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Megabus expands to Chattanooga and Atlanta from Knoxville October 26, 2011 9:41 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Transportation, Travel
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Woohoo! Can you say weekend jaunt to the aquarium!

The bus system, which started five years ago and books passengers using an online ticket-selling system, will begin making twice-daily trips from Knoxville to Chattanooga and Atlanta on Nov. 16. The company said customers can begin booking travel Tuesday at www.megabus.com.

[Source, No Silence Here]

My daughter has taken the Megabus to New York City. It’s cost effective and works great. I will definitely be planning a family weekend in Atlanta and Chattanooga soon.

See also: The Megabus has Arrived in Knoxville!.

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Let’s Talk Convenience! October 25, 2011 10:03 pm

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Video streaming by Ustream

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While Cathy was away, the boys played! October 25, 2011 10:02 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, House, Of Being Dad
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Cathy went to visit Sarah in New York City. The grandparents basically had Amy and Evan for the entire trip and Noah for much of the trip. That left Tommy and me at the house alone. Tommy, like Freakzoid, gets sucked into the Internet so I basically had the house to myself for duration of her trip minus the time I spent for clients and the time I spent juggling at Boo at the Zoo. So what happened in that time? The yard had a major cleaning of the junk which had been accumulating for a decade. The house received a sweeping and mopping. Then there was this surprise for Cathy:

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What happens when you leave a man home alone? October 23, 2011 3:45 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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The wife and kids are away…so I run out of toilet paper!


Don’t touch fast spinning things October 23, 2011 3:40 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I wonder if the time lapse video will capture the moment I touched my finger to the shaft of the rotary tool. Bad thing to do just before going to juggle for 3 or 4 hours.

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Things you shouldn’t have to say in the morning October 23, 2011 11:24 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Where’s the snake?

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Bohemian Rhapsody ala William Shatner October 21, 2011 11:45 am

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Oh thank you Shatner, Joe Powell, and Michael Silence!

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Creating experiences for your child is parenting October 17, 2011 9:51 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Cathy, Daily Life, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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cathymccaughan Oct 16, 3:51pm via TweetDeck

Cat Stevens on the XM and 9-y-o chirps: "I remember this song from the big rally in DC. Let’s do that again." #colbert

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Dennis Ritchie RIP October 13, 2011 4:24 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Of Interest
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#include dennisritchie.h ignored–file not found.
kill -9 Dennis Ritchie
dmr is offline

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How to Fix iOS5 Restore Error 3200 October 12, 2011 3:51 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Communications, Gadgets, Hardware, Software, Technology
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UPDATE: Mashable and other sites are reporting that Apple’s servers are being overwhelmed and only about half the requests are getting through. The error is related to authentication and there is nothing we the users can do to fix it. Simply keep trying to get your update. As demand settles, the error will go away.

To anyone getting “An internal error occurred.” (3200) while installing iOS 5.0, Apple’s servers are swamped, and failing half the requests.

[Source, TheNextWeb, iOS 5 Error 3200 or “internal error” update issues? Apple’s servers are getting slammed.]

Word in the Ether is that you must update iTunes before updating your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to iOS5! If you are experiencing this error, I personally would try updating iTunes and try syncing again before doing any of these steps. I personally have not tried anything in this post.

xiphone.org has been hammered and is over its resource limit so I’m reprinting their instructions here.

  1. Install newest version of iTunes while do not connect your iPhone, iPod or iPad yet.
  2. Once installed, run new iTunes for a while then close it.
  3. Windows users simply go to folder
    C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates (replacing C: with the appropriate drive letter)
    Mac users need to locate it. I don’t really sure where it is.
  4. Cut and paste files there to somewhere else.
    Do not delete them in case the steps does not work for you, you can still copy them back to the folder. You can find out your username by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  5. Put your iPhone into DFU Mode (alternate link)
  6. Finally, proceed with iOS 5 restore procedure

[Source, xiphone.org, HOW TO Fix iOS 5 beta Restore Error 3200]

To enter DFU mode:

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Unlike Recovery Mode, DFU Mode doesn’t load the firmware/OS currently installed before restore attempt. DFU mode will be considered as a last resort to restore if a restore using Recovery Mode doesn’t work and you are getting error while restoring you device.

  1. Open iTunes and connect the iPhone via USB.
  2. Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
  3. Continue holding the both buttons for exact 10 seconds. Then release the Sleep/Wake. Keep holding the Home button until iTunes pops up that it has found an iPhone in Recovery Mode.

It may take a few attempts to get your iPhone into DFU mode. Generally, I hold down both buttons then release the Wake/Sleep button just before I think the Apple logo would appear. If you are still holding both buttons down and you see the Apple logo you are holding them down for too long!

[Source, iphoneheat.com, How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode]

See also How to put an unresponsive iPhone into DFU mode

Learn How to put an unresponsive iPhone into DFU mode. For more Cell Phone, PDA, iPhone How-To Videos & Articles, visit WonderHowTo.

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Nope! Chuck Testa October 12, 2011 2:19 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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So who is Chuck Testa? Knowyourmeme.com explains:

Read more at KnowYourMeme.com and see more of Chuck Testa at Smosh

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Chuck Testa Stuffed a Girl! October 12, 2011 2:10 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Of Interest
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Who is Chuck Testa?

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Which XBOX 360 replacement DVD drive should I buy? October 11, 2011 11:44 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Hardware, Technology
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My xbox 360 dvd drive has died. I’ve found reasonably priced replacements but each seems to be a different brand. For instance, one is a Samsung Toshiba MS25 TS-H943 while another is a Hitachi LG 59DJ 79FX GDR-3120L and http://www.xboxslave.com/ has Beng, Samsung, Hitachi, and Phillips ‘Lite On’ Does the manufacturer matter? I’m aware of the daughter board replacement or flash update need.

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Mandatory Retirement Age for Strippers October 11, 2011 9:16 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor
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As funny as this is, I have to respectfully disagree. Being male, I personally know that even sad tits are still something to be admired.

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My roof will outlive me October 7, 2011 10:47 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, From the mouths of babes
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I spoke to one of my neighbors this morning. Or rather, I said a bunch of words and I think he managed to understand a couple of them.

Me: "I like your new metal roof."
Him: "It’s a poor man’s roof.”
Me: "I bet it sounds nice in the rain."
Him: "It’s got a 35 year warranty. I’m 98 years old."
Me: "And an optimist!"

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