Archive for July, 2009

PCLinuxOS Xfce Phoenix edition

July 30, 2009

In my never ending quest for distro perfection, I decided to try PCLOS Xfce. I was very disappointed that wireless is still a problem with any PCLOS re-spin. Wired is fine, but somehow, it will not configure wireless unless all traces of Eth0 are gone, gone, gone….

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Don’t get me wrong, I love PCLOS and I am really starting to like anything with Xfce, but the wireless thing just turns me off….

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My Folding Train Table

July 29, 2009

I wanted to share how my 5 X 7 folding layout came about…After our move to Arizona from California the layout went into storage while we house hunted. When the layout finally came out, it had suffered a great deal of damage.

After a month and a half rebuild, I built a table to mount the board on with a 8 Ft. length of black pipe and mounted a marine actuator, used on boat engine hatches, to fold the layout up on its horozontal. A touch of a switch operates the actuator which runs off of a 110V to 12V converter that’s mounted on the table.

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The actuator can be seen in the last photo. It worked out so well that I made the control panel slide out with a mini 4 inch actuator. It’s really impressive and counters the “Oh how cute..you play with trains” that I hear so often.

The Microsoft / Yahoo agreement

July 29, 2009

What an announcement today…Microsoft and Yahoo! have reached a 10- year pact to share search and advertising. What a zinger that must be to Google right about now with their Chrome OS on the horizon.

I think that Google will come out ahead of all this MS/Y! news and that Chrome OS has a great future ahead of itself….

It was a full day yesterday

July 29, 2009

What a day at work yesterday…A relaxing swim in the pool was in order, and boy, did it do the trick! Today I’ll be by layout in between dips in the pool with Emily.

Another day…

July 27, 2009

Well, the theme is ok…I’ll know better when I get some pics up…like these that never got on the website:

This is the DCC controller on the patio layout

This is the DCC controller on the patio layout

My big layout before it went into storage

My big layout before it went into storage

Well, they don’t look too bad…I’m going to have some new shots of my H15-44 before the weekend….did I say I would tell drunken stories?…I’ll save one for tomorrow…

Day two

July 25, 2009

Here I am again, and I am really starting to like this…wordpress is nice to work with and I’m working on getting the theme changed from wordpress classic to Pixel….

Give it time…I’m going to get some layout pics up pretty quick

Hello world, and here I go…..

July 23, 2009

This is my first post…I don’t know why I was the only one in LxH without a blog for so long. I think that it was because I didn’t have anything to blog about.

I finally decided that I would tell you stories about my drunken days and share my love of model railroading.

So hang on to your seats and as soon as I find my way around WordPress, I’ll have a go at it. The first thing in order is a new theme…this one is no good…..