Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Breaking Out

Breaking out

Well, this year I decided to do a shot for Earth Day. I know, it is a bit late, but things have been busy and couldn't find the time to getting around to doing the shot. Anyway, I feel that the best thing that anyone, who is concerned about the environment or their electric bills, can do is to replace all of their old bulbs with newer CFLs like this one. They use much less energy than their incandescent counter parts, and last much longer. So even if you don't care about the rate of electricity or the environment, but just hate having to replace bulbs, CFLs are the way to go.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Video on Flickr

When you think of home videos on the net, the first thing that most people think of will be Youtube, but now if you ask where to go to view photos from others you will think Flickr. Not true anymore. As of today, Flickr has now started offering it pro account holders to be able to post 90 second videos to their Flickr photo streams. That statement alone just seems wrong. It is a "photo" stream and only should have photos. Shame on you Flickr for ruining the wonderful world of artistic, family, and snap shots with the horrible crappy videos of someone getting hit in the balls with a football.

$4 is just too much for coffee.

Coffee Cups

Just this weekend, Heather was making a comment on how much coffee cost at Starbucks. She has been in LA for the last week for training with the new job, and every morning she has been getting a Iced mocca from a local coffee store in the area for like 2.50 a cup, while SB wants almost 4 dollars for. Well, it looks like SB is finally starting to feel the pain of charging these prices for their coffee. Along with this and the fact that several fast food companies have started getting into the coffee business, SB has seen a decline in their traffic for the first time since the company's founding days. Due to this, they have started closing stores and firing employees. In an effort to bring Starbucks back "to its roots", the company has announced a new blend, "Pikes Place Roast", named after the original store, and to help with the announcement, they will be giving away a free cup of the new blend to customers at stores around the country between 9 - 9:30 am PST tomorrow (April 8, 2008).

I how ever think that this is just a last ditch effort from a company that just needs to learn that they have good coffee, but not good enough to charge 4 dollars for a glass. So until they realize this and lower their prices, they are going to lose customers to the fast food companies even though their coffee might not taste as good. Especially in this economy where things are costing more and people are making less.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Glad I don't work there any more.

I am so glad that I am not working at Boeing any more. I knew that it was a bad move for Boeing to outsourcing their entire computer support system that was highly utilized by the engineers for the new Dreamliner. When I left, the group that was working on the Dreamliner were wanting 24/7 support for the systems that they utilized along with 20 min response times for any issues. That was a lot for full time employees, and I knew that it would never even be possible with the outsourcing that they were wanting to do. So, there is a part of me that wonders if this decision has anything to do with the announcement today from the Seattle business? As of today, Boeing announced that there would be a delay in the delivery of the Dreamliner by almost 6 months. What does this mean...well, more than likely, lay offs.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Obvious quote of the day

"If you are an actor and you can't do your part. Then you are not good" -- Grant Wilson, TAPS, Ghost Hunters on SciFi.com

New Yahoo Protocol

So, apparently, as a Wonderful April's fools day joke, Yahoo decided that April 2 was the best day to stop supporting protocol version 10. The protocol that I used as the base for the Yahoo event channel for the software at work. This wouldn't have been such a big deal had it not been that it was also the day that QA decided to test this feature of the software. This had been working since the beginning of the year, and they had just got around to testing it.

Thus, at 4:00 pm today, I started to work on upgrading the protocol to version 15 (the latest version for Yahoo!). And at 11:30 tonight, I finally finish debugging and determining what needed to be changed.

The Old Man of the Mountain

The old man of the Mountains

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Free ink cartridge refill from Walgreens

Walgreen's had a coupon today for a free refill of either a black or color print cartridge. Get the coupon here: http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/freeink/default.html

This was a great thing for me, seeing that Heather's printer was out of black ink. The cartridge won't be done until Friday. This really isn't that much of a problem, since Heather is in L.A. until Friday night and I rarely use the printer. Nothing like getting 10 dollars (the cost of the refill).

Reaching for the Sky