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Pet Peeve about Skype users

January 14, 2009 ·

Recently I've received a number of "add contact" requests from people on Skype who have nicknames I don't recognize, who have not completed their profiles and who don't put any information in their "add" request. Why do such people think I'm going to accept their add contact request? I generally just block them since they seem to have such poor manners (and one such user actually called me twice via Skype without introducing themselves and then pulled me into a conference call with the Skype echo tester!). So, if you're going to add me to your Skype contacts, please at least say who you are and how you know me when you send the "add contact" request! Better still, fill out your Skype profile with your full name and blog / website address so folks have some context.

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2008 in review

January 04, 2009 ·

As "usual", I start the year with a round-up of the highlights of last year, based on things that I blogged. It's been a strange year for me. After (seven) years with Macromedia / Adobe and most of 2007 spent freelancing, I took a full-time job with a startup and hired some amazing CFers to be part of my team. I (finally) learned Flex (and AIR). I learned a new language (Groovy) and did a lot less CFML programming than I've done in years while at the same time joining first the Open BlueDragon Steering Committee and then the CFML Advisory Committee, as well as attending more ColdFusion-related conferences than usual (cf.Objective(), Scotch on the Rocks, CFUNITED, Wee Dram of Scotch, MAX).

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GTD - Getting Things Done

December 31, 2008 ·

I've been experimenting with a variety of "todo" managers over the last year, trying to find one that fits my needs. I have been a fan of 43actions for most of 2008 because it offered a nice iPhone-compatible web application that was fairly intuitive and, with Fluid allowing me to have a "desktop" version of 43actions, I had synchronized access from both my iPhone and my desktop. The problem was that it was a web app so it didn't have any integration with either the iPhone or, more importantly, the desktop.

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Tags: iphone · osx · personal

Fly Clear

December 02, 2008 ·

I've mentioned this service before - $199 / year to skip the lines at airport security (you don't skip the security checks, just the lines) - and here's a way to get a month free: use this refer-a-friend code when you sign up - DSCAM1163375. The price has doubled since I initially signed up but the time savings are incredible if you travel a lot and now they offer photo ID on the CLEAR card so you can use it as your only form of ID to go through an airport which simplifies things still further. You can also use the CLEAR card to jump the lines at certain sports grounds :)

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Cheap Gas!

November 12, 2008 ·

I saw this on my way to work Monday and snapped it: Wow! .00 is... like... FREE! (The gas station is being renovated and they've put in a zero price for some reason... very eye-catching tho'!)

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First fill up!

August 04, 2008 ·

Today I filled up the Honda for the first time. The nearest public station to the office is about 12 miles away at SFO airport. The station was empty apart from several buses that service the airport. The "Gas Gallon Equivalent" price was $2.75 and the station has a couple of 3,000psi pumps but is mostly 3,600psi (which is what the Honda takes). You have to watch a training video before you can pump gas unless you have a Training PIN (which you get after you've watched the video the first time). I totally missed one of the key instructions in the video and ended up trying three pumps and watching the video over again before I realized my mistake (the gas nozzle has to be "opened" with a lever before it can be attached and then "closed" with a lever - I'd missed the opening step so the nozzle wouldn't fit... duh!). The pump makes a ton of noise (well, it's a 3,600psi compressor so that isn't a surprise) but the filling process is quick and clean. We're going to keep a record of gas usage and mileage so we can see how it compares cost-wise to a regular gasoline car. If you care, you can watch my public Evernote record of CNG usage.

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New Green Car!

August 01, 2008 ·

This morning I just took delivery of my new car - my new very green car:

It's a 2008 Honda Civic GX in Green Tea Metallic. As you can see from the image above, it runs on compressed natural gas. There are quite a few CNG stations around the Bay Area but we plan to buy a "Phill" - a home refueling station that connects to our home gas line so that we can fill up for about $1.25 per gallon!

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Vegas Baby!

July 15, 2008 ·

So I said I'd post an off-topic piece about my trip to Vegas. If you don't like off-topic stuff, stop reading :)

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Happy Birthday to me!

July 06, 2008 ·

I'm 46 years young!

Probably the best Guinness advert ever made! Raise a glass!

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Mortgages and Privacy - a rant

July 05, 2008 ·

OK, a personal rant... I've owned my house in Castro Valley for seven years (next month) and I just took advantage of the great interest rates and the new conforming loan limits to lock in a 30 year 5.5% mortgage, paying off my previous two mortgages (a $300k 30 year and a $70k 15 year balloon payment). This is the third refinance in six years and the first to lock in above what I paid for the place (paid $370k, financed $409k, value $600-700k depending on who you ask, although Indymac Bank thinks it's only worth $515k... go figure!). So, I'm happy with my new mortgage. I am not happy with the stream of insurance spam I've received in the last week. Several offers every single day (six today, OMG!). Mortgage protection, health insurance, home insurance. Jeez, leave me alone! I have all that shit already! I know that a mortgage is a matter of public record but this is ridiculous! The worst thing about these slimy insurance and loan spam offers is that they are all - and I mean ALL - couched in terms of something you should complete and return for your lender. Sure, they all have small print saying they're not associated with the lender but with some of them you really have to read it two or three times to convince yourself you're not reading something important from your own lender. It's disgusting. Especially given the sub-prime lending disaster we're going through right now. Clearly these companies have no ethics at all.

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