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Happy New Year 2011!

Here we stand at the precipice of 2010, staring over the edge into the awaiting 2011 year.  What promises does 2011 hope to fulfill.  2010 has been such a banner year.   We will look back on it in 10-15 years and reflect on what a simpler time it was.  We will remember with fondness at the simplicity of it all and contrast it with our busy and complicated lives. 

2010 was the year that Andrew made his acting debut in Aladdin and I was amazed at his performance and singing.  He has a very good stage presence and attitude.  Andrew's athletic ability is also amazing - he did very well in baseball this season, but he really does well in Soccer and Swimming.  I hated swimming growing up, due in part to an over-zealous and abusive grandfather, and to see my children swim through the water like dolphins, with such grace and beauty, drives me to tears.  It is so beautiful.  Andrew learned to officially dive and he shaved a lot of time off his records from last year. 

Erica saw her televis…

Merry Christmas - Rejoice in the Lord

It is 12:42 AM as I begin to write this and I am here to help proclaim the celebratory birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Tonight, we attended the 10 PM mass at St. Mary's in Los Gatos, CA - due mostly to the fact that my father-in-law was accompanying the choir with his masterful piano work.  I didn't want to go.  But what a joyous event it was.  To honor the birth of our Lord... No, more than that, to sit in awe of the amazing story of his birth.   No room for the holy family to have a room and standard accommodations - forced to use a stable and hay in a manger for a bed.  Such super humble beginnings for GOD on earth.  The son of the Lord.  How amazing and yet how fitting and triumphant.

I sat in church tonight listening to the choir and thanked GOD for all my blessings and my family.  How lucky have been for the past 38 years - I had a loving mother and father who loved each other deeply and instilled in my all that I am today - a love for Christ and more than that, a love f…

New Site - Quick Note

Hi All,

I just wanted to send out a quick note that I updated my website - moved it from my home based LINUX server to a more robust system.  I have decided, after a long internal debate, to start using GOOGLE APPS (premium edition) for our e-mail hosting, and blogger for my blog, thereby removing any public facing services from my home system.

I had a disk failure a few days ago and found out that my disk not only failed (it was mirrored) but upon reboot, that the journal file system replayed old data and overwrote my mail for the entire week - I lost about 6 days of mail - found out that this was unacceptable for me.  I needed something a bit more robust.  I do have to admit, I have been using LINUX as my main server at home for about 6 years - and I have not had a problem to this point.  I just don't have any more time to troubleshoot and deal with this, given my position at my company and the responsibilities I have with my friends and family.

My Son's 5th Birthday Party Cake

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Every year, I like to make a cake for my children's birthdays.  Today was the day I created Ryan's.  The theme set for Ryan's party was Spider-Man.  I baked the cake last night, and frosted today.  The frosting was a mixed bag.  I think the overall cake was successful, but I wasn't entirely happy with it... maybe next time.

I created a video of the 'making of' the cake, but was very pissed off to find that YOUTUBE had declared the AUDIO PORTION of my upload to be in violation of some copyrighted bullshit. So here is the video but with some funky music:




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In Which an Engineer Starts His Career

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For Ryan's 5th birthday (last week), Grandma gave him WAFFLE BLOCKS from Little Tykes.  He has been a building fool ever since.

Today, he came into the office and asked me to come and look at his latest creation and I was simply, blown away.  He created this with no help or assistance from anyone:



A Geeky Dad is happy!

A Father's Day Message - God's Blessings to All

Father's Day is here and felt it fitting to write about what this day means to me.  Last night, I sat awake thinking about the future and my first born, Andrew who is now 10 years old and on his way to the 5th grade.  In 8 short years, he will be graduating from high school and moving on to college and out of the home and for me, that was a frightening thought that brought instant sadness to my heart.

