Say hello to Collier Brian Trimble! He was born yesterday on Mother’s Day. Even though he was three weeks early he weighs 9 lbs, and is 21″ long! @elysetrimble and I are so in love with this boy and are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our friends and family!

Say hello to Collier Brian Trimble!
He was born yesterday on Mother’s Day. Even though he was three weeks early he weighs 9 lbs, and is 21″ long!
@elysetrimble and I are so in love with this boy and are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our friends and family!
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» Moving to Ubuntu

It’s nothing against my Mac mini or OS X but the time finally came for me to move my site to another box and operating system. I was having some strange MySQL issues following the upgrade to 10.5.8 on the mini. I also wanted to install 10.6 on the mini and was dreading the act of tracking down the strange nuances that I’m sure would be introduced.

I did a fairly standard install of Ubuntu Server 9.04 on a 2.8Ghz P4 with 1.0GB of RAM. The only optional software I selected was the LAMP option (Apache, MySQL, and PHP) and the SSH option. Getting everything working was pretty simple, the WordPress install itself was a cinch. I also did the standard export/import of all my posts. The last thing I did was drop in my old wp-content folder because I have my theme and some other custom images in there as well as my plugins.

After it was all said and done the only thing I had a little trouble with was getting pretty permalinks working again. As you’ll recall, I’ve covered this topic in the past. The process is essentially the same with a few marked differences that required some research.

First, to enable Apache’s rewrite module, you have to create a symbolic link as below rather than updating httpd.conf. In newer versions of Apache, many of the settings/configurations are pulled out of httpd.conf because the file was getting increasingly large.

cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled
ln -s ../mods-available/rewrite.load ./rewrite.conf

The other step that is different is enabling the AllowOverride directive. With Ubuntu Server’s implementation of Apache2 you have to navigate to /etc/apache2/sites-available and edit the file default as below (thanks):

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all

» The 50mm prime lens

Great article over at DPS on the benefits of prime lenses and more specifically, the “nifty fifty.”

But, it is for a fact that the best optical quality is delivered by prime lenses … because they use a smaller number of glass elements inside the lens, which means lesser loss of quality, and hence better pictures.

I personally prefer the 35mm prime for my Nikon’s DX sensor — while more expensive, it is a more true 50mm replacement. Using a 50mm prime on a DX sensor is the equivalent of using a 75mm lens on film. For my taste that limits the lens just a little too much.

A few choice photos taken with my 35mm:

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