Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Google Reaper

Slashdot asks: How long until Google stops building phone hardware?

Answer: Given my track record with Google products, about 2 weeks after I buy one and fall in love with it.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Life list of vehicles


  1. 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier (mom's)
  2. 1982 Plymouth Horizon TC3 
  3. 198? Mercury Grand Marquis wagon (mom's)
  4. 1979 Ford F-250 Ranger (dad's)
  5. 2001 Saturn SW2 (my very first new-from-new car bought with my own hard-eared dollars)
  6. 2004 Saturn ION 3
  7. 1999 BMW F650 "Funduro"
  8. 2012 Subaru Outback
  9. 2006 Yamaha FJR1300AE
  10. 2014 Honda Odyssey

I saw a write-up on my old car that got me feeling nostalgic.  I'm glad that whatever "first beater car" I get for my children will be roughly a thousand times safer and more reliable than that Plymouth.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thought roundup.


  1. I hate the fact that I sometimes have a magical, electronics-fixing aura that makes it really tough to get a bug to repeat when I've flown two time-zones away to come work on it.
  2. Our office kitchen needs an Autoclave OR I need to switch coffee mugs.  I love my Contigo, but the wealth of mechanical stuff going on in the lid leads to some... scary stuff building up in there.
  3. My corporate travel & expense card takes way too long to have transactions filter into our expense system.  I have all my receipts in hand NOW - by the time the CC statement comes in I'm afraid they will have been lost to the bowels of my desk.
  4. Solid-state hard drives are AMAZING.  Us software engineers at work were running low on space, so I talked our IT guy into 1TB SSDs as replacements for our 512GB spinning disks.  The speed increase is unbelievable for our use cases.
  5. For the first time in my life I got an exit-row seat on an airline flight.  130-seat aircraft, only 90 passengers, I was fairly far back in the boarding sequence and I still got an exit-row seat with an empty seat between me and the other passenger in the row.  Wow.  Remind me to fly on Wednesday lunchtime flights more often.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Now you know....

Thanks to Netflix' "The Crown", I now know far more about

  • the Succession order for the British monarchy
  • the Great Smog of London
  • the Suez Canal crisis
  • the Church of England
  • the many affairs of Princess Margaret
...than I did a few weeks ago mostly due to compulsively Googling everything to learn the backstory / rest of the story about some plot point that's being introduced.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Grr. My brain cannot bend like that.

I have no idea how my cat did it, but he managed to change the settings in Windows 10 on the computer at home so that one monitor's video was oriented 90 degrees CCW and the other monitor was a full 180 degrees out.  On top of that, I think he managed to get the CTRL keys stuck "on" in some exceedingly sticky and silent way.

I'm assuming it was the cat, anyway.  I do have two toddlers.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

That's a little steep, Google.

One of the things that I always appreciated about "Google Phones" (Nexus 5, 5x, 6, 6p, etc) was that they tended to be marketed as an incredibly good value proposition - near-flagship specs for a very mid-range price.

Looks like Google's giving up on that idea.

Google's new phone, the "Pixel" has a starting price of $649. 

Nope.

Optioned up, it tops out at $860.

Double-nope.

...and they're marketing it as a Verizon exclusive*.

Triple-nope.  

...and they took away the headphone jack.

Triple-nope with a scoop of vanilla on top.  This is not a phone that I'm interested in cross-shopping at those prices.  The 32GB on the stock phone isn't sufficient for a decent music collection (no, I don't stream) and a decent set of apps at the same time.  The 128GB upgrade jumps right to "overkill" and costs another $120 (which just ain't gonna fly).

Sorry, Google.  I think you lost your touch on this one.  I'm sure the hardware is wonderful, but I'm not dumb enough to drop that kind of dough on a phone.


*Yes, you can buy them unlocked online through Google, but marketing it as being tied to VZW is a major turnoff to anybody with a lick of sense in them.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Burn, baby burn.

Trader Joe's sweet pickled jalapenos in a vodka martini is not a bad thing at all.  I do recommend you try it.