PreSonus FireStudio

It’s been way too long since I’ve done any music creation. Perhaps in a couple of months when I get the home into a decently organized state, I’ll look for some studio gear for the spare bedroom and this new gizmo from NAMM will probably be pretty high on my list:

PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface (Complete System)

A few months ago, I had gotten fairly close to buying the FirePod or FireBox on the basis of great reviews that it was getting, but then I got sidetracked by other stuff, including the new home. The FireStudio is an even more powerful piece of gear so if the reviews are good and I get some time to make room for it, I might end up picking one of these.

Damn it’s hot

Our air conditioning works but not super, super well, so I’m worried that it’s going to get pretty hot at home. Luckily, we were out today so we didn’t get to find out.

I’ve got the air conditioning working quite a bit better than before by removing wood slats in the fence that a previous owner installed around the compressor, hosing it off a bit, and straightening some of the bent fins. It’s much better, but it still has trouble getting the household temperature below 80 during the day. Might have to get an HVAC guy out to check everything and see whether it needs a freon recharge.

My phone is driving me crazy

We are getting ridiculous amounts of bogus phone calls. Just this morning:

7/22 10:28am 916-290-4350 telemarketing background; then in foreground someone yells, laughs, and hangs up.
7/22 10:19am Unknown caller Nobody there
7/22 10:02am 916-290-4350 Nobody there
7/22 9:55am YPOR 440-331-6633 Nobody there
7/22 9:38am 916-290-4350

Here’s a bit more of our call log.

7/21 7:01pm Unknown caller
7/21 5:47pm Unknown name 866-524-7874
7/21 5:15pm Unknown caller
7/21 2:16pm Unknown name 702-835-0091
7/21 11:02am YPOR 440-331-6633
7/21 9:12am Unknown caller
7/20 6:20pm YPOR 440-331-6633
7/20 1:01pm YPOR 440-331-6633
7/20 10:47am YPOR 440-331-6633
7/19 7:21pm Unknown name 720-246-0422
7/19 6:15pm YPOR 440-331-6633
7/19 6:01pm Unknown name 702-430-4444
7/19 2:25pm Unknown caller
7/19 11:12am Unknown name 702-430-4444
7/19 10:18am Unknown caller
7/19 9:31am YPOR 440-331-6633
7/18 6:26pm Unknown name 702-430-4444
7/18 3:32pm Unknown caller
7/17 7:13pm Unknown caller
7/17 7:06pm Unknown name 720-246-0422
7/17 6:27pm Unknown name 702-430-4444
7/17 5:37pm Unknown name 702-835-0090
7/17 10:28am Unknown name 702-835-0090

We’re already done the thing so we’re in the middle of our 30 day period, but even after that I’m not convinced that these folks are law-abiding citizens who subscribe to the donotcall list. I’ll probably try telezapping these folks and if that doesn’t work, I might just get rid of our landline. We don’t use our phone a heck of a lot anyway and I don’t want to pay $20 or $30 a month for something that rings 2 or 3 times an hour and disturbs us. Interestingly, neither of us are getting any of this junk on our cell phones.

TeleZapper TZ 900

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Linux Final Release: Complete and Safe Desktop Computing


MEPIS has released SimplyMEPIS 6.0. This is the first public release of SimplyMEPIS to incorporate an Ubuntu foundation. Based on the Dapper LTS package pool, 6.0 is designed for stable long term use and support.

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 is a complete and safe desktop environment designed to meet the needs of everyday computer users. SimplyMEPIS offers advanced hardware autodetection, multimedia integration, and an easy to use installer. Featured software includes KDE 3.5.3, Kontact 1.2.3, OpenOffice 2.0.2, Firefox, Thunderbird, RealPlayer 10.0.7, as well as hundreds of other top quality applications. SimplyMEPIS 6.0 runs the latest security patched 2.6.15 Linux kernel from Ubuntu-Security.

Might be of interest to those of you who are still on Windows and contemplating a move to Linux.