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  • Junk

    Posted on October 30th, 2003 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    If there’s one lesson learned during my packing for next week’s move, it’s that I need to stop saving the box for everything I buy. The trash downstairs is already full, and I’ve got two more bags of trash waiting to go out. I’ve got boxes for every computer and camera-related purchase for the last 4 years, and I’m spending more time breaking down those boxes than I am actually packing.
    Next Wednesday is the big day… going to cost a grand to have movers do the work… but after several moves (mostly for friends and family), there’s no way I was going to do this one myself (nor do I want to put others through this misery). Hopefully everything will arrive in one piece. I’ve been impressed with the movers so far, so things should go smoothly, assuming I finish packing on time.

  • Review units vs. buying it yourself

    Posted on October 29th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    This article on Designtechica talks about how Samsung was sending out review units of an LCD monitor that were better than what the consumer would get if they bought it.
    In the digital camera world, I’ve seen people bring up this topic: are reviewers getting cameras specially tuned so they’ll get a better review? I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think so. There have certainly been cameras that needed to be tuned, that’s for sure!
    Camera reviews would certainly be more fair if i went out and bought a retail version. Two small problems, though:
    1) Unless every other big site did it, I’d always be way behind everyone else. As a reviewer, we get stuff first.
    2) I can’t afford to do it
    Now if I was charging a subscription fee, I could probably get away with buying everything. But for now, loans from the manufacturer are the best we’ve got.

  • Welcome to the neighborhood

    Posted on October 26th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    Man shot, killed in park down the street from my new house

  • To catch a thief

    Posted on October 25th, 2003 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Hmm, where I have seen this before?
    Oh, I know — I wrote that review myself!
    The clowns at that site have been stealing my work, as well as my fellow site editors, for over a year. Despite repeated requests and threats, they continue to do it. Somehow they think that giving me credit for the review that they are stealing makes it okay.
    Problem is, there’s not much I can do about it. Apparently copyright law doesn’t mean much in China. I’ve been meaning to write to my Senators and Representatives to complain, but I keep forgetting to do it.
    The best answer is to offer my reviews in other languages. Great idea… but that would be prohibitively expensive. A friend suggests just stealing it back and posting it on my site. Hmmm…

  • Good neighbors

    Posted on October 25th, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Thanks to my downstairs neighbor, I now have DSL again. Well, I’m using his, but it’s better than dialup. Life is good again.

  • DSL down

    Posted on October 24th, 2003 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    I arrived at my computer this morning to find my DSL down (I’m stealing a neighbor’s open wireless connection at the moment). I’m currently on hold with SBC, after spending 40 minutes talking to someone who was not helpful at all. At one point while trying to kill time, he asked me how the weather was on the west coast (warm!). I asked him where he was, and he said “somewhere on the east coast” but that he couldn’t tell me exactly where he was “for security reasons”. Are they afraid terrorists will blow up the SBC/Yahoo DSL support center??
    As it turns out they disconnected my DSL a month early. Go figure. I’m totally screwed.

  • Signed off

    Posted on October 23rd, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    They fixed what they were supposed to, so I signed off on my house today. Monday it’ll be loan papers.
    Thanks to whomever suggested the outlet tester — we got one for $5 and everything checked out fine.

  • Yardage

    Posted on October 22nd, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment


    Today was my house walkthrough. For the most part, everything was great. They’ll fix what needs to be fixed, and I’ll be back tomorrow at 3 to sign off on it. I’ll close early next week!
    Best part: a free backyard landscaping upgrade! Sweet!
    Read the full report