Monday, February 27, 2006

Email can be fun

An email I received through the EclipseCrossword support page from someone who, assuming he used his real name, is approximately 14 years old and is pretty good at tennis:


From: Cxxxxx Sxxxxx <xxxxx@cs.com>
Subject: FDA violation

Hello,
My name is Cxxxxx Sxxxxx and I have encountered a violation with your site.
According to United States code of international online services, you have not met the requirements needed to manage this website. I have noted that even though you do have the correct creating formats to run this site, you do not have the "Search by Creater" answer key which is a mandatory requirement. If failure to respond within 48 hours occures, this website will be shut down. Respond A.S.A.P.
Thank you for your time.


From: Travis - greeneclipse support
Subject: RE: FDA violation

Dear Agent Sxxxxx,

Thank you very much for the advance warning. I have forwarded your concerns to our team of well-paid lawyers who regularly deal with these sorts of issues. As soon as they have resolved the issue, I will ensure that they promptly respond to you via your government CompuServe email account.

In the meantime, don’t put off that paper too long; you don’t want to have to cram all night right before it’s due!

Thanks for writing,
—Travis
Green Eclipse.com
Personal support

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Delinquency

I got a friendly letter from the State of Washington Department of Revenue that I'm delinquent on my WA business tax return for 2005. Oops! I figured they'd send me something. After filing two "seriously, I didn't make any money" reports in a row, I thought they said that I didn't have to file taxes anymore until that changed. Apparently they said that I only had to file once a year.

Luckily, the penalty for failing to pay business taxes in WA is 5-15% of tax owed, and we all know what zero times a number is. They even point that out on the friendly warning letter.

Friday, February 24, 2006

For lunch?

Paraphrased, names changed to protect the innocent, only the genders remain the same, today at lunch...

Peter: Why are we celebrating Black History Month with Indian food? It's been Indian food all week.
Luis: Hey, you know what they should have? Dicks.
Peter: What?
Luis: Yeah, have you had it? Soooooo good.
Fiona: Never for lunch.
Me: What are you talking about?
Luis: You know, it's really good barbecue. They have a ton of sauces, one's called "The Man." I think it's dicks.
(silence)
Luis: Dixie's! It's called Dixie's.
Peter: Oh. Yeah, that's good.
Me: I still want to know how that ties into Black History Month.
Fiona: I think I know.

Porn in the workplace

I heard from someone that to work on the MSN Search team you have to sign a waiver stating that you'll be exposed to pornography. I wonder how many guys who are given that waiver at least think to themselves that they should write "SWEET" or "HELL YEAH" on the signature line.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Wheeeeeee

It turns out that board games are more fun with a gas leak!

No, not really. I've got a nasty headache and my eyes hurt quite a bit.

Winamp

I'm glad that Winamp is still under active development; software that I still use being retired is very sad.

Version 5.2 finally lets multiple users on the same machine have their own settings and not need to run as an admin (finally!), and seems to add support for my MP3 player—I gotta check that out.

Hard water heavy metal

This morning, as I was preparing to put conditioner in my hair, I suddenly got the image of a Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo bottle rocking out with Ozzy Osbourne to the song "No More Tears" on stage.

I suppose it's one of my all-time favorite classic heavy metal songs (that's, uh, quite a list...), but not exactly something I've been listening to recently. My work commute playlist is currently just Hooverphonic, Shakira, Madonna, and Fort Minor; no AC/DC or Iron Maiden in there.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Resolution

I would like to extend my personal kudos to the Resolve carpet cleaner product. And what are kudos without a story involving bodily fluids?

Yesterday in the early afternoon, I got up from the computer and noticed dark red blotches all over the floor. Then I noticed that my toe was bleeding... quite a bit. It had happened earlier when I stubbed it, but it wasn't bleeding at the time. Crap, I thought, that's never coming out. So, I went to the kitchen to get the Resolve carpet cleaner, which I had never used before then, and a brush. But, somewhere along the way I kind of forgot about the carpet, and probably ended up getting a Diet Coke instead. So, at about midnight, I got up only to see that there were still dark red blotches all over the floor, and my toe was still covered in blood. Double crap! But, to my amazement, the blood stains that had been sitting there for at least ten hours all came right out after a couple sprays and a couple minutes of waiting.

