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The Mintern

In retrospect, there were signs that The Intern might not work out: The child of a friend of the family of a Senior Executive … touted as an upperclassman from a well-known engineering school, but was just starting a search for an internship in mid-June … hasn’t been vetted or spoken with the hiring manager, but was slated to …

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Overpackaging

I purchased a Sandisk 16Gb USB stick drive (~$10 on Amazon.com) to transfer large files between machines rather than having to burn multiple DVDs.  (Also because I ditched my optical drive to install a second hard disk in my ancient MacBook.)  While shuttling files, the USB stick went into some kind of lock-out mode. The consensus from the …

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Intellectual Property

I’m not sure what was more puzzling: They insist on a strong passwords, but are able to handle only two non-alphanumeric characters.  For example, this-password-restriction-is-poopy-doodoo-7F92PChQXHkR=mz{mzTfs6x6z”, the sequence emitted when my head landed on my keyboard, violates most of their rules. This information is intellectual property.  

Email patterns

Despite a concerted effort to keep my inbox tamed, it’s now back above 30 undealt-with emails.  While falling behind, I’ve noticed some recurring – and annoying – behavioral patterns.  I’m sure the list is incomplete, so feel free to share! “The two-for” – a person who always — always— sends a second mail with the …

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WPEngine experiment

Executive summary: Dissatisfied with my blog’s response time, I looked into a variety of options.  For about a month, I tried a wpengine experiment whereby I moved everything to them.  It didn’t work out, but I learned a lot along the way.  I’ve been dissatisfied about the page load times of my blog for a long …

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Review: iToS

An iOS update landed on my phone Monday afternoon.  Before installing, I was presented with this: I’m… not going to read 64 pages of legal on my phone, so I clicked the Send by Email link.  The resulting document pasted into Microsoft Word 2011 was 17,576 words, or approximately 35 pages, not including external references …

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Fun with Amazon.com

I was surfing Amazon.com a few nights ago and ended up with a rather odd assortment of “items to consider.”   Here are some examples where product reviews and customer photos have become art. Horse Head Mask – It looks pretty creepy, but then on the product page are over a hundred examplesof it being …

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