Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Frickin' Radiator!

While driving into work this morning, my dashboard suddenly lit up like a Christmas tree. Seemed odd, but the car was running just fine.
I figured I had developed an electrical short, that is, until I hit a red light and saw that the cars thermostat was similarly in the red.

I managed to nurse the car into work, where upon popping the hood I could see water dripping from the top tank and could hear the radiator boiling away like a percolator.

I don't think I really want to try to get the car the 32 miles back to Morgan Hill to have my local shop look at it.

I guess I need to find a Sunnyvale shop.

Monday, August 28, 2006

PicasaWeb Test

I'm also trying out Google's PicasaWeb. There is no question that Picasa is one of the best local photo managers, but the 250MB limit on PicasaWeb seems a bit stingy (especially considering the 2G Gmail limit.)

Check out PicasaWeb and Flickr and let me know which you like best.

Here is the Glass Beach album.

Glass Beach
Sep 10, 2005 - 34 Photos

Amazon S3

Spent time over the weekend reading up on Amazon's new(ish) S3 (Simple Storage Service.)
Basically it's web based storage priced at $.15 / Gigabyte Month and $.20 / Gigabyte bandwidth. It's only accessible via their APIs (SOAP and REST) but a number of front ends have been created (including the S3Organizer Firefox extension.)

I think this as potential as storage and processing for the PACT project at work. I was able to create a proof of concept script that uploads files via http using the curl utility. I think this could replace the Autosubmit via ftp logic.

S3 combines very nicely with the new Amazon EC2 (Elastic Computing Cloud) service that just went into beta. It basically allows you to have on-demand computing (ala Sun Grid) for Linux systems. Storage is provided via S3 and computing is prices at $.10 / hour.

EC2 might be a solution for our data processing and analysis needs. We currently run some fairly heavy hitting (especially in memory use) R scripts to analyze the data and generate html based reports. The EC2 hosted systems could do the analysis and web serving.

Happy Birthday Honey

Had an early celebration of Camille's birthday with the in-laws (brother, father, mother, sister) yesterday at PF Changs Oakridge.

The food was good, and the children (all 5) were on pretty good behaviour.

Cindy brought a delicious cake from the Buttery. I can highly recommend them.

Bella and and especially Shea were dissapointed that the carousel was closed for repairs.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


Finally decided to do something with the Flickr account I created months ago.
I've uploaded pictures from Disneyland (last year) and Mendecino.
Follow the "Flickr photos" link in the right side-bar to see them.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Inaugural Posting

First blog posting...

I'm happy to announce the birth of my new baby girl Ainsley Rane Williams on August 20 at 11:37 AM.

She was 3 weeks early (but still full-term, I can't really figure out all this pre/full term stuff) and was 5 lbs 15 oz and 19 inches long at birth.

She and mom are doing fine. She was born naturally but her mom was up and around two hours after the birth. She's an amazing woman.

Ainsley had a touch of jaundice and she had to go through 3 blood tests (poor thing) to check her bilirubin levels, but all is improving now.