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  • Blog Post: scoble and ballmer

    Scoble posted the video of his chat with our CEO. It is a short 10 minute affair.
  • Blog Post: audiovox 5600

    A long time ago I got one of those fancy full-color, polyphonic, joystick controlled cell phones made by a company that shall remain nameless. I hated it. It was slow; it took too long to dial. The interface was clunky; entering contact data was difficult. I realized I did not care about games, cameras...
  • Blog Post: i continue

    I have returned from my Holiday holiday. I am back, hard at work on Internet Explorer the Next. I will, hopefully, have more interesting things to post soon. In the meantime, for those of you who may care, I present a brief summary of my Midwestern Wanderings: I flew home, spent time with my father and...
  • Blog Post: chess

    I am currently taking an AI class in the evenings. I am posting this link for my own reference. This is a chess program that draws its thinking for you. It is really pretty. Chess program .
  • Blog Post: installation woes

    After successfully getting Windows XP SP2 installed on my laptop, I started installing other software. This post has nothing to do with IE, but I need to vent. Nameless 3rd Party App : Where do you want to install me? How about c:\nameless? Jeffdav : How about c:\program files\nameless? Nameless 3rd...
  • Blog Post: computing too long

    I think it is safe to say I have been around computers too long when I recognize the sound the harddrive makes during Windows setup as the "bad-sector" noise. In other news, I think I need a new laptop.
  • Blog Post: oppressive fork clarinet

    Raymond's eagerly awaited spam-graph post went live today. Since he works downstairs I got a sneak peak at it earlier this week. Since then I have been thinking about spam a bit. Spam used to really annoy me. I have an old university account that does nothing but accumulate spam now, but I login and...
  • Blog Post: recently consumed culture

    Wicked was a very clever take on The Wizard of Oz and a great vehicle for exploring the nature of evil. The new McSweeney's is something no comic lover should be without. Wonderland seemed to me to be a sentimental waste of time, but some people go in for that sort of thing. I prefer views of highschool...
  • Blog Post: questions

    Peter and I have both been doing a bit of travelling recently. Between STL and NYC, I got Peter to make me a cup of coffee using beans I brought back from Meshuggah . Over coffee we discussed the various reactions you get when someone finds out you work for Microsoft. Oddly enough the list is pretty...
  • Blog Post: what have i been up to?

    In May I was in STL, visiting my family and friends. This past week in of June, I was in NYC visiting friends, visiting museums , eating good food , drinking lots of Hoegaarden and Guinness . Between STL and NYC I went to the Van Gogh exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Yesterday I got my Kayak out into...
  • Blog Post: windows media player 10 tech beta

    I installed the WMP10 Tech Beta on my workstation here at work. At first I was mildy annoyed by some UI bugs, but it is a beta and I have faith they will hammer those out. What really made my day though was a new play list feature. I had added a carefully chosen subset of my music collection and was...
  • Blog Post: i hate moving

    This is the last time, I swear.
  • Blog Post: thursday update

    A quick post to let those of you who are interested know I am still around. I just got back from the midwest where I was visiting my family and friends. The weather was hot and humid and my hay fever was in overdrive, but despite that I managed to have a good time, eat a lot of good Italian food, see...
  • Blog Post: the black ink blot

    Saw this today on metafilter . A CS grad student in Dublin has found a way to figure out what is under those black ink blots in classified documents. I was just wondering last night if there was some way to do this. We had been discussing censoring soldier's letters at lunch yesterday. I wonder how this...
  • Blog Post: the rhyme of the remittance man

    There's a four-pronged buck a-swinging In the shadow of my cabin, And it roamed the velvet valley till to-day; But I tracked it by the river, And I trailed it in the cover, And I killed it on the mountain miles away. Now I've had my lazy supper, And the level sun is gleaming On the water where the silver...
  • Blog Post: tax time

    I did my taxes last night. I always had my father's accountant do them in the past, so this was my first time. It took about an hour and a half. I learned some things: (1) The capital gains tax sucks. (2) My federal withholding is set way too high. (3) You have to pay income tax on jury duty compensation...
  • Blog Post: channel 9

    If you have not had a chance to check out channel 9 , click on over.
  • Blog Post: direct to my wrist

    I got one of these . It was given to me by a coworker. I have been wearing it. It entertains me in meetings and such, but it does not update as often as I would like. It seems I do not get reception for it inside the building where I work. <snif/>
  • Blog Post: new rock

    I got the new Amadan CD in the mail on Monday. Their first CD was about halfway between Grafton Street and Dropkick Murphys . Their new CD definatly leans toward the Dropkick Murphys end of the spectrum, even with the singer from Grafton Street making an appearance. Overall I would say it is a great...
  • Blog Post: now they are not even pretending

    I saw this on Metafilter today. This ridiculous thing has eleven cosponsors! It does lead one to the following quandary: If congress passes a law allowing it to override SCOTUS decisions, and then SCOTUS rules the law unconsititutional, can congress override the ruling? A rational conclusion would...
  • Blog Post: arthurz 2; nature 0

    I went hiking with AZ again on saturday. My friend and coworker Raphael also came along. We targeted what looked like a really cool trail, part of the Pacific Crest Trail . Those of you unfamiliar with the PCT can think of it as the west coast version of the Appalachian Trail . We failed to consider...
  • Blog Post: television security and msn security

    A news channel in North Carolina made a classic security mistake . This is similar to a mistake that MSN made a while back. There was a web page that verified your username/password before allowing you to make account changes, but the subsequent pages did not check the authentication-- the account...
  • Blog Post: closed on sunday

    It seems as if everything in Redmond closes on sunday. Even the “Brooklyn” bagel place . I do not remember seeing any closed bagel places in Brooklyn on sunday. This annoys my roommate a lot.
  • Blog Post: i would like to thank the acadamy...

    ...for providing me with something more boring then The Super Bowl. Bill Murray got robbed. I predicted 15 out of 24 correctly. I came in second at our little get together. I drank a lot of Chianti .
  • Blog Post: fun with subways

    When Dino and I were in New York we tried to make words by plotting clever courses through the subway system. Making animals never occured to us. Too bad Seattle does not have a subway system.
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