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Hey Mom, you know that guy I said I was bringing home for dinner? Well, I forgot to tell you that sometimes he dresses a little … ummm … oddly.

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Hey Mom, you know that guy I said I was bringing home for dinner? Well, I forgot to tell you that sometimes he dresses a little … ummm … oddly.
Computer Battery

Image by Ed Yourdon
(more details to come, as time permits)

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

I know they dress funny, Mama, but this isn’t Mumbai…
Computer Battery

Image by Ed Yourdon
(more details to follow, as time permits)

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.


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Walking home from school

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Walking home from school
Computer Batteries

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was one of many "hip shots" that I took during this stroll through the neighborhood — i.e., my lens was set to a wide-angle focus, and I just pointed the camera in the direction of this mother-and-child, while it was at hip level, and took the picture. It took a lot of cropping, and some sharpening of fuzzy edges, to make it look acceptable … but there it is.

As for the location: this is the north side of 72nd Street, just before the intersection with Columbus Avenue.

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Watch me race this cab up the street…
Computer Batteries

Image by Ed Yourdon
Walking uptown along the east side of Broadway, I stopped at a traffic light at 75th Street, and suddenly found that I was joined by a roller-skating babe who wasn’t willing to wait for the light to change…

Indeed, she actually did race the nearby taxi up Broadway, and stayed even with him for a block or two …

I wish her Godspeed and good fortune, but I have to say that it’s not a sight that you see very often at all on the streets of New York…

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

I don’t care if your dog wants a latte…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken at the entrance to one of the local Starbucks, on Broadway between 94th and 95th Street. The dog looked utterly perplexed by the converaton taking place between the four women…

This picture was published in a September 4, 2008 article entitled "Fashion Week on Prime Time TV." It was also published in an Aug 2009 blog titled "Gossip Girl Style."

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.


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Home Data Center

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Home Data Center
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Image by tuxstorm
Doesn’t every geek have a data center in their house?


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My Latest Attempt at a Home Office

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My Latest Attempt at a Home Office
Laptop Battery

Image by Zach “Pie” Inglis

Studying by candlelight
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Image by sklar
The power went out for a few hours this evening. Not surprisingly, without the internet I was a lot more productive.

Hack.lu 2008 Survival pack
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Image by Security4all
My bag for the Hack.lu 2008 Security Conference. I’m trying to pack ‘light’.

More about the event on security4all.blogspot.com/2008/10/coverage-of-hacklu-2008…


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Epson Printer TX121 – How to Scan to PC in Home Mode

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Epson Printer TX121 - How to Scan to PC in Home Mode

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My home PC

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My home PC
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Image by David Wulff
One of the servers is MIA at the moment after the PCIe riser died, bringing the backup management server down (irony!). I was able to swap the drives and controller over to a hot spare server and get back up and running in under an hour.

For the geeks… There are 26 Xeon and 8 P4 processors, 64GB of RAM and over 3TB of disk storage. The battery-backed power supplies will keep the entire rack running for 45 minutes without mains power. The room is heavily soundproofed and kept at a stable 22 degrees C.

Netbook Inside
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Image by pasukaru76
Samsung NC10 lying with the top down, hard disk removed for SSD installation.


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Day 7 – My Desk at Home

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Day 7 – My Desk at Home
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Image by Nick J Adams
My desk at home, it could do with a bit of a tidy, maybe later.

Commodore SX-64 (p1120884)
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Image by acb
AKA the "Executive 64"; the C64 reengineered into a portable. No battery, a small CRT screen, and it weighs quite a bit, but for the early 80s, it was pretty impressive.


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What was in my bag heading home on Friday

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What was in my bag heading home on Friday
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Image by plindberg
Plus my Nikon CoolPix 3100.

Apple laptop hardware is officially dead to me
Laptop Battery

Image by Coneee
This is my third MacBook wrist rest replacement. This is a picture, where you can see faint wrist rest stains after two hours of light use today. I just got my MacBook back from the repair shop.

