Countrywide Home Loans

The little loan on my house got sold to Countrywide (though a closer inspection of the paperwork makes me think it was probably sold to the Bank of New York, which is having Countrywide service the loan for them). They kick ass, because they have real people, not lawyer-automatons write their letters. Here’s an excerpt:…

First Hike of Spring

I just wrote a big post about a 10 mile hike I took today, but I lost it. I hate web-based UI’s! The hike was awesome, because it kicked my ass and will help get me in shape for more hiking and camping this summer. It took me all over the Purisima Creek Open Space.

Your tax dollars at work

I was poking around the WHO’s website and I found something called the Codex Alimentarius. Sounds mysterious, huh? Turns out it’s like the IETF, but for international exchange of food products. Guess what type of “nutritional packet” comes in these varieties: Sweet-fig, Pisang Mas, Amas Date, Bocadillo, Ney Poovan Ney Poovan, Safet Velchi, Cavendish Dwarf…

Free Wireless

This weblog post, and the last one, brought to you courtesy of the owner of adsl-34-22-231.mia.bellsouth.net. Whoever you are, thanks for making it possible for me to sit in the shade on a Fort Lauderdale street and use the net. If you are ever on Arch St. in Redwood City, I’ll happily return the favor.

Hobby Horses

I used to work for Arnold de Leon. He has a method of teaching his coworkers lessons that Dave Winer just explained: Moore did coin a new phrase, and like all good bloggers wanting to initialize a new meme, he repeats it over and over. This is not a new idea. Jake Savin was a…

The Cathedral and the Shed

I spent yesterday reading, debugging, and then fixing a Java program. What a pain in the ass. If I manage to go another 5 years until I do Java again, I’ll be happy. The problem with Java is that the language provides the tiniest little basic units, and everything else you need you have to…

Advice from an Englishman

In the Daily Telegraph, Patrick Bishop writes of American soldiers, “In short, they must work harder to show that they belong to the human race.” I don’t know who he is or if he has any credibility, but if the difference is visible to him, it probably is to the Iraqis too.

Government by and for the people

Dave Winer points to a paper from a new colleague of his. His thesis is that a new super power is coming into existence to hold in check the United States. It’s about time, since it looks like we really need one. This brings to mind something else I heard on the radio, I forget…

Stealth Blog

If you have a blog, and no one reads it, is it really a blog? Or is it like the tree that falls in the forest with no one around? I’ve told exactly one person I have a blog, and even that was by mistake. I didn’t tell him the URL, though he is enterprising…

TDMoIP

There’s a new technology to learn about… TDMoIP. VoIP (Voice over IP) has been a big disaster. Lots of engineering effort in, little success out. I had a Vonage phone line for a while, and the call quality (mostly due to latency) was terrible. I was using my Vonage endpoint under significantly less than ideal…