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Guess what? [Mar. 27th, 2013|10:29 am]
alandd
I'm still alive, and well, and still don't post on LJ much at all.

However, if we're friends on FB, you'll see me repost a TON of things that I think are amusing. Sometimes even before George Takei posts them!
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OMG, a post! [Jun. 2nd, 2011|04:55 pm]
alandd
For anyone interested, I (and some friends) have tickets to see X-Men: First Class at the Burlington AMC, at 8pm Saturday June 4th (2011 - given how infrequently I post here, it's probably worth mentioning that...).

It would be great to coordinate with anyone else interested in seeing it. ;-) I wasn't up for going opening night, though...
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Home at last! [Jan. 21st, 2011|11:04 am]
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[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

I'm home after a canceled flight last night that was borderline humorous... :-) So that's good news.

On our way to the airport after a long day of meetings, my coworker (who had tempted fate by saying something along the lines of "what could possibly go wrong" the night before) and I got phone calls from US Air telling us that our 7:30 flight back to Boston was canceled due to weather.

My sleep-deprived compatriot wasn't quite conscious enough to talk the travel agent into getting us onto the 6:30 flight - which we probably could have made - and the later flights were all full. (It's not clear we could have gotten on the 6:30pm, but by the time I - driving - thought to ask, we were booked on the 7:30am flight this morning.) We also got booked into a hotel near our VA office (roughly 30 minutes from the airport WITHOUT traffic!), and I still had to coordinate the delayed return of the rental car.

We found dinner, he bought clothes for today (I brought an extra set, just in case & because I had room in my bag. Go me!) and as we were driving up to the hotel, I decided that we would be better off staying at the airport... So we canceled at that hotel, drove to the airport and got checked in, at which point he went and crashed in his room & I went to return the car.

I managed to find the airport, drop off the car (stupidly, though perfectly understandably) forgetting to fill the tank (resulting in yet another unexpected expense on this trip), and get back to the hotel without incident. Got a reasonable amount of sleep, but woke up early.

As long as I was up early (and I could tell by a FB comment that he was too), we headed over to the airport immediately, got to the airport JUST in time to get checked in for the 6:30am flight, and landed back in Boston a little before 8am. I then spent from 8am-9:45 stuck in traffic on 93/128 (Route 3 was fine). So it took 80 minutes to get from Washington DC to Boston, and 115 minutes to get from Boston to my house. Yay New England!

So - I've put in my 40+ hours for the week, had some good meetings yesterday, and now it's time to shut off the brain and either read or sleep (really not much question which is going to happen)...

And how have you been?
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Browser State Sync idea [Dec. 18th, 2010|12:12 am]
alandd
The scenario: I leave my work computer at work, but I've got browser windows open with multiple tabs, waiting to read articles. Or perhaps I find things through the course of a day that I want to "Read Later" (Pinboard supports this natively, yay!). I want to "take a snapshot" and resume reading, on another computer (potentially in a different browser), when I get home.


Bookmarklet or extension
Grab urls of all open tabs
- by window

1) email
2) upload to site
3) ui to deselect specific urls

Format-bulleted list; indented under window:

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2010-12-18 4:23pm

Window 1 (4 tabs)
http://mail.aland.us
http://alandd.livejournal.com
http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=aapl
http://an.arbitrary.URL.com/

Window 2 (1 URL)
http://some.YouTube.page/
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email or display page would have a datestamp, a "delete state", a "restore all", and each window line would restore that window.

Calling up the ui would allow user to uncheck specific urls and those wouldn't be included in the sync/email

Sync to cloud would result in a web page being generated @ site, with current state & links to "prev/next" (by datestamp).

Future:
Could have "publish" to share a "state" with others.
Could add username/password
Support for win/lin, non-safari
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Any internet networking gurus out there? [Dec. 8th, 2010|09:28 pm]
alandd
I have a DLink DWL-G730AP set up as a bridge, and I can't get it to pass DHCP through to my DHCP server. I've tried everything I can think of. It's running firmware 1.1... I vaguely think it used to work, which just makes everything worse. :-)

This is how my tivos connect to my house network (and is also why they're so slow accessing my network *grin*).

