Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hockey Schedule Published

Hockey season is starting. Greatness is expected from the following teams....

1. Go Pittsburgh Penguins!
2. Go Sewer Sharks!

What? You've never heard of the Sewer Sharks? It's part of the Findlay Ohio Men's Hockey League. If you're bored, come check out a game. Admission is free and it's full of fun and laughs for everyone.

Here's the team schedule....

Monday, September 15, 2008

xchat Settings

I use 2 IRC (Internet Relay Chat) programs. Not for "chatting", but mostly for topics I enjoy but don't see a lot of current discussions on the web.


I LOVED Usenet Newsgroups in the day. It was the best way to get information to/from people before Blogging and Google screwed it up in my opinion. The ability for any moron to put up a blog sort of ruined the web in my opinion because I can't easily filter it out. For example, let's say I was in the newsgroup back in the day. I would just simple post a note saying, "Hey, what size caliper bolt is on the 99 Chevy Cavalier?"...and I'd get back results in a day or so from people that were interested in the same things or ran across the same issues as me and they'd post a reply. We're all human.....people ask questions and people answer questions. Basic humanity at its best. Then comes Google and the Blogosphere. Now lets say I have the same problem...well...Usenet Newsgroups are basically dead (thanks a lot you sick kiddie porn freaks). So nobody caries and if they did I doubt it's full of information since nobody can get to it. So I search Google. And now I get all kinds of crap like some blogger that takes his 99 Chevy to to the repair shop and they replace his caliper and he whines about the cost or something like that. It's just not useful information. I have to go through all kinds of crap just to find what I'm looking for.

And yes - I see this as ironic - using this blog to whine about blogging. I get it, now move on the the meat of this post.


I use IRCII and XCHAT. I used to use BitchX - but I don't see that in the Ubuntu repositories and I try to stay away from non-repository items.

XCHAT has a couple of settings in the following config files you might like as well if you're a power "chatter" like myself...

In the "xchat.conf" file I set the following in addition to other preferences:

irc_conf_mode = 1

This will stop the annoying join/part messages in the chat rooms as it gets away from the meat of the discussion.

In the "servlist_.conf" file I set the following rooms to autojoin:
R=Your Name
E=UTF-8 (Unicode)

R=Your Name,#csharp,#css,#electronics,#hamradio,#iphone,#iphonedev,#linux,#mono,#monodevelop,#mysql,#programming,#ubuntu,#unix,#windows-coding
E=UTF-8 (Unicode)

The J= setting will automatically log you into the specified chat rooms. I'm always on FreeNode.Net and you'll find me in the following rooms (not necessarily all at once), but they are the types of interests I have (as of 9/15/2008)....

You'll usually find me daily on

You'll also find me on the following (my master list)


Monday, September 08, 2008

I Passed My Ham Radio Test

Saturday I took my Amateur Radio Technician Test. Missed 1 question, so I took the next level test since it didn't cost me anything, but I didn't study for it, so I only got about half right. I'll have to bone up and attempt to take the test this weekend over in Maumee if the VCE's are there.

I'm also a member of the Toledo Mobile Radio Association - thanks to the group for the free 1 year membership. That's very nice of you guys!

Currently shopping for Radios online as I want to start getting into the local ARES and StormWatch groups and was looking at hand-held units. I like the Tri/Quad Band Yaesu VX-7RB but that costs almost $300. I think it's a smart choice as it does 6, 2, 1.25 meter, and 70cm bands. It's also got Full Spectrum Receive so if I get into ARES I can monitor commercial bands in addition to AM Aircraft Civilian bands (which being an ex-Private Pilot) I still enjoy.

I may wait for the Yaesu VX-8RB to come out, but a price point hasn't been established yet. It's a compact radio and has some neat features like a built in Barometer (but I doubt how accurate that is).

Next I'm going antenna that's the most important thing to buy.

Amy keeps asking me, "Why?" Answer - I've always been fascinated by technology for whatever reason. Even today, simple things that you and I take for granted came from Amateur Radio. Broadcast Radio, Faxing, the Internet's TCP/IP reliable messaging protocol, and even more popular now-a-days VOIP (Voice Over the Internet). These are things "hams" have had for decades - yes - decades before the general public had even heard of them.

Almost 10 years back I picked up a Technician-Plus Test booklet, but didn't see the reason for learning CW (morse code for you newbies) so I put the book down and the FCC changed the test by the time I picked it up again....

So I wanted to get back into electronics theory again and ham radio was just the thing to get me going again. I just wish I had done it years ago.

Oh, and for you newbies - Amateur Radio does not mean I'm a newbie - on the contrary. I probably know more than the local Radio Station Engineer....Amateur Radio just means I cannot be paid for my efforts like "professional" radio personnel can.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Current Microsoft .NET Version Numbers

I always forget the .NET Version numbers, so here is a list up through 3.5 SP1.


.NET Framework 1.1 RTM                             ===> 1.1.4322.573
.NET Framework Service Pack 1                    ===> 1.1.4322.2032
.NET Framework included with Win2k3 SP-1   ===> 1.1.4322.2300


.Net Framework 2.0 RTM                             ===> 2.0.50727.42
.Net Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1               ===> 2.0.50727.1433

MS07-040 security patch was released in July ===> 2.0.50727.832

.Net Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2               ===> 2.0.50727.2407 

(.Net 2.0 SP 2 is *not* available as stand alone download, it is included into .Net 3.5 SP-1
It installs the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 behind the scenes )



.Net Framework 3.0 RTM                             ===> 3.0.4506.30
.NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1               ===> 3.1.21022


.NET Framework 3.5 RTM                             ===> 3.5.21022.08
.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1               ===> 3.5.30729.1