30 Dec 2004 pcolijn   » (Journeyer)

Christmas

Had my last exam, trains, last Wednesday. I brought all my luggage to the exam, since I had to catch the 5:00 Greyhound out of Waterloo to catch an airport shuttle in Toronto at 7:30 to catch my flight at 9:00. After that it was serveral mad days of shopping and cooking, all culminating Christmas day in a feast for our family.

It was fun, but extremely tiring. Hopefully the rest of my time here in Calgary will be a bit more relaxing.

amps in a festive mood

My parents gave me a Rio Karma 20GB mp3 player. Unfortunately, it hasn't arrived yet so I haven't had a chance to play with it, but I'm looking forward to it. Plays ogg, flac, mp3, wma and has an ethernet HTTP interface (in addition to USB 2.0) to alleviate all your cross-platform woes :)

But possibly the coolest gift Santa brought this Christmas was the Gender Bender robot for my friend thapthim.

Gender Bender gives us a show

Skiing

Tuesday I went skiing with amps and my grampa, and it was a lot of fun. In addition it was a beautiful day and the mountains were gorgeous. I'd forgotten what crisp, winter mountain air was like, not having been skiing in several years.

View from near the top of Sunshine's angel chair

Sysadmin

My sysadmin duties for my family have begun. Spent last night doing an unconventional install of Ubuntu on my sister's laptop. Her cd-rom drive wasn't playing nicely so I had to use install floppies (blech) for Sarge and a statically-compiled debootstrap to get it going.

Today I updated my parents to Fedora Core 3, which went pretty smoothly, and before I leave I need to set up an APC UPS on the little router/DNS/SMTP server, which should be easy except it's running a 2.2 kernel, so some hackery may be required.

My parents do in fact run Linux, but that's not as amazing as it might sound, since my dad is a CS prof at the University of Calgary and he's a UNIX greybeard, so he knows what he's doing. Still, they have surprisingly few problems with Fedora these days, which is a good sign.

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