Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Leaving IBM
Excerpt: I resigned from IBM. In the end it was a simple decision to make, but I'm very disappointed in the company. To be clear, it's my decision. In theory I could keep flying to Columbus, OH every Monday morning and spending the week sitting in a room with no network connectivity at all, and three phone lines to share amongst ten consultants. In theory...

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Zigolini's is alive and well
Excerpt: Walked around the old neighborhood (both work & home) this afternoon and ate lunch at Zigolini's.  For the ex-ibm.commers in the crowd, I had a #1 sandwich (turkey + russian dressing)....

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Past is prologue
Excerpt: I've put together a collection of photos of the World Trade Center towers from my time in Battery Park City. I lived on Battery Place from 1997-2000. I likely would have stayed, however due to a series of unfortunate events in the Spring of 2000, I ended up putting what I owned into storage while I worked in Sydney on the Olympic Games. On...

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

I'm turning off the feed
Excerpt: I'm turning off the feed of this site to epc.editthispage.com. That was the first "formal" weblog I tried to maintain (though I've had a number of webloggish personal sites in the past, most notably ibm.com/~epc (which itself is long gone, though available on archive.org). Unfortunately the site is far too slow and causes "Radio Userland" to hang. I've also noticed that categories and titles...

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Random bits
Excerpt: The nine new proposals for the WTC site have been on display at the Winter Garden and can be voted on at Imagine NY. I'm not particularly taken by any of the designs, and a couple are just creepy. The reality is that we need to set aside space for the memorial, rebuild the transit concourse, and then let the site sit for awhile....

Friday, January 31, 2003

Many years ago I had
Excerpt: Many years ago I had an account with Netcom (costello@netcom.com). I was desperate to get a non-IBM account so I could post my résumé and look for a job (this was when IBM was laying off firing departments at a time in Poughkeepsie and Kingston). Anyone, I got an account with Netcom and actively used it from 1994-2000 or so. It was a basic...

Friday, February 28, 2003

When I was at IBM
Excerpt: When I was at IBM I went through an evolution in my approach to email and postings to the internal fora. Initially I was quite chatty (probably too chatty) and informal. The fora were organized as semi-threaded dialogues on various topics. You could carry on multiple discussions in multiple fora with various people from all over the world. It was incredibly intoxicating, and though...
When I was at IBM
Excerpt: When I was at IBM I went through an evolution in my approach to email and postings to the internal fora. Initially I was quite chatty (probably too chatty) and informal. The fora were organized as semi-threaded dialogues on various topics. You could carry on multiple discussions in multiple fora with various people from all over the world. It was incredibly intoxicating, and though...

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

This site
Excerpt: I'm consolidating my weblog/journal/(whatever this is) to one site. It’s been mirrored at http://home.earthlink.net/~epcostello/wwwlogue and http://epc.editthispage.com (actually, the latest incarnation started there, though I’ve resurrected ancient entries from a journal I maintained at http://ibm.com/~epc/ years ago). The site you’ll see in your browser will read http://radio.weblogs.com/0109534/, however I even expect that to change. The only guaranteed URL which will work is http://my-weblog.com/epc, I’ll point...

Monday, April 21, 2003

Another obscurity
Excerpt: (You should probably punt now if you have no idea what a CGI script is) I've sent myself back to CGI school 101 and have spent the better half of the past hour writing an nph-test type script. No major hangups, I forgot two minor things:When writing a unix script on windows you need to strip off 0d0a or just convert the CRLFs to...

Friday, May 2, 2003

About me... I am a
Excerpt: About me... I am a thirty-something I/T hack. I’ve been doing Internet stuff since the late 1980s and computer stuff since the late 1970s. That’s not supposed to impress you, you’re supposed to take pity on someone who’s spent far too much time playing with computers. I went to "Allegheny College" (where I studied Arthurian Literature and Pascal) and "Carnegie Mellon" (where I studied...

Friday, September 12, 2003

10 years online
Excerpt: So, in response to a request I received last week, I dug up my notebooks. I've kept notes rather diligently since getting slapped upside the head by someone I worked with for having poor time management routines (skills? I had no time management skills). Anyone, I was floored by what I wrote in 1993 and 1994. I forgot that by this time in 1993...

Monday, October 13, 2003

Ugh...mouse button broke
Excerpt: The left mouse button on my Thinkpad has died. It's actually the second time this has happened, surprising in that my Thinkpad is barely two years old. The button relies on a little rubber nipple piece that sits between the physical button and the switch. When it broke last year I took the laptop apart and switched the piece from the middle button (which...

