news and miscellaneous ramblings

December 25, 2010
by lieb

Song for Mama and Papa – Christmas Gift from the Kids

Finished unwrapping presents this morning. Sitting in the living room with my kids is always the best. After all of the unwrapping, the kids surprised Stacie and me  by popping a CD into the player and letting us here this: [mama and papa] The kids composed, recorded, and mixed this song for us. Stace broke out the water works early; but i held strong through most of the song. When i lost it, the kids started wooting, tossing fist bumps and high fives. Apparently making me cry was one of the goals. Mission acomplished.

Thanks guys for a wonderful Christmas.

December 16, 2010
by lieb

Hackintosh: Part 2.. It’s alive!

The RAM arrived the next day, and the build began. Olivia was anxious to experience building a system, so i let her put in as many parts as was practical. The system as assembled as one would any standard PC. At this point we opted to not install the purchased CPU cooler. The i7-950 came with a cooler/fan which seems to be working fine. The system is cruising along at a cool 38C.

Once the hardware was assembled, the system was powered. Nothing. Screen was black. I then realized that the power to the video card was being saved for last, and we didn’t get around to making the connections. Doh! There was some frustration with having to power down and do more cabling. The anticipation was pretty high. The odd power cable for the video card didn’t help. The pins were not solidly mounted, so it was a chore to hold the pins in place from the back of the power adapter to make the connection. This is a power thirsty video card, so we had to do this for two connectors.

Once these connections were made, we powered up and had video! For software installation we again followed Tony’s instructions to the letter, booting with iBoot, partitioning the hard drive, loading the OS, installing and running MultiBeast. All went according to plan.

Once the OS was installed, my TimeMachine backup was restored, effectively putting me back in business after a 2 hour and 45 min restore. Rebooted. And was back to my familiar screen. Applications, the dock, all was right with the world.

It was very satisfying to see eight CPUs where previously there were two. Technically there are only four cores; but they are each capable of two virtual cores.

Fired up World of Warcraft, turned all the graphics settings to max, and salivated. The graphics for Cataclysm look really good. And with this new hardware, there wasn’t a single stutter.

Attempted to back up the new install and caused the external enclosure to overheat. Pulled the TimeMachine drive, put it on the case, and it resumed backup without a hitch. Pulled the DELL branded disc drive from the Western Digital external enclosure which had previously caused problems. Quickly installed it in one of the 10 drive pays with a SATA cable and power. It too was recognized with no problem. Backed it up as well.

Now for the real test. Once issue which plagued us with the old laptop was a large song we attempted to mix for the CRemix Christmas Project. Some resource was regularly being taxed. Don’t know if this was because the drive and the interface shared a FW400 bus. Could have been the horsepower of the laptop’s CPU. Not sure. But one thing is certain: This new beast is ready for big projects. The Rejoice Ye Merry Gentlemen project came up in Logic Pro and ran flawlessly. One core was being hit pretty hard; but the other seven were fine. The data drive, now internally connected via SATA, wasn’t struggling at all. This was very gratifying, since the primary reason for sticking with the Mac platform was for recording.

This case, by the way, is awesome. Great air circulation. The three built in fans are all whisper quiet. There is an open SATA slot on the top of the case where Time Machine (and other raw drives) can be slipped in without having to open the case.

Outstanding issues: Really this whole thing went as smoothly as expected. The things that remain are a slight buzz with the PreSonus FireStudio Project. I suspect this is a grounding issue which could be fixed with some copper wire. Also, i’ve had to continue to use the iBoot disc in the CD drive for initial booting. The OS boots off the internal drive; but for some reason still wants to see the iBoot. However, i’ve convinced myself to treat this like a “feature.” If the iBoot disc is removed, the system won’t boot. But once it is up and running, the iBoot disc can be ejected, and the DVD burner will function as expected. This will probably eventually be addressed; but for now it is only a minor hassle.

Overall.. very pleased with the new machine. Very fast. Very stable. And for right around 1,100 for a MacPro equivalent, very awesome.

December 10, 2010
by webAdmin

The Hackintosh Adventure Begins

Building a Hackintosh has long held an attraction. After spending months researching (and taking months of razzing from Prez) I finally found myself looking at an opportunity to build.

Using this as a starting point for the hardware, we placed our order with Amazon. The hardware order did vary slightly from the guide. Ordered the i7-950, a sweet LightScribe, and a more conservative looking case.

Olivia and i received all of the parts except the RAM. Started putting it together today. Will make power and data cable connections tomorrow.

October 29, 2009
by lieb

Be positive. But be real.

Many of us try to be a force for good to those around us. As an older brother once told me, “You can either be a thermometer or a thermostat.” in other words: you can react to the temperature in the room, or you can help to bring the temperature to an appropriate level. Knowing that our behavior affects others, we intentionally chose to see the upside of situations.

But there is a danger in this too. There have been multiple disconnected people in that have called me the Mayor, or asked if I was running for office. This bothers me. The implication is that I’m not being genuine for the purpose of self-promotion. The truth is, there is no real motive but to build my communities.

Being positive with a sense of gravitas has to be balanced with being real and accessible. Otherwise the positive influence we hope to have will be diminished as spin.

What has been your experience with building a strong community?

September 9, 2009
by webAdmin

Leadership, Innovation, and the Dull Murmur of Complaints

(Long rant transferred from my FaceBook page. Should have been a blog post anyway).

“But we’ve never done it that way before” is a phrase that often heralds an organizations demise. Then again, we do not want to be tossed about by every new breeze. It is our job, as leaders to actively, and vigillently listen for truth being revealed while patiently filtering through the noise of seemingly relentless discontentment among the rank and file. If we simply shunt-to-ground new ideas because it is the easy / quick path, we become irrelevant. Listen to those you lead, and draw out their unique brilliance.

When asked on FaceBook if i were speaking about my employer, i replied:

Not specifically. Just an observation of community dynamics. I’ve switched into “easy mode” too many times. Family, small groups, team lead at work, guild leadership. It’s to easy to forget that

  1. Every soul has value
  2. Everybody is brilliant at something
  3. Most people are unhappy because they are living out the wrong purpose.

One of the highest calls for leaders (IMHO) is to actively watch for and enable the strengths of others.

September 9, 2009
by lieb
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Test Post From iPhone

Tying out WordPress for the iPhone. My posts on FaceBook were getting pretty lengthy, so bringing JohnsonClan back into the game. Also brought some of the old posts over that were stuck in a dusty corner of the Interwebs.

Also including a picture of Olivia eating icecream (to prove that functionality works.. And because she is cute).

March 7, 2008
by lieb
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Do we really want to see His power?

From today’s Daily Bible Reading:

Matthew 11:

20 Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.

21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22 “Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

23 “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.

24 “Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”

It’s interesting to think about the events unfolding here. Jesus is doing miracles in a town, and preaching. Yet the miracles were not just so the people would bask in the power of God. The miracles were confirming the words of Jesus. The lack of response.. the lack of repentance.. caused this same crowd being blessed with miracles to be given a frank and unpolished condemnation.

There is a responsibility for those that experience a taste of the Kindom. We cannot bask in his presence, then live as we please. Witnessing His goodness requires a response. An understanding of the call to a holy and changed life.