Fishing at Alice Lake – July 30, 2005

31 07 2005

I got up to Alice lake around 1015 (Holy smokes, have they been doing a lot of work on that highway!!)  Somehow I missed the fact that you can’t just drive up to the lake….oh well, I hauled the inflatable, and the gear over to the lake.  Inflated the boat, put all the gear in, and was launched by 10:40.  I headed over to a shady spot over in the SE corner, and put on a red doc spratley on a type VI full sink line.  Cast, retrieve, cast, retrieve..etc – nothing.  Changed to some thing that had a bead head, and was kind of green/grey and looked a bit like a small dragonfly nymph.  I tossed it many times with no success, and then I was getting into the retrieve with my eyes closed, and half asleep when one of my tugs on the retrieve was met with a return tug.  Wake up!  too late.  Cast again and again, and then when I’m just getting lackadaisical again; Wham!  Actually more like “tug a bit”… Fish on.  I stripped in the little guy, and let the 6” cutthroat off to swim and be caught by someone else.   More casting and dozing, and casting and dozing, when I feel a tug.  I tug back…nothing.  I wait, and then one stip in… “tug, tug, tug”.  Hook Set!  Fish on.  Up comes a 4″  :O fish, and he has totally swallowed my fly.   It’s buried. I open the little guy’s mouth, and you can barely see the bead on the top.  Damn!   Cut line, and release fish (probably almost 2x as heavy now with the fly in him  ::) )  I wonder if he’ll live, or should I have whacked him and retrieved my fly.   He swims away well.   After that, I couldn’t interest anything in anything.  Big leach patterns, small leach patterns,   A couple of attempts with a dry fly after seeing something larger than average sip up a fly off the surface, but no luck there either. 
By the time I left the lake, it had become a hive of activity.  Kids everywhere, all the beaches were packed, and people were swimming all around the shore.  Alice Lake was certainly being well used by the campers!   There were a few worm and bobber fishermen dotted around the shore, but they didn’t seem to be having much luck.
It was a good day, and sunny, with a light breeze, so casting wasn’t impossible, and it was a bit cooler.  A few fish got their lips stretched.  The only downer was that the plastic oar lock on the inflatable boat cracked off, as I was going to try trolling a fly around the lake at the start.   I ended up doing some rather funky paddling to keep the boat going straight.  Oh well.  Perhaps this will convince Mrs. D to get a new (better) boat now 😉
Now…where did I put that aloe vera gel?  ::)

Sysadmin Appreciation Day!

29 07 2005

Again, the last Friday of July is Sysadmin Appreciation Day

Happy Sysadmin Appreciation Day.  As a System Admin, I would appreciate it if you start by sending small unmarked bills to the mail drop, or your systems… Ooops…..wrong bit.

As a System Admin we usually get all the “bad guy” rep, but every now and again, you can see that people are ACTUALLY thankful that we’re out here.  So – go out and take a SysAdmin to Lunch.  Buy Him/Her some donuts. 

Then, if you’re in most of Canada  – Enjoy your long weekend!

Microsoft Genuine Disadvantage

28 07 2005

Less than 24 hours ago, M$ said “We’re not giving you optional updates,if you aren’t ‘legit’”  Many people complained.

Someone on BoingBoing did a little digging and learning, rather than moaning and whining.   Result:  one line patch…no more Check!  And the Cat and mouse game continues.

The patch apparently is:

Before pressing ‘Custom’ or ‘Express’ buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:


It turns off the trigger for the key check.

Further:  Various workarounds have been rounded up:


