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Sale Pending

After only four days on the market, I’ve accepted an offer for my house. I’m happy the process was so smooth and I wasn’t stuck with no buyers for mont...

Grand Marshal’s Dirk

Sometime last night, Blizzard posted the following to their forums: Now that the Before the Storm content patch has been live for the past week, we...

Honor Update: 21971

So the new honor system is one week old today and my goal was to have at least 22,500 honor (for the Grand Marshal’s Dirk). Sadly, as you can see, I wa...

James Kim

As most of the Bay Area and some of the country have followed the story of James Kim over the past week, so have I. Initially the name didn’t sound fam...

New Honor System

Well, the new PvP Honor System for World of Warcraft was released earlier this week. Gone are the ranks , replaced by Honor Points.

New PC Benchmarks

My new pc is built. I’ll post some details about the build, including some of the problems (like having to literally shave the power supply to fit the case)...

PC 2006

I’ve begun the process of building my next PC. All parts are ordered and I hope to be building it this weekend or early next week. The current PC is over two...

5 Years, Baby!

I’ve been at Yahoo! for five years now. For my years of dedicated service I get a Yahoo! Gumball Machine!

MovableType 3.33

I’ve upgraded my blog to MovableType 3.33. I’ve been using MT as my blog for almost 4 years now. I probably use about 5% of the features MT offers, and...

Eudora going home

Qualcomm announced today the end of Eudora as we know it. They are planning to turn Eudora open-source and merge the code base with Mozilla (ie. Thunde...

YouTube

Today Google announced they are buying YouTube for $1.65B . Good for them (YouTube, I mean). Read Mark Cuban’s take on the partnership .

The Next Spielberg?

Yahoo! has purchased the 6-month old upstart video sharing site jumpcut . Check their blog for an amuzing video about the buyout. I’m just glad Yahoo! ...

BMW Adds Real Time Traffic…

BMW’s built-in nav system is one of the best I’ve used. It’s not very useful for finding places, but once you have an address entered, the interface to...

Poor Design

Despite Apple Computer’s effort, USB plugs are everywhere. Ports are in nearly everyone’s computer now, and are popping up in monitors, keyboards, prin...

Ok, Listen The $&*@ Up!

The popularity of MMORPG s, in my case World of Warcraft , and copious amounts of bandwidth has added a new aspect to gaming over the last few years — ...

SOLD!

After nearly a year of not riding my motorcycle , and having no good place to take care of it, I sold my Suzuki GSX-R600 to a local bike shop (GP Sport...

Playing With Your Yahoo?!

Yahoo! recently changed their home page, added video.yahoo.com , and kicked off a new grass-roots-style ad campaign to promote The New Yahoo!.

Fight The Good Fight

In the field of Computer Programming, there are many specializations from which a programmer can choose. Over the past five years, the one which I’ve s...

Who’s That?

This past week it seems everywhere I go You’re Beautiful is playing. Many people think it sounds alot like Macy Gray , but it’s actually James Blunt (n...

Please, No More Fax!

It’s time. All companies need to stop requiring documents be faxed. I’ve never owned a fax machine and I never will own a fax machine. It was useful in it’s ...

Infection

My Windows PC was infected with some crazy virus yesterday. Initially it seemed to just install some spyware (SpySherrif?), but went on to install a resident...

Too Much Attention

So, after picking up my M Coupe, something strange and unexpected happened. I became the center of attention. Blah. At work, that seems to be all people are ...

Vrrrroooomm!

x Well, it’s done. Traded in the ‘stang for the M Coupe. Ride home was just trying to get used to the setup, but I can feel it’s a true race car. Now I ...

Flip The Bird

I’m going to make this quick: throwing up gang signs when someone takes your picture is stupid, especially when you’re not in a gang. I recently found out th...

BMW M Coupe: At Your BMW Center

Well, the M coupe has arrived. I have an appointment this weekend at the dealer to check it out, and decide if I want it, I guess. Saleman says it’s th...

Don’t Manage My Rights!

The below article/interview struck me as very interesting. I’m guessing sometime down the road our current approach to DRM will be looked back on as archaic....