If you ever murder a prostitute and forgot to put down trash bags or a plastic tarp, be sure to get a bottle of Resolve!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Booo taxes!

This is my first year to actually have to pay taxes instead of getting a refund. $917 of 'em. Guess I need to drop my W-4 exemption, assuming I have one. I don't remember.

I was kind of hoping that investing into two retirement accounts would have helped ensure that I got a refund again, but no. I gave more to charities last year, which might have made the difference.

Oh well. Maybe next year.

The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj

Ahn'Qiraj - Colossal Anubisath Warbringers

The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj opened last night on my server. It was a very cool event, never to happen again. Hundreds of players from both factions fighting side by side taking down the massive Anubisath Warbringers and the Qiraji generals, the mind control crystals popping up all over the continent, and the Colossus bugs thrashing Cenarion Hold and throwing guards around like tissue paper. The attack lasted ten hours, starting at 9:00 pm Pacific time, but after about half that, I had to call it a night. I'm sure some people stayed up until 7:00. I wonder if they got a special bonus for completing all three of the special event quests to help defeat the Colossus bugs.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Destination: Molten Core

Today, a few minutes after 5:00, I won an all-I-can-loot trip to the Molten Core in World of Warcraft. Many of you will not know what exactly that means, but suffice to say that I am very, very happy about this. It is a place that I have never been after a year of playing, filled with glorious shiny things and rare equipment, all mine.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

What's SharePoint Designer?

Oh, and in case you didn't read the article a couple posts down (I don't blame you...), FrontPage has been discontinued, and I'm now on the SharePoint Designer team. Surprise!

Here's the official Microsoft line on upcoming web development products.

Pri-1, Sev-1: SharePoint Designer chocolates contain diphtheria

I had an amazingly odd dream last night. I was sitting at my computer at work, and my manager’s manager comes in, frantically upset about something. He gave me a bug number, which is how many of my work conversations start, and I looked it up. It was a Priority 1, Severity 1 bug (as you might guess, that’s about as bad as bugs get) that he was investigating. The title of the bug was “SPD chocolates contain diphtheria.” A customer had reported the bug.

I didn’t even know what diphtheria was until I Googled it (That’s right; I don’t even use MSN Search in my dreams), but I was pretty sure it was some terrible disease. And, it is. One in ten people who get it die. (The dream kind of skipped over that part; I just Googled it and suddenly I knew it was bad, kind of like in The Matrix.) The problem is that apparently the chocolates that we sent out to our beta testers were infected with it.

So, he stood in my office with a sample of the chocolates and all of these bottles of chemicals, and we followed the repro steps in the bug—crush up a portion of the chocolate, then add this chemical, and then rub it on your hand. If you’re in excruciating pain, the chocolates have diphtheria. If it just burns a little, that’s just the acid used in the test, and the candy is fine. So, we both followed the instructions, and ended up with burning goo on our hands, but not excruciating pain. But, of course, we can’t really just say “eh, it worked for me”; we had to get other people in on this one. So, by the end of the dream there were about five people in my office trying to see if all of the chocolates really contained diphtheria. We could never find any evidence of taint. And then the dream was over.

I don’t know what happened to the maybe-diseased chocolates in the end. Nonetheless, it was an interesting dream. Especially since I didn't even know what diphtheria was, and hadn't heard or read the word in years. I don't know why it showed up in my dream.

Kinda crazy but not completely crazy

John C. Dvorak has always stuck me as kind of a crazy, annoying guy, but he's one of the top tech columnists out there. This latest post of his is particularly interesting:

Will Apple adopt Windows?

He says that maybe, just maybe, Apple will shift to becoming a consumer hardware and software company. Finally, "everything can run on a Mac."

Kinda crazy. But... not so crazy that it isn't intriguing, perhaps.

Sigh

This morning I went into my apartment's front desk to put in a maintenance request. I said that the toilet in my front bathroom wouldn't stop trickling water ever since someone came in to do some other work on it. She asked me for more details, so I gave them. Then, she wrote "front bath toilet" and my apartment number on a piece of paper and put it aside. Maybe she just likes hearing about toilets...

Poetic suggestion

A note to poets and lyricists: "children" and "turn" do not rhyme.

Welcome, Office 2007

So, some of the cats are out of the Office bag now. Some of those cats I didn't even know about.

The next version of Office is going to be Office 2007.

