Friday, December 30, 2005

Top 10 search queries bring people to my blog

1. w32codec related for debian/ubuntu -- 4720
I'm not able to play DVDs and WMVs using xine. A better resource is

2. gideon taylor -- 2095

Back in 2003, I purchased his 1857 family bible on ebay, it is
nice that it is back in the family again. Seems to also be the
name mentioned in an anti-semitic tract on the internet.

3. ipodder on debian/ubuntu related -- 1012

I wrote about getting early iPodder versions working on
debian/sarge and Ubuntu. It as since been packaged up and in the
debian/ubuntu repositories.

4. xinerama support on debian/ubuntu -- 234

X11 dual head support -- I had it working on Ubuntu/Dapper but an X
upgrade last month broke it. It seems the xorg.conf I was using
isn't quite right...

5. installing ubuntu -- 219

I'm kind of surprised of that many hits. I'm currently running
Ubuntu/Dapper on my corporate hp nc6000 laptop.

6. ive seen things ive seen them with my eyes -- 217

Who doesn't love that flash video?

7. grub related -- 185

The hp/compaq ProLiant servers include the SmartArray RAID whose
cciss driver uses /dev/cciss/c0d0p0 for the first partition which
still confuses grub. There is a simple work around.

8. hollie vise -- 176

Hollie Vise was at Gymnastics Village where Trevor is on the boys
team. I took a couple crappy photos.

9. gymnastics videos -- 156

I had some short videos of Trevor (Level 5 Boys), but took them
down when I started running out of web space.

10. flickr uploadr -- 132
I hacked a quick nautilus wrapper around an existing perl-based
Flickr::Uploadr and made it available. Lately I've been using

And some random searches...

166 people look for words that rhyme with something (bacteria rhymes, what rhymes with becoming)

51+ hits for people looking for maggot or larvae infested breast

Guatemalan sex pictures -- 2

2004 Lisa Directory -- 2

donating blood blogs -- 1

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Yellow Jackets Meet

Nice Vault Trevor!

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Trevor had an excellent vault this morning and got him second place in that event.

In the All Around he placed 9th in Level 5 (Boys 10 & 11).

Floor: 8.6 (8th place)
Horse: 7.2
Rings: 8.7 (6th place)
Vault: 9.85 (2nd place)
P. Bar: 8.7
H. Bar: 8.6 (10th place)

See all the photos from the meet here on flickr: Yellow Jackets Meet [2005-12-11]

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Sunday, December 4, 2005

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10 years of GEN-NYS-L mailing list

Makes you feel old when the mailing list you started
has been around a decade.

Genealogy in New York State (Gen-NYS-L) is still going strong, but most of the action
seems to have moved off to various websites now that the internet is more accessible.

Just sent this birthday note to the list:

Today is the 10th Birthday of this mailing list!

Below is part of the first message I sent through to
the mailing list. It was initially hosted on my $2000
Pentium 386/33 with 4M of memory and 120M disk running
a very early version of the free, open source operating
system Linux and connected to the internet over a 56kb
dialup, usually in the evenings after work.


Marc Nozell (nozell@wildcat.MV.COM)
Mon, 4 Dec 1995 21:41:40 -0500

Hi, I'm the gen-nys-l mailing list owner.

At the request of Jerry Dafoe <jcdafoe>, I've created
the GEN-NYS-L mailing list for the discussion of genealogical research
in New York State.


Since then it moved to in 1996 and has had over
27,721 messages distributed to subscribers. Thanks to
for supporting and allowing it be so productive.

As of this evening, there are 423 subscribers to GEN-NYS-L and
208 subscribers to GEN-NYS-D.

Congratulations everyone!

GEN-NYS list admin

Marc Nozell (

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Beehives on the farm

Beehives on the farm

Originally uploaded by marcn.

While Trevor was at a gymnastics clinic today, I wandered around Sterling, MA taking some photos.

I put most of them in 'My Creative Commons' set.

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MarcN used to cover phisher's hacking

I just got spam from a phisher allegedly from saying I have a $571.94 tax refund that needs to be claimed in 12 days.

The URL had me fooled for a second -- it looks like a link to with a long
identifier. It turns out that the badguys are using a poorly secured redirect page (externalLink.jhtml) on to send people to Of course the resulting page asks for SSN, credit card number, etc -- all the things needed for identity fraud.

