May 2007


Although I know we’ve got a lot going on with Cai these days, I don’t want to leave Charis out. I found this awesome picture that Joy took of Charis when I was cleaning off the memory card from her camera the night before Cai was born. I love this picture! I’m going to get a print for my desk at work.

Carrie sent me an email pointing out that Charis and Cai look remarkably similar in some of their first pictures. Check out the first comparison she sent me, which is a picture of each of them from the recovery room after surgery:

Do you know who is who? This next one is a little easier, but they still look pretty similar. This is each of them under the warmer shortly after they were born:

While uploading pictures from home last night, I did a little searching around on Google to try to figure out what the problem was with the internet connection at the hospital. And what I found was lots of people with the same issue: able to connect to the access point, but only in some kind of “local only” mode without access to the internet. It turns out this is a problem with Windows Vista. Apparently Microsoft changed the way the operating system tries to configure a DHCP address compared to how XP and previous versions of Windows did things (something to do with the “Broadcast flag” in DHCP discovery packets), and the result is that Vista will not work with “certain routers” without tweaking a few obscure registry keys by hand. Now “certain routers” is Microsoft’s description of the problem. The hospital is using a Cisco wireless hotspot system, and you would think that Cisco equipment is used widely enough that Microsoft would want Vista to work with it. So maybe “certain routers” really means a whole bunch of routers don’t work with Vista. Anyway, the registry key information for the fix is in this Microsoft knowledge base article if you ever run into the same problem.

Short story: Micaiah Daniel is here, he’s awesome, and Joy and I are thrilled!

Medium story: Born May 30, 7:46 AM. 8 pounds, 5 ounces. 21.5 inches.

Longer story: The c-section went well and Joy is recovering pretty well considering. Cai is way more mellow than Charis was (at least so far). Charis came to the hospital and was the first family member to meet the new baby. She was a little tentative at first, but quickly warmed up to him, eventually becoming very concerned whenever Cai’s little hat would start to slip off even the tiniest bit.

You still want more? Go here for more pictures.

Why it took me so long to post this: With Charis the hospital had just remodeled and their public internet access was not working yet. This time, two years later, I had digital cameras, memory cards, memory card reader, cables, and a laptop with wi-fi and a fully charged battery all ready to go. I thought I had everything set. Only one problem: I could connect to the hospital’s access point, but access was “local only” according to Vista – no internet access and no DNS server supplied by DHCP. I asked around and no one had a clue what the deal was, but I didn’t see anyone else successfully connected online either, so I don’t think it was just me.

Here I am posting at four in the morning, so that can only me one thing: we’re on the way to the hospital for Cai’s big arrival! Stay tuned for pictures and details later today!

Last week Joy and I went to see Chris Thile and How To Grow A Band at a theater downtown. It was our last real evening out before the new baby arrives, and it was really nice to have that time with each other. We went to dinner before the concert and then headed downtown. We had seats in the fifth row, and it was really fun to be that close. The band was awesome. They sounded great and played pretty much every song off of their album, plus several selections from Chris’s previous albums, and a couple of other songs to highlight the other members of the band. In addition to being an amazing mandolin player, Chris Thile is also a great entertainer. He had a lot of funny things to say between songs, and he just really looks like he’s having the time of his life on stage. It’s amazing to see such accomplished musicians. They’re playing incredibly difficult stuff, but they make it look so easy. I’d highly recommend catching these guys if they do a show near you.

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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Last week I got down some of our baby stuff from the attic in preparation for Micaiah’s arrival. We needed the baby carrier, the stroller for the baby carrier, the playpen, and our box of bottles and other newborn stuff. It was kind of fun to see all of those things again and to realize that Cai will be here so soon. It’s hard to believe that Charis used to fit in the baby carrier! She sure has grown up fast!

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There have been two old silent films that I’ve really wanted to get copies of for a long time. I’ve had them on my TiVo wishlist for years, but they’ve never been shown on tv during that time (or at least not on the channels I receive). But then again, I can admit that the market for silent films on tv is probably pretty small. :-) Anyway, one of them (Greed, 1924) has never been released on DVD anywhere, and the other (The Crowd, 1928) has never been released on DVD in the US, but recently became available as an import.

I’ve been watching eBay and used items on Amazon to try to pick up a reasonably priced VHS tape of Greed. Even the videotapes have been really expensive for the past few years, but lately the prices have come down a lot. I was able to purchase a tape recently for less than $20, which is great. And I also went ahead and ordered an import copy of The Crowd from Amazon (also less than $20), so both of the movies are on their way to me. I’m excited to receive them and finally get a chance to watch both of them.

I recently got a new keyboard for my computer at home. I’m really pretty picky about mice and keyboards, so finding a new one takes me a long time. Last year I got a Logitech G7 mouse that I really like after my friend Carrie recommended it to me. It’s a nice laser mouse with quick-swap rechargeable batties. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the scroll wheel on it is pretty clicky, and I prefer a smooth wheel like my wife has on her mouse, but considering how great the mouse is otherwise, I can handle that, but I do hope they change it in the next version.

But on to the keyboard. I chose a Logitech DiNovo Edge, and I like it quite a bit. It uses a rechargeable battery like my mouse does, and I think I could do just as well with regular batteries, but the charge seems to last a really long time, so that’s okay. The keys have a nice feel to them. They are really quiet, which I like (I think Joy likes her keys to be a little clickier), and they are kind of a cross between a regular keyboard and a keyboard on a laptop. So it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like it. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the lack of a number keypad. Now I understand they were probably going for small and sleek, but a version with a number keypad wouldn’t exactly be unreasonable.

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