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Sarita is at 70%, but my macbook is dead

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Many thanks for the thoughts, prayers and well wishes.  Sarita was diagnosed with typhoid fever a few days ago and she really had a rough go of it for a few days.  Thankfully, the love of my young life is feeling about 70% and she’s on the path to full recovery by week’s end.

In no way equivalent, but still crushing…My macbook hard drive crashed the same day Sarita got sick, but unlike my resilient little half puerto rican wife, the macbook is dead.  The data was backed up, but I lost my coding environment in the middle of a new project.

My dear wife was kind enough to lend her computer (part time) to my coding efforts.  Time to setup my rails environment on her macbook, yay!  Unfortunately, Macbooks don’t ship with a compiler pre-installed.  Therefore, I have to go online to download Xcode 3.1.4 to compile my ruby build.  Turns out Xcode is 950 MB and I’m in Uganda.  Yep, its been 3 days of trying and still no Xcode.

Its been kinda brutal:

  • Attempt download via MTN wireless card. Estimated download time 3+ days.  Not worth trying.
  • Attempt download at UN IOM office.  Estimated download time 12 hours.  Sit for a 5 hours, internet connection hangs, and Apple Developer Center session expires; lose all download progress.
  • Attempt download at BJz bar/grill.  Estimated download time 8 hours.  Sit for a few hours, and the internet goes down; lose all download progress.  Told internet will be back in 1 hour.  Wait a 4 hours, but still no internet.  Leave.
  • Attempt download at NUMAT.  Estimated download time 3 hours.  Can’t even log in to the Apple Developer Center.  Try for a few hours on different laptops with different privileges.  Every other site is reachable, save the Apple Developer Center.  The NUMAT network engineer is baffled.
  • Attempt #2 at Bjz. Set download to run through the night on their server.  Power goes out that night; all download progress was lost.
  • Attempt #3 at BJz.  Returned several hour later to check progress only to find that the power went out and all download progress was lost.
  • Attempt #2 at NUMAT.  Several hours spent fiddling with the firewall and proxies is fruitless.

Funny thing is, I only need Xcode to build/configure ruby, then I probably won’t need ever it again…  Haha.  Good luck to me, sir!


Written by thetyson

March 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Sarita has typhoid

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My wife, Sarita, has been feeling ill for 2 days.  At first we thought it was malaria, but lab tests show positive for typhoid.

She has meds, but it could be pretty nasty for a few more days.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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March 13, 2010 at 5:37 am

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My life has changed, a brief update

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Life is great.  Things are moving quickly, and I’d like to update everyone on where stuff is going.

Firstly, I married a great lady on August 29th on a 4,200 acre ranch in northern Virginia.  If you haven’t met Sarita yet, just take my word for it.  She’s perfect for me.

Secondly, I moved back to Gulu, Uganda to do some stuff here while Sarita continues her work with war-affected girls.  Lately, I’ve been teaching some business classes to the local peeps, starting a pineapple farm and doing some internet consulting for a company in the US.

Thirdly, Sarita and I have rented a house for 800,000 Shillings/mo ($400).  This is not easy in Gulu where NGOs inflate the housing prices to levels rivaling the US.

Fourthly, I have secured a device that delivers internet via MTN cell phone connection.  Its slow, but I can def use when creative inspiration strikes in the middle of the night — which tends to happen to me:)

Fifthly, I’ve rented a 100cc Bajaj motorbike for 40,000 Shillings/wk ($20).  Now, I’m mobile baby and things have been getting weird.

Next, I’ll write more about a few adventures I’ve had lately — drunk elephants, vehicle breakdown in the bush and other life-threatening situations.

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October 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

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