Monday, 28 March, 2005
The last week has been pretty crazy, with more going wrong than right, but I guess that's the way it happens sometimes. Anyway, sifting through the short items:
- It only took Time Warner a week to find and fix the problem that was preventing me and others in the area from uploading anything. I couldn't even send an email message that was longer than three or four kilobytes. I guess I should call RoadRunner and see about getting a partial credit for the lack of full service.
- Debra and I headed out for a long ride early Saturday morning. The plan was to ride to San Marcos and back--approximately 120 miles. We made it to San Marcos in a little over 4 hours, took a break, and headed back home. The wind was a little stronger than we had planned, and then it started raining. Riding in wind-driven rain is one of the more dangerous activities you can engage in on a bicycle, so we pulled off to wait it out. When the rain didn't let up after a while, we finally called a friend to come pick us up. So we got 66 miles instead of 120. Not a problem, really, as we're both ready for the long ride. But Debra would have been more confident had she been able to complete 120 miles. Perhaps this coming weekend.
- I'm still going 'round and 'round with Sprint on my text messages problem. I thought we had it fixed on Friday, but I wasn't able to test it due to my cable problems at home. Today's test shows that it still is not working. So I guess I have to call again.
- I got another one of those email messages from CapitalOne, containing my name and the last four digits of my credit card number. This bothered me (see March 18) because the links in the message go to capitalone.bfi0.com. This apparently is legitimate: CapitalOne contracted with Bigfoot Interactive to do some marketing. Legitimate, perhaps, but stupidly executed. It looks like phishing.
- I reviewed Clever Internet Suite for .NET last week. If you need to parse Internet content (especially HTML pages and email messages), you'll save yourself a whole lot of time with these components. I guarantee I've spent more than $60 worth of time trying to write comparable code.
Plenty more to talk about here once I can clear my desk of pressing items.