Knight-Lieutenant (Rank 7) [10%]

With only 8.6k honor last week, I’m happy I stayed at Knight-Lieutenant, only dropping 8 spots (440th → 448th). Many of us thought patch 1.11 was comin...

email sucks

I’ve been using email for twenty years, and have been part of developing commercial email clients for at least twelve. Sadly, nothing much has changed over t...

Barbie Girl

video.google.com is amazing. The simple solution to sharing video has brought out the entertainer in thousands, especially with the hugely popular kara...

Mutants

Tiff and I went to see X-MEN 3 : The Last Stand this weekend. My overall impression is it was fairly good in the special effects department, but lackin...

Knight-Lieutenant (Rank 7) [19%]

New rank! Spent a few days this past weekend running Battlegrounds. Ended up with about 54k Honor, placing 212th for the week. This brought me up to Kn...

Can You Hear Me Now?

After many visits to Magnolia AV, many hours of researching, days of contemplating, I went ahead and bought a 7.1 set of Martin Logan speakers:

Online wins

I’ve ordered the Denon AVR-4806 via www.etronics.com . Yes, it’s a New York-based electronics store, but after looking around they seem to have the best opin...

Knight (Rank 6) [56%]

Didn’t do much pvp’ing last week, so I dropped a few points. There has been new-found interest in pvp ever since they annouced the upgraded armor rewar...

Shed be gone

Spent tonite tearing down the crappy, rusted shed that plagued the side of my house. I’m having Student Painters come tomorrow morning to ‘power wash’ the en...

Too Many Inputs

I think I’ve settled on getting the DENON AVR-4806 THX Ultra2 7.1 CH Reference A/V Surround Receiver. It has more inputs and outputs than I’ll ever ne...

Knight (Rank 6) [90%]

Almost. With just over 72k honor last week, I was hoping I made the jump to Knight-Lieutenant , but I just barely missed, so I’m still Knight (90%). I ...

Knight (Rank 6) [4%]

Knight! I was pretty shocked to find that I had jumped up a rank this week. I think I only had one good WSG match last week, and fewer than usual match...

How big?

The floor in my entertainment room is going down today, so it’s time to start thinking about electronics. I haven’t really decided on much except the T...

Sergeant Major (Rank 5) [52%]

Well, I was pretty busy with my house last week. Only managed slightly over 5000 honor, so my rank didn’t change much at all. My standing dropped sligh...

Sergeant Major (Rank 5) [56%]

Took advantage of a crazy WSG bonus weekend and was able to gather much honor last week. I jumped nearly a full rank to Sergeant Major, with a weekly s...

Open Sesame

After having trouble getting the first lockset, rushing the second one, only to find out it was DOA, getting a replacement sent out, I’m happy to say I...

Master Sergeant (Rank 4)

After fairly little effort (mostly running AV a few times), my rank is back to Master Sergeant. I was at this rank long ago — back before Battlegrounds...

Sergeant

Spent some of my WoW time in Battlegrouds last week and jumped up to Sergeant. Mostly I’m trying to get the Alterac Valley reputation rewards, PVP hono...

G!Calendar

Google released their long-anticipated Calendar yesterday. So far it’s exactly what I’d expect, simple, fast, and intuitive. Some of the fancy (and not...

Job Well Done

I’m having my front door replaced this Friday (assuming the sun shows up). This was planned about a month ago, since it’s a custom door. Over two weeks ago w...

Scary Fast

I ordered a 2006 BMW M Coupe last week. I’m pretty sure it is one of the first allocated to this dealer, and probably one of the first of a handful ava...

Computers are too fast

HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) is a very interesting field for me. Maybe because I’ve been interacting with computers wince I was 12 years old. In any case...

smanjo’s law

I’ve been in and out of the email software space for about 15 years now. I’ve noticed a trend, which I’m turning into a law (in the spirit of Godwin’s Law ):

Flexing Your Force

Looks like the English language is running out of catch words/phrases for cool new products.

Graphic Designer Needed

I’m going to try to hire a web site design company/person to design www.CharliesSandwichShoppe.com . I stil don’t have the domain hosted, but I’m thinking of...

I’m back

I tried blogging on Y!360 for most of the past year. That was a mistake. I’m back here for good; please forgive me for leaving!