This sadness welled up from a flood of images and memories of a little boy watering his dad's roses, and another of a 3 year old, in rain gear, stomping around puddles at our Roseville, CA home.  The thought of seeing my son walk away from me, pained me to no end.  Even now, writing about it, hurts. I cannot keep him forever and at some point, I will have to let go as he begins to take flight without Mom or Dad around.  For years, this life has been dependent on me and has given me his unconditional love.  What am I so afraid of?  If we walk in GOD's light and I have taught hi…

iPAD - Quick Take 2 - Thoughts and Impressions

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OK - I have now had the iPad for about 3 weeks and I like it a lot.  It is a very unique device and is a great addition to my arsenal of I.T. tools.  It offers me quick access to SSH, LOGMEIN, my Web based HelpDesk application as well as my e-mail.

But the shine has worn off and I am met with a few regrets and maybe some future ideas?

First Bitch - The Cable that comes with the iPad works with all my iPods - so it is 'backwards compatible' - However, the same cannot be said for the other cables (of which I have a shoebox full of them).  This pisses me off to no end, because here I have spent a lot of money in support of great products and I have definitely gotten my money's worth (in terms of my iPods and iPhones), but the fact that I now only have 1 cable that will work with the iPad - is just stupid!  Apple's plan?  Buy a sync cable compatible with the iPad - $19.00

I don't think so - I have found (from a friend at work - thanks Tejas!) that a company called GTMAX m…

iPad Day - April 3, 2010

It has finally arrived and I have to say that Apple has created another device which is truly going to be a game changer.  I placed my 'reservation' about a month ago and with baited breath, drank of all the reports and prophesies of the coming iPad.  Pictures of it in the wild - performance statistics - 'delay reports' from manufacturing and finally this week the great Marketing engine of Apple, itself, crank up into high gear.

I watched last night as the news reports highlighted the Apple Fanatics camped outside the retail outlets waiting for their forthcoming chance to obtain the new device.   I was worried.  Why?  Would I get there at 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM to find my reservation was for naught, like the infamous Jerry Seinfeld episode where Seinfeld reserves a car, but they don't have it and he starts to lecture the counter person on the meaning of a reservation.

I thought to myself - should I go down and sit with these people and commune?  Then I figured - what wi…

Open Letter to S.C. Supervisor Ken Yeager

Today I awoke to what can only be described as another assault upon our choice and ultimately our responsibility as human beings.  Santa Clara Supervisor Ken Yeager has taken it upon himself to spearhead legislation that will ultimately ban the "happy" part of the "Happy Meal" - namely, the toy! 

Here is my open letter to Mr. Yeager in a plea for sanity:
Dear Mr. Yeager,

I do not work for the fast food industry.  I did about 22 years ago when I was in high school, but that has no bearing on my plea to stop the insane legislation you are proposing.

I am a 37 year old male who grew up in Santa Clara Valley and current reside there.  I have three children, ages 10, 7 and 4 and I place a lot of value in their health and happiness.  My wife and I make their lunches every day and provide a balance between fun and healthy items within that lunch. 

As a parent, it is my responsibility to ensure that my kids are taught right from wrong, fact from fiction, and healthy from not.  …

St. Patricks Day

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Got my beef! Thanks to my mother-in-law!

She loves me!

Some Days - All Depresses

Some days, the weight of existence is falls hard and reality sets in.  Growing up as a child of the 80's, I watched a lot of TV and found solace in shows like Little House on the Prairie and movies like the Lost Boys and Lucas.

Two deaths have hit home hard this week.  Corey Haim died yesterday and today was Merle Olson.  For the uninitiated, Corey was an 80's movie star who was age 38 at the time of his death yesterday.  Merle Olson, amongst playing in the NFL for the RAMS, also played in Little House on the Prairie and some other shows.

I also have a head cold which doesn't enlighten my darkened mood.  I pray for both of their souls that they find the peace with GOD they could not have here.   Life is a many splendid thing and our existence is very short and fragile - how peaceful this world would be if we all understood that and embraced it.