Microsoft last week made validation of its operating system mandatory for all Windows XP and 2000 users. As of July 26, downloading software via Windows Update, the new Microsoft Update, or the Microsoft Download Center requires a PC to pass a real-time test for an authorized, licensed OS. (The Redmond company is making exceptions for patches it labels “critical” for security.) The validation test had been optional since late last year, when Microsoft initiated its “Windows Genuine Advantage” program to reduce piracy.
It took only one day for programmers to demonstrate that the new testing mechanism was poorly implemented. The tech blog
reported on July 28 that entering a single line of JavaScript into a browser’s address bar bypasses the validation routine. Using a different approach, Rafael Rivera of released similar methods that involve installing small user scripts.
Shortly thereafter, Ryan Foley
published on his Technomyst blog an even simpler trick. Users receive a Windows Genuine Advantage ActiveX component when downloading software for the first time under the new regime. After closing and restarting Internet Explorer, users can then click Tools, Internet Options, Programs, Manage Add-Ons. Merely clearing the check box next to Windows Genuine Advantage prevents the test from taking place.
Another easy method was also published by
Sinhack Research Labs. As explained in a posting to the Full Disclosure discussion list, downloading Microsoft’s own GenuineCheck.exe program, and configuring it to run in “Windows 2000 compatibility mode,” makes the test always succeed in Windows XP.
I don’t advocate pirating software, and in fact I recommend that you take advantage of Microsoft’s
Genuine Windows Offer if you find that you somehow purchased a counterfeit Windows CD. The Redmond company will send you a licensed copy of Windows XP for free if you submit a piracy report and the disc. Those with a bogus OS but without a black-market CD can get XP for the discounted price of $99 USD (XP Home) or $149 (XP Pro).
Microsoft announced that the flaws would be corrected. They may even have been fixed by the time you read this.
But the weak stress testing that the software giant obviously conducted on Genuine Advantage — an initiative it knew would be high profile — is disturbing. If Microsoft allows such elementary weaknesses to ship in its most visible campaigns, how many holes still exist in Windows’ less-well-known software components?

Interesting points regarding the Sto:Lo fishery this week.

27 07 2005

Tad MacIlwraith has an interesting comment on the recent Sto:Lo fishery…. They decided when to have it, and then told DFO “Hey…we’re having a fishery”  Tail wagging the dog?  

When are we going to stand up as a political office, and as a population and say “Hey!  We’re sorry for what happened, but that’s the way it is. Let’s move forward because we can’t be living the ‘White Guilt’ thing for ever!“

Almost Darwinism in action

27 07 2005

Don’t rob the Coffee shop that’s below the local FBI field office – especially when the agent-in-charge is getting his morning cup of joe.

Battle of the XXX-Box

27 07 2005

A good bit about the recent Brouhaha regarding GTA:SA

Some kick ass Flash (if you use IE)

27 07 2005

The New York Stock Exchange has a Really COOL Flash app that monitors the trading floor… COOL!

New Header graphic

26 07 2005

I took it while out visiting my aunt.  I like the contrast between the farm field and the housing development.

What do you think?

Something’s not quite right in the blogosphere

13 07 2005

Check out the following blogs.  They all have the same structure, but apparently nonsensical postings.  Coincidence?  Blirus? (BlogVirus) Virus (blog tool based)?  One links to the next by a simple “Reference“ tag at the beginning of the blog post.

What is the cause?  Do YOU know?

It seems to be some intricate viral linking.

The Billionaires and the Millionaires kiss and make up

13 07 2005

CBC, Yahoo, etc are all reporting that the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed in principle to a new Collective Bargaining agreement.

It’ll be nice to see hockey again, but I wonder how much this bickering has hurt the sport.

And comes out the loser in the end?  The fan, the small business, the staff that ended up being laid off….

Smacktalking – An educational video

13 07 2005

Over at, they have a hilarious “Educational” video in the 50’s government style teaching you how to smack talk.  Funny stuff!  After watching it, you KNOW that all the 12 year olds you’ve been up against have seen it, and learned 😦

Windows Server Update Services – WOW!

12 07 2005

I’ve never been entirely happy with SUS from Microsoft.  All you could get was critical updates, and then sometimes it didn’t seem to always get them, etc….Then they came out, quietly at the beginning of July with Windows Server Update Services!  This tool ROCKS!  ALL MS products, ALL updates, ALL configurable by comptuer, by update etc….  WOW!  Way to go MS!  As a System Administrator – THANK YOU!!!!

Sturgeon Fishing on the Fraser!

