Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Shipping Beer

30. July 2008 23:01 by Rick Glos in

So I've had this box of beer sitting in the living room for awhile with the intentions of shipping it to my buddy back in Illinois.  Problem is, UPS won't let you ship beer.  You have to lie.  So my wife takes it down to the UPS Store and the first thing on of the employees say, without even knowing what's in the package is, "Is that alcohol?  We can't ship it."  She wasn't even helping her but eavesdropping.  So we pay the $35 bucks and sure enough next day it arrives back on my doorstep.

Return To Sender - Alcohol.

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They opened the box up after we left!  UPS Nazi!

So I'm stuck.  Googling wasn't too promising.

Sorry Ryan.  I guess I'm just going to have to drink this beer...

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It's a tough job but somebody has got to do it.

Later.

SQL Server Reporting Services unable to connect to the localhost on Vista

24. July 2008 10:44 by Rick Glos in

I finally have need to do some development against SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).  Unfortunately the first time I tried to browse to http://localhost/reports I get this nice error: Unable to connect to the remote server.

I'm not sure why it got to this state.  I installed SQL Server with the defaults, including SSRS.  It should've been up and running.  But if anything, I've learned Vista has introduced alot of peculiarities.  So here's how I fixed it in case someone else finds this useful.

Here's the screen you'll get when you try and use Report Manager:

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I guess the problem revolves around IIS 7.  So we need to crack open IIS 7.0 and then navigate down to the ReportServer virtual directory.  Make sure you are in Content View mode (which you can switch from the two tabs on the bottom row or via a right-click).  Double click on Handler Mappings.

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You should see that ISAPI is disabled.

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Here's how we enable it.  Click Edit Feature Permissions in the toolbar to the right:

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In the pop-up windows we need to check the Script and Execute:

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ISAPI will now be enabled:

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Now you'll correctly see the SSRS web interface.

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And you can see that in the screenshot above, I'm not seeing any folders or command options.  Even though my account was in the local administrators group, I still had to add account as Content Manager by launching IE as admin.  Additionally, I also had to add localhost to the Trusted Sites collection.  Once that was done, I was able to see objects and commands...

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This was alot more complex than I expected.  How does Microsoft expect casual users to configure this stuff?

Anyway, later.

Mountain Bike Oregon Weekend

23. July 2008 13:57 by Rick Glos in

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Went to Oakridge this weekend.  3 Day bike riding festival.  No racing.  Having finally gotten my bike fixed by the mechanics at Sellwood I was looking forward to some riding which I hadn't done on the mtn bike in some time.  The bike performed phenomenally for the first time since I moved out here.  Finally no shifting problems or gear jumping.  Just took $440 (slight ouch) in repairs for a new rear cassette, front chainrings and cranks, and all cables replaced.  Cheaper than a whole new bike though.

There were about 250 people riding their mtn bikes in Oakridge this weekend.  We all camped out next to the beginnings of the Willamette river.  The water was cold but it was a nice way to be lulled to sleep at night since there were a bit of rapids.

Hanging out by the beer tent.

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Friday I put in 40 off road miles.  I was abit sore on Saturday, but still put in 25 miles.  Sunday my butt was so sore I didn't ride and went home.  Seemed like the beginnings of saddle sores right under each butt bone.  I rode 8 miles Monday and it seemed better.  Not sure if it was the increase in mileage or perhaps since I forgot the Assos chamois creme, and had to buy something else that I forget the name of, that caused it.

Friday I rode 3 different trails.  First 12 miles along the Salmon Creek.  This was to become my favorite trail.  Technical riding amongst old growth forest while hearing the rush of water and rapids next to you.  The North side of trail along the creek is fairly easy, fast, and not to technical.  The south side is much more technical with some short steep climbs and decents.

Next I was shuttled to the Larison Rock trailhead, up 6 long miles of pavement.  It's 4 miles downhill starting at 3200' and ending at 1200'.  So you descend about 2100 feet and climb only 7 feet.  I had to stop 1/2 down at shake out the cramps in my hands from grabbing alot of brake.  So within 30 minutes, I was back at camp ready for the next ride.

Finally I rode the Alpine Top trail.  We were shuttled again.  This time up to 4500' feet.  The views were spectacular up here.  Major peaks were visible north and south - the 3 Sisters, Mt Bachelor, etc.  From here the trail did a bit of climbing and we spent quite abit of time staying around 4000 feet going up and down and through some amazing switchbacks.  It was a little easier on my hands this time - no cramping but alot of shaking out the pain when we would stop for breaks.  Towards the end, is was a fast descent through difficult switchbacks and along steep sides of the mountain back down to the bottom and a 9 mile ride along pavement and gravel back to camp.

Saturday, I took it easy and rode 2 laps of the Salmon Creek trail.  First clockwise and then counter-clockwise - counter being the better way.  At the turn-around were you cross the creek there's a nice bridge over some rapids and people were hanging out enjoying the sun and drinking some suds.  I dove in the water to cool off and jumped out pretty fast too because it had to be about 45 degrees - freezing snowmelt water.

Just after my dip in the water...

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I'm signed up for the festival again in August.  I'm looking forward to doing some of the longer rides.  The 30 mile Mid-Fork ride and then I'll probably do another Alpine.  Although I'd have to say my favorite is still the Salmon Creek.

Here's where my midwest comes out in me.  I'm still not a fan of being shuttled up to the top of these mountains to bomb down them and get hand cramps grabbing brake so as to not go flying off the side of the mountain.  Perhaps west coast riders are more speed freaks?  Also, it's not much of a fitness workout getting shuttled and bombing down mountains.  Sure, it's like a roller coaster ride, but singletrack is where the fun is.  And in my opinion, of all their rides, the Salmon Creek trail is the King of their trails although they don't bill it as that.

