This may also serve as an open letter to the Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA) and the Metropolitan Council.

Northstar Commuter Rail service wasn’t designed to fail, but it’s been built that way.  Rather than solely focusing on the negatives, I’d like to compare and contrast a similar system and how they’re doing things right.

Recipe for Success: FrontRunner

Let’s take a look at a successful example, that is similar to Northstar: The FrontRunner in Utah. It uses the exact same equipment as Northstar.  In fact you may have seen one of the engines Metrotransit bought from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), before it was repainted:

From steve55126 on Flickr

FrontRunner goes from Salt Lake City to Ogden, a shorter distance but with similar characteristics. At a price tag of $600M it didn’t come cheap, but I feel they did it “right” and would like to highlight the differences.

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At home I have what some may call a “back-office” server.  Technically it’s in the laundry room, but it does all sorts of home automation type stuff: record TV, download files, store and play music, distribute files, run backups, etc.  I may do a post on it later, but the gist is that it’s running Ubuntu Server with a bunch of disk drives.

Far and above, it’s main purpose in life is being a file server.  There are several ways to connect to it: Samba (Windows file sharing), NFS (Unix Network File System).  The server also runs SSH (Secure Shell) for terminal access – which can also be used a pass-through for secure local and remote file sharing.

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With the 2012 drum corps season over, let’s talk about the elephant(s) in the football stadium: Drum Corps International (DCI) & Drum Corps Associates (DCA). DCA is probably not an elephant, because there’s a chance you’ve heard of DCI and shrug when I say “DCA.” But we’re talking about sustainability of drum corps as a whole – and more importantly: survivability.
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It about time I addressed the enigma that is working from home.  My friend once called me around 1PM to tell me about the amazing 3D dinosaur movie he was watching on his new 3DTV.  I said “aren’t you supposed to be at work?”  He simply stated that he was working from home.  That’s not working from home, that’s what I like to call “watching a movie.”

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Long before I was into bikes I was into sports cars.  Before all you vegan hippies vilify me, I’ve been working from home since 2008, significantly reducing my carbon footprint, plus I recycle like the dickens.  However, my love of sports cars has ingrained some preconceived notions about what I consider convenient, functional, and stylish.  Having been newly re-acclimated to the cycling “scene,” I’ve found there are aspects of the bike industry that I cannot (and will not) conform to.  Instead, these are my workarounds.

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