Sad.

40 Days of Lent: Day 7

What is prayer?  What does it mean to you?

Is it a personal conduit to the Lord or a form of personal meditation?

Is it how you ask for things, or thank the maker for his gifts?

How do you use prayer?

Today's reading is very interesting because it shows Jesus teaching his disciples how they should pray.  Not prayer for the sake of prayer, but a meaningful prayer that says it all - it praises God, asks for forgiveness, and prayers for guidance and understanding.  The reading is from Matthew 6:7-15
Jesus said to his disciples:

7"And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us…

40 Days of Lent: Day 6

Today marks the Holy Day of the Feast of The Chair of Saint Peter, the Apostle.  While we reflect through Lent, our yearning to strengthen our relationship with Jesus, we must take notice and also reflect upon the prophetic words and beauty, spoken by Jesus to Peter:

Peter 5:1-4
13(A) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"14And they said, "Some say(B)John the Baptist, others say(C) Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."15He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"16Simon Peter replied,(D) "You are(E) the Christ,(F) the Son of(G) the living God." 17And Jesus answered him, (H)"Blessed are you,(I)Simon Bar-Jonah! For(J) flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,(K) but my Father who is in heaven.18And I tell you,(L)you are Peter, and(M)on this rock[a]I will build my church, and(N)the gates of(O)hell[b]shall not prevail against it.19I wi…

40 Days of Lent: Day 5 - Sunday

Today marks the first Sunday during Lent and the appropriate time to tell the story of Jesus and his 40 days in the desert with the devil.  I find that in life, we are all put to the test of our faith.  Faith that the Lord has a plan and knows all that is occurring.  Is it the 'plan' that we would see unfold?  No.

I watch the news and see a 2 year old killed by a falling tree and I pray and ask God, WHY?  Is it my place to ask this question?  Is my faith so shallow that I ask an all powerful and loving father, why he allows this to occur? Is my faith lacking, that I question the Lord how these things can be allowed to occur?

When we pray to GOD, we enter into a very personal relationship with the LORD.  It is a unique relationship in which we find solace and meaning and the act of praying helps clear the mind and for me, reboot my soul.   We live by faith and not by sight.  Why should we believe that in order to have our faith, a visible miracle should occur.  How is it that we …

40 Days of Lent: Day 4

I just read today's reading several times and I found great words buried in not only the subtext of the New Testament, but in the explicitness of the Old Testament readings.

The first reading if from Isaiah 58:9-14:
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 "If you keep your feet from breaking th…

40 Days of Lent: Day 3

Today's reading deals with what will become a theme throughout the New Testament.  In laymen terms, OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW.

Jesus preached quite often of not clinging to the Old Testament, but rather they should listen to his teachings and parables today as the new word, come to fulfill the old word.  The reading of the day comes from Matthew 9:14-15
Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast"
Can you imagine the difficult time in which Jesus was preaching and the  utter turmoil the people were dealing with.  Occupation by the Roman forces, corruption and hypocrisy by the Pharisees and priests of the period. What an opportunity to strike out and say, that was the old ways and…

Apple's Epic Spelling Error

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Not that I can speak to having a keen sense of 'spelling' correctly, but you would think that Apple would have someone double checking their display banners on their home page:

Better LUCKS next time.

40 Days of Lent: Day 2

Today's Gospel calls us to do something that we would find very limiting given our propensity to be instantly gratified.  It is a very simple mandate by Jesus, but one in which even the most worthy will find much difficulty. 

Taken from Luke 9:22-25:
Jesus said to his disciples:

"The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised."

Then he said to all,

"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?"
Wow.  Who can do that?  I know that I have tried, but have fallen far short of where I wish I could be.  There are so many things calling upon me daily that I find it virtually impossible to follow through. 

For instance - I write this on the 6…

40 Days of Lent: Day 1 “Ash Wednesday”

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"What are you giving up for LENT?"