And here is the email:

From: <tax>
Reply-To: no-reply-2005@
To: my email
Date: Nov 26, 2005 12:16 PM
Subject: [IRS] Tax Refund

You are eligible to recieve a tax refund for $571.94.

To access the form for your tax return use the link below:,00
(copy and paste this link in your browser address bar)

12 days left to apply for your refund. You may not receive your refund as quickly as you expected. A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example, a name and Social Security number listed on the tax return may not match the IRS records. You may have failed to electronically sign the return or applied after the deadline.

This email has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.

The bad guys are getting pretty tricky...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Helping my parents into Open Source world

My parents are non-technical people, but they just purchased a nice new HP laptop while out visiting us.

Before they left I set them up with a bunch of new F/L/OSS software,
a TheOpenCD V3.1 disk and free web-based services.

I just sent them list note about what we setup:

I installed the following software on the new HP laptop -- they are
all from the CD that went home with you.

  • OpenOffice V2.0 -- This is a complete, free replacement for
    Microsoft Office tools like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It will let
    you open documents that people may send you that those tools.

  • GAIM -- free alternative to AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, etc's own version of
    IM or Chat programs. You still need free accounts on those services
    (and you already have them for Google, Yahoo and AOL), but you don't
    need to have 3 different programs running to chat with people on
    each of those IM servers. GAIM connects for your to each of them.

  • FireFox -- free alternative to using Microsoft Internet Explorer
    (also known as MSIE, the blue E that I removed from at least Dad's
    desktop). MSIE has a history of being plagued by virus, spyware,
    etc. Firefox is not completely immune, but much less of a risk.
    You may hear people refer to Mozilla browser, Firefox is a version
    of that.

There are other free programs on the CD -- it is called TheOpenCD
( and you can pass it on or give copies to
your friends -- to look at the other stuff on there to to see if there
is anything interesting to you on it. You can install them on the
office PCs or the desktop PC at home.

I also setup a number of free accounts for both of you.

  • Email -- Instead of using Microsoft Outlook and getting your mail
    from Roadrunner or Frontier (which ever you end up choosing for
    email), just get your email from google's free GMAIL service. Use
    any computer and go to and log to do your
    email. (Account info below)

  • IM -- Dad and I got accounts for IM Chat accounts on AOL (sometimes
    you see it referred to as AIM), Google Talk and Yahoo!. (account
    info below) The GAIM program is all setup for each of those account.
    Just go to the menu Tool s then Account and click 'Online' for your
    accounts. It already has the password information set there. This
    will let you chat with my kids who use AOL, Lori that uses Yahoo!
    and me who actually has accounts on all of them.

  • Photos -- You already had an account on Flickr (now part of Yahoo!, You used your old AOL.COM address to create
    an account. and there is a way to change the email address to match
    your Yahoo! account. Dad and I also installed FlickrUploadr and
    there should be a link of the desktop. Double click on it to start
    it and then use the file explorer to drag and drop photos from your
    hard drive (or CD or Camera) to FlickrUploadr. Then press the
    Upload button and the photos will be copied to where people can see them.

Account info that you can pass on to your friends:

  • Email



  • AOL IM (if your friends use AOL pay service or free chat only, which
    my kids use)



  • Yahoo! IM (which Lori uses)



  • Google IM (sometimes called Google Talk -- anyone with a google
    email account can IM using the same account info)



  • Photos -- tell friends to see your public photos here:

    There is a way under 'Your Account' to pick a better address,
    similar to what I have:

    You are currently using a free flickr account. For $25/year you can
    store many many more photos on If you start using
    flickr, that would make a nice start of a xmas gift from us.

Monday, November 21, 2005

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Monday, November 7, 2005

Nozell aquires Novell

Nozell aquires Novell

Originally uploaded by marcn.

When I, Marc Nozell, aquire Novell Inc, it will be a very simple matter to update their corporate branding.

Well, I can dream can't I?

Friday, November 4, 2005

How Much Is My Blog Worth?


I was reading Tales from the Red Shed about how much values his blog. According to this applet...

My blog is worth $15,242.58.
How much is your blog worth?