Downstairs I have a DD-WRT box set up as an access point (also "G", which I should change) connecting one tivo and occasionally/rarely an XBOX.

Upstairs, I had this thing connecting two tivos and a slingbox. (Which may be why the Slingbox stopped working.)

I'm giving up on this unless someone has useful thoughts. It'll still make a good/decent access point when I'm traveling. But I'm ready to drop-kick it as a permanent member of my household. ;-)
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Mac OSX Tool I just wrote: AddressThing [Jan. 30th, 2010|01:22 am]
alandd
[Current Location |United States, Massachusetts, Dracut]
[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]

AddressThing !!

I wrote one of the Mac apps I wanted... Let me know if you find this useful, or if there are other apps you might want.

This is a hack; I started writing it as a proof of concept for a 'real' OSX app that I wanted, and decided that this command-line tool would be good enough for me, for now...

As described on the linked web page: "A command-line (terminal) application that will look at the entry of the current user's Address Book, and list those contacts that are members of 0 or >1 groups, along with (if relevant) the name of each group."

Share and Enjoy!
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Kindle Update [Dec. 23rd, 2009|11:06 am]
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[Current Mood |contentcontent]

I'm enjoying my Kindle, overall, but have a few thoughts & comments:

1) GET A CASE. I dinged the screen by having it in my bag (I thought it was protected, but not entirely). I think I 'buffed' it out but the next thing I'm spending money on is a case similar to Seth's, but $20 instead of $45. :-)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001S08Y22?ie=UTF8&tag=mrsblumey-20 is Seth's,
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002XYS9OU?ie=UTF8&tag=mrsblumey-20 is the one I'm probably getting. Except they're out of it. :-( I'll settle for the black one... :-(


2) built-in PDF reading on the Kindle 2 stinks, for most of the PDFs I've tried to read. It works, but 'eh'. The issue is generally one of "designed for 8.5x11 (roughly 13"), reading on 6" screen" and that the PDFs I care the most about right now (Apple's reference material) use a greyscale font that's even harder to read so tiny.

Last night I spent maybe an hour converting my PDFs (Apple's docs and some web pages I'd saved to PDF to read at a later date) using MobiConvert. It worked pretty well, but is Windows-only and I'm Mac-preference. ;-) I just found "calibre" and I'm going to try that later...

http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/ProductDetailsCreator.asp -- use "publisher" not "home"
http://calibre-ebook.com/


eta: fixed links; ordered the 2nd case in black.
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Opinions wanted - Document Retention Policy? [Dec. 6th, 2009|03:46 pm]
alandd
[Current Location |home office!]
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]
[Current Music |whirring fans]

... which is a formal way of saying "how long do I have to keep this stuff??" (x-posted from Facebook)

I've been looking for the title to my car, for the past ~24 hours. With a break last night to go hang out in Boston, and a very nice lunch break today... and I'm fairly positive the title is in my safe deposit box. But I wanted to make sure before I go out to Framingham during banker's hours...


So - for those of you who know my (*cough*) filing system, I basically have a pile of papers & envelopes that consist of every piece of mail that has come into my house that I might need. Then I have a pile of papers, folders & envelopes which is "really important stuff". Then I have a pile of papers that is "stuff for taxes". This discussion revolves around the first pile.

So I took that huge pile (maybe 15-18"!!!) and went through it yesterday/today, and then branched out to the boxes of papers from when I lived in Framingham (papers from ~2000-2006) and Burlington (2006-2008), and have separated most of it into the following piles:

1) Fastlane statements
- statements from my toll transponder

2) Bank Statements/papers
- mostly accounts I still have open

3) Investment Statements/papers
- mostly accounts I still have open

4) Utilities
- Current (Vonage / AT&T Wireless / Electricity / Cable / Water&Sewer)
- Former Residences (VZW, VZ, Gas, Electric, Cable, etc.)

