Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again
Unfortunately there was also a Republican Senate and Republican House here in 2012 which took the results of the 2010 census and gerrymandered themselves secure seats for the next decade.
Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?
They let me know which companies have millions of dollars to waste to stroke their own egos, and therefore don't need any of my money.
Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case
My impression was that you had to be in the broadcast area for a TV station to be able to get it from Aereo. You con't just decide you wanted stations from across the country. This is what keeps them from just being a TV streaming service, they're literally just rebroadcasting it to people who could under normal circumstances already get the content, and making it more convenient.
My parents live about 50 miles from a relatively large city where Aereo is "Coming soon" and apparently waiting for these legal issues to be resolved before they go live there. They used to have a 65 ft tower and a powered antenna in order to be able to receive over the air channels. In the past 20 years they've switched to cable, and the tower rusted and fell down. Now that they're looking to cut the cable, Aereo looks like a very attractive option for them since it would save the cost of setting up another antenna tower. The only reason they want the local channel is to see their nightly news.
Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
Same here. Took me nearly a month to get it up and running the first time, and learned so much in that month. The Gentoo community was awesome to noob's
Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers
A few months ago a local restaurant had a Groupon which my wife purchased. It was a 5 course dinner for 2 for $20 on weeknights, or $30 for Thursday - Sunday. Within 2 days she received an email from Groupon stating that the restaurant was no longer honoring the deal. Groupon gave us a full credit (not refund, just money we could use towards another deal) Ever since this, my wife has not wanted to go back there.
The irony of this was that we discovered this restaurant through a different deal website, and it quickly became somewhat of a regular for us. Honoring a previous deal made us customers, not honoring a subsequent deal made us no longer customers.
Apple vs. Google TVs
Wish I could find a cheap XBMC or Plex Set Top Box. That's all I really want.
Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials
Advertising is actually reverse psychology for me. If I see a lot of commercials for a specific product I stay away from it, knowing that I have to pay more for that product than I should, so that the company can recoup their high advertising budget.
AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do
For some reason my Sig is compelling me to reply to your comment...
GMail Introduces Priority Inbox
Interesting. I'm running 6.0.472.41 beta on the latest Ubuntu. It was Flash which was hanging even though the video wasn't selected.
GMail Introduces Priority Inbox
Unfortunately I had to enable this, as trying to access my corporate gmail through Chrome on Linux always caused the flash "intro movie" to crash the browser. Even selecting "No Thanks" still caused it to hang, and then eventually play the video in the background. The only way to check my email this morning was to turn the damn thing on.
Philly Requiring Bloggers To Pay $300
She's put in a position where she's acting as a middleman between the advertisers and the hosting company, and losing money in the process. If the Advertisers would just cut out that middleman and deal directly with the hosting company there wouldn't be this problem.
But you're right, she's dealing with money, and has to go through the paperwork because she was honest. I just hope Philadelphia gets their $300 filing fee, then sees an overall loss when next year she writes off her hosting, internet connection, computer, and portions of rent, utilities, lunch meetings, travel etc.
If she blogs about it it's now business related...
Philly Requiring Bloggers To Pay $300
Net Income != Profits. She probably didn't make enough to pay for her hosting. Perhaps we need to go back to the model where people get free hosting in exchange for a 3rd party putting ads on the site. Then Bloggers can blog without having to report the "income" of trying to cover some of their expenses.
How Google Trends & News Pollute the Web
I started using using google blog search to create an RSS feed of topics I'm interested. Gradually I started using regex to filter out sites that were clearly just spam sites. Now my regex statement is about 20K in size, and out of 150 results that Google returns, I may have 4 or 5 stories that make it through the filter.
Revenge of the Cable Customer
I worked for a small(er) cable company 15 years ago, in their community Television department. We covered city council meetings, parades, had several shows about life in Cleveland etc. It has changed ownerships a few times, and is now Time Warner, and I stopped in not to long ago to see if I still knew anybody who worked there.
The entire community TV department had been replaced by more call center lackeys answering angry phone calls, and what was more interesting was the main reception area where people could pay their bills has the customer service reps behind bulletproof glass, and there was an armed guard sitting in there.