The broken Bluetooth is fixed, and I have my new AC Adapter and Battery after the previous ones broke, but the wrist rest stains are back. Why can’t Apple fix this fucking problem? I don’t want to send in my machine every couple of weeks to get a new bit of plastic! (On the very small plus side, I get a nice new trackpad and keyboard every time they replace the wrist rests).

Please, go and vote for defective Apple MacBooks as the worst gadget of 2006 over at Engadget.

www.engadget.com/2007/04/16/the-2006-engadget-awards-vote…

Related flickr posts from my trials with the MacBook.

flickr.com/photos/coneee/392068071/
flickr.com/photos/coneee/388347110/
flickr.com/photos/coneee/391159174/


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The (Temporary) Home Office

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The (Temporary) Home Office
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Image by bellmor
My room lacks a TV, so I moved into the living room – of course, no one but me is around since the family is out in Texas moving my brother into TAMU.

Things aren’t always what they seem to be…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
About a week before this picture was taken, I saw this same woman with her two suitcases (who could forget such a lime-green suitcase) sitting in almost the same spot here in Verdi Square at 72nd Street & Broadway, reading a book or working on a crossword puzzle; click here to see the picture.

At the time, I thought she was a slightly confused, but peacefully content, tourist; now it seems that my first impression was mistaken…

And, in fact, it’s best not to leap to any conclusions: three weeks later, on August 18th, I saw this same woman (apparently wearing the same shoes and slacks) sitting wide-awake and writing busily in a notebook, on a park bench in Riverside Park, some 5 blocks north and 3 blocks west of here (click here to see it).

Note: this photo was published in an Aug 22, 2009 "Poverty in America" blog article titled "1 in 5 Americans Are Poor." It was also published in a Nov 17, 2009 blog titled "Payday Loans and Bankruptcy in Canada: No Clear Correlation."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in an Apr 10, 2010 blog titled "Mind Blowing American Wealth Disparity: The Bottom 50% Have Comparatively Nothing." It was also published in an undated (Sep 2010) blog titled "109th Street, part 3." And it was published in a Nov 22, 2010 blog titled "Prepare Yourself If You Go Abroad." It was also published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "Are there any private lenders that give student loans after bankruptcy?"

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a blig titled "Covington Cash." It was also published in an undated (late Apr 2011) blog titled "Private Student Loans Set to Stage a Major Comeback."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a May 24, 2012 blog titled "Author Archives: admin."

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Travel Guide: Desktopia
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Image by Derek Mueller


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Home Hitachi Tools – Hitachi 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill Kit

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Home Hitachi Tools – Hitachi 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill Kit

I just wanted to tell everyone how much I like the Hitachi Cordless 14.4-volt Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight. I purchased mine several years ago and use it all the time. That is a testimony to its’ rugged construction and durability. I am retired now from working in a Diesel Repair Body Shop, now I have my own Carpentry Shop and I purchased that Home Hitachi Tool because of the lightweight (3.3 lbs), well balanced, ergonomic, fatigue reducing design with little vibration. Although most of my tools were pneumatic and heavy there are many tight places that those tools would not fit.

The flexibility of this Hitachi Cordless 14.4-volt Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight made that chore easy. The 3/8″ key-less chuck is also very handy for quick changing of the bits, making less unnecessary ups and downs for bits to do the job more efficiently. Another great feature is the 22-position clutch you can set for exactly the correct screw depth to be sure you won’t damage the part or wood product.

The Hitachi Cordless 14.4-volt Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight has a class-leading 230 in/lbs torque.

Its’ two-speed transmission has an easy to use one-touch speed knob for tougher jobs that require more torque from 0-350 or 0-1050 rpm. The Batteries seem to last along time, of course the harder the job the sooner it runs down but I’m quite please with the amount of work I can get done before I have to change out the battery.

The Flashlight that comes with this kit proved also to be a great addition to my tool chest. It has several positions the light can be set to make the angle of light just right.

This Home Hitachi Tool kit comes with 2-1.4 Ah Batteries and Quick Charger, 1-Driver Bit, 7-pc Bit set and Carrying Case.

I highly recommend this Home Hitachi Tool for home or business.

Leroy Leff is a good resource to ask about the Hitachi 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill Kit.
http://www.home-Hitachi-tools.blogspot.com


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