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July 2005

Ordered New GPS for Caching

Garmin GPSMap 60CSOur Garmin Vista was acting up on the last few caches we did, so did a little research and ordered the Garmin GPSMap 60CS. So psyched about this one, should come in the next couple of days, and then Leif won't have any more excuses about not caching with me.

New Overflow Parking at Yahoo

With all the parking woes at Yahoo being picked up on slow news days by Cnet and others, a few of us thought it would be fun (I do not take credit for the original idea) to create an overflow parking lot.

Ah-nold at Yahoooooooooo!

ArnoldSo The Governator showed up at Yahoo on Monday as part of the Influential Speakers series. I definitely see his points on a lot of issues, but I think a lot of his wording is kind of wrong. For instance I'll point out his stance on teachers. He lumps teachers in a special interest group, and basically blames them for what's wrong with education. After listening to him speak, it was clear he had some coaching as to that matter, and blamed the right people - the district administration. I'm actually starting to lean more towards his education stance because a lot of what he says is true. I've been laid off like 3 times in my tech jobs, and there's no such thing as tenure. I do know teachers who have tenure who are absolutely fantastic teachers, but I also know teachers who have tenure who just plain suck who know they're untouchable. And honestly, I've never understood why the union took $70 per teacher out of every single paycheck. Even when they were trying to negotiate for higher salaries, I still never got it.

But the crux of the matter is, the district administration is where change needs to happen first.

A good writeup of Arnold's speech is over at Jeremy Zawodny's blog.

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Stop the Pre Approved Credit Cards

I was reading an article in Newsweek recently about identity theft. Part of the problem, besides companies losing backup tapes of people's social security numbers and other information, is that the thieves do it the old fashioned way and pull pre-approved credit card applications out of mailboxes.

I have the greatest idea ever on how to solve that problem!! Listen up, it's really hard to understand......
How about the credit card companies STOP SENDING OUT PRE-APPROVALS????

It's GENIUS I tell you!!!! Honestly, I hate those notices. All it does is cause me (and I'm guessing 99% of other people) an inordinate amount of hassle by receiving them, and then making sure they're shredded into tiny enough pieces so no one can pull it out of my trash and send it in. Just stop sending them out, and that method of getting credit cards for thieves would be blocked.

Sidekick 2 - Nice Design, Poor Implementation

Sidekick 2Back in December when our Cingular contract was up, we decided we hated their service (it was non-existent in Half Moon Bay), and wanted something better. We gravitated towards Tmobile, because we had read about one good phone that we were interested in checking out - the Sidekick II made by Danger.

Playing with this device was love at first site. When you wanted to type on the keyboard, it was very comfortable to hold, and the keys were even big enough for Leif's fingers. It had basic functionality beyond that of a phone - IM (AIM and YIM), calendar, todo list, notes, and you could buy applications such as a Terminal app from their catalog with the promise of more on the way.

6 months later, there's been maybe 2 more applications released through the official catalog, and both are negligable in their usefulness (calorie counter, paint program). Where's all the resources going? You got it, ringtones and games. Everyday I see more ringtones and games released in the catalog, and still no more applications.

I did sign up for the developers program, however my Java experience is lacking and I haven't had a ton of free time to learn it, but what about all those other developers they claim to have? Where's my secure keychain app to store my user names and passwords? Or a damn web browser that supports tables and Javascript?

There are unofficial apps you can download, but a lot of times they have an expiration date, aren't supported that well, and will get wiped out completely upon a system update, so it's not necessarily a good solution.

Our contract isn't up now for awhile, but I'm getting to the point where I'm very disappointed we didn't but a Treo instead. At least that comes with many ready-made applications because of the Palm functionality. I guess that's what we get for getting a device who has Paris Hilton as a spokesperson.