Random Media & Technology Blog

If it ain't broke. . .
Even though my web servers are clicking right along, I feel wrong not running an Apache web server instead of IIS.  But every time I try to make the switch, I run into some headache or another that gets me all worked up and I want to give up. I’ve spent all day today messing […] Read more »

Spring Computer Maintenance
For whatever reason, Spring is the season for upgrading and backing up my computer systems.  Maybe it’s because the weather isn’t quite good enough for outdoor barbecues but I still feel like really digging into a project. I’ve just upgraded my HTPC’s PVR software from the excellent GBPVR to nPVR (same software – just a […] Read more »

Moving On
Dad died on November 12th, 2010.  The last five months have been a blur for me.  I can’t imagine that it is uncommon for caregivers to experience a period of “wandering”.  I’m 52 years old and have been entirely focused on caring for my parents for the last 10 years. Now what? I’m living in […] Read more »

Why Am I Alive?
I know my father.  The question is bait.  “Why don’t I just die?”  “What can I do?”  He doesn’t really ask the question out of any kind of search for an answer for himself. It isn’t an esoteric question about the meaning of life.  From my father, the question is mostly a way to start […] Read more »

What's the Future
Yogi Berra said “The future ain’t what it used to be”.  Nothing could be more true than in the case of an elderly man with Dementia. Both Mom & Dad avoided the “conventional” is most areas of their life.  They were anti-war activists in the 40’s,  Used organic foods and took vitamins beginning in the […] Read more »

A Roller Coaster
It took about ten days from the onset for Dad to get back to what has been normal for him.  The episodic nature of certain of his symptoms is very disconcerting since it is so difficult to figure out what if anything triggers the more extreme episodes which include hallucinations and severe delusions and disorientation […] Read more »

A New Trend
So it turns out that Sunday night’s aural hallucinations were just the beginning with my father.  He continued to be very confused during the day and by Sunday Night after dinner, he was convinced that we had eaten at a restaurant and that we were still there.  He was convinced that I was trying to […] Read more »

Bad Week
Some days are better than others.  Dad woke up out of deep sleep last night and started saying he heard a “noise”.  It was about 3 am.  “It sounds like steam! I’ve got to get up and find it!” “Dad, go back to sleep,” I said. “It’s just the furnace.”  That was a losing position.  […] Read more »

The last time I hosted a website was almost six years ago.  I had a couple of servers tucked away in a closet running SuperMicro dual pentium 3’s and a whole 512 megs of RAM each.  I had Qwest DSL at the time and they allowed me to have the servers configured as nameservers for […] Read more »

My Meds (Dad's Meds, con't.)
My father is not one of those old people who just want to sit in a rocker and sleep the day away until it’s time to go to bed.  I don’t have to coax him out of bed every morning at 11 or 10 or even 9. (Sigh) When I am an old man, I […] Read more »