On Tuesday, I got a call from someone at Sky Radio Networks on my cell phone. (Unfortunately, I missed the name of the caller, and when I asked later in the conversation, he didn’t want to provide it to me.) For the purposes of this post, let’s call him John. In total, John and I […]
One of the great things about owning your own domain name is that you can give different email addresses to different companies that ask for it, and track down the origins of your spam. One email address I use that’s particularly spammy, of course, is the address I have to give for WHOIS information when […]
About 4 years ago, when I was still in college, I purchased my last laptop. It’s a Dell Inspiron 4100, loaded with 512MB of aftermarket RAM from Crucial, because at the time Dell charged an arm and a leg for RAM upgrades. It served me well until a little more than a year ago, just […]
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 […]
When I moved in to my townhome, it came with a stipulation forcing me into a 3-year monitoring contract with an alarm company at $25/month. Worse still, they can’t monitor without a home phone line, which would add another $20/month. I wasn’t planning on getting a phone line, so now the free alarm installation was […]
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 […]
In college, some of my favorite courses weren’t computer science, they were finance courses. There are no minors at Mudd, but if there were, I was pretty close to getting one in economics. I’ve been following the bull market of the past few years, along with more gloomy details on subprime mortgages, inflation, our national […]
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 […]
It’s been a long time since I posted, so I figured I’d de-lurk and mention that we just shipped Windows Desktop Search 3.01 to the world today. Brandon has many of the details, but the short release notes include built-in support for indexing networked volumes, more group policy support, and a smorgasbord of bug fixes. […]
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 […]
A sweet BBQ recipe that takes about 30 minutes start to finish, including marinade.
I’m back, with new blogging software!
My car arrived.
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 […]
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.
Back at Mudd, I paid $10 or $15 and waited in line for an hour to get a flu shot. Here at Microsoft, I paid $5 and waited for one person in front of me to get their shot. Total time, including getting from my office to the room they were doing the shots: 5 […]
I get to the the Matrix: Revolutions. For free. During business hours. A day before it’s released to the public. That is all.
Ladies, here’s a lesson in what not to ever do.
Next week I’m going to be required to fill out an online survey about my commute methods for this week. It’s a legal requirement that Microsoft has to do, and I got randomly selected. I wonder if they will have a “I unicycled to work” option. Probably not. That’s gonna be fun to explain.
So I’ve sitting on hold with Bank of America (36 minutes and counting!), and listening to the muzak they’re playing in the background. As is typical of music on hold, they have someone saying “Thank you for your patience, you will be assisted momentarily. Please, stay on the line.” That’s all fine and dandy – […]