Geek Paintball

A big thanks to our friends at Tier 4 for buying 15 cases of marballizer paint, and inviting all of us to play.  It was a great day for paintball with beautiful weather, lots of fun players (both first timers, and experienced people), and plenty of action.  It was fun to begin setting up teams by calling out for .RPM vs .DEB, and then watch as destruction happened in various game formats.

Make sure to thank the sponsors, and maybe they’ll buy for us again!  If you did enjoy it and would like to do it again, also let us at UTOS know, so we can plan more activities for the groups in Utah.  Also thanks to the non-geek Team DesertEdge members for helping out with team balance, and keeping the games moving 🙂

Markmail

markmail.pngWow, this is a pretty darn nice email list search tool.  You can easily filter into topics, such as Perl Lists, or Apache Lists and get some very nice analytics along with your search.  Boxes gives trending on your search topic, breakdown of attachments, and which email lists are included.  They seem to have already included some of your average geek favorite toys, such as: (though not all exposed in the interface yet)

  • keyboard shortcuts (n,p,j,k)
  • sorting (add order:date-forward or order:date-backward to query)
  • negation (-extension:ppt)
  • header filters(subject: extension: list: type:)

Leatherman Skeletool

leatherman-skeletool.jpgOoh, and as we move towards the “Gimmie” season, I always love seeing the new products companies come out with to vie for my attention.  Well Leatherman has a very interesting new tool that looks quite cool.  The Leatherman Skeletool.  I currently love the Leatherman Wave that I carry, but this one has some spiffiness that cannot be denied.  I really like the look, the increased blade width, and the dual purpose carabiner/bottle opener.  It doesn’t offer quite as many  “tools” as my wave, but covers the important parts, in a sexy new look, and especially in the CF body, a very nice weight.

MySQL Me Harder

Yes, this was the announcement title from Ivan today as he pushed out the door the return of MySQL support in Freeside.  Now all those people who have hesitated to try out freeside from lack of PostgreSQL experience, or simply wanting unification in their MySQL infrastructure can get started.  The notes for installation from Ivan are:

You’ll need DBIx::DBSchema 0.35 from CPAN or

 http://www.sisd.com/cgi-bin/viewvc.cgi/DBIx-DBSchema.tar.gz?view=tar

and FREESIDE_1_7_BRANCH (or HEAD):

 http://www.sisd.com/cgi-bin/viewvc.cgi/freeside.tar.gz?view=tar&pathrev=FREESIDE_1_7_BRANCH

Gmail IMAP

It’s finally arriving, but of course I don’t have it yet.  Yes Google has announced IMAP access for it’s popular gmail and google apps accounts, currently rolling out to all users.  While it’s a cool interface, this was one of my biggest beefs with their system.  No longer will this be a problem 🙂

And for those who want to use Mail.app (my wife) here is a hint for getting your default folders to sync correctly: Map Gmail Folders to Mail.app Default Folders

And for those that don’t know.  Why IMAP?  IMAP is the protocol that lets you view your mail on the server, instead of just downloading a copy.  So if you delete an email, it’s deleted on the server.  If you move it to a folder, it is on the server also.  So you can use whatever email client you want on your personal box, and still see your changes when you view it in the web interface.

GPS Recommendations

So my old GPS is finally beyond hope.  It has fallen into a state that can only be deemed useless, and I need a new one.  I’m hoping to get some recommendations from folks about what GPS models features you like the most.  Some of my requirements include:

  • Screen – not just tracking
  • Topographical Maps
  • Mac Connectivity – Preferably bluetooth

Basic Usage for me:

  • Plot waypoints before a hike
  • Use During a hike to verify location/path
  • Little geocaching
  • Exporting hike details to Google Earth, etc..

So, what models do you prefer, and why?

Battlefield Utah, Details

Some people have heard me talk about an upcoming game my team is putting on, with one of our sponsors.  Sadly I haven’t been keeping in touch with all the details.  But fear not, here they are.  Battlefield Utah is a game presented by Team DesertEdge, Paradox Games, and the Utah National Guard.  Yes this is the first public game ever hosted at Camp Williams, and will include a special pistol event at the MOUT training center.

This is a very limited offer, and very few spots are still available (If you really want, I can get you in if it get’s blocked), but try signing up if you can.  Urban training on camp Williams, BYOP (Bring your own paint), or cheap purchase price onsite.  It doesn’t get better than that.

Game is this Saturday, so get ready.