Feed on
Posts
Comments

Category Archive for 'General'

Sigg customer service

Sigg has had a two pressworthy incidents of bad news lately: one that their older bottles weren’t BPA-free as advertised, and a second that the credit cards of a number of their customers were stolen. I’m among the supposed stolen credit cards. A bit of context: Sigg was using Network Solutions (the original domain name […]

Read Full Post »

Adventures in rental cars

This past weekend I made a very short trip to York, PA for a wedding. Thanks to the wonders of schedules and airfares, the cheapest method of getting there and back on a reasonable schedule involved flying in to Harrisburg, PA and out of Baltimore, MD on separate airlines (two one-way flights). This complicated the […]

Read Full Post »

Gardening Electronics

It’s late Springtime, which means Margot has gotten the planting bug again. After reading my latest issue of Make, I decided I’d participate a bit this year and try building myself a Garduino. In essence, it’s a simple microprocessor controller that automatically waters your plants and kicks in a grow light if you’re not getting enough […]

Read Full Post »

Unfortunate word wrapping

I didn’t realize the presidential debates were this exciting:

Read Full Post »

A better del.icio.us bookmarklet

Post to delicious Unlike the default del.icio.us bookmarklet, this one automatically takes the selected text and uses it as the “notes” field in your delicious bookmark. If you tend to quote a paragraph from the page you’re bookmarking, this saves some time using copy-paste. Thanks to Jesse Ruderman’s bookmarklet site for the inspiration – I […]

Read Full Post »

Firefox without Page Up/Page Down

If you use a very small laptop, you’re likely to be missing some keys that are normally available on a full keyboard. On my Eee PC, Asus didn’t have room for PageUp and PageDown keys, and replaced them with a function key equivalent of Fn-Up and Fn-Down. I normally use PageUp and PageDown a lot […]

Read Full Post »

Gerbils by Paul Paradise

I have a Google Alert set up on my own name, to see if anyone writes anything about me. Today, I learned that I’m a published author. 

Read Full Post »

If you ever need to figure out what escape code is generated when you press Ctrl-Left Arrow on a random terminal process, try the following: cat > /dev/null <press your random key sequence here, followed by enter> You’ll end up with the escape sequence being printed directly to the terminal window. This is useful when […]

Read Full Post »

Leopard upgrade: BSOD

Last night I upgraded my iMac to Leopard. Some notes about the process: I spent the evening before the upgrade running SuperDuper to backup my entire hard drive to an external disk. Especially given this was the first OS upgrade I’d ever done of a Mac, I wanted to be extra-sure I had good recovery […]

Read Full Post »

Life at blist, 6 months in

I haven’t been blogging much lately, because I’ve been heads down in my work at blist. (You can also see me blogging on the blist blog – I’m due for another post there sometime soon, I think…) Halloween marked my 6-month work anniversary, which technically means I’ve now had the same manager at blist for […]

Read Full Post »

…since I finished reading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows last night. Happily, nobody spoiled the ending for me. (And I promise not to spoil it for you, so I’ll leave it at that!)

Read Full Post »

San Diego just got farther away

For as long as I can remember flying between Seattle and San Diego, Alaska Airlines has considered the flight to be 1,050 miles. My next flight to San Diego is listed as 1,051 miles. Did somebody move San Diego farther away while I wasn’t watching?

Read Full Post »

Nose (re)injury

When I was much younger, I managed to hurt my nose pretty badly in a stupid athletic way. My swim club at the time reserved one day of practice to be a “fun day” in which we held a mock swimming meet against our parents. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the kids could […]

Read Full Post »

Google’s customized homepage URL

Dear Lazyweb, Google recently updated their customized homepage to include themes. This reminded me of a long-nagging question I’ve had about this service: why is the URL for it http://www.google.com/ig? I don’t know what “ig” stands for in this context, other than being short, easy-to-type, and hard-to-remember. Other similar services all have similarly short but […]

Read Full Post »

My USB Key is Well-Travelled

Last week, I took a few days off work and went down to San Diego to visit my parents. When I got back, I noticed that my USB key was missing, but wasn’t too concerned – I’ve misplaced it before, and it’s even survived at least one trip through the washing machine with no ill […]

Read Full Post »

Rubbers

I went home for a three-day weekend in San Diego, taking advantage of a “work optional” day in my group at Microsoft. It’s been a long time since I’d been down in San Diego; the combination of sunny weather in Seattle during the summer and having Margot in town for her internship gave me much […]

Read Full Post »

Delurking

I’m back, with new blogging software!

Read Full Post »

I’m Spoiled Rotten

My car arrived.

Read Full Post »

Moving a Car, The Hard Way

As my old car technically belongs to my parents and I’m getting a new one, my parents sold my car to some family friends in San Diego and paid to have it shipped back south. On Friday, I got a call to pick it up, and arranged for the towtruck to pick it up on […]

Read Full Post »

Matrix: Revolutions

Without giving away anything to everyone who haven’t seen it yet, I was underwhelmed. At least I got free nachos, drinks, and they gave me real change back on the fake money for concessions.

Read Full Post »

Next »