Thursday, 20 July, 2006
And things keep piling up
While my education on the new Flash platform proceeds, things keep piling up. Let's see if I can clear the stack a bit.
- I've decided to cancel or seriously cut down my birthday challenge because I simply don't have the time to train for it. My injured shoulder won't let me swim, and I'm spending a lot of time trying to come up to speed with Flex 2. There will be time for a birthday challenge one of these years.
- Last month, David and I rented an office about 7 miles from the house. Since July 5, I've ridden my bike to the office every day but one. It takes at most 30 minutes to make the ride, which is faster than I can make the trip in the car during rush hour. So far I'm much more productive at the office than I was at home. I have a theory about that, but it'll have to wait for another time.
- The office is actually a two bedroom apartment, which means that we have a private kitchen and our own bathroom. Very handy, and a lot less expensive than trying to find office space that includes use of a shower. Most apartment complexes don't allow using their units for office space, but this outfit doesn't have a problem with it.
- I had the bike in the shop last month for some major work. It came back with new tires, wheels, cassette (rear cog set), chain, headset, and saddle. I never considered that I'd wear out a set of wheels, but after over 14,000 miles the rims were getting a little thin. The saddle had been on three different bikes since about 1999, and was due for a replacement. The other parts are normal wear items that have to be replaced periodically.
- Time Magazine has published an article about Vova (Vladimir) and Olga Galchenko, a Russian brother-sister juggling team who are being called the best technical jugglers ever. They hold the world record for two people juggling 10 clubs--378 catches. They also hold the record for 11 clubs (152 catches) and 12 clubs (54 catches). Don't miss the home movies of them juggling over the years. The kids are amazing.
- The keyword "u3" has been used in 67 searches of my web site so far this month. The term "u3 uninstall" has been used 17 times. My entry about removing U3 is the 12th most viewed page on the site right now. I wonder if SanDisk and U3 know that they're annoying folks.
- Meanwhile, a helpful reader dropped me a note suggesting that I just plug the Cruzer into a Linux box and delete the files. I suspect it'd work to pop it into a Mac, too. Or maybe I could tell Windows not to autorun when something gets plugged into my USB port. If so, then I could probably delete the U3 stuff from the Cruzer without having to download the removal tool. That's worth exploring.