My Random Thoughts

My random thoughts when the spirit moves me... nothing sooner, nothing later.

Sunday, April 24, 2005
How Did I Do It?
I was over at my Aunt Grace's place for a couple of hours yesterday and today. Her computer recently started getting slower & slower, things stopping working like they used to, etc., etc. When this happens I don't even try to figure out what is inhabiting the computer. I format and re-install everything.

Naturally, the fresh install really pepped things up. I also put anti-virus, firewall, anti-ad, and anti-spyware software on. She's set to go now.

The one thing I didn't do is the Windows Updates and the Norton Live Updates. Why you ask... because she has a 56Kbps dialup connection!!! God I've become spoiled. I have a 10Mbps (10,000Kbps) cable connection. Doing updates is nothing because the stuff downloads in a minute or less. When I noticed the download times for the updates were 90 minutes here, 65 minutes there, I said No Way.

Aunt Grace is now taking care of the updates. I figure she should be done sometime late tonight with Microsoft's never ending patches and patches to patches.

The point today... I've forgotten how painful dialup was/is. I take 10Mbps cable modem speeds for granted. I now know first hand just how wonderful high-speed internet access really is. It's worth every penny I pay for it!
posted by David Snyder @ 4:39 PM   RSS Feed
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Thanks Dude
Well my buddy Bill sent me an email today. He tells me that some performance enhancements I had spec'd out at my previous job were finally coded and tested. According to Bill, the program now screams. Its good to know that some of the things I did there were actually useful.

A week or so ago Bill sent me an email thanking me for teaching him some interesting tricks of the trade when we worked on RAMM. The extra time we spent upfront saved a boat-load of time when he made some enhancements last week. I'm glad I was able to teach Bill how to engineer software instead of just coding programs. And most important, thank you Bill for having the patience and open mind to put up with me and my nuances.

Now it's payback time! Many years ago my friend Leonard passed on to me a lot of programming knowledge. I've passed a lot of that knowledge on to you. Now it's your turn to pass it on to someone else... maybe not now, but sometime in the future. That's how its done, so please pass it on.
posted by David Snyder @ 8:42 PM   RSS Feed
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Idiot Drivers
I thought I saw it all until this morning. While driving, I've seen people eat & drink, apply makeup, talk on the phone, and a few other dumb things. Now it's time to add another item to the "What Your Car Isn't List".

As you know, the list already looks like this:

Today's entry...


Yes, while driving on the Blue Route to work, there was a woman behind me stuffing envelopes, licking them, and then stamping them. What the hell was she steering her car with? It sure wasn't her hands. What would have happened if I had to stop suddenly? It's idiots like these that cause accidents and turn a 40 minute commute into an 80 minute commute. They also endanger the lives of themselves, their passengers, and everyone else around them. Idiots like these should have their licenses revoked!

People, when you get behind the wheel of a car, your sole focus should be on driving that car. Make that phone call when you get to work. Eat breakfast before you leave in the morning. Get up an extra 15 minutes earlier to apply your makeup. People, it's common sense and common courtesy.
posted by David Snyder @ 12:49 PM   RSS Feed
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Gas Is Out of Site
Damn! I just saw a sign in my area that has gas @ $2.39 a gallon for regular!!! That's ridiculous!

Isn't it strange that a Texas oil man is in the White House and gas is hitting all-time highs? "W" wants us to believe that it's OPEC causing the problems. I don't buy it however; OPEC been around for what seems like forever and only during this administration has gas jumped by leaps and bounds.

Ooops, my mistake. The current prices are the 2nd all-time high if you factor in inflation. The inflation adjusted highest price for gas was during the Gulf War in the 1980's. Hmmm... who was president during the Gulf War?

My god... it was "W's" father! Gee, what a surprise.
posted by David Snyder @ 9:34 PM   RSS Feed
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Birthday Update
Damn, I forgot the birthday update.

On Friday Nicholas turned 12. We had "the family" over for pizza and cake. In addition to the cards with cash (always a favorite) Michele & I got Nicholas a Sony PSP (Playstation Portable).

I'll tell you, this is a cool piece of technology. Already the white hackers of the world are figuring out how to surf the web and do AIM on the thing. Very neat stuff.

Most important of all though is I got to give him the special gift... Playboy Magazine! Do you know the little creep didn't want to open it in front of everyone? For a kid that's been waiting 2 years for a Playboy of his own (I got Jimmy a Playboy for his 12th birthday) he was embarrassed. Oh well.