Nice to see that someone values this lil' blog.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Mandala of the Medicine Buddha

Watching the final creation stages of the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Completed Mandala

Originally uploaded by marcn.


Originally uploaded by marcn.

Yesterday the Drepung Gomang Monastery monks completed the mandala and held
the deconstruction ceremony.

Visit the slideshow of my photo set

Mandala of the Medicine Buddha by the visiting monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery [October 2005]

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Sunday, October 9, 2005

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery are in Nashua this week

Introduction to Buddhism w/ Khensur Rinpoche Tsultrim Phunstok

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Griffin and I just returned from this talk.

Here is the rest of the schedule of events from the handout:

Wednesday, Oct 12
9am Opening Ceremony of the Sand Mandala Construction
10am-3pm -- Sand Mandala Construction
9am-9pm -- Open Public Viewing of Mandala, Memorial Art Studio, Rivier College
7-9pm -- "History of the Drepung Gomang Monastery of Tibet" Slide Show Presentation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 58 Lowell St, Nashua
Suggested Donation: $15/person, $10/students and seniors, Sale of Handmade Tibetan Crafts

Thursday, Oct 13th
9am-3pm -- Sand Mandala Construction
9am-9pm -- Open Public Viewing of Mandala
4-6pm -- "History of the Drepung Gomang Monastery of Tibet" Slide Show Presentation, Dion Center, Reception Room, Rivier College

Friday, Oct 14th
9am-3pm -- Sand Mandala Construction
9am-9pm -- Open Public Viewing of Mandala

Saturday, Oct 15
9-1pm -- Completion of the Sand Mandala
1-2pm -- Dismantling Ceremony, Memorial Art Studio, Rivier College
2-3pm -- Disbursing of sand into local body of water

Sunday, Oct 16
10:15-11:45 -- Interfaith Service, UU Church
Peterborough, NH

2-3pm -- Overtone Chant, Dion Center, River College. Donation Suggested.
3-4pm -- Sald of Handmade Tibetan Crafts

7-9pm -- World Peace and Healing Puja, UU Church, Nashua. Suggested Donation.


I'll be stopping by at lunchtimes to watch the progress. Expect some photos on flickr. My photos from their last visit in November 2003 are here: Sand Mandala of the visiting monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

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Friday, October 7, 2005

Go Spencer!

Today Spencer got a registered letter from NH Governor John Lynch appointing him to a three year term to the "Advisory Committee on the Education of Children and Students with Disabilities" (see NH's RSA 186-C:3-b subsection j))


Monday, October 3, 2005

Linux Journal Reader's Choice: HP ProLiant

My November 2005 copy of the Linux Journal arrived Monday with the
Reader's Choice Awards results -- HP ProLiant wins Favorite Server category!

Favorite Server

  1. HP ProLiant

  2. Monarch Empro Custom Rack Server

  3. Unisys ES7000 Family

A note to HP: please take this first-place win here, where second-place votes were less than half of what you received, as proof that we like
your boxes, so you can cut out the pointless marketing poo-flinging at
Sun, already.

Photo of DL380 and sidebar: "Last year, the HP ProLiant BL20p G2 won the
Editor's Choice Award for Server Hardware. Now the readers are singing
the ProLiant's praises."

Yay team!

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Dual head with Xinerama using Ubuntu/Breezy compaq nc6000

I finally got around to hooking up a second monitor to my Ubuntu/Breezy laptop and convinced xorg.conf to 'do the right thing'.

The compaq nc6000 notebook has the "ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility 9600/9700 M10/M11 (RV350 NP)" video card
and has a video out at the back.

Here is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf with Xinerama (move windows from one screen to another). The aging Compaq monitor sits to the left of the nc6000 laptop.

Here is a copy of my configuration: xorg.conf-dual-head-xinerama

Monday, September 26, 2005

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Various Niagara Falls panoramas

Niagara Falls panorama from Maid of the Mist (6 Photos) (cropped)

Originally uploaded by marcn.

See the other panoramic shots of Niagara Falls and others in my
Panorama Photos
photo set on

The free (as in beer), Windows-only app autostitch does an excellent job stitching the photos together. Autostitch works great using the wine emulator on Linux (Ubuntu/Breezy)

Friday, September 23, 2005

comment spammers topical news articles

I got two comment spam using text from one of the AP news feeds. Looks like they are trying to game google's blog search engine by hooking themselves to breaking news keywords.

