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Noticing an odd convergence of Facebook friends giving birth

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Finally got the second car, delivered Tuesday, just in time for me to take it to and park it at the airport in another week.

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CT Folks, plan is for me (just me) to be in Conn. this weekend, getting down to Durham Friday afternoon sometime. Madison Sat morning, Heather’s Saturday afternoon, heading up to Mass Sunday afternoon.

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Morning swing

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CT Folks: I am going to be swinging through CT on my way to or from Mass for work either Sat - Sun June 23rd-24th, OR Fri - Sat June 29th-30th. I’d like to see as many of you as possible, but I need to know (soon) which weekend people will be around. I’d love to see many people, including Shirley Janssen, Phil Janssen, Henry John Bugai Jr, John Bugai, James Bugai, Jennifer Vath Bugai,etc. Let me know your plans those weeks!

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3 hour hike today with 1&2, plus the dog. Highlight was the ice cream stop at Shorts.

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3.5 hours later and the new screen door isn’t done, but at least it’s hanging straight and the latches work.

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listening to chuckles as Ethan reads Garfield books in my office

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Need to buy ~5-6 yards of mulch delivered to Stannards. The guy on 19 across from the Vets doesn’t seem to have mulch this year (or yet). Anyone else selling (I don’t have a way to get it myself, sorry Ted)?

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Henge Docks Macbook Air 13” no likey Matrox Dualhead2go

I was on the preorder list for a Henge 13” Macbook Air dock that just got released, and promptly ordered it when I got the email it was available.  I already run closed lid into dual 24” 1920x1200 monitors powered by a Matrox Dualhead2go, and I figured the dock would tidy up my desk as well as get the Air up into the, well, air and give it some better airflow.  

However, when I got it and plugged it in, my Matrox Dualhead2go proved to be problematic with it.  The displays would flicker and periodically go dark and flash back on, but worked fine without the dock.  I tested all the cables through the dock with a single monitor setup and it was fine.

Henge support was friendly and tried to help, but they weren’t sure, so I contacted Matrox, and got this reply:

Matrox provide the input cable and the input adaptor to ensure that the integrity of the signal is not decremented due to the length of a third party cable. Also, the pin configuration of our cable has been modified in order to supply some power to the Matrox unit. These are the two variables that differs from a different DisplayPort cable. We hope this information proves useful.

I can’t fault Matrox, they were prompt and answered my question.  My perception is that the Dualhead2go is a bit hackish in the way that it works (no idea why power must go through the DisplayPort, it requires USB as well, or why not just give me a wallwart?).  

Anyway, the Henge Dock is going back.  I let Henge support know about the problem, if their customer support is truly GREAT, the fact that the dock won’t work with the Matrox should make it onto their website somewhere.