If you are doing such bad job servicing your customers needs that you feel you have to protect your employees from customers so angry they might start shooting up the place, maybe, just maybe, you might want to try and improve your customer service a bit...
Average Budget For Major, Multi-Platform Games Is $18-28 Million
10 years ago I worked on a major title for the Dreamcast, "Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future" and our budget of somewhere around 2.5M was considered excessive.
Kodak Wireless Picture Frames Open To Public
Agree 100% Wife bought me a frame for Christmas that she found in a grocery store, I read the box and made her take it back. Then my parents got her the same exact frame. Horrible resolution, no wireless features, the darn thing couldn't even play the photos randomly, just play them sequentially.
Microsoft Seeks Patent On Shaming Fat Gamers
One of the most touching things I ever had on Xbox Live was when I received a message I from a friend who always seemed to be on, but not in the previous 2 weeks. The message was from his mother thanking me, and everyone on his friends list for being his friend and telling us he had passed away. She continued to tell us he had Downs Syndrome, and at 21 years of age had passed away from complications of it. She told us that we, his virtual friends were the only friends he really seemed to have, because we didn't know about, or judge him because of his condition.
Would this system have deprived him of the one joy he had in his life because he couldn't run the hundred meter dash, or didn't match up with some other physical standard?
Two Sunken Japanese Submarines Found Off Hawaii
Last time I toured the Cod they said it was the only sub that was a museum that had been unaltered for tourists. It's not handicapped accessible, tight areas around the ladders, you trip over the bulkheads etc. Get a good feeling for what it was like for the sailors.
OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support
A few years ago I was working in television as a video editor. I bought Final Cut to do some side projects on, to make my demo DVD as professional as possible while looking for another job, and because I was used to working with pro tools.
Now I'm a software developer, I make maybe 2 or 3 fun videos a year, friends weddings, highlights of hockey, and it isn't worth it to upgrade the software. There still is that pull of "I spent over $1k on that software I should make sure I can still use it, but at the same time when I look at how much more I'll need to spend on a hardware in order to still run it, I need to figure out where to cut the losses.
I thought I had justified it if I could make the entire house Mac centric, but to upgrade the netbook to the cheapest MacBook, and to buy a Mac Pro vs build a home system just doesn't justify it.
OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support
Yeah my main desktop at work is an Ubuntu machine, which runs VirtualBox whenever I need to do something which requires windows (not often). I also have an old iMac at work, but it doesn't do much but serve as an iTunes player, and doing the occasional SVN merge. I've always appreciated the OSX ui, and a few years ago bought Final Cut Pro to do some video editing as a hobby. I'd like to keep using it, but I'm caught in the Mac Hole. iMac isn't the ideal platform for it. Mac Pro is to expensive for something I'll be doing as a "hobby" I want to get my wife off of Windows, and the transition from Windows -> OSX would be just as easy/hard as the transition from Windows -> Ubuntu. Yes they aren't equal yet, but for what she'll use it for there will be close enough.
It's Journal Time Again
I've been given the assignment to write in this journal and record my thoughts and hopes and dreams.
To that end I'm going to quickly write the 3 tasks that I'm going to work on.
I'm going to make sure I exercise every day.
I'm going to make sure I write in the journal every day, and record my long term goals.
I'm going to clean one room of the house every day.
It is through repetition that I will succeed in this endeavor.
It's the same way I succeeded with Gentoo linux. I tried installing it for nearly a month before finally succeding. That's what I'm going to continue to do with this, keep the mentality that let me remain calm and succede in getting my "tux box" up and running despite numerous numerous failed attepmts. They wern't failures as each time I learned something new about them.
Long Term Goals:
To succede with our business, BrightBridge Financial. This means spending time each day making calls.
To succede with our business, BrightBridge Marketplace. This means spending time each day helping others be successful.
To become a better programmer. This may not result in monitary income, but it will allow me to create the tools I need. Plus I enjoy it.
To meet new people and make some new friends.
It's amazing how a little thing like the team you grew up cheering for winning
the national title can change your whole day around.
Got up late, didn't feel well. Sat around didn't do much. Finally called Lois
because she had called yesterday trying to get me to come over and fix her machine,
but I had a fever. So I told her I'd be there at noon. Ran a couple errands
then on my way up to Lois' house I got pulled over for going 55 in a 55 zone.
