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  • Goodbye Movable Type

    Posted on April 29th, 2009 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    After having troubles again with the most recent update to Movable Type, I’ve decided to switch to WordPress. ┬áThe last straw was when the latest version either let users add comments or let me write entries — but not both.

    Movable Type is so buggy, confusing, and poorly supported that it’s just not worth the trouble anymore.

    Goodbye, and good riddance.

    PS – As you can see, things are different in WordPress. The content all moved over fine, though the formatting is a little funky. I’m still trying to figure everything out, so bear with me!

  • Finish it off

    Posted on April 29th, 2009 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    I had this old hard drive that was failing. I couldn’t get anything to even erase the disk, so I found an article in Popular Mechanics about how to finish off a hard drive so data can’t be retrieved. I grabbed my power drill and put four holes right through the platters. I think it’s officially dead now.

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  • Kudos to Dell

    Posted on April 20th, 2009 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Last night I decided to upgrade my desktop Mac system, and was going to order a new monitor. I cashed in some of my AMEX Membership Rewards points for a $100 Dell E-certificate. When I tried to buy the monitor, Dell’s website gave me an error, saying that the certificate couldn’t be used. Huh?

    So today I call Dell support and naturally, got connected to the Indian call center. At first I figured that things would go nowhere. She took my information, asked me to kindly wait on hold several times, and tried to sell me a Sony Bravia TV, which I don’t need. Later she came back and said that they couldn’t use my E-cert because the product was on sale. Excuse me?

    I told her that wasn’t acceptable, and she put me on hold once more. This time she came back and told me that the supervisor can’t take the coupon but as a courtesy they’d take $75 off the price of the monitor. Didn’t I cash in 10,000 points for a $100 E-certificate? I told her that I was going to call AMEX and sort this out. She said she’s keep working on a solution, and would call me within 30 minutes. I figured I’d never hear from her again.

    So I call AMEX and told her my story. The woman there starts talking about how it can’t be used for business or refurbished products. I told her that it was neither — I was buying new from Dell Home. She spoke to her supervisor and said that there was nothing they could do, but she would file a report with some high mucky-mucks who might hear my pleas, and refund the money. I told her that nowhere did it say that you cannot use the E-cert on products that are on sale. She sort-of agreed, and said she was adding that to report.

    Just then, the call waiting on the phone beeped. I asked if the AMEX rep could hold for a second, and I went back, and was the woman from Dell in India. She said that she was able to get me the $100 discount after all! I switched back to the AMEX woman and told her, had to listen to her ask if I needed an extra AMEX card (no), and then it was back to Dell. I was so happy that it worked out that I let her repeat the same spiel about the Dell credit card for the third time. Things were looking disastrous, but it all worked out in the end.

  • Comments restored (I hope)

    Posted on April 20th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    I never learn… I keep updating to a newer version of Movable Type, and each time, something breaks. On this occasion I had to reinstall the entire package to get it to work. Before, comments would work, but I couldn’t write anything. Or vice versa. Cross your fingers, and comment away.

  • The 6 million dollar mouse

    Posted on April 17th, 2009 Jeff Keller 2 comments

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    After a delicate operation that involved getting superglue on my hands (they aren’t kidding when they say that it bonds to skin instantly), I have reattached Mickey’s hands to his body. The bad news is that he’ll have a scar for the rest of his life. It might be a wise idea to see if I can find a backup next time I’m at Disneyland.

  • 8 cents

    Posted on April 16th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    Many years ago, I had an account with E*Trade. I closed the account in 2006 — or so I thought. Since then I’ve been getting quarterly statements that said that I had a balance of 8 cents. After ignoring it for years, I decided that it was time to get my money back.

    So, I logged on to E*Trade, noticing that there was a message saying that my last support request was to close the account, which was confirmed. I tried to transfer the 8 cents out of the account, but it said “$1 minimum required for bank transfer”. So, I thought, I’ll transfer a dollar into the account, and then take $1.08 back out. I did the $1 transfer and was informed that there was a 4 day waiting period before I can withdraw the money I had transferred — well, except for 8 cents of it.

  • Flame’s birthday present

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today was Flame’s second birthday. He had a larger than normal breakfast, served in the finest imitation crystal. Tonight I was planning on taking a photo of him and Zoe (who turns 4 next week) and then handing out some treats. Flame was up on the table where I take my product photos, when the unthinkable happened.

    Before:

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    After:
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    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s the figuriine that I’ve been using in my camera reviews for over a decade. Flame panicked and kicked the figurine with his back legs. It flew off the table and smashed against the baseboard, breaking off the arms. I’m hoping that I can super glue everything back together… we’ll see.

    As for Flame, I guess he’ll still get his treats — it is his birthday, after all.

  • Finding my work/life balance

    Posted on April 9th, 2009 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    This past week I took a survey of visitors to DCResource. One of the questions asked what one thing on the site needs improvement. The winner, big time, was “more frequent reviews”.
    That doesn’t surprise me. After all, people seem to like my reviews. The problem is that, in recent years, I’ve chosen to make more time for “me”, and less for work. I’ve decided that spending time with family, having some quiet time, and working on other projects are things I need to do more often, so camera reviews aren’t as a high of a priority as they used to be. Being burned out after 11+ years isn’t helping, either.
    That said, if I don’t keep reviewing things at a decent rate, people aren’t going to visit my site as often, and things will go down the tubes. I know I need to work a little harder, but it’s so hard to find the motivation these days. I need to find the right balance between work time and Jeff time that keeps everybody happy (and sane).