Monday, June 13, 2011

Visitng Vancouver, WA

On June 30, 2011 at about 10:48pm (PST), I will be arriving in Portland, OR to visit the Vancouver, WA area. I will be there for an entire week and then return back to Austin, TX on July 6 at about 11pm (CST).

My concerns while I am away are:

1. How to keep my greenhouse plants watered in this 105 degree F heat we have here in Texas.

2. How to keep ensure my game server will stay up or get it back up in the event it goes down, unexpectedly.

3. If I will get a more spacious plane than last time...

And here is a convenient countdown for those involved in my life and the trip:


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Get ready for this!  This blog applies to EVERYONE who has Internet.  Soon we will all have a new IP address...  Right now, most of us are still using an IPv4 address for our computer, routers, and other internet devices.  However, since the growth of both the human population and the Internet's popularity, these addresses are quickly becoming exhausted.  This is something that was foreseen in the late 80's, and IPv6 has been in place since around 1992. 

The Technical Babble:

The new format will have 4 digits in each slot instead of 3 (ex. 2001:0db8:85a3:: vs. 200.123.456.789).  Also, it is not limited to just 4 slots; rather it has 8.  But the last 4 slots can be omitted (ex. 2001:0db8:85a3:: is the same as 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:0000:0000).  But to explain what is happening even easier...

What This Means to YOU:
IPv4 address can only support up to 232 (4,294,967,296) addresses.  That's 4.3 billion addresses...but the human population is now at 6.8 billion.  Of course, not everyone on the planet has internet, but many people DO have more than one internet device.  So it kind of balances things out so that we are seriously almost out of IPv4 addresses.  Therefore, using IPv6, which can support up to approximately 2128 (340 undecillion or 3.4×1038) addresses, will solve this.  That number looks something like 3,400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.  And that would allow for each and every human on earth to have up to 5×1028 addresses, according to the 2010 population records.  Most routers can already support the IPv6 changeover.  On February 3, 2011, the last amounts of IPv4 addresses were released to be used, and thus depletion of IPv4 addresses will be completely official as soon as they are assigned by users.

The Wake-Up Call:

Today is IPv6 Day.  The Internet Society, along with several large corporations, is having a
global 24-hour test of IPv6. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Minecraft Registration

Please go to

That is the NEW registration/login site.  


Welcome to the registration page for [AWESOME+PROTECTED] Xander Ortiz
Step 1.
        - This registers you to our database and OPs and SOPs can confirm that you have done so.

Step 2.   
Build something cool on our Minecraft server.  
      - This proves you are not a griefer and that you want to build on the server. 

If you have done these 2 EASY steps, then you will be ranked Member.  Just tell an OP, SOP, or Admin, and they will rank you after they confirm your registration.  Happy building!

The Minecraft server address is:

FYI, to share this server with your friends who want to register, the short URL is:

If you have WOM, you will find us in the "A's".  A is for AWESOME.  :) 

Donate $20 for a Supporter rank with lots of cool commands and privileges! 
Creater rank can request personal worlds for FREE, or donate $5 per world.

All funds go to upgrading and supporting the server.

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If you lost your login password, click here to retrieve it.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Did you know...

Soybeans contain a lot of estrogen and so excess should be avoided by males.  If not, it may cause testosterone and prostate problems later in life.

It's not a proven fact yet, but studies are being done on it. This is why I said it "may" cause those problems. But it IS a proven fact that they contain a lot of phytoestrogen.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden Dead - Now What?

So late last night, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was confirmed dead.  It took us almost 10 years to do this since the 9/11 attacks, but it is finally done. 

So my question is: Now what?  What do you think will happen now that this major terrorist leader of al Qaeda is gone, regarding the soldiers in Iraq and generally in the world?  Also, what other major terrorist leaders remain to be captured?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday Riddle #6

Sorry for the delay in Riddle Solutions.  Busy week.  But here's the answer to last week's riddle.  I invite you to feel stupid now.  ;)  

Solution to Monday Riddle #5:

I never said that the second blind man couldn't talk. All he had to do was tell the cashier he wants the sunglasses.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Riddle #5

A man who could not talk went into a store to buy a toothbrush. He made a motion with his finger that looked like he was brushing his teeth, indicating that he would like to buy the toothbrush on the counter. The cashier understands and the man buys the toothbrush. Another man who is blind wants to buy sunglasses. What can he do to make the cashier understand he wants to buy the sunglasses without touching the glasses?

Solution to Monday Riddle #4:

Pick the door with the electric chair. Remember, the power is out?  So yes, good job to those who solved it.  Not a very hard one.