Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Just like a little Brenton!

This comic totally reminded me of Brenton!

( Bad Megan! You found another comic I have to read! ;) )

My motorcycle!


I bought a motorcycle last weekend! It's a 2001 Suzuki SV650. I love it! 
It scares me a bit, since it's way bigger than the bike I learned on, but it's a lot of fun! 
I don't have any pictures of mine yet, but I'll try to get some up this weekend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Brawl & WiFi!

So, despite most everyone's expectations, Smash Bros. Brawl will be networked! That's crazy news!

Eric, there's no question now, you and Kerby are getting a Wii by the time this game comes out. Colin, that goes for you too!

In other news, I found Scott Adams' post today about suing God quite funny. 

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I know how to ride a bike!

I just finished my Motorcycle Rider Safety program I mentioned a while ago. It was a ton of fun, and I feel like I'm not going to break anything just by sitting on a bike anymore :) . My waiver for the DMV riding test is due to show up in 7-10 days, so I can get my license then. I'm considering getting a permit earlier than that so that I can get a bike before school starts in a couple of weeks. 

These are the bikes I'm looking at primarily:
But I'm feeling pretty flexible. 

On an odd note of the same topic, both of the major motorcycle stores in Goleta are open Tuesday through Saturday... not Sunday! Weird.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

WGR614 & PPTP

If you're not a nerd, or not looking for information on setting up a VPN over PPTP with a Netgear WGR614 (v5), you're probably not going to want to read this post. 

I'm writing this post because I spent hours on multiple occasions trying to figure out why my VPN connection to work had stopped working, seemingly spontaneously. ( I don't use the VPN all that often, so I couldn't figure out when it may have stopped working, and what I might have done. ) I'm hoping that this post will save someone who runs into it on Google.

It turns out that it was a silly change in my Netgear WGR614's settings that I had made to play a game online, compounded with other futile attempts to solve the problem. In essence, you need the following to make a PPTP VPN connection work with this router:
  1. Setup an Address Reservation for your VPN Client machine. ( This isn't strictly necessary, but it makes the next step much more reliable, since your DHCP address won't be changing all the time. )
  2. Add a port forwarding rule for PPTP to the address you just reserved for your client machine. This will make all traffic on port 1723 get past the router and to the client machine.
  3. Make sure that there is no port triggering related to PPTP or port 1723 setup! ( I had tried to set this up, and forgotten about it ( because of the crappy Netgear UI ), and it blocked me for a long time! ).
  4. On the WAN Setup page, ensure that the "Disable SPI Firewall" checkbox is UNCHECKED. ( Some games, in my case GuildWars, require this to be checked to work properly. I now have to switch back and forth on this setting to play GuildWars or use the VPN. Ugh. )
Don't bother trying to setup Port Forwarding or Port Triggering for GRE (protocol 47) or ESP (protocol 50). It won't do any good since the type of traffic you're trying to use there isn't TCP/IP or UDP traffic, and it may actually cause some harm. You also don't need the "Respond to ping on internet port" setting enabled either.

I hope this helps someone sometime in the future. Let me know if it does, or if you need further assistance in getting your setup to work.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Mistborn, FF12, and Motorcycles

Well, for any of you that haven't read the Mistborn books, drop whatever you're doing, go get them, and read them. 

What are you doing here still? You're supposed to be getting Mistborn!

Well, I just read both of them ( the first one was a re-read so I could get back into the flow of the series ). Each book was started and finished in about a day and a half. Now I've got to wait for who-knows-how-long for the last book to come out! Arg!

Oh, and I've also finally gone back to playing Final Fantasy XII - it was remarkably easy to get back into the story despite being over 40 hours into the game when I set it aside for a few months. It's quite enjoyable, if a bit sadistic at times. ( Eric, I'm trying to finish it before I go back to school! )

In other news ( since my wife apparently leaked the story already! ), I've signed up for a motorcycle riding course. ( Yes family, I'll be careful! ) Everyone having their motorcycles has gotten me really excited about getting one! Megan and I actually went out to Santa Barbara MotorSports the other day to get some gloves, and I talked with a salesman there about different bikes. Unfortunately, I think my price range got moved up during that conversation... 

Anyways, off to work... piles of emails to deal with!