I was being passed at the time, the highway patrolman did a u-turn, and as he
did the guy who was passing me and going much faster, turned left and off the
road. I was stuck the only one on the road and the highway patrolman pulled
me over. He told me right away he was only going to give me a warning and was
really polite as he ran my license and registration. He said since the road
was wet and that the temp was 29 degrees I needed to be driving more cautiously
and be on the lookout for black ice, and sent me on my way.
I made it to Lois' only there was no response to the doorbell. I preceded to
Gretchen's work and called Lois. Since I had been made late by the highway patrolman
she fell asleep waiting for me. I then went back to her house and spent 2 hours
with the wonderful joy of making AOL work. I always knew it sucked, but after
all the problems she's had with it I've achieved a new appreciation for it's
On the way home realized I had lost my perscription for my meds. After 20 minutes
in the parking lot I realized I had put it in the glovebox along with my registration
when I got my warning. I finally got my meds and went home. Today realy realy
sucked until the game.
I haven't watched many OSU games this year. Growing up I used to listen to
them every Saturday when we were building our house, but I've been too busy
lately trying to just make money. It was great to take the night off. And though
there were some questionable calls going both ways I'm glad it ended the way
it did, though if it had ended sooner I may have had some more fingernails left
to type this with.
Well gotta hit the sack, got a day off of gaming tomorrow and Sunday. Looking
forward to the break.
Tales from New Years Eve Eve
First of all forgive the typos in this I'm writing it on my parents system
I started off by sabotaging my diet. Ate a bunch of food at 4:00am then later in the morning dropped Gretchen off at work an on the way home at Burger King and literally ate for two. I wasn't that hungry, but I think it may have something to do with my natural tendancies to sabotage my sucess.
I went home and pretty much slacked off, didn't really have the motivation to do much of anything. Had a list of about 10 things I wanted to do, and only had one done by noon when Gretchen called. She was a bit worried that we were doing the right thing by her leaving her job. That was all I needed for motivation. A half hour later I had everything on the list done.
Spent the rest of the day trying to install DOS and Windows 3.11 on an OLD OLD Gateway 2000 laptop that Shawn bought at a computer recyclelry and gave to me. It's funny walking around with a machine that says "Property of the IRS" on it. I did manage to get dos on it, but apparently the boot sector of the hard drive is damaged and it will not boot without a disk. (This is the reason Shawn couldn't get linux on it and gave it to me) I got Windows on it but had trouble getting acrobat reader on it as I just want to use the machine as an ebook reader. I'll have to hook up the null modem cable and kermit or xmodem reader over to it. Man that'll bring back memories of my BBS days.
Saw Dr. H who helped me understand quite a bit and is cutting my meds back a bit. We'll see what happens
Went to the flats and to the Rock Bottom Brewery. Had a great meal but ate too much (again) came back to my parents house and had a long talk with them. A kind of deep talk I have never really had with them. Was tough, as I'm not used to opening up to anyone. When it was over and they went to bed I felt like I needed something "comfortable" to do, so I pulled out a book on Java and started reading.
That's it for now, Have a happy new year
Good Day; Bad Movie
Well today was quite interesting. Got the server set up with IIS.
Turned it off so the script kiddies don't tear the hell out of it,
and when I'm ready for it I'll fire it back up. Gretchen and I worked
all day on our book. Made great progress, but I became a little
frustrated when we discovered basically the same content online for
free. I know open source is a great thing, but I've gotta eat too.
Well we'll finish the project and see if we can get it online and see
if we can make any money out of it.
I'm kinda getting a bit burned out. I need a day off. I know I'll
have New Years Eve day and New Years Day, but as we'll be with family
then it really won't be “off.” I recharge by being alone
and unwinding with a game or a good book, and am not really a people
person, though I'm becoming more of one. But being around large
crowds and busy with family and friends will only stress me out a bit
more rather than chilling me out..