One of the significant things is that there's going to be a new Home and Student edition for $150 that you can install on up to three PCs. That's a nice change. It includes OneNote instead of Outlook. I'm a big fan of Outlook myself, but it's not something that the average home user really needs, especially since Vista is slated to have some calendaring capabilities itself.

And, the more interesting news as far as I'm concerned: search that page for "FrontPage."

More details from me as things circulate around the internet and I'm more sure of what I get to talk about. There are still a few cats that need to stay in the bag for a while.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ominous smell

It's a bad thing when you pass someone already alone inside her car (with the windows up), leaving the parking lot, and you're overcome with the strong scent of hard liquor.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

How I love America

It's only a matter of time until someone sues Microsoft for its antispyware offering, currently named Windows Defender and in beta. Some spyware or adware vendor is going to sue them for singling out their company. Who is Microsoft to say that their spyware shouldn't be allowed to run on peoples' PCs? They're going to make it into an antitrust lawsuit, and it will be dragged out for years and years, and in the end, nothing of value will be accomplished, except a lot of money will change hands. Mark my words.

Pizza for Valentine's Day

One fun thing about Valentine's Day is that you get to see which coworkers have significant others. The rest of us had pizza and watched a syndicated Simpsons episode for Valentine's Day. What could top that?

[Edit: Ohhhhhhh, that.]

Distractions

After a long string of distractions (we actually had a line of people outside our office waiting to ask questions), my officemate:

"Arrrgh. What was I doing? I have no idea. I'm pretty sure I don't want to go back to doing it, though."

Partly cloudy with a chance of explosion

If I get home tonight, log into WoW to check my mail and such, and I still have to wait in a queue because too many people are already logged on, I may explode with laughter.

Supply and demand

I wonder if Valentine's Day is a good or bad day for the prostitution business. Seeing as their clientele is almost entirely male, and men don't care nearly as much about being alone on Valentine's Day as women (mmmm, factless generalizations), I'd bet that it's just a bit below average. It would be interesting to know the actual stats, though. Yet another statistic that I'd like to know that probably can't or won't ever be measured.

Takk

Holy crap. Takk... by Sigur Rós is definitely one of the weirdest albums I own. Aphex Twin's 26 Mixes for Cash is probably the king of that spot, but Takk... is pretty nuts too. I don't know what you could compare it to, so I guess it's, uh, the best of its kind. Whatever its kind is. It's full of ethereal babbling in a language I can't understand, and much of it sounds more like a sonic experiment of some kind than music.

In fact, despite the fact that all three have incredibly different sounds, I'd kind of lump Sigur Rós, Aphex Twin, and The Mars Volta together in their own category of pretentious insanity. I find it really hard to see past the fact that there's so much bizarre noise in the music produced by those three artists, and I tend to even like thick, noisy music. Amon Tobin is one of my favorite artists, and despite his music being comprised of a lot of bizarre noise too, I find his sound to be very different. I'm not sure why it is.

That said, Takk... isn't bad. Parts of it are grating, like the high-pitched ooooohing in so many of the tracks, and it's not something that I'm really in the mood to hear most of the time. I can't really recommend it to anyone. Check out the video I linked to at the beginning of this post, though. That song is an excellent example of what the rest of the CD is like.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Jargon

People at work use a maddening amount of jargon, and it's especially irritating when it's just a replacement for a better word. The word one is the noun "ask"—an ask is a request.

Here's a massive list of Microsoft jargon, for the interested.

I think that a lot of the entries on the list are made-up, though. Buzzword Bingo isn't Microsoft jargon, for example; it's a Dilbert reference, unless Dilbert many, many years ago was just referencing something else. But, a lot of the things on that list are terms that I hear every day, and most of them make me a sad panda.

BBBQ

This happened yesterday... it's a rough approximation of a conversation around where we were getting dinner:

Louise: Hmmm, have you ever had BYOB pizza?
Me: That... what?
Louise: You know, BYOB—Bake It Yourself, Bitch.
Me: (Puzzled.)
Louise: You know, Papa Murphy's.
Me: Oh. Shouldn't that be BIYB? Or, Bake Your Own, Bitch?
Louise: It's BYOB. Do you want to get pizza or not?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Shorts weather

Shorts weather makes me happy. It's back to shorts weather here in Redmond. There have been a couple colder days, but for the most part, it's pretty nice out now.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Disconnected nonsense about the Grammy awards

Holy crap, Gwen Stefani's solo album was nominated for FIVE GRAMMYS, including album of the year? That's insanity; unfettered madness. I feel ashamed that there are tracks on it that I actually kind of like.

