Posted by CobyR on June 2nd, 2014

Clark is an 8 week old medium hair tabby that joined our family on 5/31.

Smokey is about 8 years old now, and Pewter is 10.  It’s fun to have a kitten in the house again.  As the older two aren’t very adept at adjusting to strangers Clark is going to be my office cat for the next 6-8 weeks while we give them little intervals to adjust to each other.

Here are some photos:

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Dell Ultrasharp Monitor Lock Out – U2711

Posted by CobyR on February 1st, 2014

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I’ve had a pair of the Dell U2711’s now for almost nine months, tonight I went to switch from DVI to the Display port on one of them (Switching from my PC back to my Mac), and when I pressed the OSD Menu button I got a purple lock symbol on the screen…. WTF?

After some searching I found this helpful post thanks to google.

So the solution is to press and hold the two keys directly above the power button for 15 seconds… and it didn’t work.  Really?  There is one gotcha… you have to have a signal hooked up to the current display mode in order for the unlock action to function correctly.

Yup, once I put the DVI signal back to the monitor and then held the two buttons directly above the power down for 15 seconds I got the magic unlock symbol and my monitor was back in action.

Thought I’d put that cavet on the internet.  That way if someone else has this problem, perhaps they’ll land here and discover what I did thru trial and error.


Agile Manifesto and it’s counter part.

Posted by CobyR on July 18th, 2013

I love both of these sites and wanted to share:

and it’s cousin the sad panda:


Time flys

Posted by CobyR on June 24th, 2013

My month so far:

  • 1 – 2 – Parents visiting, getting ready for trip to Sweden
  • 3 – 14 – travel to and tour Sweden
  • 15 – 16 – travel to Lincoln City for Amber’s college graduation and celebration
  • 17 – first day back at work and get my parents to airport to head home
  • 18 – sick 🙁
  • 19 – work – catching up
  • 20 – work – one of my oldest twins and two friends arrived just before midnight
  • 21 – work – other twin and another friend arrive
  • 22 – morning with visitors, return 3 friends to airport (standby travel does have negatives)
  • 23 – return Carley to airport 6AM hang out with last Madi aka Cat
  • 24 – return Cat to airport, work

So now that we are back to just Kelli and I in the house I’m going to try and get the blog posts from Sweden done up this week, and start my first real costume project, repair a few RC cards; amazing what five 20 somethings can do in an hour to a fleet of RC vehicles :), and generally get back into the flow of things.

And this week we are going to official launch OpenStack on Ales.  More on that soon.

Technology yet again…

Posted by CobyR on June 12th, 2013

Driving up Söderköpingsvägen on the way from Öland to Stockholm.  Just got my laptop out, plugged it into my iPad that is using a prepaid Telia SIM card and I’m on the internet with my laptop in the car.  Not a big deal today, I’ve done similar posts from 30,000 feet in the air on flights so it’s not new, but that doesn’t make stopping and appreciating it for a moment a bad thing.  In 1988 I sat in a passenger seat of a Chevrolet Celebrity while heading to my Mother’s family ranch in Enoch Valley, Idaho, making a similar notation in a journal on a Toshiba 1200HD laptop, so amazed at the technology then, still amazed today, and totally loving the freedom it gives us.

Nothing like driving around a country side with a map that shows you exactly where you are and satellite photos of the areas you are in or headed to.  Nothing like looking at the images and deciding that this road looks like it gets really tiny, but does eventually reconnect, let’s take it and see 🙂  At the end of that road we did have to open a farmers gate and drive through a small part of his drive way to get back onto the main road, but it was great fun, and saw some parts of the island that your typical tourist won’t see.

Now I’m going to stop this post and go work on OSOA web-site so we can launch OpenStack on Ales next week!

Sweden Adventure Day #5

Posted by CobyR on June 8th, 2013

June 8, 2013

Note: These are notes – I will update this post with pictures and more writing after the trip.