5) Household
- Current (Landscaping, cleaning, mortgage, property taxes, excise taxes)
- Former (Framingham or Burlington)

6) Insurance
- Current policies
- Former expired policies

7) Credit Card Statements/papers
- Current accounts
- Former accounts

8) Job-related
- Pay stubs
- Offer letters
- misc.

9) Medical-related
- co-payments, bills

10) "Personal Stuff"
- Birthday/holiday cards, wedding invitations/thank-you's, etc.

11) Misc. Stuff of Interest
- printouts / photocopies of articles & stuff I can't just download

12) Invoices & packing lists from stuff I've ordered


So, let's start off by saying that category 11 will never be thrown away (for small values of 'never'), and category 12 has been put into an industrial-sized trashbag and will go out in the trash/recycling soon...

In order...

1) Fastlane - I think I can throw these out as if it were junk mail, once I've reviewed each months' for accuracy (when it arrives)

2) Bank Statements. I think I'll file these by year. How many years should I keep? Shred the rest?

3) Investment Statements. Same as #2

4) Utilities. No clue. I THINK I can toss everything that's been closed, for prior residences, immediately. I'm not sure why I'd need to keep current ones either, except for historical comparisons. Any thoughts?

5) Household. I should probably keep the formal ones (town/tax related) for current residence. Any thoughts about the older ones? This includes auto excise bills. Old landscaping/plowing bills I don't think I'd need to keep. Definitely not from older residences (I think those are already in the trash bag)

6) Insurance. Keep the current, keep the prior. Any reason to hold onto older ones? Especially for places I no longer live? What about notices of claims (e.g. replacing the glass when someone threw a rock through the rear window a few years back)?

7) Credit Cards - Same as #2

8) Jobs - There's not enough here for me to worry about it, other than pay stubs. I have the W-2s filed with my taxes for each year/job, so I'll probably shred all of the pay stubs...

9) Medical - Happily I've never spent NEARLY enough on medical expenses to deduct them (and they'd be filed with taxes if I did). Shred them? Keep them? How many years' back? (this is all appointments & bills, not results of blood tests, etc. Relevant 'medical history' is kept in the stack of important papers.)


Anyone have opinions (educated, or strong, or both) on these types of papers?

Does anyone (other than Seth the Contrarian) think that I should hold onto the various packing lists / invoices from Amazon, Buy.com, NewEgg, Best Buy, etc.? And if so, for how long?

Thanks for your opinions! ;-)
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Free (e)Books! [Nov. 23rd, 2009|11:47 pm]
alandd
Here are some links to sources of free (legally) ebooks. Please add your favorites (etc.) in the comments!

http://www.baen.com/library/
http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/appleton/
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.fictionwise.com/
http://worldebookfair.org/Collections.htm
http://www.archive.org/details/opensource
http://manybooks.net/
http://girlebooks.com/ebook-catalog-browse-by-author/

Some of those may just be repurposed ProjectGutenberg texts, I don't know...

Share and Enjoy!
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I hate bad news [Oct. 7th, 2009|10:58 pm]
alandd
[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |sadsad]

f you're at all interested in dancing (West Coast Swing specifically) and in the Boston area, please go to the dance this Saturday night (beginner lesson at 8pm) in Sudbury. It's a fundraiser for Sue Cath - a great dance teacher and wonderful woman.

http://www.longfellowclubs.com/dance.htm


I'm probably not going, having divorced from the dance community and all, but I strongly recommend it to anyone who would be interested... It's a great group of people, very friendly and social and inclusive (at least it was a few years ago, and I haven't heard otherwise)... No need to bring a partner; the lessons rotate and the regulars are more than happy to dance with the beginners afterwards.
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