I guess this Blog has gotten a new life in it.

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Published on: November 27, 2015

My blog has not been updated in a long time. But now I have updated it a few times this month. Not sure where I will be going with this blog, but that is ok it is just a personal website and blog, so it does not really need a direction. To those of you that still read this site, I am surprised and thank you. We will see where this blog and new web server goes. I have already made use of the fact that I can have tomcat7 running on it, I have put up for a friend a demo of some code I could do for her, going to be showing it to her tomorrow. It is nice that I now can make use of my skills as a Java/Struts2/JavaScript/JQuery programmer and have some more fun on the other side of this computer, and maybe try out some random stuff. I am no longer stuck with what a limited version of php will do, I can go in and make use of my skills that I use most days at work. It did take some setting up, there are still things to be setup but for tomorrows demo I do not need to get the last part going till later. I just need to link up the SQL database and tie it into the program I am playing with.

Just a little bit of coding.

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Published on: November 27, 2015


This is what my screen looked like while playing on some code today. I need more screen realist, as you can see I am almost out of space on the screen.

Working with 4 monitors

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Published on: November 22, 2015


My current setup while working on the new web site. I got to many xterms open but it what I need to get the work done. I will probably post a few more screen shots over the coming week to show off how my 4 monitors work for me as I do different tasks.

Not enough monitors or to many monitors

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Published on: November 21, 2015

As posted last night I moved my web site from one hosting company to another. While doing it I had many xterms open. And I was finding that even with 4 monitors I still did not have the required space I wanted to do all the work for the configuration and work on the different systems that I was working on.

Changing who I do my web hosting though

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Published on: November 21, 2015

I hope this one works out nicely, the last ones were find, but were a bit expensive at $90, and all I could do was limited PHP stuff. The new one I am going though is only $5 a month, and I have more access to it, I can setup servlets and struts bases stuff to if I want, this will allow me to play around more with the web then I could at my last provider.

Things I hope this will get me, is better backup of my site. Better access to my SQL system so I can play with the posts in the background, etc. It does decrease the amount of space and the amount of bandwidth, but 20Gb is enouph space and 1Tb is enough transfer for me.

I also get much better control over the DNS for my systems.

Dunbar is a despicable company

Categories: Politics, Random Thoughts
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Published on: September 15, 2015

My dad made a post to Dunbar about their people illegally parking in handicap spots. The response they gave just floored me. They are very arrogant in the response. See for your self from the screen shot I took… (click to get a better view of the image)

Older Geeks/Nerds vs Younger Geeks/Nerds

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Published on: July 28, 2014

All my life I have hung out with the Younger Geek/Nerd set (18 to 35), and all of that time I have had one glaring problem with them. Their level of hate to any one who is a Christian. With them not always a good idea to even let is slip that you might be inclined to believe in God. One learns to deal with it, but there is always that nagging that if they found out you are a Christian you will be rejected by the group. I have had one tell me I should not be allowed to work as a computer programmer because I reject evolution.

As of late (about a year now) I am starting to deal with the Older Geek/Nerd set (tend to be 40+). And one glaring difference I have noticed. They are not as judgmental of people of Faith. In fact the last Sci-Fi con I was at I found out that they were having a real Christian service very early in the morning so the Christians can have church and not miss any of the Con, While I did not make use of it myself (I wanted to go to my old home church and see my old friends there as I was back in Pittsburgh for the con) But the fact that they would even consider the Christians and make a accommodation for us. I feel I can leave my guard down when I go to these cons. while they are not all Christian, I would not expect that nor would I want to force that. they accept us as one of them, I feel welcome, welcome so that I don’t have to fear that it might leak about my faith, and I can have more brain power set to having fun with them.

I was talking to one of my new friends (very nice lady) and she pointed out that I am no longer a Younger person I am 37, and maybe it time to move up to the older more mature Geeks/Nerds. Mind you the word used is mature not grown up. Mature as in more accepting those of different backgrounds.

