Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
New Apple Gadgets
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I just ordered one from the Apple site. It seems to do all the things I want to do, like email and Internet browsing from my couch or when I'm on the road. It has a Kindle app so there's no built-in obsolescence if Apple loses the ebook format war, and it can do everything my iPod can do with a much bigger screen. I don't need the 3G, since I'll have wireless most places I would want to use it. I got the 64Gig version, I have about 30Gig of music, and I like to have everything with me so I don't always have to pick and choose.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Quadragesima IV (no, it's not a surround-sound format)
I posted about Quadragesima in 2007 and in 2008. Traditionally Lutherans aren't required to fast or sacrifice something for Lent as some other denominations require (see here for a brief theological discussion), but I will be doing it again this year. Last year I didn't make a Lentan sacrifice, but in previous years I have given up desserts and sweets, alcohol, sodas, and other dietary things.
This year I chose to give up television. I quit watching television completely for a week in college, during my senior finals, but it was still very difficult to do. Lent is actually 46 days (the Sundays in the Lentan period don't count towards the 40 days), and it has been difficult to maintain my will power for this long a period, so I decided not to leave it to chance. I had been considering television but I actually decided to do it when I heard a commercial from DirecTV about temporarily suspending service for free. I called them to set it up, suspending service from today until Saturday April 3rd. The good: they set up the suspension at no cost, automatically. The indifferent: any time remaining to fulfill a contract doesn't count during the time of suspension (that makes sense, since I'm not paying during that time, and my account has to be fully paid up before they will schedule the suspension (since the biggest leverage they have to make me pay their bill is to threaten to cut off service). The bad: the suspension time will count towards any promotions I have, like free HBO for six months. That doesn't really seem fair, it just seems spiteful.
- No television at home, including no DVDs, DVR, VCR, etc.
- No television on Sundays or on Solemnities
- No Hulu to watch television shows on my computer
- Youtube is okay, within reason
- If I'm at someone else's house or at a restaurant I won't leave or ask them to turn off the television, after all, this is my sacrifice, not theirs
- Movies at a movie theater are okay
I will be disappointed to miss some of the series that I am following, but in order to make it a true sacrifice, as a way of remembering and personalizing the great sacrifices made for me, it has to be something that's significant.
Monday, February 15, 2010
SCAM: Domain Name Dispute
From: Tracy [mailto:Tracy@jsntwifi.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 1:02 AM
To: [my secret email address that I only use for registering domains]
Subject: Dispute From Domain
Dear Sir or Madam 2010-1-30
We are a domain name registration service organization in Asia,
Recently we received a formal application submited by Paul Martin who wanted to use the keyword "[my full name]" to register the Internet Brand and domain names with suffix such as .cn /.com.cn /.net.cn/.hk/ .asia
After our initial examination, we found that these domain names to be applied for registration are same as your domain name and trademark. If you think that these domain names to be regisrated would produce possible dispute with you or effect your current business, you would contact us as soon as possible by Fax ,Telephone or Email in the next 5 working days.otherwise we have to approve his regisration application without your any reply.
Tel: 86 513 8532 1087
Fax: 86 513 8532 2065
Website: www.jsntwifi.com or www.jsntwifi.com.cn
Our File No.:2884349
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Changes to the site
At this point, it's not clear how much of this you will see. Some features will go away for sure, like the server-side includes that add the Thought of the Day and What I'm Reading and What I'm Reading for Book Club boxes. There may be a way to keep these, but since I really haven't been updating these regularly, if I can't find a really easy way to update these (like tweeting from my phone) they might go away. Another thought is the whole website idea goes away. I already do Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter and having a personal web presence might be a distraction from my professional activities (like if I ever have to look for a new job). There are some advantages in having some web space that I control, but I'm paying $11 or $12 per month to maintain a hosted domain, and I may give that up and go completely into the cloud.
Other options are to migrate to another blog software, but that either takes more money or more work or both. Facebook is cheesey but it has a couple advantages, limited access and free and easy. Just like me!
This is a geeky topic but since I am a total geek I will keep you updated.