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  • mcphersonz 11:07 am on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    New year, new house! 

    2009 was a great year for me. My wife had a baby which brings a whole new purpose to my life. It is indescribable. Ryley Jane McPherson, born on February 5th 2009. Ryley is now walking as of December 31st.

    We also bought our first house here in San Mateo, CA. It’s a small 950 square foot house but is in a great neighborhood & fits us well.

    In 2009 I celebrated 5 years with my current employer, Epocrates.com. I started as a contractor in April of 2004 & have moved around quite a bit within the company. For the last couple years I have been working for the engineering department & it has been a wonderful experience. What a great company.

    2009 also brought with it a 5 year wedding anniversary. It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun.

    With the good comes the bad — my beautiful rottweiler Lily passed away in 2009. I will never forget you Lily. You where truly a man’s best friend & will never be replaced.

    2010 will be a super year and I can’t wait for what it has to offer! Happy new year to all. Let’s make this year kick ass.

    • Lydia 11:04 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      I just saw the great news about your new home. Congrats. Its a very special experience to own your own place and now was a great time to buy. I have been thinking of you lately and may actually contact you sooner than you think!

      • mcphersonz 12:57 am on January 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Lydia! Yeah, it has been quite an experience especially considering the house is a fixer-upper. I love it & it is quite a gem but it has a interesting history and a but of … personality. That said, I have taken a lot of pride in the improvements we have made. Maybe one day we won’t be the least kept-up house on the block…. 🙂 Contact me anytime!

    • Skip Franks 1:05 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      Wow, new baby and new home.. Would you consider a new job?

  • mcphersonz 10:11 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Chinny Fight! 

    I neglected to feed my chinchillas for a day — then I fed them & was surprised to find myself in the midst of a …… CHINCHILLA FIGHT!!!!

  • mcphersonz 4:50 am on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    My Computer Setup 

    I was in a cleaning mood today & eventually got to my desk where my PC is at. I think cleaning was waypast due… anyway – it was a photo oppurtunity. Here’s my current setup:

    Laptop Specs: IBM T61, Pentium Dual Core Centrino Duo @ 1.83GHz, 1.5gb ram, 50gb hard drive, docking station, Ubuntu Hardy Heron v8.04
    Desktop Specs: MSI P35D3 motherboard, Pentium Core 2 Duo @2.66GHz, 3.2gb DDR3-1066 ram, 2x 500gb and 1x 100gb internal hard drives, GeForce 8800 GTS video card with 512mb memory, Ubuntu Hardy Heron v8.04

    Desktop setup

    Desktop setup

    Desktop setup

    Books that made it to my desk...

    Books that made it to my desk... What's that under my right monitor? Is that a PHP book? hahaha

    Top: APC Back-UPS RS 1500, 6 external hard drives (a little over 3 terabytes of storage space), PC painted by my friend Nick, and Laptop.
    Left: 22″ Element Flat TV attached to my desktop via HDMI
    Right: 22″ Samsung SnycMaster 226bw monitor attached to my laptop via docked vga.

  • mcphersonz 12:17 pm on July 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Conky – a great system monitoring tool 

    I installed conky recently and was impressed by what I got — a efficent, extremely customizable, lightweigt system monitoring applet. It sits on your desktop & displays various aspects of your OS, hardware, etc

    I installed using

    apt-get install conky

    Then had to add the app to my startup — in ubuntu hardy (8.10) I did:

    Ubuntu menu -> System -> Preferences -> Sessions -> Add -> name & command = ‘conky’ -> OK -> close (or type “gnome-session-properties” at a command prompt)

    At that point, conky should start when you login. Next, you need to configure it. There are lots of sites out there — and DO NOT forget the man entry

    man conky

    I played around with my conky.conf file a git – here’s what I came up with:

    Here’s my conky.conf file: (default location /etc/conky/conky.conf)

    alignment bottom_right
    double_buffer yes
    background yes
    border_width 0
    cpu_avg_samples 2
    default_color white
    default_outline_color white
    default_shade_color white
    draw_borders no
    draw_graph_borders yes
    draw_outline no
    draw_shades no
    font 6×10
    gap_x 5
    gap_y 60
    minimum_size 300 5
    net_avg_samples 2
    no_buffers yes
    out_to_console no
    own_window yes
    own_window_class Conky
    own_window_type normal
    own_window_transparent yes
    own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
    stippled_borders 0
    update_interval 2.0
    uppercase no
    use_spacer none

    ${color #329966}Right now it be ${color #669932}$time$color ${color #329966}and i’m listenin to $color
    ${color #329966}spinnin $color ${color #669932}${font Bitstream Vera Sans:size=8}${exec rhythmbox-client –no-start –print-playing-format %at}$color, ${color #329966}$color ${color #669932}${font Bitstream Vera Sans:size=9}${exec rhythmbox-client –no-start –print-playing-format %tt}$color ${color #329966}by$color ${color #669932}${exec rhythmbox-client –no-start –print-playing-format %aa}$color
    ${color #329966}and I have been up for$color ${color #329966}$uptime$color ${color #329966}incase you were wondering….$color
    ${color grey}Frequency (in GHz):$color $freq_g
    ${color #99ff66}Processes: $processes Running: $running_processes ${cpu}% – ${cpubar 4}$color
    ${color #ffffcc}RAM Usage:$color $mem/$memmax – $memperc% ${membar 4}
    ${color grey}Swap Usage:$color $swap/$swapmax – $swapperc% ${swapbar 4}
    ${color #9f9fed}Wired address: ${addr eth0} Wireless address: ${addr wlan0}
    ${color #9f9fed}Net Down: ${downspeed eth0} k/s Net Up: ${upspeed eth0} k/s$color
    ${color #9f9fed}Wireless:${wireless_essid net} Signal Strength: ${wireless_link_qual net} ${wireless_link_bar 4}$color
    ${color grey}File systems:
    / $color${fs_free /}/${fs_size /} ${fs_bar 6 /}
    ${color grey}Name PID CPU% MEM%
    ${color #87a8a8}${top name 1} ${top pid 1} ${top cpu 1} ${top mem 1}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top name 2} ${top pid 2} ${top cpu 2} ${top mem 2}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top name 3} ${top pid 3} ${top cpu 3} ${top mem 3}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top name 4} ${top pid 4} ${top cpu 4} ${top mem 4}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top name 5} ${top pid 5} ${top cpu 5} ${top mem 5}
    ${color grey}Mem usage
    ${color #87a8a8}${top_mem name 1}${top_mem pid 1} ${top_mem cpu 1} ${top_mem mem 1}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top_mem name 2}${top_mem pid 2} ${top_mem cpu 2} ${top_mem mem 2}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top_mem name 3}${top_mem pid 3} ${top_mem cpu 3} ${top_mem mem 3}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top_mem name 4}${top_mem pid 4} ${top_mem cpu 4} ${top_mem mem 4}
    ${color #87a8a8}${top_mem name 5}${top_mem pid 5} ${top_mem cpu 5} ${top_mem mem 5}
    ${color grey}Outbound Connection (${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 count}) ${alignr} Remote Service/Port${color #87a8a8}
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 0} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 0}
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 1} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 1}
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 2} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 2}
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 3} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 3}
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 4} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 4}
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 5} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 5}
    ${color grey}Inbound Connection (${tcp_portmon 1 32767 count}) ${alignr} Local Service/Port${color #87a8a8}
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 0} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 0}
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 1} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 1}
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 2} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 2}
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 3} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 3}
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 4} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 4}
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 5} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 5}

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