Tuesday, January 1, 2002

I think that AP needs

I think that AP needs to get better headline writers as Plane Crashes in IBM HQ, Pilot Dies is slightly misleading (NYT gets it better with: Pilot Is Killed as Plane Crashes in a Westchester Parking Lot).

e.p.c. posted this at 00:34 GMT on 1-Jan-2002 .

By the way, Happy New

By the way, Happy New Year!

e.p.c. posted this at 00:35 GMT on 1-Jan-2002 .

Lisa says hi!

Lisa says hi!

e.p.c. posted this at 00:35 GMT on 1-Jan-2002 .

Ok...today was a nice, quiet,

Ok...today was a nice, quiet, relaxing day spent in front of the TV (with Tivo in control), several blankets and some soup. For dinner we went to Iron Chef for some nice sushi & maki, then down the street to our new house to take some measurements. We closed out the night by watching Planet of the Apes on one of the HBO channels (and also by initially getting freaked out by the AP headline pointed out earlier).

e.p.c. posted this at 00:55 GMT on 1-Jan-2002 .

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

We started off the new

We started off the new year by seeing A Beautiful Mind. Unfortunately we got lousy seats (second row, neck craning seats). Then again, this wasn't one of those movies with stunning vistas or other views to be ruined by bad seats. I thought the movie was ok to moderately good. I don't know John Nash's history (but now plan to read the book by Sylvia Nasar) but felt the movie lacking in some way.

We followed up by trying to find dinner...first at Republic (which was closed for the holiday), eventually ending up at Zen Palate.

e.p.c. posted this at 21:11 GMT on 2-Jan-2002 .

Thursday, January 3, 2002

I feel like I'm repeating

I feel like I'm repeating myself (ok, I am)...running large scale websites these days should be a snap, but apparently no one learns: 1901 Census site closed for urgent repairs. Don't meet your ancestors [The Register]

e.p.c. posted this at 23:16 GMT on 3-Jan-2002 .

The only update for today

The only update for today is: yay! the prospective buyers for our current apartment have returned. And also, I hate dealing with DSL providers (unbelievably, I can't even get them to take my order (I know better than to expect a reasonable installation time)).

e.p.c. posted this at 23:29 GMT on 3-Jan-2002 .

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Argh....over the weekend I broke

Argh....over the weekend I broke down and installed MS IE6 as well as cygwin. The only thing I initially noticed about IE6 was that it felt slower than the 5.5 load it had replaced. I'd had cygwin installed on my other laptop so didn't (and don't) expect any problems with it.

That is...until I tried firing up "Radio Userland" tonight. Radio.exe just kind of runs for awhile but never really starts. Logging in as Administrator I was able to get Radio running, however iexplore.exe is crashing left and right. There can't be a bad interplay between MS and another application, right? Of course notttttttttttt. Argh.

Prior to this educational experience, I played with ThumbsPlus! to create a mini-site of images of our new house. ThumbsPlus! is an image management tool, designed for managing large numbers (I'd guess 1000s) of images. I initially learned about it through someone at Different Productions who uses it to manage images for his website. After playing with it a bit I managed to get the HTML template I wanted and the image sizes down to fit on my Earthlink site.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:32 GMT on 8-Jan-2002 .

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Wow...the week flew by. Having

Wow...the week flew by. Having not worked for close to a year last year, it's still taking me some time to get back into the swing of getting up and out the door at a regular time every day (come to think of it, I haven't had a "regular" work schedule since some time in 1999 due to the requirements of my last job).

I seem to have Radio working again, but only if I run it as administrator and am very patient about starting it up. I'm looking at the specs for Radio8 and considering the upgrade. I may have to since I mistakenly allowed the update to radio.root which usually blows up and causes the publishing to cease working.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:30 GMT on 12-Jan-2002 .

After spending the afternoon out

After spending the afternoon out of the current house (so it could be shown to prospective buyers) at the new house (which is very, very empty), we went to the opening of 3 seconds in the memory of the internet at the Postmaster's Gallery in Chelsea.

Spending the rest of the reading catching up on some reading, and playing SSX Tricky.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:31 GMT on 12-Jan-2002 .

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Today we brunched at Tinto

Today we brunched at Tinto and set out for a nice walk. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate as the wind literally blew us away as we walked near the Brooklyn Promenade...so, we returned home to a warm lazy Sunday afternoon of reading and playing SSX tricky.

This evening we learned that we've been accepted to adopt a Golden Retriever puppy in the March-April timeframe. Hopefully we'll be moved into the new house by then.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:44 GMT on 13-Jan-2002 .

Sunday, January 27, 2002

I saw this earlier in

I saw this earlier in the week and thought it interesting enough to forward to a few people: "EverQuest" spins its own economy. The business model for online gaming is still evolving, but at least one popular online game has already created a powerful free-market economy, according to a study. [CNET News.com]

e.p.c. posted this at 15:26 GMT on 27-Jan-2002 .

