Thankful

  1. Family, especially gaining a new member in a few weeks
  2. My dart team members and their significant others
  3. Friends
  4. Having a job, especially my team at work
  5. No health issues this year
  6. My cameras and accessories
  7. Car
  8. Google Reader
  9. Flickr video

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Tumblr

I’m not a fan of Tumblr. At the moment I use it for a partial life stream (a chronological aggregated view of your life activities both online and offline – thanks Krynsky). It is just publishing a feed of several of my blogs. It a very limited public view.

The one main thing I dislike about Tumblr is the lack of comments. While my blog doesn’t have a lot of comments, I like that it offers the opportunity. Tumblr not having the opportunity means publishing in a vacuum. Which I think defeats the purpose. So I’d never use Tumblr to replace this or any other blog unless comments appear or comments become less important to me.

A confusing aspect of their service is the “Re-blog”. It wasn’t clear to me for some time items re-blogged were not created by the person doing so. Unlike most other services making life streams, there is not an indicator an item did not originate from another site other than in many cases they are abbreviated and have a link to the source.

I probably will continue to use it for some time to come. It just is not something I use. Stuff just flows there from the places I do use.

Try Again

The worst response technical support can give me is to suggest I try something I have already tried without success. An explanation why this suggestion is going to work this time when the previous attempt(s) did not work would help. Otherwise, why would I expect it to work this time when it didn’t last time? The response to…

Perhaps you can explain why this will work now when we explained in the first note that we have already tried this and found BbVista would not start?

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I’m conferring with our development team about how it will work now vs. earlier when it did not. Thanks.

This wasn’t our usual support person. This is, I think, someone covering our cases and thought to get us to close the ticket easily. You know reach Ticket Inbox Zero. Someone who doesn’t realize I blog about stuff like this because… Well… It annoys me.

Open Letter to Users of Email Autoresponders

Hi,

Some people work in positions requiring high amounts of near constant contact. There is technology for this. One popular is the Blackberry which allows the user to no longer sit in front of the computer all the time.

If more than one person is capable of doing the job you do, then set up an email alias. Such aliases can direct a message to multiple recipients. This means should you be out of the office, then your coworker can pick up the slack. No need to set up an autoresponder.

Do you really trust the world to know you are out of town for a week? That screams Come find my house and take all my stuff while I am away. Thanks!

Finally, if I email a discussion email list and not you specifically, then do you really need to tell me that you are out of the office?

Ezra

What is in a Program Description?

 

The B.S. in Professional Studies online program will enable students to acquire expertise in significant areas of contemporary professional life, and is equally relevant in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Coursework for the major is constructed around five areas of study – social science (understanding people in a diverse world), critical thinking, creativity, communication, and business. The curriculum is designed to enable students to become professionals in their field of choice, building on their prior education and experience. Drexel University Launches a Unique Online Degree For Professionals 

Does this sound like BS to you too?

Last week I said “pretty much only your parents care about your major as bragging rights to their friends“. The critical explanation is the last sentence, which I read to mean This is your last shot at getting a degree and going out to the work force because you suck as a student. You are hopeless at Chemistry, Sociology, or even Philosophy. So… take this degree and go get a job. Thanks for the money!

The Outsourced Brain

 

I have relinquished control over my decisions to the universal mind. I have fused with the knowledge of the cybersphere, and entered the bliss of a higher metaphysic. The Outsourced Brain – New York Times

Facetiousness aside, it does point out how others are consumed by these tools rather than consume them.

Tom-Tom is pretty cool, but I find the adventure of figuring out where I am going by using a map more fun but not nearly as fun as mentally envisioning where I am located based on memory and probability from what I little know of the area. I’ve ridden in a car where the people had a Tom-Tom or other GPS system. I’d tell them to ignore it and go another way, but they wanted to go where the GPS said to go… So we did and got there by a route I would not have chosen.

Some people suggest one should keep a journal and dump out all the concerns for a good night’s sleep. A low tech external brain if you will… I find writing all that down keeps me up well into the night. 🙁 Outsourcing all thinking? No thanks… I need to keep my brain active to stave off dementia. (Note to self: Pick up Sudoku or Brain Age pronto.)

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Mozzies

Hate mosquitoes? You should move along. There are amazingly clear pictures under the link.

Mosquito sucking my blood (macros)!: Digital Photography Review:

I noticed the mozzies were out this evening so got my FZ50 ready with raynox 250 attached and sat down on the porch. Took only a minute and the first one landed on my finger and dug in…

The details of these photographs are astounding.

Thanks, Joe!

Open Letter to Netscape 7.2 Developers

Hi guys,

Um, English typically is read left-to-right and not right-to-left. So when I type in the address box, I’d really appreciate the flow of my typing to work in that direction as well. As a result, I would get “u.view.usg.edu” and not “ude.gsu.weiv.u”.

Killing the process and starting a new one did resolve the issue.

Thanks!

Ezra

P.S. I do normally use Firefox, but I prefer to open Blackboard’s Vista in a separate browser so as to not have that web application potentially interfere with other work.