I got the porno scanner and the grope down both in one day

Beth and I went to South Padre Island for Thanksgiving this year, and I got subjected to not one – but both – of the controversial new security protocols.  I got the “porno scanner” and then got the “grope down” both while passing through the same security checkpoint.  Here’s my story. I’m writing this at… Continue reading I got the porno scanner and the grope down both in one day

I won’t buy a Kindle until there’s a used ebook market

I visited Barnes & Noble this afternoon, for the first time in a while.  I got a gift card, and decided it’s time to use it. I found an interesting book and paid full retail price for it ($21.95).  Then later, I saw that on Amazon.com, the same book sells for about $14.  And buying… Continue reading I won’t buy a Kindle until there’s a used ebook market

iPhone Visual Voicemail Problems

I’m optimistic that the problems I’ve been having with my iPhone visual voicemail will be resolved by this simple trick: Re: Iphone Voicemail problems. – Apple – Wireless Forums from AT&T Ever since upgrading the phone to software 3.0, I haven’t gotten voicemail notifications in a timely manner.  Sometimes I never see them!  So someone… Continue reading iPhone Visual Voicemail Problems

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, April 22, 2009.  I spent most of the day working on a volunteer project with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, along with 6 of my Polycom coworkers.  You see, we get one day off per year to do a volunteer project, and the 7 of us chose this one.  We planted lots of… Continue reading Happy Earth Day

AIG: worried? updating resumes? retaining criminal attorneys?

Yeah!  You go get ’em, Mr. Cuomo.  These folks got some ‘splainin’ to do.  Now if someone just had the cojones to go after Cheney the same way. We learned over the weekend that AIG had, last Friday, distributed more than $160 million in retention payments to members of its Financial Products Subsidiary, the unit… Continue reading AIG: worried? updating resumes? retaining criminal attorneys?

my first iMovie project

Earlier this week I upgraded my MacBook Pro and my Mac mini (the only two Macs I own anymore) to iLife ’09.  That includes iMovie ’09, which is Apple’s consumer video editing application.  I’ve wanted to try it out for a long time, since I know its professional big brother Final Cut Studio.  But word… Continue reading my first iMovie project

how much did this thing really cost?

The bills and insurance statements for my ear/skull/brain surgery are starting to roll in, and one thing’s certain: The amount medical providers charge my insurance company is hugely different than what they charge me. I guess this is part of what people talk about when they say the US health care industry is a mess.… Continue reading how much did this thing really cost?

your Monster.com password has been stolen

I just read that Monster.com had a major security breach, and crackers stole not only basic personal info of users but their passwords as well. So, if you’re like me, and used the same password on Monster.com as on other websites, your login on those other sites is now at risk. I just canceled my… Continue reading your Monster.com password has been stolen

Christmas creep

You know how it seems like the stores put out their Christmas displays earlier and earlier every year?  Well I was in the local Target today, to find some stuff for my Halloween costume.  Let me say that again for emphasis: I was shopping for a Halloween costume, because it’s October 30. And inside the… Continue reading Christmas creep

new (for me) notebook computer on the way

Those of you who know me know that I think my MacBook Pro is the best computer I’ve ever owned.  It’s turned out to be super versatile, reliable, and easy to use.  And it’s fast enough that I can do video editing (even HD) on it!  So I realized a few months ago that I… Continue reading new (for me) notebook computer on the way

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