Author: aaron

Ben’s Eyes

Just a quick update on benjamin’s eyes. It looks like he will be having muscle surgery on both eyes in October. I have not found a very good web page describing his surgery, if I find one, I will update this post. Here is WebMD’s version of his condition: Muscle Surgery

The basics are that he will get several of his muscles that move his eyes cut and repositioned. It is outpatient, with a general anesthesia. 80% success nationally, but over 90% up at the Moran Eye Center. If unsuccessful then a second surgery is needed.

Patched eyes for a day or two, red eyes for a month and full recovery at 6 weeks. He is excited about this as he thinks he will be a much better devil for Halloween with the red eyes.

This will help him keep his head straight, fix his left eye when he looks sharp to the right, and stop seeing double characters when he reads.  (All of which we learned he had only in the last few months.)

More news as we get it.

Benjamin’s Guitar

I really want a new, shinny, blue electric guitar. I promise to play every day and learn hundreds of good songs. It will be the only thing that will make me happy. Unfortunately, my old man is a huge tight wad and told me that he was not going to just go out and buy it. You would think that his liberal blood and education at Westminster would be enough for him to realize that this is a great idea, but he is too ‘careful with his money’. So please help me get a new electric guitar, so I can get playing.

You can donate to my guitar fund below:

ssh without password (for rsync)

Make the RSA key on the client:

  • ssh-keygen -t rsa
  • Don’t enter a password

Copy from .ssh/ to the server:

  • sftp <server>
  • put

Put the contents of in authorized_keys file on the server

  • echo >> .ssh/authorized_keys

Now you ssh into the server without a password.

The new (old) bike

I have been shopping around for a road bike to take back and forth to work and also just for a road bike to ride for fun. Since I didn’t want to throw down a grand to get a low end road bike, I decided to go vintage. I looked at some bikes around town, ebay and even drove up to some bike swap up near Westminster College. Then one lucky day I stopped by my in-laws and found this nice 1980 schwinn – traveler sitting in the old shed. After a few moments of begging, my father in law was good enough to give it to me.

my new bike

I got some new tires, tubes, and brake pads and within a few hours of work I had a nice, functional bike. I rode around the neighborhood only to have my back brake lever fall off in my hands. So I upgraded my brake levers to some nice new ones. They really made a nice difference.

I took the bike around the usual routes in the neighborhood for several days before I tried the long trek to good old Security National Life. Last Friday I decided to make the grand voyage to work and back. It is a nice 12.5 miles to work, mostly down hill. I got up at 5am and got to work within the hour.

The trip back was really hot, it was 103 at my home when I returned home. And since it is downhill to work it is mostly all up hill back to home. It completely kicked my butt, but I toughed it out and made it all the way back home.

I got to put nearly 50 miles on the new bike this weekend, and I really have found a great new hobby that will do me some good this summer.

MySQL Setup on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

sudo apt-get install apache2

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql

sudo apt-get install php5

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

sudo apt-get install php5-adodb

Samba Server Setup

Install Samba Server on Ubuntu

If you want to share files between your Ubuntu and Windows computers, your best option is to use Samba file sharing.

To install, first open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install samba smbfs

We’ve got samba installed, but now we’ll need to configure it to make it accessible. Run the following command to open the configuration file, substituting your editor of choice:

sudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf

Find this section in the file:

####### Authentication #######

# “security = user” is always a good idea. This will require a Unix account
# in this server for every user accessing the server. See
# /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/ServerType.html
# in the samba-doc package for details.
; security = user

Uncomment the security line, and add another line to make it look like this:

security = user
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers

path = /media/samba/
browseable = yes
read only = no
guest ok = no
create mask = 0644
directory mask = 0755
force user = YOUR_USERNAME
force group = YOUR_USERGROUP

This will set Samba to use the smbusers file for looking up the user list.

Create a Samba User

There are two steps to creating a user. First we’ll run the smbpasswd utility to create a samba password for the user.

sudo smbpasswd -a <username>

Elevation Maping

Cool google map tool for getting elevation profiles and maps can be found at:

Here is our trip for tomorrow from Trial Lake to Smith and Morehouse reservoir:

Elk Horn Crossing Pics

Here is more pictures from our trip to elk horns crossing.  17 miles, 11,000 + feet, took both boys and had a great time.

Enjoy the pics.

Raid 1

Good Raid Setup can be found at

Elk Horn Crossing

Took the boys on a great 17 mile backpacking trip this week.  We hiked up 6 miles to the base camp, day two was some day hikes, and then the last day to hike out.  It was a great trip.

First 5-K Race

Erika and I ran our first 5k race today. It was at liberty park, 8am. It was an exciting and nervous time for both of us. We have spent the last several week getting in shape and this was our first of many races for the summer. We were very excited that this event was finally here, and are also glad that it is all over.

So after standing around for an hour waiting for the race to start, they finally started the race. Unfortuatly there were a lot of people that were walking the race, and they all foolishly lined up at the start of the line. So the first few minutes of the race was dodging through hundred of idiots all walking with their strollers and kids.

We both did really well for our first races. I finished in 31 minutes and Erika in 34. Both of us beat our starting goals, and I am sure we will improve as the summer moves on.