Howard Tayler

I have started the long process of digitizing my Grandfather’s manuscript he wrote around 1940. He was born around 1898, so he was about my age when he typed this thing up. This manuscript is about before, during and after his service in World War One. You know, the war to end all wars.

The process involves me scanning the image, then using OCR software to convert the type on the image to a format I can use on my computer. I gave SimpleOCR a try first, but that required me to scan the image at 300 dpi. That additional resolution would of eaten up some time. I then tried OmniPage. This worked with 100 dpi images and had less errors. This will be the software I will use once the scanning is done. I am currently about halfway through the scanning process.

The next question is, how to publish. The leading candidate is to donate the book to the public domain. I was looking at Project Gutenberg to do this. This looks like a good deal because the site had volunteer proof readers, to make sure what I donate, read well. I’m certainly no scholar when it comes to literature, so I am not the man for the proof reading.

The other option is to publish the book myself and try to make a buck off of it. I did some googling and found this page on how to publish yourself. You have to lay out the pages, find a proof reader, design the book cover, secure an ISBN number, print and bind the books, and then get Amazon or some similar outfit to market your book. Seems like a lot of work for something that probably won’t sell a whole lot of units. Might be a fun experience, however. It could be worth it just for the stories I could share. Maybe write a book.

UT2004 Stats Reset

Those boogers at Epic reset the UT2004 stats. Now I have to start over on building them up again. You can watch my progress on this page. Oggle as my l33tness in UT2004-Onslaught, gets even l33t-ee-rr. Arrrggghh….shiver me timbers.

Razer Viper

To give me an additional subtle edge over my online opponents, I bought a new mouse. A Razer Viper optical mouse. This was an online purchase, so I probably won’t see it until the middle of next week. Once I get a hold of this mouse, I will be killed once every 12.5 seconds instead of once every 11.9 seconds. Blow me down.

Look Out! I’m Gonna Post Something


I tried to light the pile of brush that the previous owner left. It rained almost an inch yesterday. So the twigs and branches were a bit wet. I thought with the wind and sunshine today that the wood would be dry… but no. I would start it, get some flames, but at the same time hearing the hiss of water boiling from out of the twigs.

I even tried gasoline. Yeah, I knew the potential explosiveness of this but, heck, I’m a guy. So I drop some gasoline on the pile. I crunch up a paper towel, light it, an throw it at the pile. The paper ball landed and just sat there and burned. So I slowly wander closer to the pile… then VWOOOM. I swore the flame ball wrapped around my legs but further inspection showed fully haired legs. To repeat, that was stupid. But damn, what a rush when the VWOOOM occurred.

Hard Drive

I bought an external hard drive. Worked fine initially, but sometime in the middle of July, it started to exhibit peculiar behavior. I could write to the drive just fine, but for some files, reading was excruciatingly slow. The slow reads were only with files placed on the drive after mid-July. So after 2 weeks of e:mail exchanges with Western Digital, I finally caved in and decided I should return the drive.

I received the new drive three days ago. Since then I have been transferring the data from the old drive to the new drive. Remember that I am fighting slow reads, hence the three days to transfer 88 GB of data. This morning I erased the old drive, boxed it up, and sent it back to Western Digital. Western Digital is out of Irvine, California. Imagine that.


I inherited an old table. This table probably is over a hundred years old. It showed. Many dings and the main table surface was rough and the varnish was nearly warn off. I decided to sand down the top and then paint on some polyurethane. Wow, what a difference. One of the more rewarding things I have done in quite some time. I suppose it would look even better if I refinished the entire table, but the top surface is all that really needs to be done at this time. So here is the end result.

UT2004 Stats

I am confused as to how the UT2004 stats are computed. I just played a match where I kicked butt. I joined the match half way through. I was placed on the losing team when I joined. My l33t skills on this team switched the balance of power and we ended up winning. I had the 2nd highest score even though I only played half the match. My Score Per Hour (SPH) was the highest of anyone playing in this match. I even had a good (for me) kill effiecency, above %50. So what happens to my overall score rating? It goes down a fraction. Oh well. Here are my overall stats and for the match in question.

TRS-80 Retro Excitement

I fired up a TRS-80 emulator. Not an easy task when you have to find a copyrighted ROM file to boot the “computer”. Plus I had to dig to get the TRSDOS disk file, so I would have an operating system. But after a whole mess of googling and hacking, I was off and running on typing in my programs that I coded up back when I was a mere teenager.

I started with my horse racing game. This was my favorite game out of the bunch that I coded up. Here is a screenshot…

Horse Race Game

No fancy graphics here. Just blocks herking and jerking across the screen. But strangely, it is loads of fun rooting on your pixel to cross the screen first.

In the screenshot, it was Whirlaway with the win, Man O’ War to place and Assault to show. That “12” before Count Fleet means that it was second after the first quarter.

Now the question is, should I type in the other games. This horse racing game took about 4 hours to type in, then debug the typos. I don’t know how much more of this retro fun I can handle.

Uh oh

It has been over week since my last update. It is official, I am bored with Live Journal. Expect future entries to be even less frequent.