Name: SPAM PRODUCT | E-mail: | URI: http://SPAM | IP:

HOUSTON - Hurricane Rita roared toward the Texas and Louisiana coasts early Friday, a major Category 4 storm that spurred a traffic-snarled exodus toward higher ground and fears it could cripple the heart of the nation’s petrochemical industry.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Unusual 'home decorated' car

Unusual home decorated car

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Today was our 15th anniversary and we had a nice lunch at Pickety Place in Mason. There was this cool home-decorated truck with sea shells, horseshoe crabs, rays, etc in the parking lot. Delivering salmon for the entree?

Take a look at the full set of photos

Sunday, September 18, 2005

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Trying out Google SiteMap using WordPress plugin

A friend was asking today about how to improve her site's ranking in google and it got me thinking of adding Google's SiteMap and gave Arne Brachhold's WordPress plugin a try. It was amazingly simple to install and

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Photos from today's MyAct production of Macbeth


Originally uploaded by marcn.

Collection on Flickr

Personally I think "Macduff's son" had an excellent death scene. (Yay Spencer!) The stage crew was also particularly good. (Go Griffin!)

More about MyAct

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Merrimack's Community Theatre production this weekend

This weekend is MyAct's production of Shakespeare's "Scottish Play" (or as the hoi polloi call it "MacBeth")

September 10th at 7pm and September 11th at 3pm at the Wasserman Park Theater in Merrimack. Tickets are available at the door.

Spencer has a couple of rolls and Griffin is on stage crew. I'll post some photos tomorrow after the second performance.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Bunch of kids' art


Originally uploaded by marcn.

We are weeding through some of the kids' artwork today and photographing a bunch of it. The originals are then off the the trash can...

Watch the slideshow

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

138th Annual Bull Family Picnic

Bull Stone House (1722), Campbell Hall NY

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Today was the 138th picnic for the William Bull and Sarah Wells family at
the family homestead in Campbell Hall, NY.

Check out all the photos I took:

Or if you too attended, join,
join this group, "138thBullPicnic" and contribute some of your own photos.

Be sure to check out the Bull Genealogy Wiki I set up also.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Steadily working on the Turkey Hill Rd Graveyard


Originally uploaded by marcn.

The last couple of weekends have been busy, but Griffin and I found some time today to continue documenting the Turkey Hill Graveyard.

We are about 1/4 of the way through with 94 photos and with the school year rapidly approaching, this looks like a multi-year project.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Printer burst page in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu 'hoary' it appears that it isn't possible to set up a printer separator (sometimes called a burst page or Job Sheet) for a CUPs print queue. The Ubuntu print gui, (System->Administration->Printing) just doesn't expose that option. Usually it can be set in though the web interface to CUPs (localhost:631), but that is disabled.

To enable a JobSheet, edit the file /etc/cups/printers.conf to look
something like this:

# Printer configuration file for CUPS v1.1.23
# Written by cupsd on Thu Aug 4 11:03:47 2005
<defaultprinter LaserJet-9000>
Info LaserJet-9000
DeviceURI socket://
State Idle
Accepting Yes
JobSheets unclassified none
QuotaPeriod 0
PageLimit 0
KLimit 0

The unclassified refers to a file in /usr/share/cups/banners/ that is just a chunk of PostScript that gets prepended to the print jobs. If you feel like hacking PostScript, you can create your own burst page.

Monday, August 8, 2005

Lamer Bus

Lamer Bus

Originally uploaded by marcn.

To quote the wikipedia,

A Lamer is a jargon or slang name applied to individuals thought to be lacking in maturity, social skills, technical competence or intelligence. It is applied in a variety of contexts, though the proliferation of computer-mediated communication media such as IRC or BBSes may be partly responsible for bringing the term into common parlance.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Kids for Democracy wish Lou D'Allesandro a Happy Birthday


Originally uploaded by marcn.
Photo credit: Anita Gonzalez-Cecchin (

The NH and MA chapters of Kids for Democracy attended NH State Senator Lou D'Allesandro's birthday party last Friday.


Originally uploaded by marcn.
Photo credit: Anita Gonzalez-Cecchin (

John Edwards (here photographed with Kids for Democracy) also stopped by to wish Lou a Happy Birthday too.