Monday, November 10, 2003

May be time for an rss feed of banned IPs
Excerpt: Blog spam is what happens when people post to weblog comments entries designed to hype a pagerank in Google (by including links to a specific page). It's easy to automate since most sites use the default installation for blog software (a pat on my shoulder for changing the movable type URLs on this site). From Ernie The Attorney: Peter with IP address 217.26.240.61 you...

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Web Hosting cont'd
Excerpt: Continuing my research, I delved into the ibm.com website, the structure of which I'm vaguely familiar. I surfed and I surfed through ibm.com/services and it appears that the prices-on-the-web wienies finally one, at least in web hosting. See, no where could I find a listing of features and costs. I'm certain the information is there, but I'm on a hit-and-run surf and turf sort...

Thursday, November 20, 2003

New Stinkpad: X31
Excerpt: I'm considering buying a new stinkpad, a model x31. I know there's at least two readers of this site from ibm.com, if either is using an X31 could you please drop a note or comment and let me know if it's worth buying?. My X21 is holding up more or less ok but the mouse button's worn out and if I'm going to upgrade...

Monday, December 15, 2003

Bought a new stinkpad (in theory)
Excerpt: I bought a new IBM Thinkpad X31 today, in theory. I write in theory because I can't get any status on the order (the IBM order status page times out with a server error 400 after about 30 seconds). The receipt I received was misclassified as spam ('cause it looks like spam) so I didn't even see it initially, and it took me three...

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Ad-hoc vs Managed software development
Excerpt: Alex writes about our shared experiences at IBM.com in the 1995-1997 era while commenting on an essay by Clay Shirky. I'd add that one downside to the ad-hoc, small group developed software is that it didn't always scale on a variety of axes (sometimes traffic, sometimes amount of data, sometimes maintenance). Too often the executive overlords would see how cheaply some solution had been...

Friday, April 23, 2004

Since I was apparently too obscure with my post yesterday
Excerpt: Yes, Lisa and I are engaged. Answers to frequently asked questions: No, no date has been set yet. Yes, the date will likely occur some time in the next twelve months. No, my mother's passing delayed this as I'd originally planned to act earlier this year. Yes, Frisket will likely be involved in some way, shape, or form in the various activities. No, it...

Saturday, May 15, 2004

A high-profile defection from MovableType
Excerpt: Following up on the MovableType licensing fiasco, diveintomark.org migrated to Wordpress pretty much overnight: Freedom 0 [dive into mark]. I'm looking into wordpress, Textpattern, and even slash. I'm also holding off on anything major until I see how the whole MT licensing thing settles out. I'm also toying with resurrecting my homegrown blog tools but I'd have to port them from the old ibm.com...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

New toy
Excerpt: I bought a new Thinkpad x31 last night from CDW. I briefly considered buying directly from IBM but after spending twenty minutes configuring a model to match what CDW had available to ship, my system crashed with a blue screen of death. ibm.com must have a shopper is defecting to another site test. After rebooting, I skipped the ibm.com mess and just bought online...

Sunday, August 1, 2004

End of month misc
Excerpt: Caught The Bourne Supremacy last night. My review: Eh. It wasn't bad and I'd definitely watch it on cable but it seemed to be lacking something. I thought the ending looked tacked on and a reliable source has told me it was added after the initial ending was tested and found to be too ambiguous. Was an ok movie for a summer night getaway....

Friday, December 3, 2004

I'm shocked, shocked the website crashed: Online gremlin scuppers M&S sale
Excerpt: In BBC NEWS | Business | Online gremlin scuppers M&S sale, the Beeb writes: Marks & Spencer suffered a blow to its "Christmas spectacular" on Thursday after a glitch on its website left customers unable to place orders.. Of the problem, M&S' response: M&S blamed "unprecedented traffic to the website because of the Christmas spectacular" for the problems with ordering on the website.. Also...

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Turbo under the knife
Excerpt: Friend and fellow member of the ibm.com diaspora, Todd Watson is going in for sinus / sleep apnea surgery tomorrow (24/2/05)....

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Heading to France
Excerpt: Lisa and I are flying to London on Thursday for a day, and then taking the Eurostar to Paris on Friday for a short weekend in the City of Light. Lisa has to go for work, I'm tagging along until Monday when I fly back. I haven't been to Paris since some time in 1998 or 1999. I love wandering around the city, occasionally...
Heading to France
Excerpt: Lisa and I are flying to London on Thursday for a day, and then taking the Eurostar to Paris on Friday for a short weekend in the City of Light. Lisa has to go for work, I'm tagging along until Monday when I fly back. I haven't been to Paris since some time in 1998 or 1999. I love wandering around the city, occasionally...