In the evening we watched Bandits
I'm usually pretty apathetic on movies, there's few I really love or
really hate. But I'm pretty sure I don't care for Bandits. It didn't
know where it was going or what type of movie it wanted to be, drama,
romantic comedy, action etc. and I could see the ending coming a mile
away. Maybe it was just because the movie felt a lot like Deja-vu of
Swordfish had a lot more going for it. Cool computers (even though
they were “Holywoodisized”) a tech related plot, and an
actor that could Act,
Sing, and Dance.
Well time to hit the sack. Tomorrow I have to find out about
other broadband options and finish the book.
Gotta Keep Going
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Had a great swim at the gym. Bounced wrong on the diving board
and my right knee and ankle buckled and somehow I scraped the top of
my foot on the top of the diving board. Don't ask me how I did it.
Just a minor scrape, but still odd how I did it. I came home and did
some work on programming, had dinner and worked some more after
dinner. Gretchen was watching Trading Spaces, and kept calling me in
to see what they were doing. I didn't mind that much but I wanted to
keep going. I finally finished that chapter and am ready to move on.
At 11:00 Gretchen and I went to bed. In bed Gretchen asked "Can
we talk for a little bit?" She was really getting afraid about
the idea of leaving her work and working for ourselves when we didn't
have a proven business. I did my best to comport her and tell her
things were going to be ok. Working for ourselves has been our dream
since we were first engaged, and now we have the opportunity. Yes
it's scary, but we've got enough money saved up to be able to survive
a few months if money does not come in right away. Obviously the
goal is to have money come in, to you know do those important things
like pay bills and whatnot. But I think if we both focus and work
hard for ourselves there's nothing we can't do. Maybe I'm being
overly optimistic, but I don't think so. I've just been mired in
mediocrity for so long that I'm just ready to Kick Ass and Chew
Bubblegum. And whaddia know, I'm all out of Bubblegum.
We planned and talked for quite a bit, and didn't get to bed until
2:00. This morning I helped Gwen with some scanner trouble, and I'm
writing this while installing 2k on the new Web Server. I know that
just makes people here at Slashdot wince in pain as I'm not
installing Linux and Apache, PHP, and MySQL. Well the honest truth
is I would love to, I really would. But I won a copy of 2k Server a
while ago at the User's Group meeting, and I'd rather focus my time
on developing apps and making money. With no income that's the best
way for me to spend my time right now, in addition to all our other
business ventures. While I'd love to learn Linux and run our
business on entirely open source software, the time investment is
what I don't have right now. I can't afford to spend the next month
getting the server up and learning all I need to know. I've got to
get it up this weekend and be ready for Monday.
The Joy of Sleep
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Slept in waaaay too late. Enjoyed it though. I just got really
comfortable in bed. I wasn't so much asleep the entire time as I was
just laying there being comfortable and being lost in my thoughts.
Sometimes I wonder if I think too much. I tend to over-analyze
things and often think myself out of what I want to do and what I
need to accomplish. Looks as if Gretchen wants to do her Spanish
work today so I'll stay focused on my programming. I've got too many
ideas that I think are good to stop now. I WILL turn something into
making a profit so that I can reach my goal. Monday I'll look into
getting the pricing for the Windcast
Broadband and see if I can afford it. I know I'll need the extra
upstream bandwidth that it will provide to host the server.
Hopefully the price will have come down from the last time I checked
(A $600 setup fee) and I'll look into it and some kind of satelite TV
service. I'm tired of Time Warner Cable and Road Runner with it's
“always on” connection which drops me 3-5 times a day.
Well time to head out to the gym. I always feel better after
working out so it'll give me that boost to get everything done I need
to get done today.
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Well today was pretty interesting. I didn't manage to work as
much as I wanted. It was tough fighting my natural tendencies,
especially when I turned on the TV an the history channel had a
marathon of the tales of the gun on all day. I don't know why I've
always been so fascinated with historical firearms. I guess because
they did change history so much. Anyway I'd write a program then
take an hour break and watch an episode then do some more
programming. I'm still not done with the chapter I wanted to be done
with a few days ago but I took the time to “mess” with
the programs as I typed them in. I changed a bunch of things and
made them completely not work. It was great though as I felt like I
learned as much or more by figuring out what I couldn't do as opposed
to what I could do.
When Gretchen got home we watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
It really is quite a funny movie. Ooopah!!!
