East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Mad iPhone

Filed under: Humo(u)r,OS X,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 2:52 am

… or was that iPhone madness?

Either way, thanks to Christopher I now am the proud and still somewhat baffled owner of one of those gadgets. The activation itself was as smooth as you would hope, but the number transfer is going to take a while longer still, it appears. For added fun M and I then visited the local Cingular, or rather “new-AT&ampT how can I help you” store which amusingly enough didn’t have any of them on sale itself. Apparently they were a bit difficult to get a hold of, for this poor mid-west city? On the other hand the nearest (bigger) city did have some. The reason for the visit was to get M a new phone, transfer the newly created account into one with a family-plan, and add her on there, since having one phone with AllTel and one with AT&T makes very little sense.

The EDGE problems today were definitely noticeable. Combined with an apparently weaker wifi receiver than the MBP right next to it, they caused the iPhone to have almost no network connectivity. This was at the in-laws, while at home the wifi receiver is much more willing to hop onto the home wifi network. Time will tell how typical this is.

I like the custom Google map/route setup, which will hopefully be useful in the upcoming road trip (in a week and a half). Same with the weather widget, I guess.

Is it normal that the YouTube item doesn’t work yet? This may be a firewall issue, which is pretty strict here at home.

More later, no doubt. πŸ˜‰


Credit where credit is due

Filed under: Family,Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 9:31 pm

Last week I requested a copy of my credit report from Trans Union, via the Annual Credit Report website.

Nothing unusual in there, except for two items:

  • They figured my birthday must be in June. I suspect this is because I got my driver’s license in June (5 years ago, time flies) and they seem to assume that those things are handed out or renewed on your birthday.
  • My name is on several bank accounts and a few credit cards. Of all of those, Bank of America is the only one that looks at my credit report every month. I don’t think it’s related to the Identity Advisor account I recently canceled, because they used Equifax. So… WTF?

If anyone has a better answer for these two things, I’m definitely interested.


Helpful error message of the day

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Software — Erwin @ 1:24 pm

When Applescript tells me this:

0:2570: execution error: iTunes got an error: An error of type -116 has occurred. (-116)

It apparently really wants to tell me that it has encountered a track in its library that no longer exists on any filesystem.

Thanks, that was so obvious. NOT! Oh, and good luck trying to search for -116 with Google, since it interprets that as a request to exclude results that contain the 116 search term, last I checked. πŸ™‚


Eclectic, me?

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Music — Erwin @ 5:02 pm

This is the joy of listening to music in our house:

How does that compare to your collection?


Isn’t it ironic…

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Site — Erwin @ 4:07 pm

Jagged Little Pill…don’t you think?

A week ago I contacted DreamHost support to ask them about the unusually high number of reboots (crashes) that the shared host I’m on, Bundy, had seen recently. Around 20 in April alone. In return they offered to move me to a different home and I accepted that offer.

The move went smoothly, aside from the two Jabber accounts that refused to let me connect. I gave it a few days to see if things would sort themselves out (it happens sometimes) but no such luck. So I contacted them again and after some back and forth it was sorted this weekend, so I was completely moved across to my new home.

Then on Sunday I see this item on their status website:

The server bundy has been having some hardware issues as of late and we’re going to move it over to new hardware. The process should take about 30 minutes. We will post an update here when the process is complete.

It’s a pity my crystal ball was out of order, or I could’ve saved myself and some support folks some trouble. πŸ™‚


Linkage (…)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 2:39 pm
  • This doesn’t sound so good. Vonage admits it can’t avoid Verizon patents:

    Vonage has admitted that it has no technical work-around to avoid infringing Verizon’s patents on key VoIP techniques, putting the future of the company, and other VoIP providers in the US, in doubt.

    The article suggests that Skype might not be affected, but I can’t imagine that Skype, owned by eBay, does not run anything on servers located in the US? Time will tell.

  • US teen jailed for school’s daylight-saving cock-up:

    Fifteen-year-old Cody Webb, of Greensburg, “called a school district hot line to listen to a recorded message about school delays at 3:12am EDT on 11 March”, his mobile phone records later revealed. The next morning, school officials discovered said bomb threat logged at 3:17am.
    In fact, because the school had not reset the clock on the hot line, which continued to show Eastern Standard Time, officials and police failed to spot that the bomb threat had actually come in at 4:17am – more than an hour after Webb’s innocent call.

    Those who can’t (think logically), teach? Ahem.

  • Chimpanzees ‘more evolved’ than humans.:

    Zhang’s team found that 233 chimp genes, compared with only 154 human ones, have been changed by selection since chimps and humans split from their common ancestor about 6 million years ago.


Linkage (…)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,Music,News,Software — Erwin @ 1:14 pm

Haven’t done one of these manually in a while.

  • Cool (relatively long) article in the Washington Post that can be interpreted in many ways. My take on it is that people are too busy, living to work instead of working to live. Sad, but true.
  • On CNN, a story about a woman selling nearly everything she owns on eBay.
  • Interesting software project sponsored by Google.
  • The 21 Biggest Technology Flops according to ComputerWorld.


Weird, but cute

Filed under: Books,Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 1:10 am

I don’t know Miranda July, or her book, but I think the website about it is very amusing! πŸ™‚


April Fools

Filed under: Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 3:41 pm

Saw any good ones out there today?

Updated: Added another one from The Register, and one from SecurityLab.


Too true

Filed under: Family,Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 1:29 am

This is one of the reasons that we call anything involving a screen (monitor or television) screen time, and the boys are limited in how much they get per day. Of course the fact that you need to be precise in your directions is something you find out very very quickly, as a parent. πŸ˜‰Grand Avenue - March 23, 2007

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