Monday, June 30, 2008

Robbed

I was awoken by my grandmother calling my cell phone around 10:30 this morning (Yes, I'm in sleep-in mode this summer). Usually, she doesn't try to wake me up, but this time was different. I was left wondering why she was waking me up. Well, I soon found out:

"Your bike was stolen."

Yep. Apparently somebody opened the driveway gate and proceeded to open the garage door and steal my bike (which was in bad condition, so I'm not too upset over it). A police report was filed and I can only hope a nearby camera caught the perpetrator, however my confidence is wearing thin on that.

Thankfully, there's such a thing as Home Owner's Insurance.


Coming Soon: A look at my weight progress and how a possible herniated disc might be screwing me over.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Free!*


Source

Monday, June 16, 2008

Nerdgasm (The Best Week For Someone Like Me)

I'm going to break away from my usual political thoughts and bring to you another side of me. A more, shall I say, geeky side of me.

Apparently this week will be very active for the computer and gaming savvy folk (me included) and here's a quick breakdown on why (with a few personal events thrown in):

Tuesday (Tomorrow)
  • Firefox 3 is released (if you're still using Internet Explorer, I suggest you come over to the fire side and CLICK THE BAR IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER!)
  • Valve's "Meet The Sniper", a hopefully comedic look at one of the Team Fortress 2 characters, is released
  • Spore Creature Creator (PC) is released for the EU
Wednesday
  • Spore Creator Creature (PC) is released for the US
  • WINE 1.0 slated to be released?
Thursday

Friday
  • Uhh... I dunno...

Saturday
  • Hanging out with the best girl ever




Friday, June 6, 2008

Hot Town, Summer in the City

Starting tomorrow the first heat wave in recent memory will be affecting the NYC area.

What was first predicted to be a three-day heat wave may very well be four days long, lasting up to Tuesday as of 3pm EDT today. The hottest day of this heat wave is Monday, with a high temperature of 95. It shouldn't be forgotten that the humidity will be very high and that means the heat index, what the air temperature feels like when you include humidity and dew point, will be in the near 100, maybe even 105.

For those of you in NYC and use Con Edison, Con Ed has created a power outage map so you can keep an eye on the area's power problems (however, it's not really useful if YOUR house is out of power).

I can only imagine the Thunderstorm backlash we might get after this...

Stay cool and drink plenty of water!


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Procrastination Flowchart

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

OBAMANIA: Man of the Hour


Congrats to Barrack Obama for becoming the Democratic presidential nominee!


"I'm over my bytes!"

It has come to my attention that Time Warner cable will be charging different rates for its Internet access and will be putting caps on the amount of bandwidth a customer uses. A trial for this testing has began in the Beaumont area of Texas.

A user from reddit.com sent an e-mail to their Time Warner headquarters in their area to complain about this. I believe he put it in the best words possible:

It has come to my attention that you are considering switching to a Pay Per GB model for your Internet Access. I'm emailing you to inform you that if you choose to go the route that your National Office is suggesting I will absolutely cancel my service and switch to an inferior product with no bandwidth limitations.

Setting Limitations on internet use is short sighted. It also alienates your customer base that, by and large, actually enjoys your services as it is usually problem free. Although, it seems that only 5% of your users are using a majority of your bandwidth, these same 5% are the ones that ultimately dictate who use your services.

That 5% are the people that are asked "Which internet service provider should I use?" and if you alienate those customer, their likely not going to suggest your service. Furthermore, as the internet is expanding so are the requirements to get that content. It would seem that this could be a huge PR win for you if in a sea of questionable practices from competitors you take the higher road insuring your customers are happy and ecstatic with the service you provide.

Overall i think this is a poor move and one that is already being led by skepticism in the tech community [http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080603-40gb-for-55-per-month-time-warner-bandwidth-caps-arrive.html]. Put your customers first and i'm sure you'll see they'll reward you in the long run.


UPDATE:

I sent the above letter to my local Time Warner HQ.

I was given a reply:

Thank you for your recent inquiry to Time Warner Cable.

In reference to your inquiry, Metered Internet Access is currently being
offered in the Texas region only.

Regrettably, at this time we have no additional information regarding
this service being offered in the New York City region.

Please refer to our website @ www.twcnyc.com for any future plans,
services and news updates.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,

Customer Support
Time Warner Cable