I was kind of shocked that Collision Course by Linkin Park and Jay-Z won an award, though the winning track, Numb/Encore, is nonetheless good.

I feel so terribly unqualified to really care about most of the albums on the Grammy winners list. For example, Fijación Oral Vol. 1 by Shakira was a great album, and it won best Latin rock/alternative album. But, you know, it's really the only one I heard in the past year, unless you count Oral Fixation Volume 2.

Other belated Grammy-related comments... what the hell, there's an award for best album notes? Looks like The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax swept that category this year!

I keep hearing about U2's album. I don't really know what to think about that. I haven't heard anything by U2 that I liked, but I constantly feel like they deserve another chance, just because they're so prolific. I feel the same way about the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica, and so many other big names that I don't really care about.

Friday, February 10, 2006

The answer is yes

Wouldn't it be creepy if I ordered a can of whipped cream and a basket of strawberries to arrive Tuesday, and then I showed them to the Safeway man and said, "oh, I don't have a girlfriend; these are just for me"?

[That question mark looks bad inside and outside the quote, so I just gave up.]

Speaking of the Safeway man and creepy, the creepy Safeway driver hasn't been here in months. It's kind of sad.

The name of the show is already a play on words so there's no real point in me trying to make another joke out of it

Tonight’s Arrested Development back-to-back-to-back-to-back finale was good; a fitting end. The last half hour was the perfect match to the first episode of the show… the breakfast joke sealed the deal for me. And, you know, with the show opening with incest jokes, it’s only fitting that the last episode is full of it. Don’t worry; I didn’t spoil anything for you.

Anyhow… I still hope that the show gets picked up by another network for another season, which is apparently not out of the question. But, if it doesn’t, it ended very, very well, and tied up all of the plot lines while still somehow leaving things perfectly open for another hilarious season.

It's free damned money

Ebates is a cool service. Basically, you start your online shopping from their site, and then you get a cut of that merchant's referral bonus. Simple as that. I actually get checks from them, and I haven't gotten a single spam mail yet in a year, which I know for sure because I gave them a uniquely identifying email address like I do for every site. That way, if someone does spam me, I'll know who it was. So far, the only site to have ever sold my email address was Uproar.com.

Email me if you want $5 free and I'll refer you. :)

Apple the monopoly

Okay, so I find this particularly funny. Someone wants to prosecute Apple as a monopoly, specifically for the illegal bundling of iTunes and iPod.

The evil part of me says, haha, screw them. They'll get what they deserve, those jerks! But, I don't really believe that. I don't believe that Apple is guilty of anything, and I honestly don't believe that Microsoft did anything wrong with Windows and Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. If I thought they did, I probably wouldn't be working for them. I think that what Apple is guilty of is making a high-quality product that has brought them great success, success that someone else is upset about.

Desktop clutter

I tend to keep my computer desktop pretty light on clutter. If you ever wanted to know what's on my desktop, this is your lucky day! If not, you might want to skip this post.

A row across the top, containing icons that change rarely and the games I'm playing:

