The Galactic Patrol

Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

September, 2003

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    Macs suck - they really, really suck

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    Ok, prompted by this Russell Beattie post , I have to say that Macintosh computers really bite the big one.  They are awful.  I can’t begin to describe how bad they are. BHWaaahahahaha!  I just can’t keep a straight face...
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    How do I know I have four readers?

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    I recently asked the maintainers of http://blogs.gotdotnet.com if they kept access stats on my blog; I was curious if anyone actually read it.  They sent me to a web page with a ton of stats and charts; on one of those, it says that over the past...
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    old (and long) e-mail ramble about agent technology and other trivia

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    Peter’s response to my TiVo post for some reason reminded me of a rambling e-mail conversation I had several months ago; for your amusement I repeat it below.  Incidentally, mail threads like this are reason #128 why I like working at Microsoft...
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    For better or for worse - but I'm not taking your name!

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    I read this post discussing wives who don’t take their husband’s last name.  Here is the comment I left at the site. “My wife (Gina Alsdorf) didn't take my last name when we got married. I'm fine with that; it seems to me...
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    Reality TV? Please, not while I'm eating!

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     Seriously, this sounds pretty cool – a news reporter discusses the day’s news with you, live on TV.  Just sits in his kitchen in a bathrobe, with some newspapers and a highlighter.  Huh.  Kinda makes me wish I lived...
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    A beautiful West Virginia Bed and Breakfast

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    Al and Allison Alsdorf, my parents-in-law, run a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  It is really wonderful place; the house is large and comfortable – and the town of Harpers Ferry is a very cool, small town,...
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    Don't mess with my TiVo!

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    I read this article recently discussing the fact that some recent TV shows are scheduled, not exactly on the hour or half-hour, but off by a minute or three.  Apparently this really hoses TiVo, because that extra three minutes at the end keeps...
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    For a good time, call 1-800-FAULT-INJECTION-TESTING

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    We have occasional debates here at Microsoft on the value of ‘white-box’ testing.  (For the sake of this discussion, ‘white-box’ testing means testing that takes advantage of internal product knowledge, while ‘black-box’ testing relies solely on...
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    We can rebuild him - better, stronger, faster

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    I read here that Sony is coming out with yet another rev of their Aibo robot dog.  That thing has had more staying power than I figured – I would have guessed that its still a bit too early to make money off an electronic pet.  (Of...
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    “The first priority, young man, is to find the bugs…”

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      Prologue One of my teammates recently set up a Wiki site for my team, and I must admit that I have become quite addicted to it.  One of the pages I’ve created has been a list of common test areas, a checklist of things most of our...
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    All roads lead to Fry's

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    A Fry’s electronics store opened recently near here – I’ve seen a number of folks mention it on their blogs.  Apparently Fry’s is quite an institution down in CA, so I had to go and see what all the fuss is about. ...
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    I work on "Indigo"

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    I noticed at this link that folks are starting to hear (and speculate) about Indigo.  That’s cool to see, because that’s my team!  I know, I shouldn’t tease, because I’m not allowed to talk about it yet – but still, it is just cool to start...
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    The Mysterious Moving Maze!

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    Ok, this is bizarre .  It is a maze whose walls move around as you walk through it!  It looks pretty small from the outside, but I imagine if done well it could project a much larger “virtual space” while you are walking through...
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    Switching from Windows to Linux

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    I’ve found this site where Ton Zijlstra is documenting his conversion from Windows to Linux.  I’ll be curious to see how it goes – of course, I hope he finds out that Windows is the better answer after all!  [Note that the website appears...
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    We've built a five-year-old! Now, about the potty-training...

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    I read an article on Gizmodo recently, how some Japanese researchers want their government to fund a long-term program to develop a robot with the capabilities of a five-year-old. Now, as a techophile, I’m all for this.  I completely...
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    Leggo my Lego!

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    I recently had a very pleasant vacation (modulo the whole mother-having-cancer issue), and one of the fun things was the gaggle of nieces and nephews running around – seven of them between the ages of one to nine years old.  Well, naturally...
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    Hulk Hands kick ass

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    I stumbled across this blog entry , where the Accordian Guy is showing off his “Hulk Hands”, large foam gloves that make amusing Hulk noises when you bounce them off things.  I got a set for my nephew once, and I liked them so much...
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    are categories useful to you?

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    In a post on his blog , Ron implies that I should be categorizing stuff on my blog.  I never look at categories on the blogs I read, so it never really occurred to me to categorize my own posts.  Would my four readers find it useful if I...
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    oh - my - god - buy me this computer!

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    Calling this machine a 3.8 GHz Pentium computer does it a massive disservice.  It completely ignores the fact that it runs the entire OS off a RAMDisk for speed, and has what is basically a built-in refrigerator to keep the CPU cool.  On...
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    Giant Robots and Atomic Weapons

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    The site of sculptor Greg Brotherton displays an amazing assemblage of very cool-looking (if non-functional) ray-guns and giant robots.  If you are decorating your house in retro- tech (or early evil genius), this is a good place to start. ...
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    Eyeglasses that record everything...

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    Here is a concept for a pair of sunglasses with a built-in video camera, that records everything you see .  This appeals to me; any number of times I’ve seen something particularly interesting or beautiful, and told myself, “if only...
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    Better living through chemistry

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    I read this recent article about a drug called Provigil, which restores alertness and lets one go without sleep.  (temporarily.)  Discoveries like this excite me; on a very visceral level, I’m a big fan of life-style drugs.  Maybe...
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    please ignore the last post for now...

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    Well, who knew that ctrl-S in NewsGator would post, in addition to alt-S?  And both my machines with the WinBlogX.exe client are not allowing me to use it.  Darn.  Please ignore that post, while I finish it; I’ll post the completed version shortly… 

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    Fun with Perl on my blogroll

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    Well, I decided it was time to export my blogroll to my blog.  Fortunately, NewsGator exports in OPML format; the same format BlogX expects in its blogroll file.  Unfortunately, the text that NewsGator spits out is too big (!) to fit in the...
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    awesome optical illusion

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     Take a look at this link:

    http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/t2_03.jpg

    It is *not* an animated GIF…

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