More photos are available here:

Friday, July 29, 2005

Current preferences for RSS readers

I've been using RSS readers for a couple of years now to try to manage the 'River of News'.

This roughly follows the order in which I explored the world of aggregators.

  • AmphetaDesk -- web-based, runs on a server somewhere, perl-based. A nice solid news aggregator. There is a patch, AmphetaOutlines that improves the look-n-feel which I used. The only downside is it only supports RSS and not ATOM. It looks like RSS is going to win, but there are some sites out there (notably google's blogspot) that only provide ATOM feeds. I've used Amphetadesk the longest so far.

  • Sage, Thunderbird and other mozilla plugins -- nice but I don't really know when it updates.

  • Liferea -- Linux desktop, gnome-based. Nice but I found it a little buggy. It likely has improved since I last looked.

  • Straw -- Linux desktop, gnome-based. A nice client side application. The downside is it is client based and sometimes I want to check news while away from the my primary laptop.

  • -- A no-cost, web-based service. That's what I use these days.

  • Various Portals -- Yahoo!, MSN, Google, etc. While they do support adding RSS feeds, I just don't like how they clutter it up with other random stuff and ads. Give it a try, you may like it.

My blogroll is in various formats is available here.


I attended the first meeting of the new NH Python SIG (PySIG) in Manchester last night. About 13 folks interested in programming in python.

My two pet projects that I'd like to write in python are "pull info from a spreadsheet and set title, description, tags, etc on specific photos already hosted on" (to support this genealogy project) and "pull info from a Zoph (nice, but defunct) web/MySQL-based photo organizer and dump it into the next great photo organizer (F-Stop? something else?) without loosing too much data"

Friday, July 22, 2005

w32codecs for ubuntu 'hoary'

The stock Ubuntu repositories don't include the w32codecs (wmvdmod.dll, etc) so xine, mplayer can play WMV and other formats. Basically the package puts 127 DLLs in /usr/lib/w32codecs.

So, I temporarily added the following line to my /etc/apt/sources.list

deb testing main

And then did this:

apt-get update && apt-get install w32codecs

I then commented that line out since and apt-get upgrade would have picked up a bunch of updated packages from that repository.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Migrating to Ubuntu Hoary on my laptop

I've been running Debian/Sarge (now the stable branch) on my laptop for quite a while now and its time to try a new distro for dailyl use -- Ubuntu. This week I've been running Ubuntu 'Hoary' and the transition has been very smooth.

The only configuration issue was I wanted to use ALSA on this HP Compaq nc6000 laptop. The install did detect the sound device, but did separate the speaker from
the headphone controls.

phzi on #ubuntu pointed me to the unofficial, specifically the section configuresoundproperly. Those instructions were perfect.

ipodder (v2.1) on Ubuntu 'Hoary'

I'd upgraded to the latest iPodder (v2.1) on my Ubuntu ('Hoary') laptop today.

# tar jxvf iPodder-linux-2.1.tar.bz2

# cd iPodder-linux

# sudo ./

(take the defaults)

The only glitch is wx libraries aren't in the default PYTHONPATH, so set this environment variable either at the command line, or pop it in ~/.bashrc

export PYTHONPATH=/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/wx-2.5.3-gtk2-unicode/:$PYTHONPATH-unicode:$PYTHONPATH

Now clean up a little bit...

$ cd ../

$ rm -rf iPodder-linux iPodder-linux-2.1.tar.bz2

Now, you are all set to start iPodder!

$ (nohup iPodder&) # or add it to a menu bar button

Getting closer to not needing any special knowledge to get iPodder running on a GNU/Linux distro...

- - - - -

Just for searchers, this is the problem you see if you don't set the PYTHONPATH:

$ iPodder
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 38, in ?
import iPodderWindows
File "/opt/iPodder/", line 4, in ?
import listctrl as listmix
File "/opt/iPodder/", line 296, in ?
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'PyEventBinder'

Monday, July 18, 2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bull Surname Genealogy

The 138th Annual William Bull & Sarah Wells picnic is coming up in the next few weeks and I've been exchanging email with some distant cousins about ways to improve participation with the Bull Association and contribute genealogy info.