8ish get up, awesome getting so much sleep – feel wonderful!

drive back through Toreboda to Fägre check out the grave yard across from Fägre Kyrka

turn on video camera – so I can do a time lapse video of the drive through Randstop, random exploring on dirt roads beyond Randstorp up and across Göta Kanal and back out to the main road then down through Vassbacken then on to Moholm, then Varing then Skövde and down around the tip of the lake through Jönköping and back up to Linköping.

On the drive between Jönköping and Linköping Cindy called from NYC, we walked through troubleshooting an issue with Wirecast and the Matrox MX02 Mini that we use for live slide streaming, and were able to get things working + she is recording and live streaming GoRuCo today… or as of this time, she should be in the last few hours anyway…

During the drive for some reason I turned off the iPad, doh… SIM is locked, I threw away the PIN code with the trash when we left Stockholm (face palm), so we went by a Telia store, waited for 40 minutes and the queue had only gone from 32 to 36 and I was holding number 42, and they closed at 2 PM, we got there at 12:40, I decided I could do without the internet and was not going to waste another hour in Sweden sitting in a tele-comm store.

So we left Telia, stopped by a Willy:S grocery store and picked up some ice and a few other supplies, then we headed over to the Linköping De Kyrka, it’s amazing the way some of these churches have been built up over time.  Dad had a great time talking a gentleman at the church (photo) but discovered he was having a hard time finding words to carry on a regular conversation in swedish.  impressed by how much he does know, and everyone (randquists and this man) have complimented him on his swedish abilities.

Left the church found Hotell Stanga with GPS, since no internet 🙁

checked in, plugged in everything since I failed to do so last night in Mariestead, luckily not fully charging everything didn’t bite me today.

after 90 minutes at the hotel plugging in and trying to figure out why my MBP wouldn’t connect to the third hotel wifi … I finally punted and we went to McDonald’s for dinner… yea I know why would you go to McDonalds?  Well we wanted to see what prices were like in comparison to the US and how the menu differed, other than the language menu felt pretty much the sam.  Although a double cheese burger was 20 sek, this is the same double cheeseburger I get in Bend for $1.29.  As I right this the conversion from SEK to USD is: 1 SEK  = .15 USD, so that double cheeseburger cost me $3.03, ouch!  granted 12.5% of that is effectively a tax, but still more expensive.

Ok after dinner back to the hotel, we’ll be getting up tomorrow and looking for the place dad lived in here in Linköping for 11 1/2 months of his mission 50 years ago.  Then checking out Gamla Linköping or the old village portion of town and then heading further east so that we can start exploring the island of Öland probably on Monday.

Store hours are well posted here, every business has a sign (BIG) that states the hours öppet Mån-Tor 9 – 22 means open Mon-Thu 9 AM to 10 PM, Fre 9-24, Lör 10-24, Sön 10-14, or Fri 9 to Midnight, Saturday 10 to Midnight and Sunday 10 to 2 PM.

anyway… it is after 11:00 PM, I turned on a video camera aimed out the window at 9:00 PM, going to leave it running all night, so I can do a time lapse of just how light/dark it gets during the night.  Anyway I’m off for now.


Sweden Adventure Day #1

Posted by CobyR on June 4th, 2013

June 4, 2013

Today was strange… spending 9 hours and 23 minutes on an airplane, followed by a 60 minutes to run from one end of the airport (Gate E) to the other (literally Gate B35) at AMS, and clear Customs.  It was a challenge, made it with about seven minutes to spare.

Then a two hour flight from AMS to ARN and we were finally on the ground at Arlanda International Airport in Sweden.  After picking up our bags we stepped outside to meet Madeleine Randquist.


Madeleine Randquist and my Dad in front of the Arlanda Terminal 2 just after our arrival in Sweden.

From we we went and picked up the rental car a 2013 Volvo X70 (I think…)


Our rental car for our time in Sweden – a 2013 Volvo X70

My Dad rode with Madeline into the city and I followed in the rental car.  We checked in at the hotel and freshened up.


Our hotel in Stockholm – Mercure

Madeleine came back an hour or so latter and picked us up for a wonderful dinner of beef stew at her place.

