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Category: tech

09/18/07 09:14 - 70ºF - ID#41184

Finally, Router/NAS/Printer Solution

I ordered an Apple Airport. I am sorely in need of a more reliable network connection, so hopefully this will ease my sorrows. Plus it's Wireless N. A step up.

But, the best part, and why it was worth a little extra money to go this route, is that i can hook up a USB hub to it and attach the printer and my backup hard drives and (most importantly) my photo storage hard drives. I'll reduce clutter on my desk and everything will always be available to (e:James) too.

I've only got a few GB's left on my notebook hard drive, so I desperately needed to get a better photo storage plan. Right now they are all on my notebook and one backup drive and one CD per month. Now the recent ones only will be on my notebook, and there will be two external hard drives plus the CD backups. Sweet. And I have my favorite / best photos stored online too, for offsite backup.

I think running out of space is slowing down my laptop. Need to keep some space free for sleep and scratch.
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Category: life

09/18/07 02:02 - 68ºF - ID#41177

2 Years

I am sort of a wreck today.



I can't believe it's been two years already.

I miss you, Mom.
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Category: books

09/18/07 01:21 - 68ºF - ID#41175

NOOOOOOOOO

So, author Robert Jordan died.

He was working on Book 12 of 'The Wheel of Time'. A series that I started reading about a decade ago. This was supposed to be the last book and would've wrapped everything up. I am sorry he is dead. But mostly I am mad that I can't finish the series, and I'll tell you why.

The first few books of the series were really really good, but then it just started dragging on FOREVER. The last 5 books, nothing much happened. And I read them anyways just to work towards closure and find out what happens. But now I've invested so much time in the thing that the fact it's going to have over my head for the rest of my life is aggravating. If I knew the man I"d feel differently, but impersonally from a distance this is what I'm upset about.
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Category: estrip

09/17/07 09:00 - 63ºF - ID#41164

Estrip Buffet Night Part 2

Estrip is pretty jumping lately!

I had a lot of fun at last month's dinner, so I would like to set something up in the next couple weeks. It would be a week night I think, and I am open to suggestions for location.

India Buffet again? No Chuck-o-Rama's in sight, thank god.

Do tell what your free nights are, and if you're likely to come! Once the location is finalized I'll need to know ahead of time if you're coming so I can make reservations a few days before hand.

Hope to see you all there! I know there may be an Estrip/PMT party coming up soon, so we should try not to crowd that date, lest we become sick of each other.
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09/16/07 10:39 - 62ºF - ID#41142

OK

Three posts in a row, sue me.

I hate the City of Buffalo's website. There is a bunch of stuff there I want to repurpose and it's all in PDF form or actually it's not there at all. I hate screen scraping.

I want to map all the properties owned by the city, all properties that will be auctioned off, and in an ideal world be able to overlay city zoning and survey maps on my maps.

But no luck really with any of that. The city has it's own maps:

That's almost completely unusable, and I shudder when recalling the markup under the hood. There has to be a devious way to get what I need.

Oh, and as far as I can tell - there is no website for the Buffalo Police Department. Does anyone know what it is? I guess if they have no website it means they don't publish any information I could map.

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Category: wtf

09/16/07 10:34 - 62ºF - ID#41141

Councilmatic

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Councilmatic? That appears to be a real word from the research I just did, but seems so so wrong.
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Category: work

09/16/07 09:15 - 62ºF - ID#41138

Progress!

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Importing data from 3rd parties :) works. Now I'm working on the user interface for adding new geolocated pages.
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Category: commerce

09/14/07 10:52 - 64ºF - ID#41107

Apple Pricing

My take on the Apple Rebate for the $200 drop in price on iPhones, in response to a question about how I could be happy to be partially refunded after being 'overcharged'.

Saying they overcharged me is wrong, it is just not an accurate description of the economic transaction that I participated in. They asked for $600 and I thought it was worth $600 *TO ME*, and so I paid. This is how a market works. What the price is two months later is completely irrelevant. Prices on electronics always drop or better models come out. I was charged exactly the agreed upon amount.

Apple is giving credit to make up for the price drop, yes. But they do not feel bad for overcharging me, because there was no overcharging. There is just a different charge now, that is lower, and they are doing partial credits to acknowledge that it was quicker then usually happens. That is good manners, in my book.

The rebate process was super easy, and I never expected a rebate or credit, so I am happy to get it.

Additionally: the price was high when initial demand was high, and now that they're heading into Christmas and have production ramped up, they dropped the price to gain market share. I'm glad I paid an extra $200 to Apple if it meant I could walk into an Apple store and buy an iPhone, instead of not being able to get a phone because they were going for an extra $1000 on eBay because the prices at launch were so low that demand was out of sync with supply causing scalper scum to snatch up every damn phone in the country.

That's what happened to the Wii and xBox and PS3, to buy one you had to spend a small fortune on eBay. Apple priced the iPhone high enough that they were selling them at the same rate they were making them, thus ensuring they were stocked in stores. Sure, they made more money, but what the hell? They are a business not a commune of hippies. I am happy with how everything has gone.

(this was originally a comment on this post)
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Category: photography

09/14/07 09:54 - 64ºF - ID#41104

I've Seen The Light

It came to me all at once, a blinding light. I'd always mocked it, thought it was for losers and people who wouldn't aim for a better.

I now love Flash. I just hated the one on the camera. Now that I've got a nice external one that I can bounce off walls or ceilings and make the light indirect, I am so excited. No more deer-in-headlights portraits, or trying to hold the camera so steady in the middle of bad light so it might just come out not too terribly blurry because the shutter has to stay open too long.

Flash is the way to go! I know I keep talking about it, I am just very excited and I'll try to refrain from any more photos of my dog or of (e:James) for a little while.
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Category: fluffy

09/14/07 04:42 - 78ºF - ID#41097

Puuuppppy

He's the only one I can get to model for me.
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