If you have any photos or scans of images having to do with the Bull picnic or any of the Bull descendants, please get a free account and join the groups below. Once you have joined those groups, you'll be able to add your photos to the following groups:

Additionally, there is now a Bull Surname Genealogy wiki for contributing genealogical information. Of course from the wiki you can display and link to images you have uploaded to

Monday, July 11, 2005

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TheMovingWall -- Vietnam Veteran's Memorial replica

TheMovingWall -- Vietnam Veteran's Memorial replica

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Sunday, Logan, Addy, Emma and I visited this very moving memorial, The Moving Wall.

It will be in Goffstown, NH until Saturday, July 16th.

See the complete set.

Kids For Democracy (NH & MA chapters)

Kids For Democracy (NH & MA chapters)

Originally uploaded by marcn.

This weekend Spencer, Griffin and Trevor (and Wendy) were down on Martha's
Vineyard with Kids For Democracy/NH.

See the complete photo set here:
Kids for Democracy (9-Jul-2005)

Monday, July 4, 2005

Memorial for Reuben Cummings (Merrimack, NH)

Memorial for Reuben Cummings -- Merrimack's only Revolutionary War Casualty (im000419)

Originally uploaded by marcn.

In Memoriam
Reuben Cummings
June 25, 1761 September 13, 1776
Merrimack's Only Casualty of the American Revolutionary War
At age 14, enlisted as Minute Man
Fought at Battle of Bunker Hill june 17, 1775
Promoted to Drummer July 20, 1776
At age 15, he died and was buried
in the area of Ft. Ticonderoga

In Merrimack's Turkey Hill Graveyard
Lat: 42.85776
Lon: -71.52103

Sunday, July 3, 2005

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

HP leads worldwide Linux server market

Since my job description contains the words Linux and ProLiant Servers, this makes me pretty happy -- HP leads worldwide Linux server market. The news has been going round
internally at HP, along with selling the 10 Millionth ProLiant server

HP has set an industry-first milestone by shipping more than 1 million Linux servers to customers since 1998, 45 percent more than any other major hardware vendor.

HP has led the worldwide Linux server market for 29 consecutive quarters. In the first quarter of 2005, HP grew 2.5 percentage points faster than the market in units on a year-over-year basis, shipped nearly 10 times as many Linux servers as Sun, led IBM by almost 8 percentage points in quarterly revenue share and outpaced Dell in both units and revenue.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Libertarian seeks to use eminent domain to redevelop Souter's home in Weare, NH

Will New Hampshire's own Supreme Court Justice David Souter's house be seized by eminent domain to make way for a hotel development?

Okay, so it is a stunt by some New Hampshire libertarians, but they do make a great point.

Getting three of the five Board of Selectmen to agree seems pretty doable.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

NH Hampshire Kids for Democracy meet with John Edwards


Originally uploaded by marcn.

Kids For Democracy (New Hampshire Chapter) with NH State Senator Joe Foster and Senator John Edwards

Photo credit: Anita Gonzalez-Cecchin

Left to Right: Joe Foster, Spencer & Griffin Nozell, John Edwards, Mikayla, Jhoshona, and Gabrielle Foster

For more information (okay, the site is pretty just a placeholder as of today) see

Press coverage of the fundraiser:

* Nashua Telegraph



* UnionLeader

Sunday, June 19, 2005

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Thursday, June 9, 2005

Kids for Democracy visit New Hampshire State House (group shot)

Kids for Democracy visit New Hampshire State House (group shot)

Originally uploaded by marcn.

I'm just getting around to uploading a bunch of photos Spencer took at last weekend's Kids for Democracy visit to the NH State House.

See the complete set here

Saturday, June 4, 2005

7th Annual Sea Lamprey appreciation day at Amoskeag Fishways

Sea Lampreys at Amoskeag Fishways

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Gross, yet cool.

Apparently in the 1700s they were very plentiful and usually feed to children because they have no bones. Yum!

See the whole collection

Sunday, May 29, 2005

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Two Rectangles, Vertical Gyrotory Up, Variation III (Chrinitoid @ RPI)

Two Rectangles, Vertical Gyrotory Up, Variation III (Chrinitoid @ RPI)

Originally uploaded by marcn.

