Posts from February 2004

  • February 29, 2004
  • February 28, 2004

    our friends over at ikea uk have rolled out a sweet little site. it’s called design and dine and shows some dinner ideas, complete with dinner, place setting, and “party” ideas. arriba fajita, cheesy cheese and wine, no worry curry, and noodle doodle, just to name half of them. they even have a smooth interface to assemble your kitchenware on the table.

    too bad ikea usa doesn’t do this kinda stuff, or else i’d visit the site every day. i did notice that they have an online store finally, though. how long has that been available? this could prove to be dangerous, since it looks too easy to order something @ 2am. just when i’ve managed to avoid hitting up the brick n’ mortar version weekly, they have to go and do something like this!

  • February 13, 2004

    saw this in network world… hilarious (to you fellow geeks) take off on your typical help desk email, complaining about the Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 upgrade. perfect for v-day!

    Dear TechSupport: Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in the overall performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5 and then installed undesirable programs such as: NFL 5.0, NHL 4.3, MLB 3.0, and NBA3.6. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, it simply crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, to no avail. What can I do? Signed, Desperate

    check out the help desk’s answer @ the lost olive.

  • February 03, 2004

    so what do you do when you want to see michelle branch on conan, but don’t want to sit through the hour of boring guests? you tivo it. yeah, that’s right. i figured i’ll just tivo the entire show, then go back tomorrow (or tonight if i’m up) and catch her performance at the end. in other related news, i setup my “season passes” for west wing and las vegas so i’ll never have to worry about missing those… man, i could get used to this!

    update: looks like michelle wasn’t on conan… oh well, it would have worked! heh…

  • February 02, 2004

    despite being “promised” for february 3rd, i hooked up the sbc/yahoo dsl equipment, and voila! guess who has smokin’ broadband again?!?! connected at a tasty 1536Kbps down… i must say, the install process (from when i hooked up my parents) is much improved. it messed w/ the network settings, but otherwise no ill effects. after i was successfully online i just dropped the linksys in place, and dhcp got it’s assigning on. not bad, in about 20 minutes everything was back to normal, wireless included. everyone is now happily back online, getting some much needed updates/patches.

    i didn’t want to go with sbc/yahoo dsl at first, but you just can’t beat the $27.99/mo price anywhere… speakeasy is awesome (or so i’ve heard from a number of people) but $50/mo is just too much. while i’m sure the service is better (customer, i mean, i know the speed is better) i just can’t justify almost 2x the cost. and in case you’re wondering, i got so sick of comcast that i didn’t even consider cable again. those people are incompetent, at least the ones i talked to on the phone. “hi, my cable modem isn’t getting a signal, any outages in chicago?” “did you reboot your computer?” “um, no, the modem itself isn’t getting a connection. are there outages you know about? if so, that’s cool, i was just wondering.” “sir, you’ll need to reboot your computer.” and so on, and so on!

    what’s more, directv (with tivo) should be all up monday morning, too. can’t wait for that… i’ll of course post as soon as i get it going. i already know what i’ll be tivo’ing for the week, how crazy is that?!?! a little las vegas, a little mtv, a little curb your enthusiasm, and of course the grammy’s next sunday… never again will i have to watch infomercials just b/c there’s nothing on. never again…

    oh well, keep your fingers crossed for me and the utilities!