Windows XP powertoys do not work with Vista. Fortunately one of my favorite ones, the Image Resizer has been rebuilt and has both 32 and 64 bit versions available for download.


I started a new martial arts blog recently. I’m using a separate space than this blog because I want to keep the content centered on the topic.

I’m going to cover martial arts, fitness, body weight exercise, etc. I’ll talk a lot about different arts, different exercise methods, practicality in martial arts, martial arts techniques and more. I’ve already made a few posts so I hope you’ll read them if you’re interested.

I’m planning on blogging a lot more now. I’m planning on turning jessecrouch.com into more of a portal for my different personas, but while still remaining the centerpoint for my professional life. I’ll keep you updated if I do.


Kees Cook’s Compare Climate tool lets you compare climate data from tons of major cities all over the United States. To select multiple cities or data from the menus hold down CTRL on your keyboard.


DSCF1982.jpgI’m moving away from my old gallery2 software and onto Google’s Picasa Web Albums. The software is great and I get 1GB to work with on Picasa. I think it’ll be plenty for now.



  • Just performed an upgrade on Ubuntu
  • System won’t boot, can’t ssh
  • System seems fine diagnostics wise
  • /var/log doesn’t contain any information about what might be going wrong - no updates to logs since last shutdown

I upgraded a server to Itrepid Ibex recently (8.10) from 8.04 and upon reboot it would not come back. Unfortunately I was doing this entirely remotely, so I had no idea what was going on and couldn’t see anything. I got a recovery console up and eventually found a problem with /boot/grub/menu.1st: initrd below my default entry was missing. Here’s one bug report of it: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/initramfs-tools/+bug/292534 and another https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/grub/+bug/222421.


Austin MurdersAustin Homocides 2007. Looks like they all concentrate around the east side on the areas just bordering downtown.


We matched a record high today:

Statement as of 4:23 PM CST on December 09, 2008

… Record high temperature tied at Austin Bergstrom…

The high temperature of 81 degrees at Austin Bergstrom today tied
the old record of 81 set in 2007.

I went outside in just shorts today.
Now it’s snowing.


Min2Tray puts anything you want into the task tray. Really awesome little app.


High of 59 today.. Had to turn on the heat for the first time this year this morning. Doesn’t look like it will be back in the 80s anytime until next year now.


Viewing Rails logs from Windows commandline is ugly. I’ve been looking for a solution for awhile only to find one was right under my nose. Following the advice of this post I remembered that Git on Windows uses MSYS + MinGW. Just open up the Git Bash prompt shortcut in the start menu (the target for mine says: C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c “”C:\Program Files\Git\bin\sh.exe” –login -i”) and then tail your logfile:

tail -f log/development.log

Only problem is I can’t figure out how to modify the color scheme. Fortunately though it looks about a million times better by default.

Also check out: Ryan’s screencast about logging. There’s some easy stuff you can do to modify the logger to not use coloring so you can get things to appear nicely directly in the Windows command line.

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