Chellie’s House

Grace, Bette & Dave traveled into Chicago to visit niece/granddaughter Chellie who lives near North and Wells. After dumping them off at the door and finding a parking place two blocks away at a 2-hour meter, we saw Chellie’s 900 sq-ft apartment. Very nice, and she has done a lot of decorating to make it a little more homey.

Then we walked next door to her new apartment, next to a big old Greek church. What a difference. On the 3rd floor, twice as big, nice wood floors and windows! Light! She will like that one much better. She moves soon.

For lunch we headed over to Dublin’s Bar & Grill. I had to go feed the meter halfway thru lunch, but on the way back there is a nice farmer’s market a block down and I got some sunflowers to put by the Sarah trees and for Bette.

On the way home, I missed several turnoffs and we ended up by the old post office. Traffic was messed up due to construction, accidents and activities downtown, so going anywhere took forever, the 18th st exit was closed and I forget that you cannot get on 90/94 East and exit at the 290 ramp. Hence going down to Taylor St, turning around, missing the 290 on ramp from the OTHER direction, exiting at Madison? and then wending east and south to get to Congress Parkway. What a mess. Grace enjoyed the trip, seeing all these different places, so I guess it was ok.

Dublin’s, 1030 N State St, Chicago, 60610 (312) 266-6340

Hell, thy name is XP installer

Picture this: my computer with Win2K has this partitioning:

disk partition/drive letter
0 part0=C: part1=G: part2=D:
1 part0=E:

Okay, so I can easily back up drive C:, and use the XP installer to delete the C: partition and create a new partition in that slot. Then, reinstall, set up apps, everyone is happy, no?


After I was done, partition 1 is now marked as system drive, and d1/p0 is marked D: and — the good part — I can’t change any of this with the XP Manage Hard Disks.

After much Googling and reading I found a nice app called MBRWizard, but this stuff scared me. If I blow the partition table, ALL my drives are dead, and I don’t have backups of the other drives. I conveniently received a sales email from my old Boot Commander folks Vcom about their new Partition Commander release for $30. I had used Partition Magic at work, and it worked ok. I bought, installed, burned the boot CD and it showed me a lovely arrangement of sensibly arranged drive letters. Click Save, reboot, and reinstall XP. Now the C drive AND the boot drive is d0/p0 as the Lord ordained. XP install complete for the 5th time, and a little drive letter munging, and we are back!

Wikipedia on Master Boot Record
MBRWizard freeware

Jets Overhead

I have been listening to this Canadian band for the last few days and really like it. Go to their website and download all the mp3s for free! Then pay them! I donated $10, a fair price for two records plus the instrumental version of the Bridges disc.

How about FLAC?

Subversion on 1&1 Shared Hosting

WordPress has another security update. I am tired of patching zips, and the Subversion update looks a lot easier, but for some stupid reason, 1&1 does not include the SVN client in their standard setup.

The tags to upgrade to are here. All I need is the Subversion client!

The basic Subversion build is here at

Get both the source and the deps files, for example subversion-1.4.4.tar and subversion-deps-1.4.4.tar.

mkdir svn
cd svn
tar xvf subversion-1.4.4.tar
tar xvf subversion-deps-1.4.4.tar
cd subversion-1.4.4
./configure --prefix=$HOME
make install

The --prefix=$HOME dumps the client code into ~/bin, since we cannot write into the shared “root” areas.

Now (per here) I edit ~/.bash_profile (not .bashrc) and add the lines:
export PATH

Load it up:
source ~/.bash_profile

I am not a Unix guru. This only took two hours and my Sunday morning to figure out. Curse 1&1.

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