  • Recycle Bin. I like having my Recycle Bin in the upper-left. The upper-left corner is almost always visible if I don't have a maximized window open, and it never moves when my resolution changes.
  • Downloads. My universal downloaded files drop box. I also use it to store random crap, mostly links, that I'll never look at but can't bear to throw away.
  • Green Eclipse. A direct link to my source files.
  • IvoryTower. A link to the website I visit most frequently, my own. It has its own link so I can open it in Internet Explorer; my normal browser at home is NetCaptor, perhaps to be replaced with Firefox for consistency with my office computers.
  • Blog. A direct link to my blog. It's the orange Blogger logo, so I can't miss it, and I occasionally remember to post. (Of course, that didn't work out well for you today, did it?)
  • Playlists. A folder containing links to all of the CDs that I've bought and haven't listened to yet. I'm down to about twenty CDs in the queue. Whenever I want new music, I can pull out a new playlist.
  • PVP Honor Stats. A spreadsheet detailing my player-versus-player activity and statistics in World of Warcraft. I know exactly how many games of Arathi Basin I played each day since the PVP Honor System started, how many kills I got, how much bonus honor I got, and so forth. It helps me identify trends and also helped me to realize the point where my chances of advancing further in the rankings were very low because of the limited time I spend playing.
  • World of Warcraft. I log on at least once a day, at least to check my mail and auctions, even though I usually only "play" two or three times a week.
  • Thottbot. Thottbot is the essential resource for all things World of Warcraft. Some of the quests are pretty obscure, and Thottbot has an automated database that tells you where to finish them. It also has statistics for every non-player character, weapon, armor, spell, and magical artifact in the game. You can't really play WoW without it. It's actually a very cool project; it requires very little human input to maintain... it all updates itself thanks to bots that volunteers install on their computers to upload collected data to their servers.
  • Guild Wars. In theory, when Marc and I can't find a World of Warcraft group, we'll play Guild Wars. In reality, we've only played a couple times.
  • Civilization IV. The game I'm theoretically playing when not playing World of Warcraft. I haven't actually played it in a couple weeks now. I still want to get back into it, though, because it's a great game.
  • Heroes V. The Heroes of Might and Magic V beta. I probably won't play it anymore, so I can probably uninstall it. I'll wait for it to be finished and polished.


Then, I keep more ephemeral icons in a column down the left side of my screen:

  • LSD remixes. A shortcut to Love, Sensuality, Devotion: The Remix Collection by Enigma. One of three albums I'm listening to at the moment. Good stuff in there; not as good as the regular non-remix albums, but still entertaining. I'm listening to it now.
  • Takk... A shortcut to Takk... by Sigur Rós. Another album I'm listening to right now. Extremely weird but kind of neat.
  • Wikked Lil' Grrrls. A shortcut to an album with that title by Esthero. The third album I'm listening to right now. It's not bad. Once I've listened to each one a few more times, I'll add the best songs to my primary playlist (mmmm, about fifteen days of constant music) and then delete the shortcut.
  • SR turnin contest. A guild on my World of Warcraft server, the Silvan Rangers, is running a contest in which I am participating for the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win great in-game stuff and visit a place I'll never otherwise see, as well as large in-game cash prizes. This link goes to the scoreboard.
  • Madonna - Sorry. A link to Madonna's new video on AOL, so I can watch it today. (I just watched it. It's pretty entertaining. I can delete the link now.)
  • Three links to Something Awful. Something Awful has some new content that I want to read and see. Once I read the articles, I'll delete the links. The links remind me to go there.
  • GameSpy - WoW at 60. GameSpy has a guide to some of the things you can do once your character in World of Warcraft reaches the maximum level, 60, which I did many, many months ago. I plan to read through to look for things I haven't done yet.


And that's it. The top row is for icons that I need each day or at least frequently, and the left column is for stuff I need to deal with and then delete. I keep everything else off my desktop and properly filed away. I'm anal like that. Now, wasn't that boring?

Of course, I've also got plenty of sticky notes on my desktop, but I was mostly talking about files.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

A little early to be spring

The trees in front of my building are just starting to bloom. Each tree has half a dozen or so little blossoms so far. It's only February...

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Bill O'RLY

This amuses me. I'll try to calm down with the EclipseCrossword posts after this...

I got an email from someone saying that they couldn't load Bill O'Reilly's crossword. I get a lot of requests for puzzle answers from people who don't know that EclipseCrossword is an application, not an online service, so I don't have any access to their answers. I also get questions about peoples' (mostly teachers') specific websites. I assumed that this mail was another one of those.

But then I thought... surely she doesn't mean the Bill O'Reilly. But, lo and behold, Bill O'Reilly's website has crossword puzzles featuring EclipseCrossword. Can't really say that I'm honored, per se, but exposure is exposure, and having my software used on a high-traffic site is full of warm fuzzies, regardless of what site it may be. Usually bigger groups and organizations are pretty hesitant to put the stock pages that EclipseCrossword creates on their sites because they're full of links to my site and sort of "advertise" my product.

Of course, the applet kind of sucks. It wasn't that great five years ago when I made it.

Anyone notice anything odd about this image from his site?

Picture of a crossword from the Bill O'Reilly website

Monday, February 6, 2006

Alone together

A blog post on the social (and antisocial) aspects World of Warcraft and MMORPGs in general that should be at least somewhat interesting even to people who have no interest in the game:

Alone Together in World of Warcraft?