Monday, April 18, 2005

LHR 2005.04.18
Excerpt: I'm at Heathrow....waiting for my flight in the American Airlines lounge. On the one hand, I'm glad that they have some public access computers with internet access. On the other hand, they are all hardcoded to use MS Internet Explorer in brain–dead mode, eg you cannot cut and paste a URL, most URLs I type in are rejected as host not found yet if...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

2241 Miles Later...
Excerpt: Arrived in Brooklyn around 6:30 p.m. Not much to report, though I appear to have left out in my recent rantings that I picked up a Sirius Sportster radio in Illinois and pretty much listened to it for most of the drive (ignoring the three iPods I apparently had in the car). I bought Sirius for no particular reason other than I own the...

Friday, September 9, 2005

On Donating Online
Excerpt: Todd write a nice post over at his IBM blog about donating online. I wanted to comment on it and entered into the little wormhole of IBM's current registration system. Like all registration systems, it asks for a lot of information (I'm guessing mostly for marketing purposes). It bounced me on my first try for a password (too short, that's fine). And it bounced...
Ok, one more thing about ibm.com's registration system
Excerpt: See, once I start I can't stop. Anyway: it's been my experience that when I register at a given web site, the system sends some sort of confirmation back to the email address used for registration. Perhaps it takes awhile, but I've received no such confirmation from the ibm.com system. Perhaps totally mistaken, but it appears that the IBM.com registration makes no attempt to...

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Elsewhere: a look at IBM's web feeds
Excerpt: I got distracted tonight by the discovery of a large batch of RSS and Atom feeds at IBM. Since I had ten thousand other things to do, of course I spent a couple of hours looking around at the feeds and found some issues which I've written up here...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

NORA Calling
Excerpt: Todd writes about non-obvious relationship awareness (NORA) and how it would have been extremely useful four years ago: Three Degrees of Separation: Jonas suggested it might have been possible to have identified the hijackers in advance, because they had clearly left evidence that they were in one another's orbit. Identity recognition has historically focused on creating a single 360 degree view of an individual,...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

On napping
Excerpt: It's been a few years, so I think it's safe to reveal just how I managed to stay somewhat sane as IBM's webmaster: I napped in the middle of the day. Sometimes it was at my desk, sometimes I'd zip home for "lunch" (it was a 10 minute walk across Battery Park). Once I got my own office it was much easier to shut...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wednesday Morning Ramblings
Excerpt: Am trying out the Windows version of ecto. The Mac version supports rich text editing...I've either turned it off on the Windows version or it's not supported. It's a neat application...am looking for something I can use to write more. I hate using MS Word, but want something a step up from microemacs. I finally figured out a metaphor for dripldu...I am going to...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Fixing Bluetooth on an IBM Thinkpad
Excerpt: Last week I did a massive update on my Thinkpad, hoping to catch the appropriate updates for Bluetooth so that I could use a headset with the computer. No go. At the time I did not know that Microsoft's Windows XP implementation of Bluetooth is braindead and overrides whatever the OEM supplies. David Singer had already run into this and reminded me of it...
Fixing Bluetooth on an IBM Thinkpad
Excerpt: Last week I did a massive update on my Thinkpad, hoping to catch the appropriate updates for Bluetooth so that I could use a headset with the computer. No go. At the time I did not know that Microsoft's Windows XP implementation of Bluetooth is braindead and overrides whatever the OEM supplies. David Singer had already run into this and reminded me of it...

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Congrats to Gemini, er Apollo, er w3.ibm.com
Excerpt: Kudos to IBM's w3.ibm.com team (aka Intranet team) on being named one of the ten best by Jakob Nielsen's consultancy: IBM's Intranet One of the World's Top Ten.  See, I don't always criticize IBM. [Via Keith Instone] w3.ibm.com started out as a mirror of www.ibm.com on an ancient RS/6000 320 box.  It sat under my desk in Armonk, with the unfortunate consequence that just...
Congrats to Gemini, er Apollo, er w3.ibm.com
Excerpt: Kudos to IBM's w3.ibm.com team (aka Intranet team) on being named one of the ten best by Jakob Nielsen's consultancy: IBM's Intranet One of the World's Top Ten.  See, I don't always criticize IBM. [Via Keith Instone] w3.ibm.com started out as a mirror of www.ibm.com on an ancient RS/6000 320 box.  It sat under my desk in Armonk, with the unfortunate consequence that just...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dr. Macro is blogging
Excerpt: This will be totally obscure to probably all but one of my eleven readers, but W. Eliot Kimber a/k/a "Dr. Macro" now has a blog: Dr. Macro's XML Rants (All tools suck Some tools suck less than others). I knew Dr. Macro at IBM and very meekly participated in the development of the IBMIdDoc SGML DTD waaaayyyyy back in the day which he shepherded...

