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29 Mar 2002 (updated 29 Mar 2002 at 22:52 UTC) »

Hey Yahoo! Mail Users!

As you're probably aware, Yahoo! is going to start charging for pop3 access to your account. If you're like many, and haven't enabled pop3 access until now, you are probably discovering that they aren't making it obvious how to enable pop3 forwarding for you. Makes it kind of hard to get your email off their system before it becomes fee based, doesn't it?

What they aren't telling you is that until April 24th, the flag they are using to control whether you have pop3 access is still changable by you!

Here's what you do:

  1. Log into your Yahoo! account and go here. This should be the Marketing Preferences page.
  2. Enable the last option ONLY, the one that says "Special offers from selected Yahoo! partners brought to you by Yahoo! Delivers."
  3. Optionally, instead of items 1 and 2, you can just click this link.
  4. Now, you can log into the pop server pop.mail.yahoo.com with your yahoo ID and password and get all your mail off!
  5. Enjoy a pat on the back for beating the system

Hope that helps some of you.

29 Mar 2002 (updated 29 Mar 2002 at 22:32 UTC) »

jcv: One thing I'm starting to realize is that I don't have to have experience in something to have an interest in it as far as grad school is concerned.
jcv: Like, I'm interested in robotics, but I've never done anything with it.
lindsey: True, but you won't really know how interesting it is until you're into it for a while, I think. So you have the best information about your interest based on things that you actually have done.
jcv: But, I have done most of the things I have because they were economically viable, not because they interested me, really.
jcv: I'm a lesser earl of mining the known load.
lindsey: That comment was about CS research, not CS practice.
jcv: Still, it was funny.
lindsey: I think mining the known lode is more about just digging deeper and deeper into some narrow little field that's easy to work on and easy to get publications.
lindsey: Funny!
lindsey: (what a remarkably-ambiguous exclamation)
jcv: Yeah.
jcv: Hygene!
lindsey: But that makes perfect sense; no verbs necessary.
jcv: Why don't you drive down this weekend and give me advice.
jcv: ?
lindsey: Dernit! This one-hour job is taking all afternoon.
jcv: 'cause I keep talking to you.
lindsey: Well, yeah, there's some context switch cost, btu there's just a bunch of bugs in this thing that I'm trying to fix.
lindsey: somebody else's bugs.
lindsey: Sure, I'll be there in a few minutes.
jcv: I don't know who's advice I'd value with regards to this. Most people have their own agenda.
lindsey: It's a computation of goodness and cost.
lindsey: I'm glad I opted to err on the side of grad school, though.
lindsey: though I didn't have house.
lindsey: ^house^a house^
jcv: The more common thing would be for me to stay here and work at Some Local Company.
jcv: But, there is value in following the road less travelled.
lindsey: Dern yeah!
jcv: maybe "common" is the wrong word. "Traditional" or "conventional" is probably more acurate.
lindsey: Yeah, the path of least resistance usually runs to the gutter.
lindsey: :D
jcv: Amen.
jcv: Or the ocean.
lindsey: Well, but lots of sewers in between.
jcv: I like the beach.
lindsey: I don't. Sunburn.
lindsey: Stinging ocean creatures.
jcv: Sharks!
jcv: (that's an exclamation that needs no accompanist)

Yes, cmiller's advodiary is pretty cool. I used it for my Microsoft rant yesterday, as well as this entry.

Speaking of that rant, I think dmerrill missed my point, and thought I was defending Microsoft's position. Maybe I should have made my outrage at the book's claims more clear.

I'd like to get Tomcat running on grump.org, but the machine is an old Sparc 20, and something funky happens whenever I start Tomcat up. Methinks there is a problem with the java runtime I'm using from blackdown.org. I want to do something with the grump.org domain, and I'm most comfortable with java, but maybe this is a good incentive for me to install openACS and learn some TCL.


26 Mar 2002 (updated 26 Mar 2002 at 16:02 UTC) »

I'm reading a book called "Introducing Microsoft .NET".

In the very first chapter, the author starts comparing programmers to alcoholics. He says we are unable to follow good programming practices like unit tests, or documenting our code. We programmers, he insists, are so lazy and undiciplined that we cannot even keep ourselves from wasting four hours a day playing Solitaire on our computers during work hours (pg. 5).

As a solution, he proposes we programmers need to do what people in recovery do, basically follow a "two step" program:

  • Admit we are powerless to manage our lives.
  • Believe a greater power than ourselves can restore us to sanity.

Anyone want to guess who he thinks this "greater power" is? Who is the only one who can save lazy, undiciplined programmers? Why, it's our old friend Microsoft. Microsoft is now our god, according to David S. Platt. Wise benevolent Microsoft and their only begotten son, .Net, has come to redeem us and make us whole, productive citizens again.


What's left to say?

21 Mar 2002 (updated 21 Mar 2002 at 19:15 UTC) »

What to do!

I got an offer from UCF to come to graduate school. It was a teaching assistantship, which covered full tuition as well as a moderately healthy stipend. It isn't, however, a healthy enough stipend to avoid communal living, and after owning my own home, I don't know if I can go back to that.

I still haven't heard from UNC. I guess that means I'm not invited to "Candidates Day", which is tomorrow. I'm not too surprised, since I was two months late getting my application in. Still, I had hoped my killer personal statement would have won them over. :D

And then there is the local job search. Let's not talk about that; who know's who's reading these things.


When I set up this account, I completely forgot I had done mp3jockey.

5 Mar 2002 (updated 5 Mar 2002 at 03:17 UTC) »

You know, advogato needs some UI improvements, like, a link to the diary page (to enter new entries) from the top of the user page. And http://www.advogato.org/diary should not return an error.

Anywho, I took my first guitar lesson from a feller in my church named Jon Krispin. He took the time to explain the notes and where each note is on each string. Then, he taught me some power chords! Now, you purists, don't give me that look. I've been trying to get motivated enough to learn the guitar for over a year now, and it always boils down to one thing. I don't have the patience to be so incompetent for so long. This way, I can be making something that sounds like something musical a lot faster.

So there.


As you can see by cmiller's diary, CommerceEngine is closing it's doors. I feel bad in a way, as I was involved in bringing Chad into the company, but I did tell him at the time that it was a significant risk. I really think, had our initial customer not bailed on us, we could have made a go of it. Eh.

I'm trying to get into grad school. UNC is my first choice. They have a lot going on and some peo-ple there who I respect a lot. If that falls through, I've also got my application in at UCF, a less well known, but quite reputable program in it's own right.

Eh. Even thought I'm losing my job, I have no love life, and I can't get the wallpaper off my kitchen walls, at least I've discovered MegaTokyo!.

Oh, yeah, and go buy a coffee mug

Well, cmiller pointed out advogato to me, so I thought I'd set up an account. For those of you who don't know, I'm the "Chris" he references occasionally in his journal.

My photos of the Leonids came out a little better than Chad's. Not that I'm a better photographer, by any stretch of the imagination, it's that I learned from Chad's experience that the ISO3200 film was a little overexposed when developed at that speed, so I had D&A's Camera pull it to 1600. They came out ok.

I also took some pictures of the meteors with ISO 800 Fuji color film, and I really like the color that you see in the stars on there that you normally miss with the naked eye. I'll probably post some of them over at photo.net as soon as I get access to a scanner. Anybody around Valdosta, GA have a Nikon Coolscan film scanner they'll let me have access to?

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