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Idiot or Maniac?

Here’s a good quote I got this morning from my World of Quotes Quote a day email list.

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.
~Ronnie Corbett~

Tulip Festival Photos 2010 -- Last Weekend

We barely made it out for some decent weather this year to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I don’t remember the last time I went but I know by old photos that I used to come out with my family quite a bit when younger. It was frustrating to learn that they had already cut most of the fields even though the festival was still open for one more weekend but we went up to see anyways. Tulip Town is where we ended up and it wasn’t too bad. The weather was nice for photos as well. It’s been a while but some of my techniques came back to me. These photos are a mix of mine, Juliah’s and my mom’s. Enjoy!
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We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel - Cool Video

Got this through email and thought it was kinda cool. I’ve heard the song countless times but didn’t realize how many references were in there to events in history. Someone put together photos and the lyrics to show a little about what each one is about.

Oliver & Juliah Hansen -- Wedding Photos

We were married on the 23rd of January, 2010 in my hometown of Coupeville. I am not going to try to put captions on all the photos since I just want to get them up for people to look at right now. Please feel welcome to leave comments!
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Install pfSense on Symantec 5420 Security Gateway

I need to give credit to this post in the pfSense forums which showed that this was possible. This box is pretty nice in that the processor is a Celeron 2.0GHz and it has 6 onboard Intel 10/100 NICs which are preferred by far over the usual Realtek NICs found in embedded devices. It was just by chance that I saw the post the other day even though it had been posted a while back. My company had two of these donated a while back but we weren’t using them because we had no real need to muck with the licensing when the hardware was discontinued. Have a look at what you can find these Symantec 5420 Security Gateway for these days. The author of the post gave a few tips but no real instructions so after I got it working I thought I would put together a step-by-step guide.

First, what you will need:

  • A knowledge of how to install pfSense – This guide assumes you have installed pfSense before. If you have not, look at the detailed instructions on the pfSense wiki.
  • 1 Symantec 5420 Security Gateway – these can be found secondhand since they are discontinued
  • 1 IDE HDD (Hard Drive)
  • 1 computer that can boot from CD – you will not need this after the install is finished
  • 1 computer with a serial port and a serial cable – this can be the same computer that you boot with but must have an OS

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