I was tripping down memory lane and dug out some photos from RPI. Here is a fairly
good one of the Chrinitoid I took graduation weekend 1986. Okay, it was taken with one of those cheap-ass Kodak Disc cameras, but hey, there aren't may photos of it.

Geotagging gravesite: Matthew Thornton (1714-1803) New Hampshire graveyard sign

Matthew Thornton (1714-1803) New Hampshire graveyard sign

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Geotagging is a way to tag your photos with a latitude/longitude on and have them mapped using Google Maps. just does that.

Basically you add the tags "geotagged", "geo:lat=xx.xxxx" and "geo:lon=xx.xxxx" to a photo and optionally (but I've not see it work otherwise) put a link to in the photo description.

When you click on the link, it will show that photo on a zoomable google map.

This afternoon Griffin and I took some photos around Matthew Thornton's gravesite. Drill down can you can see the relative location of all the gravestones. Don't know who Matthew Thornton was?

I'm trying to convince Spencer and Griffin geotagging a cemetery closer to the house would make
a great summer project -- using digital camera, GPS, using the PC, helping genealogists, and of course, the possibility of fame -- hopefully will be enough to get them interested.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Having fun with

If you add the appropriate tags to your photos on (geotagged, geo:lat=XX.XXX, geo:lon=XX.XXX), then it will automatically be displayed on's augmented Google Maps.

Check out mine. There are a couple other Granite Staters who are playing along too -- crschmidt and StarrGazr

Monday, May 23, 2005

iPodder (v2.0rc3) on UbuntuLinux

I usually run debian/sarge on my laptop, but tonight it is booted to Ubuntu 'Hoary Hedgehog' and wanted iPodder running in this environment too.

The current 'released' version of iPodder today is v2.0rc3 for Linux.

First off, go grab and install the the kit from

You'll need to use python2.3 instead of the default python which is v2.4. I already had it installed, but you many need to install it. Also the older version of the xmms python library needed to be installed, but the current version of libwxgtk2.5.3-python is needed.

The commands to install those packages is:

sudo apt-get install python2.3 python2.3-xmms libwxgtk2.5.3-python

Finally the PYTHONPATH needs to be extended to pick up the wx 2.5.3 libraries.

Either edit /usr/bin/iPodder to look like this, or just do it manually when you want to run iPodder:

export PYTHONPATH=/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/wx-2.5.3-gtk2-unicode/:$PYTHONPATH-unicode:$PYTHONPATH
cd /opt/iPodder


I fence epee and foil. Fear me.


Originally uploaded by marcn.

Griffin and Trevor both placed 8th for Epee in their respective age categories at the USFA Youth Regional Fencing Tournament this weekend. Congrats boys!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

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Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom

Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom

Originally uploaded by marcn.

The Hollis library has displaying a copy of the world's largest published book "Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom". If you have an extra $15k laying around, buy me one.

Check out the entire set

MyAct in Merrimack this weekend

The Dullsville Mystery and Case of the Missing Gym Shorts, Cast Photo

Originally uploaded by marcn.

The older three boys were in MyAct performance of "The Dullsville Mystery and Case of the Missing Gym Shorts". The girls were in "The Real Princess"

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Friday, May 13, 2005

fyi: straw database recovery

This morning I accidentally double clicked on the straw RSS aggregator icon and two copies raced
to see who could corrupt the app's database first.

straw refused to start with this error: DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run
database recovery - - PANIC: Invalid argument
Recovery Error: See README for details on how to recover data.

And the straw README says to do this:

$ db_recover -h $HOME/.straw -c -v
$ db_checkpoint -1 -v

Fair enough, but I don't have those scripts installed db\_recover or db\_checkpoint. It turns out that they are in the libdb2-util package. (apt-get install libdb2-util)

Fortunately the recovery processed work fine.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Monday, May 9, 2005

Gov Lynch with Griffin, Trevor and Spencer Nozell of Kids for Democracy at NH Convention

Gov Lynch with Griffin, Trevor and Spencer Nozell of Kids for Democracy at NH Convention

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Saturday as the NH Democratic Party State Convention. Spencer, Griffin and Trevor (and Wendy) were there staffing the Kids For Democracy booth.

They had the opportunity to talk with a number of people, including Governor John Lynch

Photo credit: Anita Gonzalez-Cecchin

See all the photos from the event