19 08, 2009

VoIP blues


OK, so I'm canceling my Vonage subscription today. I wish my parents could cancel THEIR VoIP service and get some reliable phone lines. And if what I'm seeing about Skype is any indication, I won't be the only one going back to landlines and mobile phones. Don't get me wrong--I see all the advantages of VoIP service and I know [...]

VoIP blues2020-06-21T18:59:57-07:00
24 05, 2009

When automation don’t work so good…


Yesterday I got a corporate credit card statement from American Express. Problem is, I haven’t had an Amex card for three years. The company listed was my old employer, it showed a zero balance and then told me payment was due immediately or I’d have to pay a penalty. Huh? […]

When automation don’t work so good…2020-03-02T07:44:54-08:00
6 11, 2008



I've got a real thing about words (surprise, surprise), and Wordsplosion has had me doing the ROTFL thing for the last half hour or so. Definitely worth a visit. BTW, the photo above is my own Wordsplosion-style entry. Mom and I saw it at an airport on our way back to DC for a wedding.

9 05, 2008

Visuality speaks


If you wanna understand just how inadequate you are as a visual artist, go paint-your-plating with a bunch of graphic designers. Actually, that’s not quite fair: I had a LOT of fun. Group I’m contracting with right now was nice enough to invite me out for a “team-building” exercise. I didn’t really belong (I’m not an employee, after all), but [...]

Visuality speaks2017-07-30T15:22:41-07:00
12 02, 2008

In moving color


Check this out: heat-sensitive glass tile. I may be the last person in the world to hear about it. Mom sent over a newsclipping and I investigated a bit. The tile changes color according to temperature, so if it's in your shower you'll supposedly get a continuously changing rainbow while you scrub. The site's kinda info-poor and they don't really [...]

In moving color2015-02-01T11:55:01-08:00
1 02, 2008

Wall of shame welcomes Verizon and Linksys


As much as I love geeking out over gadgets, there are days when I long for pencil, tin can and string. Days like today. I’ve had Verizon FiOS, their high-speed fiberoptic network, for 14 months now. I know this because last night it died (or rather, the wireless router they supplied me with died) and Verizon said it was out [...]

Wall of shame welcomes Verizon and Linksys2020-03-02T07:45:05-08:00
1 12, 2007

Virtual peephole


Chatting with an old friend the other day, I mentioned a former colleague. "He's now working at ---, right?" "Nope. From what I hear he kinda went ballistic. He's not there, anyway. Don't know what he's doing now." When I knew him, he was a wild-eyed radical, desperate for white collar security or maybe a middle-class suburbian ashamed of liking [...]

Virtual peephole2020-05-05T15:28:07-07:00
3 11, 2007

What we sell vs. what they buy


Doing a little market research for someone right now. Nothing fancy, just an informal Zoomerang survey: 10 questions sent out to about 3,000 customers, offering them a chance at a free lunch if they respond. Sent the questionnaire to the veep and the head of customer service for approval, and got an immediate grumble: Why were we wasting five of [...]

What we sell vs. what they buy2020-03-02T07:44:54-08:00
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