To those of you that find yourself as one of the younger geek/nerd crowd, please please look at the older geeks, see how they interact socially with one and another. You don’t have to agree with what some one says or does or believe but please they are still human and deserve some level of respect. With the younger set I feel as an out cast even though they don’t know my religious and spiritual believes.

To those of you that find yourself as one of the older geek/nerd crowd, please please don’t change, I feel I have found a home for my geek side, I might be annoying some times, just tell me and I will pull back, I feel comfortable with you guys.

All of us have something we can learn from one and another, and the only way for that to happen is if we become humble look at the old geek/nerd crowd and try to emulate them a bit more. And this I think would make the geek/nerd world so much better.

With fear about the SCotUS about to distorty the future of cloud computing.

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Published on: May 11, 2014

I have decided to look at over the air DVR (I will not pay for subscription TV) I first looked at TiVo, but wow the monthly cost of that is well it would be cheaper to get cable. So now it it time to look at other options, I would say I am thinking of doing a Myth TV setup. But if any one has suggestion for a good cheap (aka reasonably priced) DVR setup let me know.

Hoping to get in shape

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Published on: May 11, 2014

I found a reasonable priced gym down here in Baltimore. I am going to give it a try, I figure at this time I am not doing anything after work on Tuesday and Thursday, so I could go down there for 1 to 2 hours and see if I can get something going.

Verizon FiOS limiting your choices

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Published on: May 6, 2014

Well I am angry. I decided I was going to setup to get broadcast TV, I go to get the converter, well a HDTV (small one, open box) was only $20 more, so I get it. The TV is fine but I go to hook up the antenna that the apartment building ran, only to find that when Verizon installed the internet they cut the cable (I guess they think that will force me to buy their TV, well news is I will not buy their TV) I will be calling to complain tomorrow, they cut it, I feel they have to fix it for free, and I will not be buying their TV service, the only way they will get me to use their TV service is if they can match the price of the over the air TV for the life time of the contract (and I doubt they will give away free TV)

Portal under Slackware

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Published on: May 2, 2014

A few days ago I installed steam just to see if I could get it installed under slackware, well here a few days later I finished the 19th level of Portal.

Yep I have xeye running

Steam on Slackware

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Published on: April 22, 2014

I was a bit board today while I was doing laundry so I thought I try installing steam on Slackware. It was surprisingly to easy to do. And the results (well see the screen capture below)


3 monitors now

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Published on: April 13, 2014

I ended up at a MicorCenter today. As I was browsing around, I thought about looking at video cards. before today I had 3 monitors but could only use 2 of them as my graphics card would not let me use 3 ports at the same time. I found a nice card for 130, that can handle up to 4 monitors (some day in the future I might get a 4th you never know)

Here is a screen shot of my desktop now, mind you the first monitor ends right at the start of the green box at the bottom of the screen, and the 3rd monitor starts at the end of the blue box at the top of the screen, it is nice to have so much room.



thumbHoly Week Music

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Published on: April 10, 2014

As Holy week is coming up next week here are some Holy Week Hymns as played by me on my tin whistle

Holy Week Music

also if you go to http://www.mikeoconnor.net/music you will find some other “music” I have done on the tin whistle.

Holy Week Music

The Resignation of Mozilla CEO for His Support of California’s Prop 8 – Greg Koukl, 4/8/14, Issues Etc

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Published on: April 10, 2014

A important listen all should listen to.

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason Stand to Reason

* Duration 27:12, Published 4/8/14 6:04:43 PM

* Episode Download Link (11 MB): http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/issuesetc.org/podcast/15070408144.mp3

* Show Notes: http://issuesetc.org/2014/04/08/4-the-resignation-of-mozilla-ceo-for-his-support-of-californias-prop-8-greg-koukl-4814/

* Podcast Feed: Issues, Etc. (http://www.issuesetc.org/podcast/podcast.xml)

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