Friday, March 3, 2006

Attention: Christa E Fritz
Excerpt: The next time you send out an email on behalf of Rod Smith, IBM Vice President of Emerging Technology, with the subject ATTENTION! ATTENTION! IBM WANTS YOU TO.... (ISYN), you might consider using the Bcc: field, or telling Lotus Notes not to expand the distribution list, if only to shorten the message length, if not to shield the entire attendee list for the O'Reilly...

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

I have nothing witty to say
Excerpt: It is April 5th and it is snowing. A brief update on me while I'm here: I'm continue to work on dripldu. Really I am. No, nothing is there yet. I'm also working as, I guess, the CTO for a couple of startup-y projects which I can't go into detail about yet. They involve the Internet, some HTML, and bits flying around over transit...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

20060510T214200Z
Excerpt: Nothing much of interest to report, so I'll bore you five with the following: I have never been diagnosed with allergies, however this so-called "fact" has failed to impress my immune system which is reacting to a large amount of pollen and other crap in the air (thank you New Jersey). I gave up a daily dose of Actifed two years ago on advice...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A question for the ibm.com audience: Roller & ecto?
Excerpt: A member of the peanut gallery blogs for ibm.com using the developerworks blogging tools. Said peanut is attempting to switch from w.bloggar to ecto but can't figure out what API to tell ecto to use to post to Roller. As an ex-IBMer I can't really help since I don't know Roller and don't feel inclined to set up my own installation just now. If...

Friday, November 17, 2006

A possible reason for Lenovo's troubles
Excerpt: Wherein I whine about Lenovo's outdated web ordering system, caution readers that planning for my big stupid birthday next year has begun, and advise of recent purchases at the Palisades Center Mall

Friday, November 24, 2006

And a joyous black friday to you too...
Excerpt: I have absolutely nothing interesting to write today. We had Thanksgiving dinner at a country club up in Purchase, NY with Lisa's extended family.  Other than the nightmarish drive in the hard rain with the other 15 million New Yorkers going to or from Thanksgiving gatherings, the dinner was fine. We are spending the weekend in Amagansett, Frisket needs some beach time. Upcoming travels...

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Digital Cruft 2006
Excerpt: I have been doing some end of year digital cleanup. This was prompted by discovering my 40Gb laptop had 1Gb of free space remaining. Some of that space was Windows Update files, but I was curious how I’d filled up what I thought was 15Gb of free space. Some years ago my boss at IBM and I killed an hour of an afternoon figuring...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Moving right along
Excerpt: I looked back into the archives of this site to see if I wrote up the story of purchasing our current house on Hicks Street. Barring some references in February 2002 it doesn't appear that I wrote up anything here. The brief story: Lisa and I were both working for IBM. I was a flying consultant: I'd fly and sit in a room while...

Monday, April 16, 2007

Easter 1997
Excerpt: A long rambling essay about April 1997, involving a trip to Denham, Indiana, Tiger Woods, Garry Kasparov, and a collection of webmaster reminiscences.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Bring back the O'Briens
Excerpt: CNN takes another step down in quality by replacing the O'Briens of American Morning.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Eight Days to the Match
Excerpt: .flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Eight Days to the Match, originally uploaded by epc. The www.chess.ibm.com technology team poses in front of the video wall at 55 Broad Street, New York, NY in late April 1997. L-R: Alice Chau, Adam Chng, Jean Mountford, Ed...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Declaring Chap. 13 Data Bankruptcy
Excerpt: In which the author gives up on restoring a trashed Windows installation, concedes defeat, and moves on.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ethernet vs. Token Ring
Excerpt: Todd wrote a post today about Chris Anderson of Wired magazine using two Ethernet cables at his desk: one went to the Conde-Nast internal network, the other goes out to the wild internet, without the corporate firewall intervening. I tried to leave this as a comment to Todd's blog, but comments seem to be hosed on multiple levels (starting with using style="visibility:hidden" in a...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Just what I wanted in an email application
Excerpt: In my youth, about every six months someone would pitch me a 3D application for use on www.ibm.com. They'd tell me it'd be revolutionary, it would dramatically change user interaction with the site, it would set IBM apart. People would interact via avatars (though I had difficulty picturing an avatar for RETAIN or IBMLink). Oddly, I was never pitched about how 3D would increase...
Just what I wanted in an email application
Excerpt: In my youth, about every six months someone would pitch me a 3D application for use on www.ibm.com. They'd tell me it'd be revolutionary, it would dramatically change user interaction with the site, it would set IBM apart. People would interact via avatars (though I had difficulty picturing an avatar for RETAIN or IBMLink). Oddly, I was never pitched about how 3D would increase...

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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