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Monday, April 24, 2006
Satan pickled
By Greg Blaum @ 12:23 AM :: 2034 Views :: 0 Comments ::

The SportsPickle.com is a pretty funny site that does spoofs on sports stories and people similar to the way The Onion does.  They typically have some good stories, and here's one that I thought was absolutely too funny not to share.  The story is about Bruce Pearl, who was an assistant coach at Iowa back in the 80's and was a big reason for Illinois' troubles with the NCAA back then.  Many sites have information on what happened back then, so I won't re-hash it here.  If you're interested in reading up more on the history, use Google or MSN Search to find more information.  Suffice it to say, the man is known simply as "Satan" to most Illinois fans and alumns.  This story makes fun of the fact that the man is human pond scum, and I loved it.

 

Bruce Pearl Reports Tennessee's Entire Side Of The Bracket For NCAA Violations

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Microsoft's new brain?
By Greg Blaum @ 4:05 PM :: 1837 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Ray Ozzie, creator of Lotus Notes and now Microsoft employee has come into the corporation and really made a big difference.  I remember many years ago that Bill Gates stated that Microsoft had around 6 out of the top 10 programmers in the world working for it.  Ray Ozzie was one that didn't, and one that Bill desperately wanted to have in the fold.

 

Not only is it great to see the impact that Ray is having inside the company, but it is also refreshing to see the manner in which he is accomplishing this.  Of course, I also take pleasure in noting that Ray Ozzie is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Here's a nice article from Fortune magazine that is a good read regarding Ray and his presence at Microsoft.  It is fairly long, but very good.

 

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/05/01/8375454/index.htm

Monday, April 10, 2006
His Royal Frankness
By Greg Blaum @ 7:33 PM :: 2077 Views :: 0 Comments ::

For those of you that remember, Frank Williams was perhaps one of the best players to ever play basketball for the University of Illinois.  He was a human highlight film, and could take over a game in a flash.  When Frank turned it on, nobody could touch him.

 

Here's a great video that another Illini fan has prepared, so you will "Remember The Name"...

http://www3.youtube.com/watch?v=NtDHQts0YdE

Monday, April 10, 2006
Lost 1 fish
By Greg Blaum @ 7:23 PM :: 1859 Views :: 0 Comments ::

One of the koi in our pond had been acting strangely recently, swimming around on its side.  It was one of the larger ones, with orange and white markings.  Well, Krista found it laying on the bottom of the pond.  We used the net to get it out of the pond, and it was dead.  We believe it may have received a small electrical shock (possibly from the pond lighting), which eventually caused its demise.  All of the other fish are fine, although we're watching them closely to see if any of them experience the same problem as that would be a cause for concern and could indicate some sort of fish disease.  Hopefully that won't be the case though, and the rest of the fish will be fine.

Sunday, April 09, 2006
Custom Windows Install CD
By Greg Blaum @ 7:59 PM :: 1840 Views :: 0 Comments ::

OK, so I've built enough machines over the years to know that a lot of the drivers that you need for a new motherboard and peripherals aren't a part of the base Windows XP CD, so they won't be auto-detected during setup.  Sometimes this is OK, because I keep all of the drivers that I need for motherboards and peripherals on a file-share on my home network.  The time when this is really a pain in the you-know-what is when Windows XP doesn't have the driver for the on-board network card, so you can't get to the network share for the drivers you need.  I figured it'd be nice to be able to solve not only that minor problem, but to also have a mechanism for other devices, such as built-in sound cards, RAID drivers, etc...

 

After some Internet searches, the article that I found that describes the whole process in the best fashion is this one:  http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1703&page=1.  If all you want to do is add drivers, you don't need to do the part of the article that describes setting up for Unattended Install.  This process works and it works very well.  You can also use this mechanism to slipstream Service Packs and hotfixes onto the install CD.

Thursday, April 06, 2006
Powerful writing...
By Greg Blaum @ 3:32 PM :: 1888 Views :: 0 Comments ::

I recently took the time to read a very powerful message.  Authored by Dan Simmons, this article is simply amazing.  It is a very long read and one that requires some mental horsepower to assimilate, but it is definitely worth the time.

 

http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message.htm

Thursday, April 06, 2006
Bush Was Right
By Greg Blaum @ 12:16 PM :: 1836 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Here's a pretty cool video from The Right Brothers, called "Bush Was Right".

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o762HKxYMeA&search=bush%20was%20right

 

The Right Brothers have a nice website too:  http://www.therightbrothers.com/

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
What if?
By Greg Blaum @ 2:20 PM :: 1811 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Here's a really cool site that allows you to simulate NCAA college basketball games...

 

http://www.whatifsports.com/ncaab/default.asp

 

Just for grins, I ran a few 7-game simulations using neutral site games:

  • 1988-89 Illinois defeated 2004-05 Illinois 4 games to 3
  • 2005-06 Illinois defeated 2005-06 Washington 7 games to 0
  • 2004-05 Illinois defeated 2004-05 North Carolina 4 games to 3
  • 1988-89 Illinois defeated 2004-05 North Carolina 5 games to 2
Monday, March 27, 2006
Whistles should wake up the league?
By Greg Blaum @ 11:58 AM :: 1842 Views :: 0 Comments ::

Here's an interesting article by Mark Tupper, who covers the Fighting Illini for the Herald & Review.  It talks about the lopsided officiating that Big Ten teams seem to get in the NCAA tournament and what can/may be done about it.

 

Whistles should wake up the league

 

Personally, I've always thought that many Big Ten teams get hosed by poor officiating in the NCAA tournament.  You can take a look at the following games to see this: 2006 Illinois/Washington, 2006 Indiana/Gonzaga, 1984 Illinois/Kentucky, 2005 Illinois/North Carolina, and 2001 Illinois/Arizona.  Of course, I'm a bit biased, but impartial observers have also seen the remarkable disparity.

 

All I want/expect from officials is competence, consistency, honesty, and impartiality.  I know that's a tall order, but something we should all expect.

Monday, March 27, 2006
Software used
By Greg Blaum @ 3:06 PM :: 2131 Views :: 0 Comments ::

I've had this question a few times before, so I thought I'd mention what software is being used to power TheBlaums.com:

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