Things I did in 1999
by Gerald Oskoboiny
This page records stuff I did in 1999. See also: 1998, 2000, or who cares?
- Jan 18, 1999
Started archiving all my HTTP
- Jan 23, 1999
Bought a Umax
Astra 1220S 600dpi color flatbed scanner from egghead.com for $136
($160 + $16 shipping - $30 rebate.)
- Feb 12-16, 1999
Visited friends in Ottawa. Kicked their butts at pool (again.)
- Feb 26-28, 1999
Went to New
Orleans for the annual HWG
Ate dinner at Emeril's on
Saturday, one of the best meals of my life.
What a cool city!
- March 12-19, 1999
St. Patrick's day
festivities in Boston. (3rd annual!)
Mark, Dave, Mike, and Ted from Toronto and Pete from Nfld all
came down to Boston in search of green beer.
- March 21, 1999
Upgraded my home machine to RedHat Linux 5.2 (from 5.1.)
- April 3, 1999
email of the day (I have no idea why I
- April 4, 1999
Signed up for a free fax number from eFax. (the faxes are sent via
e-mail, so now my faxes can get archived along with all my
other incoming e-mail... cooool. Of course, I never use faxes
- April 10-12, 1999
Visited friends in Ottawa/Montreal. Photos/details coming soon!
- April 12-14, 1999
Schmoozed with Bill Gates, Dertouzos, Metcalfe, TimBL and
others at the LCS
See photos I took at the reception.
- May 8-25, 1999
Work/vacation in Toronto, Edmonton, and Newfoundland.
Photos/details coming soon! My itinerary was:
- May 8
- flew to Toronto, stayed at the Strathcona
- May 9-11
- W3C advisory committee meeting
- May 12-14
- WWW8 conference
- May 14-20
- Vacation in Edmonton
- May 21-25
- somehow ended up in Comfort Cove, Newfoundland
- May 29, 1999
Saw Honest Bob
& the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives with Yong-Mi and Dan.
- June 11, 1999
"In the Beginning was the Command Line" by Neal
Stephenson, very entertaining.
- June 12-14 1999
Visited friends in Ottawa (Chris' birthday.)
Photos/details coming soon!
- June 16, 1999
Today I bought some peanut butter with a Y2K problem.
("BUY BEFORE FEB 1900".) (Skippy[tm] brand.)
- June 29 - July 25, 1999
Vacation in Europe (Holland, Germany, Italy, France.)
Trip report/photos are in progress.
- July 10, 1999
Missed Ian's wedding in Edmonton, due to Europe trip
- Aug 21, 1999
Stayed up until 7:30am catching up on FoRK and reading
(among other things) epinions
company info/plans and ArsDigita
Plans. It sure is tempting to pick one of these
places and become a multi-millionaire within a year or two...
- Aug 26, 1999
Upgraded my home machine to RedHat Linux 6.0 (from 5.2.) Spent several hours fighting with X, GNOME, and Enlightenment
configuration; the Linux desktop still has a bit of maturing
to do before it will conquer the desktop market. (which it will.)
See what my desktop looks like
Got a cable
modem from RCN.
Woohoo! (see also: FAQ)
Impression so far: fairly good; peak speeds are amazing, my
record so far is 360K/s on a large file transfer from a
machine at work (rpmfind.net). Quality seems to vary
depending on the time of day; occasionally there has been
large amounts of packet loss and a couple complete outages.
(New record as of 27 Jan 2000: 636K/s!)
Unfortunately I don't have enough PCI slots for the ethernet
card and my WinTV card, so the WinTV had
to go (for now, anyway.)
- July/August, 1999
My 10-year high school reunion should've taken place sometime
around now, I wonder if it did? (Apparently not.)
- August, 1999
Thought about moving, looked around a little bit for a new
place, but then decided it's too much trouble and I'll just
keep the place I have now
for another year or so.
- Sept 10-13, 1999
Charles, Maggie, Hugo, Eric, Katy, and I visited Ian and
others in New York city. See photos/details.
- Oct 16-19, 1999
Visited family & friends in Edmonton (on a last-minute websaver
- Oct 3, 1999
were scheduled to attack today
- Nov 17, 1999
Got an Olympus D-450 Zoom digital camera.
- Dec 5, 1999
Happy birthday to me!
I ordered a free computer from MyFavoritePC today
(free as long as I open an account at E*Trade and keep at least
$1000 in it for a year.) I only had to pay $75 for shipping.
(it's only available for shipping to US addresses.)
I gave it to my mom for Christmas.
810 chipset on Linux clues, code/RPMs)
Also, I opened an E*Trade account to get the
deal mentioned above; so far, their web site seems better
than Datek's (better use of
hypertext, web technology overall), but it's much more complex
than it needs to be. (see also: my other investing notes)
- Dec 22, 1999 - Jan 10, 2000
Visited family & friends in Edmonton:
- Dec 22-31
Misc stuff (@@ photos)
New Year's Eve
Partied at the Sheraton.
(see photos )
- Jan 3-7
- Worked from home, a little
- Jan 8-9
- Went skiing with family in Jasper
for the first time, oh the pain...)
- Jan 10
- returned home
See also: 1998, 2000
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