Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Dream Machine

Mac ProWell done Apple, you've created my dream machine. Too bad it's so damn expensive. My ideal configuration is as follows:

  • Two 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
  • 4GB (4 x 1GB)
  • Hard Drive - Bay 1: 250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
  • Hard Drive - Bay 2: 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
  • 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
  • 2 x SuperDrives
  • Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
  • AppleCare
  • Subtotal: $6,436.00

The nice thing about owning one of these bad boys is you could run several copies of Linux and Windows (using VMWare and/or Parallels). I could literally buy one machine and have 5 in a matter of hours. Hmmm, I should probably bump up that ram to 8GB.

It's tempting, but that's a lot of cash to shell out for a machine. Then again, the more write-offs the better. ;-)

Posted in Mac OS X at Aug 07 2006, 08:47:11 PM MDT 14 Comments

Back from the Hills

Last week at the Cabin was a great experience. It was one of the first times I've been there in a while where I didn't want to leave. The kids loved it, partly because of the 4-wheeler, but also because they were outside the whole time. Allowing kids to get as dirty as they want is kindof fun. Abbie liked it so much she said she wanted to move there. Who knows, maybe she will someday.

When we arrived at the cabin on Sunday, there was lots of tall grass everywhere.

The Cabin

My mom, a.k.a. "The Burn Boss" (that's her new title at work), made quick work of the fire danger and spent the next 3 days mowing down the grass and killing any knapweed she found.

The nightly hangout

When we weren't hanging out, riding "Rockit" or building the new cabin, we enjoyed Glacier Park and putting a foundation under my parent's bedroom.

It's coooollld Getting close

On the way home, we stopped and saw my aunt in Helena, then spent the night at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Saturday was a long 11-hour drive through Wyoming.

All in all, it was a great road trip. I think I've had enough driving for a while though. In the first week alone, I hit 7 states in 7 days!

Posted in General at Aug 07 2006, 07:01:33 AM MDT 2 Comments