This came to me via the Real Beer Pages monthly newsletter.
CHARLES KOCH, VITAL TO CREATION OF BOSTON BEER, DIES
Charles Joseph Koch Jr., father of Boston Beer Company co-founder Jim Koch, has died. He was 89 years old. A press release from Boston Beer explains, "The elder Mr. Koch was a guiding light for his oldest son, Jim, in the creation of The Boston Beer Company. He contributed his immense knowledge of brewing, as well as his sound business advice. But his greatest gift lay in an old trunk stored in his attic. That trunk contained family brewing memorabilia and beer recipes dating back to the 1800s. Indeed, he handed over to his son what he considered the best of the family beer recipes. That beer was first brewed in 1984 and soon appeared in taverns and restaurants in Boston under the name Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The success of Samuel Adams Boston Lager is widely credited as a catalyst for the American Craft Beer Revolution." Charles Koch was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 14, 1922, and after majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati he became the fifth generation of eldest Koch sons to become a brewer.
The loss of a family member is very sad.
Man, I wished I saved some screenshots.
I wasn't sure when it happened, but I was getting a pop-up whenever I plugged my USB devices in that said, "This Device may be able to perform faster..." and then it said I had no USB 2.0 or Hi-Speed USB connections installed on my system.
It was driving me nuts since I had a combo USB/Firewire PCI-E card installed and my Kindle, iPod, HTC phone, all complained and I was getting slow(er) USB transfer speeds.
I didn't know what it could be! I took out the card, blew the dust out, resat the card, etc, re-installed drivers, but nothing made a difference.
Then I read a forum post that said it might be related to the recent Service Pack for Windows 7.
In my device manager, I had three yellow exclamation points next to my USB devices. The forum post said to delete them from your device manager, reboot, and then Windows 7 would reinstall the right driver.
Sure enough, it worked!
In looking back through my Google Search History, I see that I saw an interesting thing in my Event Log:
The driver Driverusbehci failed to load for the device PCI
I work with a real sharp Microsoft Engineer and the first place he always looks is the Event Log.
Here's the forum post that helped me solve this all:
We just got back from a wonderful time down at Disney World. They sure know how to do it right. Not only do they have excellent customer service, they go all out to make sure their customers have a great time.
This was the first time we actually spent time on their property. That's how you got to do it. I drove our van once over the entire week for a beer run. Everything else has been taken care of.
I have some observations that I'd like to share.
Now, I have a tattoo. I got it when I was 18. I can hide it easily. At Disney world, tattoos are the new goatee. You ain't cool unless you have a tattoo. At Disney World, one will get to see a lot of tattoos. I saw plenty of arm sleeves, leg tattoos, and heck, I even thought about getting another one on my leg, (in college I had picked out the most awesome Japanese Shadow puppet for my calf), but there were zero neck tattoos. That is, until we returned to Georgia. It still boggles my mind why anyone would get a neck tattoo.
The anthropologist in me really appreciates this article. I can see this sort of social evolution happening within a corporation.
NYTimes: Supremacy of a Social Network
... to sound cliche.
So, my precious VMWare node, running on an old Dell 1850 died a couple weeks ago. I lost a drive. I had it set up with RAID0. Yes, I'll admit I was over confident. I was surprised how quickly that drive died, but I lost everything. I lost years of work: my SVN repositories, my Asterisk configs, my DNS records, the list goes on.
A good friend of mine said, "It's time to go to the Cloud; It's awesome."
... back in my day...
It's been so many years since I've run a server in my basement. Even before my kids were born. I was one of the first people to get aDSL in Atlanta: this was when the phone company still did a truck roll to their customer's house. I ran a FreeBSD box, (I think 4.5), that did PPPoE with a really old 10Mbit switch. Ever since then, I had a box in the basement doing things. I used to run mail servers, web servers, media servers, network drive, internal DNS, and even an Asterisk PBX.