"I don't know... what are you giving up?"

"I gave up chocolate last year - don't think I want to do that again!"

The question rings out every year to millions of Catholics. Why do we 'choose' to give something up or do something for a self-penance?

I have decided to do something more transformative for myself and for my family. This is an experiment that will require my time and dedication to see it through to fruition. It won't be easy and will be a daunting challenge, but at the end, I think the result will be reward enough.

I have decided to focus on the 40 days of LENT and talking about the readings of the day and how that matters in my life and how I can better live my life through the word of GOD. Not just abstaining from something... but leading a transformation in my soul to be a better father, a better husband and a better person.

DAY 1 - Ash Wednesday
There are two readings that strike out at m…

Malywarebytes Forums - for the birds

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So I am working on a particularly troubling spyware issue and found myself on the doorsteps of the Malwarebytes Forum pages. 

I had been working on removing a very nasty piece of spyware and ran into a few issues that I saw another user was running into - and the fix that was being given to that user was a sledgehammer when a screwdriver was required (metaphorically speaking).

So I decided to give a reply with my solution to his immediate problem.  Signed up on their forums, got a user account and verified my account when I got the message in my inbox and then... posted my quick fix reply for this users problem.

An hour later... I got this NASTY GRAM in my e-mail inbox:
Pardon my being cantankerous, but we only allow authorized people to help in the HijackThis forum.

I have deleted your response to the topic [url="http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=38661"]Your PC Protector.exe[/url]. Please do not give me reason to be more cantankerous than I already am. ;)

The er…

iPad is another Apple Evolutionary jump forward

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I don't care if you hate Apple or not.  They seem to have the innovative MOJO that everyone is attempting to capture.  In most cases, that MOJO is monopolized by a company that is used to setting the bar in terms of technological and sociological advances. 

In my 37 years, I have yet to see any single company that innovates like Apple does.  We had the Apple I and Apple II years ago (my first touch of a computer system), followed by the development of the Macintosh Computer system in 1984.  A flurry of advancements in processing power, capability and functionality spurred Apple forward through the 80's and early 90's.  During the Early 90's it really seemed like Apple was losing it - bad marketing, execution, development almost laid waste to what was an awesome company...  Only with the return of Steve Jobs and his electrifying personality, did Apple find new life and a new found resurgence. 

With the advent of Mac OS X, new Apple computer designs and increased stabili…

End Of Democracy, Beginning of Republic

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What is certain to be a death knell to our democratic way of living, the supreme court took it upon themselves to extend the 1st amendment (Free Speech) to corporations. The decision allows for the unlimited giving of funds to a campaign to further the agenda and cause of a political party, person, or proposition.

What does this mean? Just that the large corporations with gobs of money can now steer a political candidate and fund their own agenda around the democratic process and essentially drown out John Q. Public from ever being heard.  Your vote just became that less important to the candidate - why would a candidate try to fight for the individual when he can focus on several large corporations and secure all the funding he needs - it isn't that you will be flagrantly ignored... you will just be lost in the shuffle.

Think about it - if a technology company wanted to get a bio-chip installed in all Americans, all they need to do is find a candidate, throw gobs of money at t…

Mac Tablet Predictions

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Have you heard the latest about the Apple Macintosh tablet project to be (hopefully) announced on the 26th of January?

There is a lot of speculation around the Internet concerning the project and I have to tell you that with each and every new posting, the fervor is rising and I am getting my credit card ready... erh... I mean... excited about the possibilities.

But... I think some people might be giving Apple a lot more credit than they are due and I am concerned by some of the conceptual drawings and hopeful inclusions.

