Friday, 03 February, 2006

Prepping for the Trip

As I write this, I'm also installing the MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2005.  This install, and the Visual Studio 2005 install that I just finished are doing something very strange:  they're copying data to my 150 GB USB drive (drive E:) and then installing the software onto the laptop's built-in hard drive (C:).  I can't for the life of me figure out why the installation program decided that it needs to use the USB drive in this manner.

It's been a busy week, finishing up the last few things for my client and trying to get some home projects finished before heading to Japan.  It's midnight now.  My flight leaves at 7:45 AM.  I figure it'll be about 22 hours from the time I leave the house until the time I get to my hotel in Tokyo at 6:00 PM Sunday (3:00 AM, U.S. Central time).  Here's another case when I wish everybody would use UTC.  I'll leave my house at 11:00 AM UTC on Saturday and arrive at my hotel at 9:00 AM UTC on Sunday.  Why don't people understand that it's much easier to convert from one standard to local time than it is to convert between two local times?

My neighbor Tom and I got the new engine and rebuilt transmission mated last weekend, and this morning we managed to get it all bolted back into the truck on the new motor mounts.  The project is far from finished, but at least I was able to clear enough of the other garage bay to park the Mustang in there while I'm gone.  When I get back it'll take several days of work to bolt everything back onto the engine block, hook up all the wires, hoses, and other things before I can start the engine.  But getting the new engine into the truck was a major milestone.

My next posting, barring anything unexpected, will be from my hotel in Japan.  Again, due to the time change and because I use local time (even though I complain about people not using UTC), entries will likely be dated with my local date and time.  You might read the next entry before I post it!