I met a couple groups of guys and after taking them on the Salmon Creek ride I was able to convince them how much better it was.  I also exchanged numbers and hopefully will be able to find and ride some good XC trails near Portland.

If you do head into Oakridge, don't forget to stop and eat at the Trailhead Cafe.  Awesome food.  The edible flowers were good.

Plate of pasta and mug of beer at Trailhead Cafe.

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Eating a plate of huevos rancheros on the way out of town on Sunday

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Later.

Döner Kebab

16. July 2008 22:45 by Rick Glos in

What in the heck is a Döner Kebab you ask?  Read up on it at wikipedia, but our own experience was that in Germany last fall, these were damn good sandwiches.  When we came back to Portland, we couldn't find them.

Walking down the street in downtown Portland after work on Friday we came across a new restaurant called Döner Kebab that just opened this week.

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So on Saturday we came back and had dinner.

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It's a big sandwich.  Man is it good though.  Compare with the ones we had in Germany.

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Of course, this is Portland, and the bread is baked daily here, the fries are fresh and homemade as well.  It looks like a family run place.  The guy at the register said his older brother worked for free in Germany for 6 months to learn how to make them.  They have to get the spices shipped over here from overseas.  The menu has alot more German items on it so we'll be back.

Plus we love the nice touches like his mom who was working the ovens came over and gave us a slice of apple-something-or-other straight from the oven.

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Check it out if you can get one near you.

Later

Update:

At the time, I didn't know the address and when I looked it up in Google maps, the place was so new it wasn't listed (and still isn't).  Anyway, it's at 517 SW 4th (map), right down the street from the Greek Cusina.

New Plates

16. July 2008 22:23 by Rick Glos in

While I continue to vacillate on whether to keep the truck or get rid of it, my plate renewal notice came in the mail.  I'm still going to need to drive to biking events so I decided to go with the Oregon Share the Road plates.

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Later

What's new?

3. July 2008 13:30 by Rick Glos in

Kayaking

Heat was oppressive over the weekend.  Broke record on Saturday - over 100.  Went kayaking on Sunday to try and escape.

We rented with Portland Kayak Company and took the afternoon Ross Island Tour.  There was a ton of boat traffic on the Willamette.  I tried to make the best of it and pretend that I was ocean kayaking over swells.  It was a fun outing.  Next time I go with Heidi we need to do the tandem so we're in the same boat, going the same speed.  She was lagging behind abit.  Also would like to work on my personal skills to do some whitewater and ocean kayaking myself... I could see this as a good hobby once we have more room to store stuff.

Everyone was a newbie so we got in the kayaks to get a feel for em on the dock.

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Once in the water Heidi was looking good.

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A little more peaceful down river away from the boaters.

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Not bad for a first outing.  Done lots of canoeing, basically the same except a little closer to the water and even easier to tip over than a canoe.

Bicycling

Couple weeks ago I blogged about going to a class and building bike buckets.  I scanned the handouts into PDFs if you want to try building your own.  Get them here.

Also I dropped the mountain bike off to be worked on at Sellwood Cycles during the week.  In two weeks I have a weekend riding event in Oakridge.  No racing.  Just hanging out, riding trails, listening to music, drinking beer, and camping out.  Should be fun.  I'm pessimistic about them fixing the bike because it's been tried before, but I haven't seen them work yet and the owner is local pro mtn and cross bike racer Eric Tonkin.  The shop is pretty bare bones as they are mostly a repair shop and not a new bike retailer.  We shall see...

New House

We're in the process of looking to build a new house.  We love the location so we are planning to demolish this one and build another on top of it.  We've struggled with the rules and regulations and zoning around here... for example, we can't build a two car garage and the front door needs to physically be in front of the garage door.  With all the regulations we can't even find any housing plans on the market to use, we need to have custom ones made up.  We're in that process now...

July 4th Weekend

Going up to Seattle for pleasure for the first time.  I was up there a year ago for work but didn't see anything.  Heidi and I are taking the train up to Seattle this afternoon and are going to check out the town.

This time Heidi gets to be the tour guide since I was the Chicago tour guide.

I'm looking forward to the train ride and seeing the mountains, wildlife and Puget Sound.  I'm bringing the laptop so I should be able upload photo's and write abit.

That's all for now.

Later.

Work VPN kills Internet connection

2. July 2008 10:40 by Rick Glos in

So I've been connecting to work lately via VPN using the laptop directly instead of using a virtual machine.  It's helpful when I need to get to source control or the work item tracking systems we use since they can't or aren't setup to work over HTTP/S.

One thing that bugged me was that after I connected to the work VPN, it would kill my ability to use the Internet on my laptop.  Sure I could get source or browse the fileshare, but I could no longer connect to articles on MSDN or whatever.

So I thought I'd post a solution here in case someone else may find this handy.

We need to disable the option to 'Use the default gateway on the remote network'.  See below for details.

Connecting to work is nothing fancy - we just use the built in VPN abilities with the operating system - in my case Windows Vista.

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Setup to use your existing Internet connection.

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Enter in where you want to connect to - you'll need an IP address or domain to connect to.

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Enter in your work related username, password and domain.

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Notice though that there isn't an option to modify anything.  Sure the connect works but this is where it kills our Internet connection.

Go into Network connections and we'll modify this VPN connection.

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First we need to modify the IPv6 and then IPv4

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And now IPv4

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And that should do it.  Connect now to your work VPN and then you can still use the web.

Later