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New Linux Experiment - Flick Off

Many of my peers are into technology and some of my friends are into the Green-Power Movement (Wind, Solar, Efficiency and Necessity). So this next little tidbit should be interesting for both.

After enrolling in the energy cutback incentive program with Welland Hydro I've completed another watt for volt for amp evaluation of the electrical consumption at home. Turns out we can cutback 41% without negatively impacting our way of life. Simple things like getting rid of the last of our fluorescent bulbs in favour of three volt or less LED units and the usual Suzuki list. The other major shift involves the network and computer systems. Print, Store, Publish, Share and Hosting.

I have shut down Bluemarie, the machine with the highest performance and highest power consumption (600 watt @ peak) in favour of moving the server to a Norhtec Microserver System (20 watt @ peak) and using the EEE as the main system for personal use. ALL other client PCs will be shut down, all peripherals will be switched off until use - including the Network Print System. By hosting my Photo, Music and Video collections on the high speed server systems I can have easy access to my files from everywhere. Even Video Streaming to the Wii as a home theatre device, its filled with Green-Geeky goodness.

It is only possible because of the extensible nature of the Linux based operating system for server and user options. Come back for more info on the changes.

Progressive Value

CSC Office Turns out I will be joining Joey Brown on the Brock Senate IT and Infrastructure Committee, as student representatives our influence is felt less in the implementation of IT and Infrastructure as it is in developing and approving the policies that Brock University holds in these areas. Important organizations include Facilities Management and ITS especially with regard to ongoing classroom upgrades, retrofits and repairs requiring additional funding as a capital request. Joey also shares an office with a couple other masters students in J-Block of the Mackenzie-Chown Complex. I'm glad to be working with someone as passionate if not more passionate than myself regarding infrastructure in our community.

On another note, spending an immense amount of time with Joey's girlfriend Beth this week working to complete the costumes and audio recordings for the Anime North Convention ought to be fun. Steve, Beth, Cat, James, and Kitten will be joining in the skit - which is filled with obtuse sexual humour and jokes about subtitles. Looking forward to the adventure and will report more on this after the event.

The Digital Revolution

CSC 2008 According to Professor James Bell there is a revolution, and it is digital. Bell claims that the "digital revolution is an ongoing process of social, political, and economic change brought about by digital technology, such as computers and the Internet". Ok, that was a small taste of what I will be experiencing on Tuesday evenings. To those that know me within the technical community this may seem... known. Fellow classmates seem enthralled and amazed by the new information being presented to them, which is a good sign showing the value of the course and how it should add to a degree.

Aside from the new class there is also another new CSC layout, this is a response to the removal of the TV from the gaming alcove. The TV is gone, the PC is gone as well since most students either have a laptop or are encouraged to make use of the labs that have properly licensed software with customizations for their course. The last plus is the return of shelf space to accommodate additional food stock to help prevent the shortages that occurred in the last semester.

Economics at Brock

Kurt 2008Over the weekend the big garage sale was held, and it was very successful. Many of the gizmos rendered obsolete by advances in 2007 and early 2008 went quickly offering up additional funding. Funding for mobility and system upgrades. Already have memory packs coming in for the DSlites, Screens coming for the new terminals, and additional art for Mothers day. I expect this will be another phenomenal Mothers day.

Gaming news includes the recent acquisition of Mario Kart Wii, which I admittedly value as better than SSBB. The Wii Wheel is worth more than its weight in plastic once you get past the learning curve.

On another note, my first impressions of the economics program at Brock is that this would perfectly complement politics. Engaging, Bizarre, Random. Analyzing the market for yoga mats and cream versus berries - all of it seems simple in nature. Turns out that fellow CSC exec Scott (Events/Folding) is in my Microeconomics course. Good to know there will be at least one other sane Anglo-phone in the class. I am still looking forward to Macroeconomics on Wednesdays. More news then.

I'm Back, Again

Kurt 2008 After a couple of minor disasters the website is back up, along with some extra content on a new server. There will also be a Multimedia section on the way after working with some of the folks over at Anivide. More info about the rebirth... It's kinda boring so for now just enjoy the minutes of uptime.

New Photos and Videos

Not only have I integrated the Winter photo collections but I've also managed to migrate all of the old photo sets over to my new Picasa account. With a greater emphasis on media there have been a couple of changes around the site - the forums and commenting are gone. This has been done to streamline the interface and give readers improved access to win. Speaking of win, there are more updates on the way about Anime North, Activism and Battletoads.

Check it out soon and tell your friends about KurtisMcCartney.com

The Tough Return

Taking Spring/Summer courses is a choice that I've made before and thought that I wouldn't have to make again. There is very little that I can do to avoid this and I could use a little patience as I will be attending night classes four days of the week. Along side the night courses will be a set of early classes for my science context credit.

I will still be attending the Anime North convention with the others as I agreed, although we couldn't secure a place for Alie. I will definitely have to bring something back for her.

The Scientology protests continue although my interest in the issue is waning. After a couple of months of poor media coverage I do hope that warmer months will bring this matter to and end. Anonymous as a concept is spectacular, and the information is presented in an enjoyable fashion. Nothing says 'cyberterrorism' quite like Microsoft Sam or equivalent. I will not be attending the protest, as I have an exam on that day - yes they give exams on weekends at Brock.

Any other updates? Not much - I've been able to see my family again and this will continue until May... Damn you summer classes.

Great Wii Destinations

I've been enjoying the short ripple between the end of essay season by rediscovering my Wii. Turns out in the last couple of months there have been some awesome developments. This time I decided to show some love to the Opera Browser. The following are links to some of the top hits I've come to enjoy.

Line Rider for Wii:
This is an official mod of line rider to make it much easier to manage using the wiimote.

Finetune Media Player
This is the streaming media solution that I've come to enjoy the most. I found this bit of joy after searching endlessly for a PHP client to host my own music/playlists.


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