Well, it looks like I left too early and missed all of the excitement last night. It’s looking like Conehead had a heart attack last night. He got an ambulance ride up to the hospital and it looks like the doctors decided to put a stent in. Red and Redbeard have been visiting him and say he’s doing well. Scary stuff indeed…
The pictures are up from this year’s Casa Rojas Annual Birthday Bash. There were a few people who I haven’t seen down here before, like Chuck Lanter and Conehead, and a lot of regulars. The weather was a lot nicer this year and without last year’s rain we were able to hang out outside for quite a while.
I finally left at around 10:30 that night because I was just beat but the party was still going strong.
If you’re interested, the pictures can be found here.
Here’s a double review, of the movie and the theater. A friend of mine knows the folks who own the Harkins Theaters chain. They were having their grand opening weekend for the new Southlake location this weekend and she got us VIP seats for one of the shows on Saturday afternoon.
We lucked out and got to see the movie in the Ciné Capri theater with its 74 foot wide, 30 foot tall screen. The picture quality and the sound were incredible. The seats were extremely comfortable. No more AMC Theaters at Grapevine Mills. This place blows that AMC theater away.
The movie was pretty good, though there were a few things that I was wondering about, like where Nightcrawler went. There was more backstory and character building than in the last ones as well. Overall it was a great addition to the franchise and well worth the price of admission, if I’d had to pay.
After a bunch of restarts and a lot of patching and installing I’ve now got a virtualized Windows XP installation which can access the network and has Office 2003 installed on it. I’ve got a couple more programs to install, but I’m at a good point where most of my work should be possible. I’ve made a backup copy of the hard drive image just in case anything goes wrong.
Now that I’ve got the external storage working I’ve started on getting Parallels Desktop running. It’s a software package which does virtualization of just about any x86 based operating system, including my choice: Windows XP.
Installing Parallels, like all of the other Mac apps that I’ve installed is completely painless. Configuring it on the other hand has been a little bit of work. It’s not that it’s difficult to get through the configuration screens, just that there’s so much you’ve got to keep in mind when virtualizing a computer that I’m catching mistakes. The good thing is that I just reformat the virtual drive and start over.
I haven’t yet run in to any performance issues with keeping the hard drive images on the external drive. I’m just having a little trouble with getting the Student Edition of XP that I bought last year to register, but that’s because I’ve had to reinstall it a couple times on the real PC so it looks like a call to Microsoft is in order…
I’ve been working towards getting a virtualized Windows installation running for those few things that can’t run under OS X, like Visio. Since it needs hard drive space just like a real OS, I decided to pick up an external drive instead of using up some of the internal space. External space also gives me extra storage and backup room, so it’ll be good for more than just running a virtual XP machine.
I went down to the Southlake Apple Store and picked up a 250G LaCie d2 Extreme external hard drive. One of the bigger reasons why I bought the 17″ MacBook Pro was because of the FireWire 800 port and the LaCie has a FireWire 800 port on it, so access speed isn’t an issue. I’ve got it installed, which amounted to putting the base on the unit’s body (a solid feeling aluminum case) and plugging in the power and FireWire cables. After turning it on and plugging it in I now have an extra 240 gigs of space to play with. The drive is fast. It took me about 3 minutes to copy 5 gigs over to it, so I’m not worried about access speed.
I just finished POS/440 C++ Programming, and I’m really glad it was in the degree plan. I didn’t know much about C++, having come from doing purely C programming and some exposure to Objective-C years ago. C++ is pretty interesting, and I think that with the new Mac I’ll be writing some software using it soon.
I had to go up to American Eagle Harley-Davidson to pick up a 180 main jet today. The 175 just wasn’t cutting it, pinging all over the place, running really hot, and fuel mileage in the mid 50’s. I’m not going to trash my new engine running like this, so it got swapped. It looks like the 180 main/45 slow plus 93 octane’s cured the problems. It’s still running a little warm so I’m going to put on an oil cooler at some point.
I finally got my Palm TX to sync with the MacBook tonight, thanks to Mark/Space‘s Missing Sync software. It allows you to sync your Palm (and other handhelds and phones) to the native Mac applications like Address or iCal. Setup was painless, everything just worked the way it should, and now I’ve got all my contacts and calendaring backed up again.
I rolled past the 500 mile limit of the break-in on the way home today so I spent the evening changing the oil once more and replacing the 170 main jet with a 175. I’m getting a little pinging and so I’m hoping this will cure it. If not, a 180’s next and then I’ll start messing with retarding the timing a little.