly updating family tree...

Blog Update…

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It’s time I started blogging again. I’ve wanted to get things updated and I’ve been working on it for a few weeks getting a theme I’m happy with. I’ll be cleaning things up over the next couple of days.

KIAI Grand Nationals – 2006

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The KIAI Grand Nationals happened this weekend in San Francisco. Amy was out of town for a conference in Dallas so the boys and I headed down for the weekend. We stayed at the “Miyako Hotel”: in Japantown. The boys did a great job at the tournament all day as I had to help out. I ended up placing first in kata but lost the first round of sparring and didn’t place. Another...

Some Jacob News…

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Jacob had a great progress report once again. He’s basically been done with Kindergarten since the first trimester. Jacob also had a field trip to the Sacramento Zoo. I was lucky enough to be able to go along. We had a great time on the trip. Finally, Jacob got is now a Little Dragon in karate. He graduated into that class last Wednesday. Great work, Jacob!

A Fantastic Progress Report

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Thomas came home with a fantastic progress report yesterday. Two B+’s, one A and one A+. The behaviors were all satisfactory with nothing needing improvement. Before the end of the year, there is a good chance that those two B+’s will be A-‘s. That will be awesome. We are so proud of him.

CafePress

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I have to say, I’m really impressed with “CafePress.com(Shop Sell or Create What’s on Your Mind)”:. I started looking at them a few years ago to create “items(An Afternoon to Remember Tea Room and Gifts Shop)”: for Amy just to see what could be done. I was really impressed with the speed and the results. The prices were great too. Later on, I created...

I’m in Love…

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!(floatRight)2!:3 I went to “Sam’s Club(Spawn of the Eeeeviiiillll Wal-Mart)”:1 yesterday to buy some steak for fajitas and as I was standing in the checkout line, a big-screen television was beckoning me (as they often do.) The line was unusually long so I had plenty of time to gawk at the screen from a distance. The colors were so much more vibrant than any other screens in my...

The Good Samaritan

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We were driving home the other night and I hear a horn honk behind me. I glance in my rear view mirror to see what caused it. The guy in the car behind me is holding up a sign that says, “Tail Light Out” written on a piece of cardboard. I think to myself, “Hmmm. That’s nice of the guy.” and I wave. He then points to the right side of the vehicle to point out which...

R.I.P. John E. Devine

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My grandfather passed away today. His health had been failing of late but until a couple of weeks ago, the worst problem he ever had was being a bit overweight and his kidneys having some problems. He lived over 91 years which was quite a marvel given his family history. The rest of his brothers mostly did not live beyond 65 years and his mother and father were not long lived. I joked of late...

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