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Back up on a new server

July 29, 2004
Two deer on Dungeness Spit, Washington.

I'm back up and running on a new server. Now I just have to do some work to update this site. I'll be working on that in between transcribing/ arranging music for the band I play in.

Music

Banda Sonata Show

I play in a Mexican band called Banda Sonata Show. Well, actually only half the band is Mexican. The other half is gringos. There are 4 guys from Mexico, 3 of us from the US and one Asian. We play several styles of music - banda, cumbia, norteno, ranchera, merengue, quebradita, and a few songs of various other styles. I play tenor and alto sax and clarinet. We also have two trumpets and trombone. And bass, drums and two keyboards. (At least at this time). We play mostly in the greater Puget Sound region of western Washington, and do occasional gigs in eastern Washington. We are available for private gigs and public gigs, contact me at the email address below.

Alternative Operating Systems

Alternative Operating Systems has been updated with new links and a new look. What are Alternative Operating Systems? They are not Microsoft Windows. I am talking about FreeBSD, mostly, and of course the other BSD's - OpenBSD and NetBSD. My personal preference is FreeBSD. It's more stable than any MS OS and Linux, and is not too difficult to learn to use. I think it is a bit easier than Linux, for a newby to learn.

So, if you have one of those new huge harddrives with most of it empty, why not give some space to an Alternative Operating System and see what else is available besides a flaky, crashing MS Windows?

2004 Colockum Pass trip

May 6, 2004
My F250 4x4 that saw countless miles offroad.

My son David and I went out for one night. We took Colockum Pass Rd north to North Fork Rd (Road 10.10), following it east to Tarpiscan Rd (Road 14), which we followed south. Then that becomes Brewton Rd, then Brewton Gulch Rd, and finally Tekison Creek Rd. That put us at West Bar, where we spent the night.

The next day we headed southwest on Brushy Rd (Road 14), which becomes Little Brushy Rd, the Perkins Rd, and finally Carabou Rd. We took Colockum Pass road back into Ellensburg and back home.

The photos are labeled as best as I can recall the locations. They are straight from the camera - no touch-up or enhancing of any kind has been done (which is why many look just a bit washed-out).

Starting Over

May 27, 2002
Our house in Mountlake Terrace, WA.

My web server crashed hard, took itself and it's hard drive out, completely. I didn't have a recent, or complete, backup of the web site either. I started backing it up to another server, then got busy and never finished it. Well, because of that I have had to rebuild most of the site, some of it completely from scratch, such as the Alternative Operating Systems site. So, needless to say, some links do not work.

<-- Alternative Operating Systems -->

Alternative Operating Systems has been updated with new links and a new look. My web server died, and the hard drive hard crashed, and I had only a partial and old backup. So I am rebuilding from scratch. I used to have information about Linux as well as the BSD's. Now I am concentrating on the BSD's only, as I am using on FreeBSD on 4 computers here at home, and like the BSD operating system much better than Linux.

What is BSD? It is an operating system from the UNIX family of operating systems - OS's used by governments, universitys, corporations, etc, on some of the biggest computers available.

So, if you have one of those new huge harddrives with most of it empty, why not give some space to FreeBSD, OpenBSD or NetBSD and see what else is available besides a flaky, crashing MS Windows?

AWANA AWANA - Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15). AWANA is a church club for children from pre-school age up to high school. At our church, Cornerstone Community Church, AWANA is for children up to the 6th grade. We learn bible verses, play games, and have lots of fun. You can learn more about AWANA on this page. I also have a calendar with all of our special events listed.

I hope you like the new site.

New Design

May 23, 2002
In Washington state on a ferry

Welcome to the newly redesigned Wiegand web site. We hope to provide some insight into who we are, what we do, and probably not much else.

Austin's Music Page

Austin has updated his music page with lots of new midis, as well as a new look. This is his first foray into the world of web page design. He really didn't spend a lot of time on this, he spends most of his time playing piano, but the page is pretty good.

Alternative Operating Systems

Alternative Operating Systems has been updated with new links and a new look. What are Alternative Operating Systems? They are not Microsoft Windows. I am talking about FreeBSD, mostly, and Linux, and of course the other BSD's - OpenBSD and NetBSD. My personal preference is FreeBSD. It's more stable than any MS OS and Linux, and is not too difficult to learn to use. I think it is a bit easier than Linux, for a newby to learn.

So, if you have one of those new huge harddrives with most of it empty, why not give some space to an Alternative Operating System and see what else is available besides a flaky, crashing MS Windows?

Me on the old Muelle (dock)

Chip Wiegand

Contact me: Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Colombia. I'm from Kennewick, Washington, USA. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.


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