Nice Job, Microsoft
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:47 am)

I have several subscriptions to Microsoft services, such as MSDN, TechNet, etc. I realized that they expect people to use their browser to access their site, but do they have to make it so other browsers can't access?

Case in point:
Microsoft without Explorer FAIL

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Happy Birthday, Jared!
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:55 am)

Today is my brother Jared's birthday. He is a year younger than me, but 5.5 kids ahead of me. Happy birthday, brother!

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-25
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Middle watch, 2 bells (1:03 am)
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Might Morphin Power Daleks!
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:42 am)

It's the Mighty Morphin Power Daleks!

They reminded me of this old User Friendly iMac parody, too.

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What a Machine!
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:28 pm)

I'm drooling over the new Cray CX1-iWS workstations.

I might not kill somebody for one of them, but I'd certainly hurt them real bad. In front of their mama.

Unfortunately, as it has a $40,000 price tag, I won't be getting one. Ever.

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Back Online
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:24 pm)

Well we're back online at home. Thanks to my amazing technical skills (and the install guy), it was a short visit, about 20 minutes all together.

I tested my bandwidth to Tierpoint, my colocation provider, and got an 18 megabit connection speed! So not only am I up after the Imbris outage, I've got a faster connection to boot!

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-18
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Middle watch, 2 bells (1:03 am)
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RIP Imbris the ISP
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:13 am)

My local ISP, Imbris (don't bother clicking, their site is down, too!) is offline. For the second time in just over two weeks.

Their office is locked up and dark. If you call their sales department, you get sent to a voicemail box that is full and will accept no more messages.

After the previous outage (which spanned around 36 hours), there wasn't a peep from the company about what went down. No apologies, no notes on their website, nothing. At that point, I started researching alternatives. I'm all for supporting local businesses and the "little guys," but this is ridiculous. I've used Imbris for as long as I've had an Internet connection. In the old (Nidlink) days, they provided dialup and a UNIX shell for each of their users (those were some fun times).

But I'm through with the outages. I'm through with them not paying their bills when they bill me regularly for mine. One time I could forgive, although I was quite upset there was no follow-up. If their first outage didn't cause them to lose most of their business, this one will. I've already ordered alternate service, and recommend anyone else to do the same.

Goodbye, Imbris, may you Route In Peace. Or not. I don't care anymore.

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Nice Website, Retards
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:54 am)

I hate local news. TV, newspaper, whatever. But more than anything else, this is what bothers me:

Spokesman Review website ad fail

Nice job, Spokesman Review. This is what your site looks like in my browser.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-11
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Middle watch, 2 bells (1:03 am)
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Post Project Endorphins
Posted in Code
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:53 pm)

I'm just wrapping up a project I've had on my plate for months, and I'm feeling the happy brain feeling of finishing up something I've worried about for a long time.

It wasn't terribly complicated, but was subject to constant interruption and upheaval while other projects came along. (FYI in case you don't know, my work requires a great deal of multi-tasking).

My code is compiling fine now, and should be fairly complete. Some more walk-throughs today and testing tomorrow, and it'll be off my shoulders completely. Until testing finds a bug, anyway. And I'll finally be able to say "I've finished it" at my weekly status meeting.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-04
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Middle watch, 2 bells (1:03 am)
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