Being the IT Professional that I am, I keep up a server or two for my private life and online consulting purposes. I have done this since I purchased the first DSL line in Sunland, CA back in 1997. To start with, my server functioned as a web server and security firewall because back then you could not just run down to the store and buy one for $35.00.
Times have changed and so has my server footprint. What started out as a one hard drive, Redhat server mounted in a mini-case, is now a racked mounted 4U chassis, with multiple monitors, 5 hard drives and a Blue Ray player. I have used and abused this server for years and it served me well, until recently.
It all started a few years ago, when I installed Linux on a new computer purchased from office depot. I installed Suse 11.0 on this server installation as an experiment, after the suggestion of a good friend of mine and Linux Guru. I was happy enough with the Linux distribution and the server was operating great. Overtime, Novell and the Linux community kept updating the software and I am pretty sure that there were a few hard drive and mother board updates in there as well. As major SuSE updates became available, 11.1,11.2,11.3 and 11.4became available, I would update the operating system to get the latest and greatest. Slowly overtime the server grew larger and more complex, but I was happy with it.
Several months ago, I overhauled www.jamesrathbun.com. This website used to feature my photographic efforts which are important to me. The overhaul is designed to allow me to more easily write about things which are more important to me, and as a result, I created the website www.jamesrathbunphotography.com to promote my photography.
Located near Lone Pine, CA the Alabama Hills are an awesome spot to visit and explore. Large boulder formations erupt from the ground and create a maze of canyons, trails and roads. This feature in itself, is more than enough fun to justify a trip to this area, however add to the equation that the Alabama Hills has appeared in more Hollywood movies than one person can name and you have the perfect combination of terrain and nostalgic history. The Alabama Hills are featured in many “Western” movies and is the birth place of the Lone Ranger and Iron Man.
A final punctuation mark is the Alabama hills are located in the foothills of Mount Whitney (14,505 ft), the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states.
Last year, Heather and I decided that it was time to get our son Ryan, a dog. He had been asking for a dog for a while now. Sadly, it seems that a little orange cat is not enough fun for a rambunctious three-year old. Before I met Heather, I used to have a black Labrador, Schnaaps. Schnaaps was a great dog and the first animal I owned that was properly trained and a really good friend and companion. As a result, all other dogs that I own will be compared to Schnaaps.
When Ryan was born, for a variety of reasons I will not go into, Heather and I knew that he would most likely be an only child. We knew that at some point he would probably end up getting a dog for Ryan to play with and keep him physically safe. Periodically, we discussed different dogs and breeds and we continually returned to the Labrador Retriever.
After our recent trip to the center section of the Old Mojave Road, my wife Heather was really excited to run the western section and complete the entire length of the trail. Her idea was to drive the western section on our way to our annual trip to Big Bear, CA over the Memorial Day holiday. I worried that such a trip during this time of year could be a rough trip due to high temperatures in the desert. In late April we finished the center section in Baker, CA and the air temperature was only 107 degrees. Despite my concerns, we gladly planned our trip and embraced her good idea.
As we prepared for our trip, gathered our gear, food, and checked out the mechanics of the jeep, I decide to check the local weather report. To my surprise, weather.com predicted the temps in the mid 80s with clear sky’s and light wind. The weather could not be any better. (more…)