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Entries from May 25th, 2002

We have arrived

May 25th, 2002 · Comments Off on We have arrived · Uncategorized

The flight was too easy. I can’t even do the cliche bitch and moan about security hassles or annoying passengers. The journey was without incident, unless you count the mentally deficient person working at the Hudson News stand at La Guardia, who spent five minutes interrogating another customer trying to fathom some small talk he […]

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Away, away

May 24th, 2002 · Comments Off on Away, away · Uncategorized

All packed up and ready to go to Chicago for the long weekend. We’ve got our new digital camera, so you may get some pictures, or you may not. There may be updates while we are there, or there may not. Like so many things in life, there is much uncertainty. But one thing is […]

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Bring me the head of Bill Gates

May 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off on Bring me the head of Bill Gates · Uncategorized

“Do you want to save changes?” An innocent, almost friendly question. But it should be placed in context. When Microsoft Excel 2000 for Windows asks you this, pause briefly. Do a quick mental check: are you quitting Excel because it just started acting weirdly, barfing on Visual Basic code that sends data to a database, […]

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I’ll get that glass

May 22nd, 2002 · Comments Off on I’ll get that glass · Uncategorized

A Portland company is building a system for point-of-sale payments using fingerprint scanners: The privately held Oakland company, which has spent the last six years quietly developing an electronic payment system that uses fingerprint scans, is moving slowly into the limelight as a select group of retailers begin tests of the system this year. Some […]

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Seeing the future

May 21st, 2002 · Comments Off on Seeing the future · Uncategorized

It’s cover-your-ass time in Washington! You’ve got Tom Ridge and Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Mueller all now doing their best Nostradamus act, and all signs point to some acts of terrorism eventually happening, no matter what we do. I’m glad my tax dollars are hard at work, providing me with this kind of useful information. […]

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