Sharing thoughts that no one will read…

  • XM Radio

    Two years ago, very good friends of ours bought me an amazing present, a Roady 2 XM Radio player, along with a monthly subscription. I had thought about getting one before they got it for me. It’s a relatively obvious thing for people who spend as much time in the car as we […]

  • Shavers and Brand Names

    I hate to shave. I’m sure there are a few guys who don’t mind it, or even like it, but not me. That said, while I don’t mind having stubble, I don’t feel like growing a beard nor a moustache (and I’m not sure Lois would allow me to either). Further, if I […]

  • Delectable Duck!

    My most loyal readers should already be salivating, as they have all personally had the experience I’m about to describe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those who know me know that perhaps my favorite restaurant (though there are many that I love) is the Peking Duck House in mid-town in NYC. I had dinner there last night. […]

  • I’m a Phone Weenie

    OK, I admit it. Rob Page, CEO of Zope Corporation officially coined me a phone weenie a number of weeks ago. He’s right. Of course, he also directly benefits from that feature in me, since I am the primary Asterisk PBX administrator at Zope Corp. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, what does it mean to be […]

  • SPAM is back under control

    I know, what a silly thing to say, and in public at that! Previously, I posted on my woes in having old SpamBayes filtering starting to fail and new procmail rules that I foolishly put in myself causing me to suffer from spam more than usual. I am happy to report that it’s […]

  • In Praise of SIDUX

    I said I wouldn’t write about the old Dell Latitude L400 again, unless there was a “breakthrough”. Well, there hasn’t been one, so I’m not really writing about that machine (but of course, I really am) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Really, this is more of a Linux posting than a specific laptop one… So, unless you’re […]

  • SPAM Problem Solved!

    OK, not really. That was only a slight exaggeration ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, the specific spam problem that I complained about in my “technology is random” posting is what I’ve now solved. As I mentioned in that post, I had a combination of procmail rules and SpamBayes filtering, etc. I completely turned off the old […]

  • Debugging Firefox and WordPress 2.1 UI issues with Firebug – SUCCESS

    I’m typing this to provoke the following error: uncaught exception: Permission denied to call method So far, not provoked, which means that I think I figured out what was killing me ever since I upgraded to WordPress 2.1. Before I declare victory, let me try to insert a link, which is what […]

  • Why does most technology feel “random” so often?

    I’ve been involved professionally with technology since 1980. So, you’d think that I understand it (and how it works) reasonably well by now. On some levels, sure, but on others, I feel as helpless as the proverbial mother-in-law or grandparent in the “clueless users” examples people always give… Conceptually, I understand how “small […]

  • I’m truly a glutton for punishment…

    OK, so here I am again, updating my progress on the old Dell Latitude L400 saga… Before I begin, let me assure the millions of readers of this blog that I have no illusion that I will ever be able to use this laptop in anything other than as a “guest surfing” node […]