After dinner and much conversation we returned to our hotel room about 11:30 PM in time to rest.  We’ll be meeting Madeleine in the morning for breakfast and start our first day touring the old inner city of Stockholm.

It does not get very dark at night here sunset was 9:53 pm and sunrise is at 3:30 am.



Sweden Adventure Day #0

Posted by CobyR on June 3rd, 2013

June 3, 2013

Today started a bit early, got up finished packing clothes, make final gear decisions, get that packed up.

Went and had breakfast with my Dad at Jake’s Diner in Bend – they have an awesome Country Biscuit breakfast, then we headed back to the house.  Bend Cab company showed up 10 minutes early at 9:50 and we put our luggage in the cab and headed off.

Got out to RDM, you’ve seen a couple pictures on FB from their and we caught our flight to SEA.  Got in about 1:00 PM, been here for the last four hours or so.  Spent a bit of time on the phone / LogMe In with Cindy making sure the livestream is configured properly for Goruco in New York.  She’ll be recording and live streaming that event on Saturday June 8, while I’m galavanting around Sweden.

We had lunch at Anthony’s at SEA – Dungenous Crab Toast and a caesar salad, it was good, compared to my last experience at Anthony’s in Bend.

So we are preparing to board the flight from SEA to AMS about a 9 hour and 50 minutes flight, I think we land in Amsterdam about 1:00 PM local time on June 4.  Then a 90 minute layover and a 2 hour flight to ARN.

Madeleine Randquist is going to meet us at ARN and we’ll grab the rental car and head in to Stockholm proper.  Get checked into our hotel and then have dinner with Madeleine.  So next post will be sometime tomorrow evening.

Here’s to an uneventful flight!


Sweden Adventure Day # -1

Posted by CobyR on June 2nd, 2013

June 2, 2013 2:41 PM Pacific Time

Another fairly relaxed day.  Dad has been doing genealogical research on Kelli’s family line.  I’ve started to pack up my backpack with all of my electronics and photo/video gear.  Pictures to follow latter today, once everything is packed and ready to go.  We made a trip out to Best Buy to pick up a few missing cables  and a power converter so for Dad’s CPap machine as well as making sure I had the right electrical adapters for my laptop.

I have a power european power strip from the last time I was in Oslo, Norway for Confreaks and am taking that, because hotel rooms never have enough outlets.

We are getting ready to grill hotdogs and veggies here, I’ll update with more photos latter.

If you are wondering why I’m putting this on my blog instead of Facebook, the reason is simple.  Here I control the data, and the backups and know that I have a copy of it, and that it won’t disappear into the vastness of Facebook’s data centers 🙂



Sweden adventure about to begin

Posted by CobyR on June 1st, 2013

June 1, 2013

My parents arrived at RDM yesterday I picked them up about noon, returned home, finished out the workday with my team.

Today I’ve booked a Volvo S80 or similar car for the 4th to the 14th, picking it up at the Arlanda airport near Stockholm.  I also booked our hotel (my father and I are making the trip).  We’ll be staying at the Mercure Hotel Stockholm South for Tuesday and Wednesday night.

We’ll be meeting up with Madeleine Randquist to explore Stockholm.

June 6 is the national holiday for Sweden so it should be interesting to observe the celebrations.

Looking forward to the trip.  We depart on Monday June 3 about 11:45 am, fly from RDM to SEA to AMS to ARN.  The SEA to AMS flight is about 9 hours and 50 minutes.

I’m still debating on whether I should take one or two laptops.  Just my MBP 13r or also take my MBP 17.  The 17″ is self contained (more internal storage), but only lasts about 2 to 3 hours on battery power.  My MBP13 only has 128gb flash, but will run for 6+ hours on battery.  I do have a thunderbolt 1TB external for it configured with my stuff.

I’m also taking my iPad mini, and my iPhone 4s, will be turning off data on the iPhone and picking up a prepaid SIM card for the iPad.

For photography gear I’m taking my Sony Alpha 58 with a 55-300 lens, the stock lens, and a telephoto lens.

So this is probably it for the day, but I’m going to maintain a daily log of our adventures as we go.