Wednesday, August 29, 2007

For the WoW folk....

Here's what my UI looks like after all the addons...

Told you I'd get around to posting it!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sorry, that field can only contain....

Too funny. I was reading the headlines in Reader this morning and ran into this headline:

I realize that Gateway hasn't been doing well, but $710 seems low - they could get more than that on eBay. This minor levity brought to you by the headline field in Reader that says ~32 characters ought to be enough for anyone.

For the curious, the full article is 'Acer to acquire Gateway for $710m'. Now you have to wonder if Acer is being over charged.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Exactly HOW?

From a young age I've grown up around firearms. I've yet to see one jump up and kill someone, but as we all know from the media, "Guns kill". Well, this paranoia has taken the next illogical step forward. Check out this article in the USA Today entitled "Ariz. school suspends boy for sketching gun", here's part of the article:

School officials suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.

The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.

"The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good," said the boy's mother, Paula Mosteller.

The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said. And the East Valley Tribune reported that the boy said he didn't intend for the picture to be a threat.

Italics added by me. Drawing a gun is a threat that can get you suspended? Zero tolerance indeed. We've lost track of creativity as well. I used to draw huge war scenes.... I'd hate to see what that would land me if I went back to school.

At what point do we realize that all the paranoia in the schools isn't going to help - you need to fix the families, the parents, who aren't involved.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dear Verizon....

Dear Verizon,

I would like to thank you for your generous offer to have me come back to the most reliable network provider. Your $25 off of a phone offer certainly gave me reason to consider returning my 8gig iPhone. After all, getting another LG that drops more calls on your most reliable network is most compelling. Still, you can read about that on your tech support calls, so I wont rehash it here.

I would also like to congratulate you on how fast this offer got to me. I have had my new iPhone for 5 days and you have already put in your counter offer. Where was this speed and agility when my wife broke her screen on her Verizon phone? That was when you told us we had to buy her an entirely new phone as replacing the screen as just as expensive. At that point I wanted to deal, and I offered you a 2 year commitment for 2 new phones, if you could wave the 1 month left on our "new every two". You said no. Oddly enough, had you said yes, I would be locked into a contract with you instead of AT&T.

After 10 years I believe I have figured you out: You promise a reliable network, and you never promise good customer service.

I'll take my chances with AT&T.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The sad thing is....

I'm with him! I won't ruin the punch line. ;)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Geek am I

That's what the wife keeps calling me after my latest purchase. I have no reason or excuse other than I "wanted one". I never bought an iPod, but I did buy the iPhone. Trust me, it's an upgrade to the craptop.

Still playing with it, but already hooked. Setup was a little murky in that I had to go to an AT&T store to get a confirmation code, but I think that the credit check used your existing payments from iTunes, for which I had none, so nothing to check against. Once I had the code, it was all good.

I suppose the truly geeky thing would be to say that this post came from the iPhone, but I'm not that bad . . . yet! *laughs*

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The End. Lessons Learned...

The Craptop has passed into the hands of another. I can't help but feel that I've been playing a game of Jumanji and I just handed the curse to someone else. Still, they got a deal so hopefully it wont irk them as much. Perhaps it'll even work now that it's been "repaired".

I doubt it.

If you do ever eBay as a seller here are my tips;
  • Don't respond to the spammers - You can be flagged as one too!
  • If your auction ends, and the winner is invalid - Report it immediately. If you don't your auction will likely be canceled.
And, oddly enough, all of the "Nigerians" (my appologies to real Nigerians) I met were scam artists. I wonder if "Nigerian" is the new "Hells Angels" name on the 'net. A gang instead of a country....

Sunday, August 12, 2007


This is one of those blogs you've either heard about, or not. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. I'll let the latest video speak for

Friday, August 10, 2007

There was one Patriot in the audience

And people wonder why I'm trying to teach honor and patriotism to my kids.

The Saga continues....

Nothing bad this time... the laptop still hasn't been shipped out of my cellar, and the auction hasn't been blown away by eBay. That much is okay. I'm in the midst of sending out second chance offers to those bidders that "didn't win" but did bid. Sadly, half of them list their shipping address as Nigeria reducing the number of potentially real buyers.

Cross your fingers!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

We're not dead yet!

I'm starting to understand the eBay algorithms, I wonder if I can write a book and.... anyway. The last auction is still live, even with 3 of the bidders being scam artists. Instead of my auction being deleted, like the last few, the invalid bigs are being deleted.

The difference? I sent one email complaining that my winning bidder violated the terms of my auction and that I wanted him removed so I could issue Second Chances to those folks who didn't. While eBay responded to that, other bidders in my queue were deleted, but not the auction.

Keep your fingers crossed that one of the buyers still wants it! Second Chance #1 times out in a few days.

Monday, August 06, 2007

The eBay saga continues....

Another 5 day wait, another auction completed, another person who wants me to ship it to Nigeria. Uh, guys, "Only ships to the USA" means what it says. eBay feels like a candy shop for scam artists. I'm waiting for eBay to look into my winner, declare my auction a bust, and then I'm going to try a different site. 20 days so far on eBay, 3 completed auctions, and no humans to be seen. I've wasted more time waiting for things to be tossed out than I have trying to get it sold.

This last one has the winning "yeah right". The winner listed themselves as living in the US, but when you go to invoice them, an entire address in Nigeria. I have to ask these people using Nigeria as a scam location - knowing that the moment most web folk see the word Nigeria in an email or auction they figure its a scam, you'd think you'd use a different country? Anyway, so I write to the winner and say "This auction stated only shipping to the US. Please retract your bid" and I got back "please its just your help that i needed i will explain later to you." [sic].

Right. Sorry, not going to give you my bank account so you can send me millions of dollars that you need to sneak out of the country but that you'll split half with me. Ugh.