Well it's time to hit the sack. Have a
lot more things I want to get done tomorrow.
Going to be a great day
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Starting to get used to this new Kinesis keyboard. The wrists
aren't hurting as much and while my speed is down slightly, it's
getting back there somewhat quickly. Forcing myself to relearn
typing a few years ago when I switched to a Dvorak keyboard has been
a big help since I'm touch typing rather than look typing. The big
thing to get used to with this keyboard is the odd placement of the
arrow keys, hitting enter, backspace and delete with my thumb, and
turning the three-finger-salute into a 1 finger salute and naturally
you know which finger :)
I got up early today and went to the gym. I'm pretty proud of
myself as I did 10 minutes on the skating machine, 15 minutes on the
cross trainer and 30 minutes between the various pieces of weight
today's goal is going to seem simple but I'm sure be pretty hard.
I want to commit to working 5 hours straight on programming and learn
OOP. I know it will be tough, not because I don't want to learn it,
I just know my natural tendencies to work for 5 minutes and take a
“break” for 20. I know much of that stems from my work
in Television with it's hurry up and wait attitude, but it's time it
changed. I'm also a bit worried about Gretchen calling and talking
to me for quite a while. I'm sure she'll get talked to quite a bit
about her leaving and then call me and tell me all about it. I'll be
there for her, but I want to get all my work done too.
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Today has been quite interesting. First of all I didn't really
accomplish my goals. It was a little frustrating that that happened,
but I had valid reasons for all of them. The problem is for a while
I was pretty pissed off at myself because I had reasons. It
shouldn't be about reasons or excuses or whatnot, I just need to get
the work done. And that goes double with all the news I received
The first big news came early this morning. Gretchen called and
was fed up with DCI because of the way she was treated by she bitch.
She was really pissed off, and after a conversation, we came to the
conclusion that it was time for her to quit. She had worked too long
and too hard for a company that didn't care and wasn't interested in
treating her with respect or paying her what she deserved. Not to
mention the fact that it's the same company that layed me off 6
months ago. She was planning on leaving soon anyways, but this will
be the opportunity for us to work on our company and start our
dreams, just a little bit sooner. So she gave he 2 week notice
today, with the added bonus of only having to work 3 days next week
due to New Years Day, and because she will technically work some of
2003, she'll get her vacation pay for '03 as well.
The second big news was that Gwen called and asked if we'd mind
caring for her cats for another month or so. She'll be sharing her
apt with someone else for a month to help them get started in NYC,
and he's apparently allergic to cats. So we'll keep them until that
time. With Gretchen quiting her job who knows, maybe we'll go to NYC
and drop the cats off, it would be a fun adventure. Also it means we
get more time with Gilda and Smokey which is great because I wasn't
quite ready to get rid of them yet.
So because Gwen wasn't coming to pick up the cats I didn't have to
clean the house. And for a while I couldn't reach Gretchen on the
phone. Because she had asked a few questions to people there about
what she was entitled too upon quitting I was concerned when I
couldn't reach her. I had visions of her in her boss' office getting
chewed out for wanting to quit or something like that, so I had a
hard time focusing on getting my tasks done until I was able to talk
to her. She was outside moving her car so that they could plow when
I called so didn't hear my call, and didn't check for her messages
until after her lunch. Then after all of that commotion I fell and
hit my head on the bathtub, and while it didn't do too much damage
(not that there was a whole lot to damage) it just knocked the
remaining wind out of my sails. I ended up taking a nap and didn't
get the remaining work I wanted to get done done.
Well things look exciting for the future. I won't have the luxury
of the events of today once Gretchen is no longer at work. This
should be a big motivation, but hopefully I won't let it become too
much pressure. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Happy Boxing Day
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This is the first of what will be I am sure many journal entries.
I've started many journals in the past only to find some reason to
quit or stop. I'm posting this on Slashdot for a couple of reasons.
First I'm geeky enough to regularly visit Slashdot, and secondly, I
like that they call it a journal. I hate that damn word that starts
with a B and rhymes with frog. Anyway I'll post more and more as the
days go by, this is just my starting place.
Goals for today.
Write 2 sections in the
Finish Chapter in H2PC#