September, 2007

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    New Business Cards Arrived

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    They got here quite quickly too.

    Front

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    Back

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    And it has pride of place on my door (yup, the photo *IS* blurry)

    Blue monster blogcards

    Thanks blogcards.co.uk (powered by Street Cards)

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    The One About Our Internet Access

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    We have been getting out broadband internet access from Comcast.

    As their ads say, "It's Comcastic"

    comcastic

    We are also getting our cable TV service from Comcast.

    Now, we have moved around a few times, so how have I been able to manage this?

    Well, the housing provider manages the actual accounts with Comcast.

    Each time we have moved house, I have had to complete a form and a cable modem magically appears at the house. I then go through the setup, plug in the account details and voila I am on the interweb.

    It's been a relatively painless experience.

    It's a cable connection, which is the same as I had back home in Sydney with Optus. However, the speed is much faster than I had back home.

    I took a broadband speed test and came up with :

    image

    Not too fast, but not too slow either. Rigo is happy - and you know, that's all that matters.

    Right now I am thinking what to get once we move to our new home.

    I would really like something *FAST*, ideally "fibre to the home" (or as they call it here, FTTP or  Fibre to the Premises). Verizon has an offering called FiOS wich seems interesting.

    I need to do my research and find out what other options are out there. Any suggestions??

    Does it make sense to get Phone, Digital TV and High-Speed Internet from the same provider?

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    NYT: Reshaping the Architecture of Memory

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    Excerpt from New York Times Article:

    Reshaping the Architecture of Memory
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/11/technology/11storage.html

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — The ability to cram more datainto less space on a memory chip or a hard drive has been the crucial forcepropelling consumer electronics companies to make ever smaller devices.



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    The One About Temporary Housing

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    We have been in the US now for 24 days now.

    In that time, we have had 4 addresses and have moved 3 times.

    As part of the relocation to the US, I got to work with a relocation specialist who would help me deal with all the details of the move such as packing, travel, temporary accommodation etc.

    I got a bunch of forms to fill in and provided all my details - including the fact I have 4 kids.

    When we were leaving Sydney, I was sent an email with our new temporary address. This is kinda important because we need to give the movers a forwarding address to deliver things to, as well as put that information on our I-94 form.

    Address #1

    While we were in transit, I got another email with a different address. Good thing I checked my email regularly.

    Address #2

    So, we land in Seattle, grab our luggage and head to the apartment.

    When we get there, we realize that it is the same complex we stay in during our first time in the US way back in 1993.

    Good news, it's really close to Microsoft.

    Bad news, it's a 3 bedroom apartment, and a little on the small side. I have 2 BIG boys who need their space.

    A few days later, we moved to a house

    Address #3

    It was an OK place, a little bit rundown, but at least it had room for the kids.

    However, there was construction happening all around.

    The view from my bedroom window

    They were building 27 houses behind the house and the builders would start early each morning.

    Builders building

    But the straw that finally broke the camel's back happened a few days after we moved in.

    The house next door to us was demolished and a HUGE truck was parked in the shared driveway. The family was "trapped". Oh No!

    Then, while the builders were working on the new construction, they cut the water mains. Which mean there was no water in the house.  And yes, I got a call from my wife very soon after that!

    So, after some discussion, we got a choice of 2 other houses which were becoming available.

    We picked the house and got ready to pack and move *AGAIN*

    Address #4

    This is a 4 bedroom place. There is room for the boys. And it's in the school district that we want.

    So far so good.

    Each time we have moved, I have had to change the address information for our bank, phone, and a bunch of other services we have signed up for.

    Hopefully, our next move will be our last.

    And finally I just want to say, the relocation folks and the temporary housing folks have been very quick to help sort things out. They have been very responsive and supportive.

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    Frank's Big Escape

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    David Lemphers made a little comic strip

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    He has way too much time on his hands.

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    Jump into Windows Live

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    lots of stuff announced today

    • Connect
      • Hotmail: Next-generation e-mail on the Web
      • Mail: Multiple e-mail accounts on your desktop
      • Messenger: Connect, share, and make every conversation count
    • Find
      • Search: Say hello to the next generation of search
      • Toolbar: Think outside the search box
      • Gallery: Personalize your Windows Live experience
    • Share
      • Spaces: Your blog, your photos, your social network
      • SkyDrive: Password-protected online storage and sharing
      • Photo Gallery: Edit and share photos and videos 
      • Writer: Easily publish pictures, videos, and other rich content to your blog
    • Protect
    • Get it together

    Get Windows Live

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    NYT: Software via the Internet: Microsoft in 'Cloud' Computing

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    Excerpt from New York Times Article:

    Software via the Internet: Microsoft in ‘Cloud’ Computing
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/03/technology/03cloud.html

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2 — The empire is preparing tostrike back — again.



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