Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Top knotch service...

There's a few credit cards I hardly ever use so I don't even carry them with me. I decided today to redeem any points and close them...

I call the service center and they ask me for the account number. The conversation went something like this -

alex: I don't have it with me ...
rep: let's see I can pull it up with your social, can I get your social security number?
alex: yeah, it's ###-##-####
rep: ok, I'll be right back..
(20 seconds later)
rep: alright mr talarico - can I get the last four of your social to verify your account?
alex: uh... ####
rep: thanks, how can I help you today?

... so, as you can see they have great security measures in place at compass bank as well.

Monday, December 10, 2007

awkward car back-up camera system

what the ?
Imagine how flat out awkward and confusing it would be if you were backing up your car one morning when all of a sudden you see a young mother kissing her baby as illustrated above...
what were they thinking!? *

* My best guess is the graphic designer in charge of the box didn't bother reading and figured this was going to be a digital camera..

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007

Windows at the Wynn

Windows errors are following me around...

I walked up to an information booth at the Wynn. I touch the screen and get greeted by a script runtime error.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

aptera to toyota: all your base are belong to us

I recently read that aptera is taking preorders for their new electric cars... if you never heard of an aptera car it's cause there arent any yet :)

This car looks beyond futuristic, it looks plain odd. The company expects to have it out on the streets by the end of 2008.

They range in price from 26k to 30k.. that's about the price of a prius and this ride gets you up to 300 miles per gallon, or two hours on electric only models. wow.

I just wanted to get the word out since most people I know probably never heard of this upcoming car company..

Friday, September 21, 2007

while we're at it...

I wonder what happened here..

1) I was running a lot of things at once
2) I opened internet explorer
3) I hit the maximize button
4) I stare at a black screen and this insanely over-sized window bar..

I haven't posted in a while so I figured I'd take a screenshot and take 5 minutes off to rant about some of the weird "added features" windows vista offers on slower machines..

Friday, August 24, 2007

error on error action

This is awesome ... classic microsoft error handling,
courtesy of LiveMeeting reporting tools.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

daunting realization

... this morning I hear the sound of the office lady filling up her candy bowl with m&m's ... she has a big bag, in fact a whole drawer full of candy. But she selectively puts it out in small rations..

...and then it hit me: she is feeding her coworkers as you would pigeons in the park.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Nieve en Buenos Aires (Snow in Buenos Aires)

Cuando escuche las noticias no lo pude creer... asi amanecio Puerto Madero hoy 9 de Julio, justo el dia de la independencia nacional!

No nevaba en Buenos Aires desde el año 1918! ... Lastima que me lo fui a perder, pero al menos gracias al internet pude llegar a verlo de lejos.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

the boarding pass experiment

Flying on southwest implies open seating.. to gain some control of the passengers, southwest assigns "groups" based on the time you checked in - Groups A, B, and C.

Typically I'm running late and always end up in Group C ... this translates to being stuck in the middle of two stank large individuals, not having overhead bins to put my luggage in, among other such unpleasant experiences...

So I thought I'd try something new.

The pictures illustrate my maneuver - just remember: lay low and time it right. When the ticket agent is looking down is a perfect chance to blend into Group C and start boarding.

Bon voyage!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Are you serious?...

"An unhandled exception occurred in the user interface" ... wow.

I've worked a lot with MOSS (SharePoint 2007 Server) the past few months and... a routine task gave me this error. I had to screenshot it and post it. This one was just.. special. No doubt.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

How secure is your Wells Fargo account?

I accidentally typed my password wrong when trying to access my account on ...and still got through..

I logged out and typed my password incorrectly on purpose just to make sure, and it worked.. I was in...

Apparently I discovered that Wells Fargo ignores what you type on the password field after there is a match... So if my password was "secret" and I typed "secret4u" i still get authenticated and get access to my account!!! Try it out for yourselves and have a laugh.. Then get worried some... then call/email and complain.. then switch banks.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

office violence clip

guy on right supposedly throwing paperclips.. likely staged but pretty funny to see :)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

yesterday was horrible. April 27th 2007 is going down as one of the worst days I've had in a while

  • Spent the whole day dealing with Microsoft SharePoint 2007 bugs - incredibly hideous bugs.
  • I brought food from home, and out of all Fridays, yesterday they cleaned out the fridge early. The food I got up early to prepare, along with the tupperware it was in - thrown out.
  • Long drive down to Tucson, dealing with traffic and construction detours on the freeway... icing on the cake.

Now, I just realized I posted nothing productive - just a whiny complaint - so i'll stop.
Anyway, on a positive note I can always email Richard Simmons* for help and guidance..

*User takes all risk and responsibility for opening the link. Link may contain one of the creepiest videos ever recorded. May cause irreversible brain damage.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Lobster game

I story was told of a bar in scottsdale.. A bar that had a new take on the classic claw prize game. Delightfully disturbing. What would you do if you won this time?

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Listen to my playlist

I added a playlist to my site... it comes in handy for when I dont have any music around, you can get to it by clicking on the headphones icon on the top right from my homepage ... enjoy!

Monday, February 26, 2007

The wow starts ... when?

Just another gripe, after running on windows Vista for nearly four months now..

I keep running into the most annoying problems:

Driver support (especially printers)
Software support (especially useful programs you would like to run)
Intrusiveness and annoying presentation...

The UAC model where color coded messages pop up and warn you about what you just told windows you want to do makes it frustrating to install, uninstall, delete, move, copy, change a setting, use your computer period. A lot of major software publishers dont have much of an excuse. Everyone's had access to stable betas for about a year, and the final version was released in November.. Drivers and new software should be here by now you'd think...

The more I deal with this, the more I think Vista was named after an internal acronym for: Very Intrusive System That's Annoying.

I'm pretty tired of those wow commercials, so far the 'wow' has been about stuff not working or system crashes (drivers again).. maybe by mid 2007?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

baja 'not so' fresh

So there I was, holding this thing 'waiting' for my food... when i read it. The 'waiting device' says -

"No Microwaves, No Can Openers, No Freezers, No Lard..." all sounds good so far...
"No MSG..." sounds good, ok...
"No WAITING" pff! what?! and they wrote it all in caps - No WAITING?! what is it exactly that I'm doing holding this 'thing' then?

maybe WAITING is an acronym for something like:

No 'Walking After Items .. eh i'm done, it's not an acronym.. It is just stupid.

The heart of the question here is... was it coincidence that I got number 42?