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Sunday, December 26, 1999

Well, Christmas went well. Among other things, I got a Sony CD player/tape deck/radio for work, a bagel toaster for work (I eat a lot of bagels at work), various nice dress shirts for work, plus other paraphernalia (sp?). I’m truly grateful. In other news, I’ve been trying to get NAT (Network Address Translation) working on my main BeOS machine. It would allow me to share one internet connection with […]

Thursday, December 23, 1999

Sorry for not uploading yesterday; I had some problems with the web interface to this diary file, and was afraid it might blow away the diary by accident. I think I’ll be OK, though. …In fact, it just happened. Yuck. I hit “save” and my diary was annihilated. Good thing I’d copied it to the clipboard beforehand. Now I’m editing via telnet, which is much more stable. *sigh* Time […]

Tuesday, December 21, 1999

Ahhhh, bliss. My BeMachine arrived yesterday, ahead of schedule. A combined 900 Mhz of raw computing power. Unfortunately, after running out to buy a modem and Ethernet card, I’m having trouble connecting it to my home LAN — I can ping the loopback interface (, but the “network interface fails to initialize.” I must be using the wrong driver. And SMC‘s website isn’t responding (they make the network card, and I’m hoping beyond […]

Monday, December 20, 1999

I just uploaded updates for the past few days. Sorry about that. I checked the UPS website, and they don’t actually process packages on Saturdays, so my BeMachine won’t arrive until tomorrow. I can hardly wait!

Sunday, December 19, 1999

Well, church went well this morning. Dad finally resigned as Sunday School teacher (effective after the last class he teaches, on January 2nd). He feels so good about being free of that responsibility. It’s not so much that he despised doing it, it’s that he finally feels free to leave the church. Which has been feeling remarkably dead — nobody really […]

Saturday, December 18, 1999

Had my weekly breakfast with Dad this morning, at IHOP. Pretty good food, though not much better than many other places in my area. Afterwards Dad and I went shopping at a new local shopping mall. We both picked up several good gifts. We also ran into Mike Minter, the pastor of Reston Bible Church. He was a good friend of ours, until the church started getting…very weird. […]

Friday, December 17, 1999

Well, we had our annual Christmas party at work. Much fun was had by all, particularly during the White Elephant gift exchange. I got a tin of chocolate-covered pretzels and butterscotch candies, which I cetainly can’t complain about, considering that I gave out a basket of nuts. I also made Caramel Apple Bars, thanks to a recipe from They came out excellent; the best dessert I’ve ever made. Delicious […]

Thursday, December 16, 1999

YES! My BeMachine was shipped today! I should get it by Monday, at which point I’ll squeal in glee all across these pages. :-) Went to lunch at Maggiano’s today, a local Italian family-style restaurant. A co-worker was getting married, so we treated her to lunch. Fortunately, we found a bug in the salad, so we got free coffee and two free desserts! Woohoo!

Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Wow, not even an update on Tuesday. Yikes. I’ve added a new Networking section to my BeOS site. I must admit that I’m rather proud of it, though it definitely needs an introduction page. I’ve started designing a game for the BeOS Game Coding Competition. It’ll be a bit like a top-down version of Privateer, only not nearly as pretty. :-) I plan to use simple unfilled 2D polygons to display each […]

Monday, December 13, 1999

I should just resign myself to not updating my page on the weekend. How embarrassing (sp?). In any event. I spent Saturday Christmas shopping, and Sunday relaxing. Church went well, including my leading the congregation in a set of Christmas carols. AWANA was a lot of fun. I need to remind myself to double-check on getting some extra-special Pokemon stuff for the kids. I also spent some time IRC chatting on #gamedev on AFTERnet. #gamedev is‘s official chat […]

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