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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Name: Daniel Ashton
Location: Germantown, Maryland, United States

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

What Peanut Says

In case you haven't looked recently, we have a weblog where we occasionally post stuff about our birds. Vicki recently updated it with many more things that we've heard Peanut say more than once. Take a look: it's quite a list! [Sneak Preview: "I don't want to go to Paris. It's cold!"]

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tools I Want to Try

I've been listening to various podcasts (in case you hadn't noticed) and recently heard about some very interesting tools for building websites. I'd very much like to spend a few days with each of these, putting together a simple website just to see how it works and feels.And, of course, there's the now ubiquitous Ruby on Rails. Since I've already ready one Ruby book, Rails is definitely in my list of tools to try soon.

In addition, the makers of Seaside have put together an online, malleable, collaborative database called Dabble. This would be great for something like the Rockville UMC choir music library, if only we had Internet access from the choir room.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Take a look

Here are three links, just in case you haven't seen these recently. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Collaborative Word Processing?

While reading Groklaw today I came across a reference to Writely. It's an interesting idea, and I suggest that you visit their website and take the tour.

Friday, August 25, 2006

How to send files

I got an early look at this program a few days ago, and I'm impressed with what they offer. The program gives me the ability to share files with you. One of the company founders writes, "I never attach files to e-mail anymore." So, take a look at AllPeers and share something with me.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I need a database generator

I've run into several problems, recently, in which it became clear to me that I was doing work that could better be done by a format template combined with data in a database. Unfortunately, I haven't made friends with MySQL yet to a sufficient degree that I could just whip out a few more tables and get the job done. Someday, perhaps. . . .

Online Gripes

I'm dealing with two ISP-related gripes today. First, our inboxes have been hosted at Comcast.net, while our e-mail is forwarded through EasyDNS.com, which handles our DNS registration. Unfortunately, Comcast has repeatedly concluded that the EasyDNS servers send too much spam, and so Comcast blacklists them.

It appears that someone else with a hacker bent shares my plight, because these blacklistings tend to be short-lived. Comcast provides a mechanism to request that you be removed from the blacklist, and my guess is that my fellow sufferer has set up a script to make such a request on a regular basis, perhaps every 15 minutes. However, the blacklisting, however short-lived, has caused an untold number of e-mails to me or to Vicki to bounce back, causing consternation to our family and friends.

Comcast appears totally uninterested in correcting this situation, so I've finally moved our inboxes to Gmail, and plan to drop Comcast as our ISP within the next few days.

Part of the reason for not dropping Comcast months ago is that our faster ISP, Verizon FiOS, blocks port 80 in-bound, meaning that we cannot directly run our web server with its handful of websites. I had been introduced to IPower.com, which offered a virtual hosting deal for $32/month. Unfortunately, it appears that their price has gone up to $49/month, and that the entire 12-month price must be paid up-front. I don't have that kind of money available, so this appears to be a dead-end. I'm frustrated by this, as IPower appears to be a much better hosting option than any other available to me at the moment.

Sorry for the gripes, but this is what's been on my mind for the last few hours.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional

I don't know how long this link to the story on CNN will be valid, but it's working at the moment, and I want you to know about it. Thank you Judge Taylor!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Commute Education - Week 16

[One reason I list these podcasts as I'm listening to them is the hope that you will be interested in listening to them too.]

August 14, morning:August 14, evening:
  • Make Video Podcast: Weekend Projects - Make a Pinhole Camera and Darkroom - 8/11/06
  • DTF: Patterns for Communication, Moderation, and Information Processing - April 03, 2006
  • Brasscast for 08/13/06
August 15, morning:August 15, evening:August 16, morning:August 16, evening:August 17, evening:
  • Perlcast Interview with brian d foy - 01.17.2006
  • Perlcast Interview with Chad Fowler - 01.26.2006
  • Perlcast Interview with Andy Hunt on "Practices of an Agile Developer" - 07.11.2006
August 18, morning:
  • Perlcast Perl News - 2006-08-14
  • DTF: Boot Camp and Video Game Music - 4/10/06
  • Brasscast for 6/05/05 (repeat)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Commute Education - Week 15

[Yes, I've pretty much shifted to a focus on my screen during my commute. I didn't listen to any podcasts during week 14. However, I'm finding that there are times when I could sneak in at least a short podcast, and so I'm beginning to listen again, occasionally.

August 8, morning:August 8, evening:
  • Distributing the Future: Great Location Hacks - 7/10/06
  • IBM developerWorks Making SOA real with WebSphere, Episode 3: Running WebSphere Business Modeler, MarketWatch - 5/17/06
  • IBM developerWorks Websphere Application Server V6.1 performance updates - 6/30/06
  • IBM developerWorks Making SOA real with WebSphere, Episode 4: Integrating with WebSphere Process Server, MarketWatch - 6/30/06
  • IBM developerWorks Special episode: Service orientation on Linux - 7/14/06
  • Make:Weekend Projects: Make A Wallet Out of Tape - 7/14/06
  • Make:Weekend Projects: Make a Workbench - 7/7/06
  • Make:Tikva Report: Reconnect Sweatshirt - 6/30/06
August 11, morning:
  • Make:Weekend Projects - Make a Rodent Powered Nightlight - 7/21/06
  • Make:Weekend Projects Make a Kite Aerial Photography Rig - 7/29/06
  • Make:Weekend Projects - Picnic Geometry - 8/4/06
  • Make:HOW TO make a USB PSP charger (audio with slides) - 7/18/05
August 11, evening:

Commute Education - Week 13

July 24, morning:

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I Got One!

I first saw these new Park Passports in June when we visited the Chickamauga Battlefield. Yesterday I got one when we visited Mammoth Cave.