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Blah for 2004.01


Tonight felt like a Seinfeld episode. We attended our condo association’s board meeting/voting meeting. Except, instead of Del Boca Vista, this was Boca Cove.


Joel Spolsky gives some great advice on Getting Your Résumé Read, but I just love this quote: “The scanner is right next to the shredder in my office and the shredder is easier to use.”.


Don’t you just hate it when huge multinational companies go after the little guys, just to show that they can shove their weight around? The Difference Between HaidaBucks and Starbucks®.

And while I’m at it, an old news story I’ve been meaning to comment on... Isn’t it just sad that companies can get away with stuff because people can’t afford to defend themselves? Music Parody Site Pulls the Plug.


Sometimes I feel like an archaeologist.

“You work in Web production, how can you feel like an archaeologist?”

Well, when you have to search and dig and research through the obscure and mystic lines of code and functionality that the previous programmers left behind, you kind of feel like an archaeologist.


Let me just tell you briefly why FedEx’s Home Delivery Service sucks: They don’t deliver when people are actually home. Sure, they say that they work “Tuesday - Saturday, from 9 am to 8 pm”, but for a home delivery service, delivering in the evening and on weekends should be the norm rather than the exception.

Case in point: A delivery I’ve been waiting on. They first tried to deliver it on Thursday the 15th at 4:36 pm. I obviously wasn’t home. Their next try was on the following Friday at 12:18 pm. OK, so they tried in an afternoon and around lunchtime, but still, nobody was home.

Now, their Web site says “Tuesday - Saturday”, so did they try to deliver on Saturday (when we were home almost all day)? No, they tried again on Monday the 19th, at 3:47 pm! If no one was home previously in the afternoon, why would you try to deliver in the afternoon again? Why not try delivering after 6 pm? Or later in the evening/night when people might actually be home (considering that this is home delivery service)?

But I digress because it gets worse. On two previous times of delivering packages to our home, they simply left the packages at our door underneath our welcome mat. For this package, not only did they not leave the package, but they didn’t even leave a delivery attempt notification! I had no idea that they even tried to deliver until just Tuesday the 20th when I wondered what was taking my package so long and decided to check the tracking number on FedEx’s Web site... which by the way was after their last delivery attempt.

So that, briefly, is just one reason why FedEx’s Home Delivery Service sucks.


Happy 3rd Anniversary to my loving wife, Judy.


John Glenn has some great comments on Bush’s space vision.

As well, I also think that we should include other nations in our quest for space, because cooperation will get our species a lot further beyond the Earth than arguing will.


It seems to me that with all the fighting over spam, the simplest thing to do would be to just create another Internet protocol for sending and receiving messages. Call it E-mail v2.0 if you will; but just as the World Wide Web, FTP, Instant Messaging, etc. are all built on top of the Internet, why not just build another new e-mail service on top of the Internet? One that addresses the problems with current e-mail, and one that works to prevent spam. How hard would that be?


So, President Bush wants us to return to the Moon, huh? I wonder if it’s because somebody told him that there’s oil on the Moon?

Now, I’m all for going back to the Moon (and to stay) and going onward to Mars (hell, growing up I figured we would have been there already by now), but unless it’s going to be a big enough project to boost the economy and reduce unemployment, I’d say that it’s a bit of the wrong time right now. I mean Bush just seems to be throwing around more money than we have (what, with preemptive wars and all). Let’s get the United States back to standing steady on two feet before we go trying to reach the stars.


Two good news links:

  1. Americans in Rio Get Fingerprinted, Gifts: In response to the U.S. fingerprinting and photographing arriving foreigners, Brazil is now doing the same to Americans.
  2. Driver Ordered to Carry Coffin Photo: To me, this seems perfectly fair for the lady to have to carry a constant reminder of the life her drunk driving took.


If people insist on driving Hummers in South Florida (let alone on I-95 where there is absolutely no need to have that much vehicle in commuter traffic), then I’m going to install a grappling hook to the front of my car. Then I’ll just hook on, put my car in neutral, and let them do all the work.


Doesn’t this just make you feel proud and secure in the abilities of our government to protect us: “Why can’t Homeland Security tell the difference between Al Quaeda and my six-year-old daughter?


What Microsoft wanted to do with Smart Tags, Mozilla has done better. Microsoft wanted to turn any word (at their discretion) on any Web page you are viewing (without the permission of that page’s author) into a link to get more information from sites choosen at Microsoft’s discretion.

With Mozilla, you hightlight a word (or words), right-click, and select “Web search for [the word(s) you choose]”. Mozilla will then open up a browser window with results from the search engine of your preference (the search engine that you’ve already told Mozilla to use in the preference settings). Microsoft wanted to be overbearing about providing you with more information than the Web page author intended. Mozilla makes it subtle and at your discretion. Thank you Mozilla.

(PS: if there are any Mozilla developers reading this, how about adding more options to that right-click menu? Like “Find definition for”, “Search for acronym”, or “Get stock quote”?)


This morning, as I was waking up, a quote popped into my head. It went something like this:

I wanted to love the free-market world, but then it all cost too much.

Thinking about it after fully waking up, I realized that it does make some sense. Supporters of free-market economies claim that expanding the free-market ideals to the rest of the world will help to drive down costs and prices and bring prosperity to the rest of the world. But what they don’t mention is that there are still other significant costs involved. Like the costs to the environment when companies export their production to countries that don’t have decent environmental regulations or pollution controls. Or the costs to human rights when companies build factories and export their labor to countries that aren’t big supporters of human or worker rights.

So, looking at these “costs” and others like them, it seems that a free-market world isn’t really that “free”.


I know that I’m getting old. I know this because may old-aged desire for short, convenient hair is beginning to override my youthful desire for long, free-flowing hair.


Link found at Zeldman: a very cool Quicktime VR panoramic of Times Square at New Year’s Eve. It may take some time to load if you’re on a dial-up connection.


What will the new year hold? Who knows? We can only hope for the best, but like any other year I’m sure that it will have highs and lows and in the end be not much more different than any other year. But like I said, we can only hope for the best. I should be finishing my bachelor’s before the year is out, and our debt should be greatly reduced if not eliminated by the end of this year. As well, perhaps this year the economy will right itself, perhaps by the end of the year the American people will vote a resonsible and respectable president into office, and perhaps the rest of the world will wake up to reason and everyone can stop hating each other. But like I said, we can only hope for the best.