6 07 2005

My friend Tim is getting married on July 16th.  That leaves precious little time left to be a bachelor.  We (Kim and I) thought about having the standard bachelor party – drinking, strip club etc – but we decided that he’d get better memories from a day of guided fishing for sturgeon on the Fraser.  \

The challenge, of course, was that today was a work day.  Last night when Tim went to bed, he did so thinking that today would be like many others:  drag yourself out of bed, shower, breakfast, go to work.  This morning at 0600 he got a surprise.  Two of his buddies banging on his bedroom door yelling “Get up! You’re not going to work today!  You’re going fishing!”  Nothing like utter confusion to shock a guy awake.   He was up and showered in 10 minutes, and even managed to get some beer in a cooler.  Impressive.  We were on our way.  The fascinating thing about being up and driving at 0630 is realizing all the poor schmucks that have to be driving to work at that time.  And the traffic!  Boy, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that.  A pit stop in Pitt Meadows got us our coffee, and bagels for breakfast, and then we hauled out to Mission, where our guide Randy, from Ultimate SportFishing met up with us at 0800.  We loaded up onto his very nice boat, and started heading up river to the first “Sturgie Hole”.  The weather was looking a bit gloomy, but we had jackets and hats, and didn’t care.  We were going sturgeon fishing!

We get up to the first spot, and many fish are sounding on the bottom – sturgeon.  Good!  We get the rods out in the water with Eulachons, and some good stinky roe, and then wait with a heron sitting watching us from shore.  Soon one rod starts the “tap tap tap” game.  Randy springs to action to be ready for the hook set.   “tap tap tap”….. Gone.  Doh!  This goes on for quite a little while, but alas no takers in this hole.  Unfortunate.  It looked really good on the sounder.  We leave, and the heron still sits there and continues his fishing – probably more successful than we are.

We move down river throughout the day, and try various spots.  Around lunch time we settle into a spot, and two of the rods are tapping.   Kim grabbed one rod, and Randy the other.  tap tap tap….pullllllllll.   HOOK SET!!!!   Kim plants it into that sucker!  Fish on!  Tim takes the rod (first fish was to be Tim’s) and he works the fish.  it rolls near  the surface, and then gives a few short runs.   Tim works it in towards the boat, and the first sturgeon is in the boat.  Measuring around 3 feet, Tim looks good with his fish.

We rebait the hooks, and send them out again.  lots of little taps, but not much.  Then….tap tap tap……tap tap tap.  I grab the rod, and prepare for the set.  tap tap tap…..pulllllll  Hook Set!  Slack.  Did I miss it?  Suddenly the slack veers left, and I shout “Fish On!”  This one is bigger.  It’s making its own path in the river.  It starts to run down river, and there’s not a thing I can do to stop it.  It’s just going the other way.  I let everyone know what’s going on, and then suddenly my reel stopped letting out line.  I look down – line jam!  It had bitten into the layer below, and wasn’t letting go.  The fish was pulling harder and harder, and I was trying to reach the rod further down river to see if it would decide that it wasn’t so bad, and turn around.  No luck.  I had to start leaning back a bit to bring it back upstream.  One little lean back and “Ping!”  slack.  I fell back, and looked down river to see a sturgeon of approximately 4.5 feet roll at the surface as if to say “Goodbye, better luck next time!”.   I was crushed, but at the same time thrilled to have been able to have one at the end of the line. 

For the rest of the day, we had taps here and there, but no more hookups. It was too bad, since I wanted Kim to have had the chance to play one of these prehistoric fish as well.  As anything that is limited, the time went by too quickly, and the day was done.  Randy had given us a great day of fishing, and some good stories to talk about.  What’s a fishing trip without a story about the “One that got away”?   Tim will have better memories than a hangover for his pre-wedding “party”, and we’ll all have memories of being right next to one of the marvels of the Fraser River – the white sturgeon.

Now – it’s back to work.

Canon has opened a new site targetting new users of their DSLR’s

5 07 2005

It’s a nice site – very flashy, and “Japanese”.  Worth checking out.

Everybody I talk to agrees – War of the Worlds sucks!

4 07 2005

I want that 2 hours of my life back.  Holy crap – Overhyped, bad movie.

Tony Agrees!

The CBC has their Canada Day Quiz

1 07 2005

The CBC has an annual Canada Day Quiz.

I did much better on this one than I did on the Globe and Mail’s.   17/20 vs. 10/20 for G&M.   I think it’s because the G&M gives you the answers as you answer the questions, making you second guess your next answer.  I know that’s what happened to me.  

Take it yourself!

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