A few inches above the bottom of the barrel

Well, the time has finally come. My home PC is now just at the level of the minimum recommended requirements for new games, it seems. Here are the recommendations for Oblivion:
  • 3 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • 1 GB System RAM
  • ATI X800 series, Nvidia GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card
Guess what processor, amount of RAM, and video card I have.

Oh well. I was planning on putting something together at the end of this year anyway. Maybe I'll end up doing it sooner.

Sunday, February 5, 2006

It's all about the commercials

Stolen directly from Luke's blog, the Super Bowl commercials on Google Video. MSN's got quite a few too. Each site has commercials not on the other.

My favorites, in no particular order:

Bud Light: magic fridge
Budweiser: the wave
Burger King: Whopperettes
Vault: scarecrow
Ameriquest: don't judge (plane)

Special honors for the V for Vendetta trailer, which looks very interesting on its own, but is also far more entertaining-looking than all of the other movie trailers I saw.

Also, special mention for the GoDaddy commercials, which focused primarily on attractive women's T&A and still managed to suck. However, the Scott Tissue Mike Ditka Halftime Flush wins hands-down for the most unpleasant ad.

Plenty of other good ones too: Degree, MasterCard, Sierra Mist, and the other Ameriquest ad. And, I didn't have to sit or even fast forward through the silly game!

(On a side note, Leonard Nimoy in the Aleve commercial reminded me a lot of Steve Jobs at Macworld and pretty much anything else he does dressed all in black with huge screens behind him.)

Crap.

Great. Now not only am I going to hear about nothing but the Super Bowl tomorrow, but in addition, everyone's gonna be angry.

superwhat?

As you can plainly tell, I haven't been watching the Super Bowl...

Five hours later

After about five hours of toiling, I was able to get their computer back to how it was. I still don't have the slightest clue how that could have happened. My mind is still quite boggled.

There was no virus or anything else malicious. It certainly seemed like it at first, given the descriptions over the phone, but once I figured out what they were saying and actually saw the machine through Remote Assistance, it became clear that there was no foul play.

There goes a nice chunk of my weekend... but at least they didn't have to call someone. They would have charged a couple hundred bucks and all of my mom's settings and stored mail and other non-documents probably wouldn't have been recovered.

Sweet mother of mercy

I spent many hours tonight trying to get my parents' PC back into shape thanks to Remote Assistance. Before giving up I did manage to figure out what had happened: somehow, when my dad ran VirusScan, it caused my mom's account to be swapped with the Guest account. I don't have the slightest idea how that happened. Logging in under her name actually logs in the guest user, but it still has her name. What used to be her user registry hive is now under HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT. It's mind-boggling. I have limited knowledge (but some) about the NT user and login system, and this defies all knowledge I have of it. I don't know how a user account and the guest account can just become swapped like that.

But, the good news is that the files are all still there; they're just not where they used to be... which is good, because my parents don't back up documents at all, and my mom only backs up her photos every month. If it weren't for Digital Image Library imploring her to do so each month she'd never do it, like probably the majority of the world.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Grandma

I got three calls from my parents in the span of a couple minutes tonight, along with a voice mail marked "urgent." I didn't even know that you could do that. I knew exactly what my dad's somber, terse message of "uh... just... call us back" meant: my grandma passed away. She's been having health problems recently and got out of the hospital a few weeks back, and she finally died.

Except she didn't. She's fine. What actually happened is that my mom managed to pick up a virus, apparently the big one that people have been pretty scared of recently. She lost all of her documents and photos, her desktop wallpaper was changed, and a few other things. So, perhaps not quite as bad, though I'd be devastated if I lost all of my documents since my last backup. At least I'm doing better now and backing up every month or two, but that's still not great. I should just get into a habit of putting a DVD in every Monday or something and kicking one off before work. It would be easier if it didn't take so long to determine which files have changed since my last backup; I have to remember to start it off before I shower.

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Workplace decapitation

I was just headhunted by Apple at work. Actually, it may not count as headhunting; the woman didn't know where I worked, and only mentioned EclipseCrossword. She said that one of the Apple engineers saw my software and said that I should be offered a job. I guess she got my phone number from the WHOIS database. Or, she may have just been less than forthcoming with details.

Can't a man sit at work in this country without being called up and offered jobs? Sheesh!