So...I've been bad at updating

So...I've been bad at updating this site regularly over the past week. There has not been much to update about. From a "new house" perspective, we met with the electrician and wiring guys yesterday to review how we want the house networked (cat 5e jacks basically in every room, home run to my office closet). They've already started some of the electical work, the other wiring (lan + phone) should start this week.

The DSL order finally went through. After using Speakeasy for the past year at the current home, we're switching to Cloud 9, primarily because unlike Speakeasy they returned my calls and made a commitment to an install date. Speakeasy refused to take an order until the new phone had been active for 30 days, and then said it would take some number of weeks to get the installation done. Cloud 9 took the order last Thursday (the 24th) and expects the installation to be done this week.

In other news...there hasn't been much other news. We looked at the Acura MDX yesterday and put a deposit down. We may be insane to get an SUV in Brooklyn Heights, but we both like it and it has space for the expected dog and travelling stuff we want to lug around this summer (unlike last year, we expect to do more road trips and less air trips, for some reason).

e.p.c. posted this at 15:31 GMT on 27-Jan-2002 .

Argh...I continue to have problems

Argh...I continue to have problems with Radio 7 since installing ("upgrading"...hah) to MSIE 6. I'm debating removing Radio 7 and reinstalling (or upgrading to 8) but am worried about losing all of the minor, minor, minor tweaking I've done to get this to publish to both sites simultaneously. (As I write this, the windows "start" bar has gone mysteriously frozen...I thought Win2k was supposed to be more stable than 98 but haven't really experience this stability myself).

e.p.c. posted this at 15:37 GMT on 27-Jan-2002 .

Monday, January 28, 2002

Our morning rituals include having

Our morning rituals include having the TiVo record the NY1 news channel from 7:00 until 9:00. As a backup to the alarm clock, we've also set the TV to turn itself on at 7:00 a.m. So...this morning everything comes on and...THEY'VE CHANGED NY1! Ok...so it's not a crisis, and most of the changes look ok (new set based in Chelsea Market). But they also changed the theme music!!!

e.p.c. posted this at 08:23 GMT on 28-Jan-2002 .

Hmm...so I'm about to go

Hmm...so I'm about to go off to work and have this weird "un-easy" feeling (not quite the "you know I rented Armageddon on September 7th and it felt weird" feeling) but still...

e.p.c. posted this at 08:35 GMT on 28-Jan-2002 .

Ok...now I'm irritated. Not only

Ok...now I'm irritated. Not only should launching (or relaunching) a site be straightforward, of all sites I'd expect these guys to get it right, but yet again, doh!. Glitch Hits WSJ's Redesigned Web Site

e.p.c. posted this at 20:14 GMT on 28-Jan-2002 .

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

1/30/2002; 6:54:53 PM

Ooh joy...the WEF is in town. Frankly, I'd be perfectly happy if all of the bozos coming to attend or protest would just leave us alone. Update @ {now}: it appears that so far the police and protesters are keeping a lid on confrontations. The grey weather is probably helping to tame things. @ 11:25:25 PM

Tonight I left work early to do some writing at home (I find it hard to write anything more profound than the basic email in the office). Conveniently, this also gave me some time to install additional memory into my laptop. Have to admit, Win2k and "Radio Userland" run much better with 384Mb of memory than with 128! @ 8:03:43 PM

Last night, Lisa and I caught Down From the Mountain... the tour of Folk/Bluegrass/country music from the movie O Brother Where art Thou?. The music was excellent, made even better by the acoustics of Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately the concert started quite late (my guess is about 8:45 PM) so it didn't end until 11:00 PM and even then appeared to be abbreviated by a couple of songs. @ 6:54:53 PM

e.p.c. posted this at 17:54 GMT on 30-Jan-2002 .

Last night, Lisa and I

Last night, Lisa and I caught Down From the Mountain... the tour of Folk/Bluegrass/country music from the movie O Brother Where art Thou?. The music was excellent, made even better by the acoustics of Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately the concert started quite late (my guess is about 8:45 PM) so it didn't end until 11:00 PM and even then appeared to be abbreviated by a couple of songs.

e.p.c. posted this at 17:54 GMT on 30-Jan-2002 .

Tonight I left work early

Tonight I left work early to do some writing at home (I find it hard to write anything more profound than the basic email in the office). Conveniently, this also gave me some time to install additional memory into my laptop. Have to admit, Win2k and "Radio Userland" run much better with 384Mb of memory than with 128!

e.p.c. posted this at 19:03 GMT on 30-Jan-2002 .

Ooh joy...the WEF is in

Ooh joy...the WEF is in town. Frankly, I'd be perfectly happy if all of the bozos coming to attend or protest would just leave us alone. Update @ {now}: it appears that so far the police and protesters are keeping a lid on confrontations. The grey weather is probably helping to tame things.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:25 GMT on 30-Jan-2002 .

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