slow internet on OS X (w/Safari or Firefox)

January 27, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Charter, DNS, DNS caching, DNS server, firefox, internet, Mac, page load, rndc, safari, slow, timeout, vi | 5 Comments

Here is some great information that others might benefit from. My boss has requested this information and I just finished sending it to my officemate’s son, so I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to post something useful on here. Before you read on, know that this fix also works with Windows too. It’s really a two part fix. First we are going to enable the DNS caching on OS X and then we will redirect DNS requests from your local DNS servers to the big kahunas (or whichever you choose). In Windows, the DNS caching comes already enabled, so all you need to do is change the DNS servers to something different than those provided by your ISP (which in my case with Charter are horrribly slow). Hope this helps! Please post a comment or suggestion if this is helpful or if I could provide better instructions…

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Bush’s bad tie

January 23, 2007 at 10:22 pm | Posted in America, Bush, Democrats, earmarks, healthcare, Iraq, politics, Republicans, state of the union, war | Leave a comment

Yeah – it was that bad. I watched Bush’s State of the Union Address tonight. In fact, he is still talking as I am writing this. I lost interest as he started babbling about Iraq and effectively making excuses, justifying his questionable decision to deploy 20,000 more soldiers. He says that nothing is more important to American “history” than to succeed at the war in Iraq – that sounds like an odd reason to fight a war, just to make the history books look good. What’s so bad about admitting defeat, admitting failure? America is perfect? We’re going to get the job done even if it takes us 50 years? Now he just said he wants to increase the size of the Army and the active Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next 5 years…What is he preparing for? World War III? Perhaps I should be asking, is this World War III? Well, enough of my Bush-war bashing…

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Education update…

January 19, 2007 at 11:43 pm | Posted in movie | Leave a comment

So here is the latest news!  Spring semester started Tuesday of this week.  My courses this semester are:

  • Physics I
  • Calculus II
  • Humanities: Medieval and Renaissance
  • Film Criticism

I was awarded a scholarship from the N.C. Space Grant Consortium to assist with my school expenses – so that’s good news too.  I think this should be a fun semester.  I am using the OmniOutliner Pro in some of my classes to take notes.  What’s really cool about this application is that you can also just hit a button to record – so I can easily take notes and record the lecture all with my MacBook.

The film criticism class seems like it will be really interesting too.  It is a writing intensive course (required for my degree program), so that will be the big challenge.  The easy part will be watching the movies.  We are going next week to watch Children of Men – so I will definitely post my “film review” that I will also be turning in for a grade.

I’ll be sure to keep regular progress reports posted here.  If you have any Physics or Calculus tips, or even some insights into the humanities, post away!

Everything is Illuminated…really

January 19, 2007 at 11:32 pm | Posted in movie | Leave a comment

What a great movie! Saw this two weeks ago and wanted to make sure that I put it on the blog. Stars Elijah Wood and is about a Jewish “collector” who visits the Ukraine in search of a woman that was in a photograph with his father. It’s funny and meaningful, definitely worth two hours of your time. If the movie doesn’t do it for you, I am sure that the soundtrack will. Enjoy and let me know what you think if you’d like…Post a comment!

Getting Things Done (GTD)

January 19, 2007 at 11:25 pm | Posted in GTD, organization, productivity | Leave a comment

So I read this great book before I went back to work and school to help me get a “handle” on things. It’s called Getting Things Done and it was written by David Allen (I included appropriate links at the bottom of this post). Now it’s not as if I wasn’t getting things done before I read this book, it’s just that I knew that I could be doing better. With the new job and the start of a new semester at UNCA, it seemed like the perfect time to try out a new system. So what is the “system”? Well, in short, it is a methodology to facilitate increased productivity, whether it be work, school, life, or whatever.

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