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  • Blog Post: Outgoing Caller ID not supported on Vonage!!

    So, I finally got rid of Qwest at my house, not even the line is hooked up to anything. I switched to Vonage for my primary home phone because it will save me about $10 a month, and my wife can use it to call long distance for free instead of having to grab my office phone (ATT Callvantage phone). ...
  • Blog Post: Zotob, a hard and unfortunate lesson (again) for Enterprises

    Unless you have been on vacation on the moon for the last few days, you know that there is new exploit in the wild that mainly affect Windows 2000 and pre SP2 Windows XP OS’s called Zotob (and variants). This worm is hitting some of the same big name companies that were crippled by CodeRed, Sasser and...
  • Blog Post: Worldly (Cup) Views

    I was just catching up on some of my reading and saw several people mentioning that they read Al Gore’s “ An Inconvenient Truth ” book. Scoble even went so far as to describe editorials he wrote in college about raising gas taxes by several dollars to encourage Americans to buy smaller cars and get car...
  • Blog Post: Language Barriers

    I am a little more sensitive about language barriers than most, because both my parents are not native English speakers. My parents are both from Brazil , but spoke Portuguese and German as their primary languages up until they moved the United States in the 60’s and 70’s. In fact, my first language...
  • Blog Post: Rant: Airline travel

    <originally posted on MSN Spaces blog on May 10, 2005> After having flown a couple different ailrlines in the past couple months, I have reaffirmed my commitment to fly Frontier wherever I can. Even if I have a bad experience waitng for a slight delay, the friendliness and Satelite TV usually...
  • Blog Post: Monday Night Figure Skating on ABC

    What the hell were they thinking? I sit here in a pub at the airport, eating a burger in front of a big TV that is tuned to ABC. We had been watching Brett Favre warmup and his stats, etc. Next thing we know, we are watching the extended remix version of a teaser about figure skating. There was a collective...
  • Blog Post: RANT: Unhappy with EA, BF2

    I have really been looking forward to Battlefield 2 (BF2) since I played the Desert Combat mod on the original Battlefield 1942. I installed it, and played about a week of single player games, trying to get used to flying and driving various vehicles before I went and got my butt kicked online by a 12...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

    I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated. Don’t know what that is? Check out www.microsoftonline.com . To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, LiveMeeting, and a few other offerings...
  • Blog Post: RANT: Traveling gripes this week and a business idea for someone

    I have been on the road again this week, this time to Richmond , VA where I can’t get a direct flight from Denver . My favorite carrier, Frontier, didn’t look to be close enough in Washington DC , but if I go again I am going to just drive down from DC. The problem isn’t the transfer of planes, the problem...
  • Blog Post: Bedlam DL3 (revisited)

    So, I am on a few distribution lists that pertain directly to my every day job. I have a few others that are nice to look at because there is interesting stuff. One of the hobby DL’s that I like to read is our “Pocket PC Users and Enthusiasts”, which we share all kinds of gripes and praise about our...
  • Blog Post: Stick to computers, the stock market is wacky

    I admit it, I think I was playing solitaire on my laptop (resembled a desktop) back in college when we covered the stock market. It continues to baffle me. Microsoft announces (record) earnings , above forecasts, and the after hours stock goes down. In fact, bit Google and Microsoft tanked after hours...