I think it will be a slim device, much like an iPhone/iTouch device - a skoshe bit larger (depth) and probably about 8-9 inches.  It will be a full touch screen - no doubt.  Would be cool if they have a stylus, but Apple has never released a stylus before (except with the Newton).  I also think that the OS, based on Mac OS X, will not be a full blown Mac OS X implementation.  It will be more like the iTouch/iPhone OS - but multi-tasking.  I would be surprised if you cou…

Street Gutter Sailboats

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As a child, I had many opportunities for stretching my imagination and enjoying the great outdoors.  in the late 70's and early 80's, we didn't have a computer.  There was no Internet.  Even when these items did start appearing in the form of an early Commodore or BBS dial-ups, our family tended to be behind in the curve.  It wasn't that my parents were no interested, but they did not have the means to 'splurge' on frivolous toys.

Today, our children don't necessarily have that same stretch of the imagination we grew up with.  There world could be defined by the very four corners of their video avatar, or online game play.  Their boundaries are world wide as they send messages back and forth to people who could very well be around the world.  When a digital message can be transferred 10,000 miles away and reach its destination within 10 seconds - that is amazing.

I hearken back to a simpler time, though - which is a paradox in an of this very 'blog entry&…

Ryan Teeple Pictures

Spent some time yesterday, out and about at the local park, taking some informal headshots of Ryan for his modeling card...  These are my amateur pics.

Enjoy!
Bill

Budget Czar Father's Child Out Of Wedlock - WHO CARES?

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Why is this news that the budget Czar for the Obama Administration had a girlfriend - they broke up - he found someone else and became engaged and then found out his ex had a child.

Why is this news? Anyone?

Is it morally suspect that people are having sex outside of a union?  Yes, but newsworthy?  I could see it as newsworthy on like the Valley Catholic or some religious news agency, but MSNBC and the Today Show have to trump it up to garner viewership.

WHO CARES!

What is really mind-boggling is the comments from readers in the comments section (found on newsvine) from all sorts of nuts?!?  "If this was G.W.'s administration..." or "It will be great when Obama is out of office in 2012" and all sorts of bullshit statements that have nothing to do with either the administration or the job the Budget Czar is performing.

Stick to the facts and if the facts are actually newsworthy, print them - this isn't newsworthy - it is time consuming drivel for a reality-show, …

iPod 5G Nano - Great... but that built-in speaker...!

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So, I am walking through my local Albertson/Lucky's Supermarket, shopping down my favorite aisle (the cookie aisle, for the uninitiated) and all I hear is Christmas Music.  To be precise, it was "Do They Know It's Christmas?".  I am thinking to myself...  It is January 6, 2010, a full 2 weeks past Christmas... What the hell is Lucky trying to do - keep the Christmas spirit running into January?

And I thought... why not... Most commercial organizations start their Christmas music around early November, well before the Christmas season.

As I am moving down the aisle, I find myself singing to the music and eerily the music system in the grocery market sounded very close and it was moving with me... WTF?

Turns out that the music was emanating from my 5G iPod Nano.  The 5G iPod Nano not only comes with a video camera - that takes so, so videos, but it also has a built in microphone and speaker.

So if the iPod is in my pocket and I accidentally hit the PLAY button - my nether …

Giant Cupcake - Christmas from Maryland!

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Thank you, my family from Maryland. 
Here is a tribute to your great Christmas Gift to me!



The Making of the Giant Cupcake 1-31-09

Happy Twenty Ten - Be Generous

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Today feels different. 

I have one phrase that I want to become synonymous with the next decade:

BE GENEROUS

Be generous with your time - as you spend it with your family, friends and loved ones
Be generous with your love - don't hold back your true feelings for someone -
Be generous with your spirit - sharing your spirit will enlighten yours and other person's lives
Be generous with your wisdom - share it with people, wisdom not shared is wastedBe generous with your peace - peace will save us all - war will lead us only to destruction
Be generous with your self - do not forget that you too need time, love, spirit and wisdomToday is January 1, 2010.

Let us all believe in ourselves that we can - as a collective - make a difference and change in the world and take that step together!  Start with the above few items and be the change.  Then, pass it on.

God Bless,
Bill