Thursday, December 20, 2001

Everybody Comes to Rick's

Ah, a light month so far. So far I've resigned one job to take another (goodbye "IBM", hello netomat), bought a nice new Sony P5 camera, a Meade ETC-105C telescope, and 3/5ths of a Brooklyn Brownstone. Balancing the checkbook this month should be fun. Oh...and I decided to muck around a bit with this site and have a go at keeping it up to date again.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:05 GMT on 20-Dec-2001 .

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Hmmm

WTC 1 was topped out on 12/25/1970. At least, that's the date appearing in a bit of film during the CNN Newsnight special on the WTC showing tonight.

e.p.c. posted this at 00:17 GMT on 25-Dec-2001 .

Saturday, December 29, 2001

12/29/2001; 7:30:52 PM

Ok...so for the two of you who read this and are wondering about the possibly bizarre updates, this is what I've been up to... I keep trying out Radio Userland because I want something that understands SOAP and XML to play with. So...I reinstalled Radio on my PC, got all of the updates, and ran into a problem. Every time I went to publish to my sites (epc.editthispage.com and home.earthlink.net/~epcostello/wwwlogue I get a mysterious "files" error from Radio. If I uninstall and resintall and don't update radio.root, then the error doesn't occur. @ 8:00:31 PM

So...in an attempt to update this semi-frequently, here goes some year-end updates:

I quit my job at IBM at the end of November to take a position with the Manhattan based startup netomat, inc.. One of the co-founders is Maciej Wisniewski whom I met and worked with at IBM several years ago. Maciej left IBM in January 2001 to set up netomat. The purpose of the company is to commercialize the browser technology he developed as a digital art piece in 1998. So far I'm liking the new job (commuting to 34th & 8th avenue is much better than the random where-will-IBM-fly-me-to-this week path I was on at IBM for the last month).

In other news...Lisa and I have bought a new apartment...really 3/5ths of a Brooklyn brownstone. It's only three blocks from our current place in Brooklyn Heights, so the move should be easy (or exceedingly painful). The new place has two bedrooms plus space for two home offices (one lesson from the two-ibmers working at home phase we went through in September and October was the absolute need for two "my space" spaces). The kitchen has a Miele stove and dishwasher and a Subzero fridge. There's space for a living room and a den (so that we don't frighten guests with our eclectic taste in home electronics toys). The final piece is the outdoor deck complete with barbeque and wet bar. There's no view to be had (which is a good thing in Brooklyn Heights these days) but it has that "home" feel to it.

Of course, we're indebted for the next 30 odd years but it's a small price to pay. This also appears to rule out, for now, relocating anywhere.

AND NOW?
I've joined echo (actually rejoined...shh, don't tell anyone). Echo is one of the oldest online conferences (newer than the well, but it does predate most of that internet fad thing). It's all text, all the time.

We were supposed to drive to the Cape this weekend, however Lisa's feeling a bit ill (no, it's not the gz-cough, just regular bronchitis). So instead we're planning a quiet weekend with comfort food and books (and the occasional distraction by tivo, dvds, or the ubiquitous computers around the house).  @ 7:37:44 PM

e.p.c. posted this at 18:30 GMT on 29-Dec-2001 .

So...in an attempt to update

So...in an attempt to update this semi-frequently, here goes some year-end updates:

I quit my job at IBM at the end of November to take a position with the Manhattan based startup netomat, inc.. One of the co-founders is Maciej Wisniewski whom I met and worked with at IBM several years ago. Maciej left IBM in January 2001 to set up netomat. The purpose of the company is to commercialize the browser technology he developed as a digital art piece in 1998. So far I'm liking the new job (commuting to 34th & 8th avenue is much better than the random where-will-IBM-fly-me-to-this week path I was on at IBM for the last month).

In other news...Lisa and I have bought a new apartment...really 3/5ths of a Brooklyn brownstone. It's only three blocks from our current place in Brooklyn Heights, so the move should be easy (or exceedingly painful). The new place has two bedrooms plus space for two home offices (one lesson from the two-ibmers working at home phase we went through in September and October was the absolute need for two "my space" spaces). The kitchen has a Miele stove and dishwasher and a Subzero fridge. There's space for a living room and a den (so that we don't frighten guests with our eclectic taste in home electronics toys). The final piece is the outdoor deck complete with barbeque and wet bar. There's no view to be had (which is a good thing in Brooklyn Heights these days) but it has that "home" feel to it.

Of course, we're indebted for the next 30 odd years but it's a small price to pay. This also appears to rule out, for now, relocating anywhere.

AND NOW?
I've joined echo (actually rejoined...shh, don't tell anyone). Echo is one of the oldest online conferences (newer than the well, but it does predate most of that internet fad thing). It's all text, all the time.

We were supposed to drive to the Cape this weekend, however Lisa's feeling a bit ill (no, it's not the gz-cough, just regular bronchitis). So instead we're planning a quiet weekend with comfort food and books (and the occasional distraction by tivo, dvds, or the ubiquitous computers around the house).

e.p.c. posted this at 18:37 GMT on 29-Dec-2001 .

Ok...so for the two of

Ok...so for the two of you who read this and are wondering about the possibly bizarre updates, this is what I've been up to... I keep trying out Radio Userland because I want something that understands SOAP and XML to play with. So...I reinstalled Radio on my PC, got all of the updates, and ran into a problem. Every time I went to publish to my sites (epc.editthispage.com and home.earthlink.net/~epcostello/wwwlogue I get a mysterious "files" error from Radio. If I uninstall and resintall and don't update radio.root, then the error doesn't occur.

e.p.c. posted this at 19:00 GMT on 29-Dec-2001 .

We're closing out the evening

We're closing out the evening by watching To Have and Have Not on WNET (this is something in and of itself since we just started getting WNET again via DirectTV). Still trying to get the hang of using "Radio Userland" to publish but it's working better than before.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:27 GMT on 29-Dec-2001 .

Sunday, December 30, 2001

You know...running large scale websites

You know...running large scale websites these days should be a snap, yet companies still screw it up (see: Virgin Blue fire sale wreaks havoc online. ZDNet Dec 29 2001 10:19AM ET [ZDNet]).

e.p.c. posted this at 10:22 GMT on 30-Dec-2001 .

Slightly acerbic and eccentric dog walker who masquerades as a web developer and occasional CTO.

Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as www.ibm.com.

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