Monday, June 30, 2008

caGrid Portal 2.0.2 Released

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 22:04:28 -0400
Subject: caGrid Portal 2.0.2 Released

On behalf of the caGrid Portal team, I am pleased to announce the release of caGrid Portal version 2.0.2. Enhancements in this release are focused primarily on using the caGrid semantic infrastructure to perform service discoveries and data access from multiple services.

Some of the new functionality includes:
* New query builder interface, with support for distributed caGrid Query Language (DCQL) [RFE 14931]
* Services can now be discovered using EVS concept codes [RFE 14932]
* caBIG(TM) Tools, maintained by NCI CBIIT, are now displayed within the portal [RFE 14930]
* Services that no longer advertise to the index service are removed from portal [RFE 13232]

We invite you to view these exciting enhancements at:

A complete list of new features, remediated defects, and known issues can be found in the release notes:

For your reference, several documentation guides were updated for this release:

Administrator Guide:
Installation Guide:
User Guide:

Those wishing to deploy their own caGrid Portal can download the distribution here:
Source Code:

Additional caGrid Portal information can be found on the caGrid wiki:

Thank you for your interest in caGrid!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I'm Voting Republican

Watch the video to see why.

Thanks to Mike for passing this on.

Princess Lampshade

Football's puppy Maggie got her na-na removed:

Aww...I wish I could wear a lampshade.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Firefox 3

The new version of Firefox was released today, and I already found a bug. Please take a moment to login to Mozilla's Bugzilla (or create an account) and vote for it to be fixed.

My three-day streak of technology destruction continues.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Software Update -> Sad Mac

I couldn't understand why software update kept trying to download EFI Firmware 1.51 for the past three months:
MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5.1
This update fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Pro computers.

After the firmware is successfully applied to your Mac, your Boot ROM Version will be:

MBP21.00A5.B08 or MBP31.0070.B07

You can confirm the version of the Boot ROM installed on your computer using System Profiler.

Whatever the fuck that means. It turns out I never followed the post install steps.

Sick of being nagged, I followed the post-install step (hold power button until loud beep), and promptly turned my $2300 MacBook Pro into a brick.

There is a technote on restoring your firmware, which includes the greatest kabuki dance of all time:

Restoring firmware with a Firmware Restoration CD

To restore your computer's firmware, you must first create a CD using the disk image named "FirmwareRestorationCD.dmg" by following these steps:
1. Open Disk Utility (located at /Applications/Utilities).
2. Click the Burn icon or select the "Burn…" menu item from the Images menu.
3. Navigate to where FirmwareRestorationCD.dmg is located, and click the Burn button.
4. Insert a blank recordable CD.
5. Click the Burn button to create the Firmware Restoration CD. The files are burned to the disc.

Next, use the Firmware Restoration CD to restore your Firmware:
6. Make sure that the computer you are trying to restore is plugged into an AC outlet.
7. Turn on the computer and continue holding the Power button. The sleep LED will blink rapidly, then slowly, then rapidly (3 quick blinks, 3 slow blinks, 3 quick blinks).

On Macs that don't have a sleep LED, tones are used instead. Hold down the power button until you hear 3 long tones, then 3 short tones, then 3 long tones.

On Macs that use a tray-load optical drive, the tray will open to allow the Restoration CD to be inserted.

8. Insert the Firmware Restoration CD while the lights are blinking or tones sounding, then release the Power button. A long tone is played once the recovery process has started.
A progress bar appears beneath an Apple logo on a gray screen. The progress bar indicates the firmware is being updated. Do not disconnect power, shut down, or restart the computer during the update or you will need to start the restoration process again beginning with step 6.

The computer will restart automatically after the firmware is updated.

Three fast, three slow, three fast...doh! Still busted.

A trip to the Apple Store later, my Genius tells me the logic board needs to be replaced (a.k.a. no laptop until Friday). Having killed two consumer electronics in two days, I wasn't sure what to do without a computer for three days.

So after much consternation, opinion shopping my friends and family, and a trip to Microcenter, I went back to the Apple Store and bought a Mac mini (which is like a laptop, only without a screen or battery or keyboard). My educational discount saved me a big $20, and I upgraded the ram to 2GB with the leftovers from my MacBook Pro.

Let's see what I break tomorrow.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Your call cannot be completed as dialed

35 days ago, my Sony w810i jumped in a puddle. In the smoothest insurance claim in the history of cell phones, I received a new Sony w580i as a replacement just two days later.

The phone worked flawlessly for 33 days, then froze today while I was writing a text message.

So I will be leaving work early today to go to the mysterious AT&T depot, where it will either be replaced by a working w580i, or Foldger's crystals.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Starscape 2008

Another year, another awesome Starscape. But what did you miss by not attending?

Photos by High-Rezolution

Well, as I summarized in an email to the Mini-football (a.k.a. Charlie, George's brother):
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Douche:

Candy Kids:

Rave Creature:

Electronic Musician BT:

Disco Mom:

Tanning Whore:

And Most Important: Sweaty Mess (me) and his sidekick, Corey:

Previous: Starscape 2006

Friday, June 06, 2008

Google Reader Trends

I haven't done Google Reader trends in a while [1] | [2]

From your 57 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 896 items, starred 1 items, shared 69 items, and emailed 4 items.

When did I have time to even skim 900 posts in 30 days?