Turkish Coffee Achieved

Monday, January 31, 2011 

Mission Accomplished.

Posted at 18:55:25 GMT-0700

Category: photoPlacesPlanesTravel

kitty says whut

Sunday, January 30, 2011 

Sony Nex5 ISO 12,800 dim indoor lighting.

Posted at 00:31:16 GMT-0700

Category: Catsphoto

Cat Napping

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 

Posted at 22:08:36 GMT-0700

Category: photo

Red Pepper Grill

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 

Burrito nom nom

Posted at 20:31:38 GMT-0700

Category: PositiveRestaurantsReviews

It’s Tops!

Saturday, January 22, 2011 


Tragically more than a decade after I took this picture on my way in for a delicious hamburger after a long flight, It’s Tops was killed, having survived 85 years in business, by Covid, like Gaylord’s Caffe Espresso.  This is a huge loss for San Francisco.  It was one of my favorite places.  For more than a decade my schedule would take me out SFO for part of the week and on my return, driving back to Oakland, I always looked forward to stopping at It’s Tops for a welcome home Hamburger.  Over the years I got to know the staff and some of the regulars, who were frequently colorful and diverse and entertaining.
It’s tops was family owned from the founding in 1935, It’s tops weathered wars and social upheaval and changing demographics and was an anchor of temporal stability.  Walking in was like going back in time in decor and service and quality of food. Seeing the neon sign lit in the dark after a long trip would brighten a tired heart.
Posted at 22:10:33 GMT-0700

Category: PositiveRestaurantsReviews

OpenSSL 1.0.0_4 Install Issues

Sunday, January 16, 2011 

Updating my server’s install of OpenSSL on FreeBSD 8.1 to 1.0.0_4 (openssl-1.0.0c) I ran into a problem where some of the patch files had been updated but the distinfo file in /usr/ports/security/openssl hasn’t (hadn’t?) been updated to match.

The symptoms are that the update of OpenSSL fails with two errors:

  • tls-extractor.patch line count is 1235, distinfo says 1234,
  • dtls-sctp-20.patch SHA256 hash is wrong,
  • (the tls-extractor.patch hash is wrong too, but the line count hits first).

- SHA256 (openssl-1.0.0c/tls-extractor.patch) = bb1aa486327fd96f9d6b870f0a1ad2c83dd4c06a96284eb64dde3f833ba5e0d0
- SIZE (openssl-1.0.0c/tls-extractor.patch) = 1234
- SHA256 (openssl-1.0.0c/dtls-sctp-20.patch) = 3b451618b64d7dbc917942759c26cbc717be3077e9d73cb3c5bd12a82a132268
+ SHA256 (openssl-1.0.0c/tls-extractor.patch) = b7dfb15b6ab7d62348eaa191fc8ba06565c92ecdd5d08bb5e9eb01a2e7433bb2
+ SIZE (openssl-1.0.0c/tls-extractor.patch) = 1235
+ SHA256 (openssl-1.0.0c/dtls-sctp-20.patch) = f002b13fead7c08270a9cfaf556be49c62be5b46f492ad59db29af4d3e9a4e67

Posted at 19:28:58 GMT-0700

Category: FreeBSDTechnology

Fixed Graphics Card

Sunday, January 9, 2011 

New_Caps_Installed.jpgSeven New Capacitors, some desoldering (one replacement solder sucker), and a little soldering back and the card is better than new.  Note the 10V upgrade too.  They’re a little tall, but AGP cards usually have plenty of room.   The extra headroom cost several cents.

works.jpgIf you discover that your silvery FZ (saicon) caps are blown up, just replace em. It’s part of the adventure of modern computing.

Posted at 23:27:31 GMT-0700

Category: Fabrication

PDF thumbnails borked?

Friday, January 7, 2011 

If you have a 64 bit version of windows (x64) and you’re not seeing Acrobat/pdf thumbnails integrated into your shell/explorer view of folders and find that sad :( then this should make you happy :)

Posted at 22:10:23 GMT-0700

Category: Technology

Cell phone/changing room

Friday, January 7, 2011 

This is totally awesome.


People actually used it too – a small, lockable, private room in a public place? Amazing! No “look at my feet” slot under the door either, no evidence of a camera in the room. There was a small desk and power for a laptop and if you were having a noisy conversation or needed to change you could lock yourself in.

It wasn’t completely soundproof, so not quite the unguarded utility closet of Six Feet Under, but still a very nice asset and productivity was enhanced by other people using it rather than entertaining me with their conversations.

Posted at 17:11:28 GMT-0700

Category: PlanesPositiveReviewsTravel

Central Park in the Snow

Friday, January 7, 2011 


Snow falling on Central Park from the 24th floor.

Posted at 11:52:10 GMT-0700

Category: photoPlacesWeather