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Ohio Linux Fest

Any Fedora folks that are flying into Columbus on Friday for the Ohio Linux Fest and needs a ride from the airport, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Get to know a Fedoran.

Brian PeppleName: Brian Pepple
IRC Nick: bpepple
IRC Channels: #fedora-devel, #fedora-admin, #telepathy, #fedora-meeting, #fedora-qa on FreeNode. #fedora-desktop, #gnome-hackers on GimpNet.
Location: Columbus, Ohio.

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FESCo Election Results

The results of the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo)
election are in: Bill Nottingham, Kevin Fenzi, Dennis Gilmore, Brian
Pepple, and David Woodhouse have been elected to full two-release terms,
and Jarod Wilson, Josh Boyer, Jon Stanley and Karsten Hopp have been
elected to a one-release term.

The full GPG-signed information from our election coordinator, Nigel
Jones, including vote totals, is located here:
http://bpepple.fedorapeople.org/fesco_results/fescof10results.txt.asc

The first meeting for the new FESCo will be this Thursday at 17:00 UTC
in #fedora-meeting on irc.freenode.org, where they will elect a new
chair, and decide on the time for future FESCo meetings.

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Off to Boston

Just heading out the door on my way to the airport. Hope to see everyone at FUDCon!

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How Long Until Kelly Writes About This?

From the AP:

Manuel Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.’s online DVD rental service 2 1/2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged. That’s because the $17.99 monthly fee that he pays to rent up to three DVDs at a time would amount to an even bigger bargain if the company didn’t penalize him for returning his movies so quickly.

Netflix typically sends about 13 movies per month to Villanueva’s home in Warren, Mich. – down from the 18 to 22 DVDs he once received before the company’s automated system identified him as a heavy renter and began delaying his shipments to protect its profits.

The same Netflix formula also shoves Villanueva to the back of the line for the most-wanted DVDs, so the service can send those popular flicks to new subscribers and infrequent renters.

The little-known practice, called “throttling” by critics, means Netflix customers who pay the same price for the same service are often treated differently, depending on their rental patterns.

Since I know that Kelly is quite the movie buff, I’m sure he’s been screwed by the man on this one.

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Added Google AdSense…

I’ve been playing around with Google’s AdSense this evening to see what ads they would recommend for my site based on my entries.  Should be sorta interesting to see what they throw on there.  I’ll probably continue to screw around with it for the next week or so, and then decide whether to keep it around here.

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I’m surprised it’s even worth this much….

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My blog is worth $1,129.08.
How much is your blog worth?

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Out Into The Woods

VelociRaptor

After finally healing and getting over a nasty case of poison ivy from my last ride at Alum, I figured it was about time to head out there again. In addition, I finally got around to replacing my old tires with a new set of WTB VelociRaptor’s. Of course, this wasn’t an easy project since WTB tires are a real pain-in-the-ass to get on & off the rim.

Regardless, this time I figured I’d ride a little more conservatively, since I didn’t really want to get laid-up again. Having a new set of tires made a world of difference out on the trails, since the trail is thickly covered in leaves and my old tires were pretty much bald. Here’s a photo to give you an idea of how many leaves are already down. Pretty soon, it’s gonna be just about impossible to even see the trail.

chloe

In less pleasant news, we had to put my mother’s cat, Chloe, to sleep yesterday. She was about 20 years old, and her health had seriously deteriorated the last couple of months, so it wasn’t totally unexpected.

During the weeks while I waiting for my leg to heal, I spent some time watching some of the various tech video podcasts that are out on the web. Pretty amazing just how many there are. Some of the ones I’ve sampled have been TWiT (the one with Lawrence Lessig is worth watching. Here’s a link to the bittorrent), commandN, Diggnation, DigitalLifeTV and NerdTV. Most of the video podcasts seem to be done by refugees from TechTV, but it is interesting to see what content is being made available out on the web.

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Bikes & Barbeque

RibFest 02

Went riding today, and decided to head downtown for the Columbus Jazz & RibFest. Pretty amazing how many people were down there, considering how hot and humid it was. The hardest part was deciding which vendor to get some barbeque from. You can’t really tell from the photo to the right, but there where vendors almost all the way to buildings in the background, and in addition there were more on the other side of the river. I figured since I still needed to ride home (around 8 miles or so), I would refrain from getting a half-rack of ribs, and go with a shredded beef sandwich from the Texas Thunder booth.

RibFest 01

Unfortunately, between the sandwich, oppressive heat, and a strong headwind, the ride home was rough. I must have only had an average speed of 12 mph. Depending how the weather is tomorrow, I might head down there again, and sample some of the vendors on the west-side of the river.

Picked up a copy of The Clash on Broadway from the library this week. Very cool, has pretty much every Clash song you can think of on it.

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Back Home

Ken 02

Made it back to Ohio last night, and have been greeted by rain and power-outages. Yuck.

Over the weekend, Ken and I ended up riding around 55 miles, so I didn’t really have the energy to write any posts before returning home. Here’s a photo of Ken at the top of a hill in EDH from our ride on Sunday. You can’t really tell, but those are tree tops right behind him.

Today, I’ve started to look at getting my rear bike rim replaced, but unfortunately, it looks like I might need to special order it. The shop is estimating that it will take approximately about 2 weeks to receive it. Arrrgh! Additionally, it looks like it will cost around $70 for the rim, and around $40 for labor. So I’m left with a dilemma, for just a little more I can just about get a whole new rear wheel, or have my wheel rebuilt with the existing hub. Figure I’ll have to do some more looking around, and make a decision by the weekend.

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