Convert your RHEL6 server to CentOS6

Here's a path to migrate your existing RHEL6 server and convert it in-place to the newly-released CentOS6:

yum clean all
mkdir ~/centos; cd ~/centos
rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-6
rpm -e --nodeps redhat-release-server
rpm -e yum-rhn-plugin rhn-check rhnsd rhn-setup rhn-setup-gnome
rpm -Uhv --force *.rpm
yum upgrade

My out-of-compliance RHEL6 server is now a wonderfully up-to-date CentOS 6 system:

[root@corrino-rhel ~]# uname -a
Linux corrino-rhel 2.6.32-71.7.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Oct 27 03:44:59 EDT 2010 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[root@corrino-rhel ~]# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 6.0 (Final)


Feeling blah!

So far today I have taken and/or used:
  • 60 mg Fexofenadine HCl (antihistamine)
  • 120 mg Pseudoephedrine (decongestant, together with the fexofenadine hcl in an Allegra-D 12hour prescription)
  • another 30mg Pseudoephedrine (as an extra red Sudafed pill)
  • 200 mcg Fluticasone Propionate (corticosteroid, 2 pumps of Flonase in each nostril)
  • double dose of Oxymetazoline HCl 0.05% (topical decongestant; 4 pumps of Afrin in each nostril)
  • Ayr saline rinse
  • Two full boxes of HEB tissues
... and I'm still feeling MISERABLE !


Jon Stewart tonight:

"Blaming the right for the killings and attempted killings in Arizona this weekend is the same as blaming heavy metal music for the Columbine shootings."
Is he right?

Photo album announcement

My full photo album at, all 10,000+ pictures in 300 albums, are now behind an authentication box, as to deter any random joe on the internet to see all my family pics.  The great thing is that I don't have to send out any username/passwords, as the authentication dialog has the login information right there, that is, if you know even the slightest thing about me, you can log through with no issues.

I also set all Lucas's youtube videos to "unlisted" so that my boy's cute little antics won't show up in anyone's side bar searches.  But they're still visible from and that's OK.

Just a little bit more privacy at the request of my significant others.


Next Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday I'm going to sod my backyard!   I've been putting this off for 2.5 years now, so I'm posting this publicly so I have another motivation to actually go through with it. 

4 cubic yards of compost, a tiller, and 3 pallets of Zoysia grass later I should finally have a backyard that I can be on, and doesn't wash away with every rain.

Hopefully I can show the results in 10 days from now!


10+ inches of rain, that's over 250mm of water, fell on my neighborhood yesterday!!  My rain gauge is still not installed, but my friend down the street had his one running.

I live right in the middle of the picture, right in the "Plus-in-a-circle" under the "35" shield and above the word "Austin", where the Travis-Wilco border dips most south:


My predictions and I'm sticking with it!

Ivo's worldcup predictions

These predictions is what I think will happen, not what I want to happen. Because in that case, NED would beat BRA, go on to beat ENG in the semis and then the finals would be the most awesomest game ever: A 1974 revenge of NED-GER, which NED would win 2-0.

Dutch ballot

My absentee voting ballot for the 2010 Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. I get to make one choice out of the ~600 or so people.