The next day we took him to Dave & Busters and met my cousin Mark there. I did two birthdays (Mark's is later this month) in one shot. We all had fun at D&Bs.

Gotta go... time to cook dinner.
posted by David Snyder @ 6:15 PM   RSS Feed
XM Radio Rules!
Well now that I'm spending 2+ hours a day in the car driving to & from work, I decided to try out XM Radio. I got tired of listening to John DeBella sell Fruit2O and Thompson BMWs all morning. I also got tired of listening to the same old CDs day in and day out.

I picked up the XM Receiver and an XM Auto Kit off eBay for about $120. I now have 150+ commercial-free channels of digital radio. I can also listen to XM Radio on my computer now too.

When people ask me why I pay $12.95/month for radio, I ask them why they pay close to $100/month for television... because anymore, commercial radio & tv sucks! With pay radio and tv, I don't have to worry about the 7 naughty words being censored nor do I have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions. Most of all, I don't have to listen to endless commercials.

XM Radio Rules!
posted by David Snyder @ 5:53 PM   RSS Feed
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Those That Forget the Past...
Are condemned to Relive It!

I just read this article today... Congress May Extend Daylight-Saving Time

Didn't we try this before? I know we did, because it didn't work and we went back to normal daylight-savings time schedules again.

People, in the winter, as the earth travels around the sun and tilts away from the sun, there are fewer hours of daylight... period. Leaving our clocks pushed forward longer won't save anything because we're robbing Peter to pay Paul.

The energy we save in the evenings because it's lighter longer will be used in the mornings as we get ready for work/school because it's now darker longer.

posted by David Snyder @ 12:16 PM   RSS Feed
Saturday, April 02, 2005
What Do We Do?
Wow, two updates in one day!

Nicholas is over Peter's house and Jimmy is over Coons' house. Michele and I are empty nesters for the day. What do we do with ourselves today?

Now I know some of you (Bill, Chris) will say, "SEX!!!" Nah, we already did that. However, you can never have too much sex. Hmmm...

It's a weird feeling. For the past 15 years Michele and I have focused on the kids, their needs, and what they want to do. Now that they're gone and we can focus on ourselves, we (or at least I) don't know what to do.

Any thoughts from real empty nesters out there?
posted by David Snyder @ 1:03 PM   RSS Feed
I Hate Low Flush Toilets
So I've been at this new company for almost a month now. I have to say, their bathrooms confirm another pet-peeve of mine... low flush toilets! Don't get me wrong, the bathroom where I am now is beautiful. 6 stalls + 1 handicap stall, 6 urinals, and 6 sinks. It's big and it's spotless. It even has a shoe polishing machine!

I'm sorry though, 1.6 gallons (6 liters) of water is NOT enough to flush a #2 and a couple of wads of TP away. It's also not enough to wash away the skid marks that are left behind.

When low flush toilets first came out, the manufacturers simply reduced the amount of water in the tank. It didn't take long to realize that 1.6 gallons of water wasn't even enough to fill the 3" pipe of the toilet let alone move a #2 through it. To solve that problem, they reduced the diameter of the toilets pipes to less-than 2" and behold... the low flush toilet. Great idea guys, not only don't we have enough water, now the pipe is only a fraction of an inch larger than what you're trying to flush (and we wonder why we have more clogs).

So now I have to flush 4 times to get everything down. That's 6.4 gallons of water, where's the savings? Housekeeping needs to clean the toilets more often... more water, even less savings. I wouldn't be surprised if we're actually using more water than the original toilets.

In my house I have a toilet upstairs and another one downstairs. When we re-modeled the upstairs bathroom, my buddy convinced me to buy a generic looking Kohler round toilet. I hate the thing. I've had more problems in the last two years with the new toilet than I had in the 13 years prior with the old toilet. When we re-modeled the downstairs bathroom, I bought a new low flush, presure assist toilet. This thing can suck down a small mammal. Except for the 1.6 gallons of water not being enough to eliminate skids, this is as good as it gets. Al Bundy would be proud me.
posted by David Snyder @ 12:00 PM   RSS Feed
My Photo
Name: David Snyder
Location: Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States

I'm happily married to my high-school sweetheart and have two sons. I love relaxing down the Jersey Shore. I also enjoy sitting by the pool after dinner, talking to the wife, watching the kids, and smoking a cigar.

Twitter Updates
Recent Posts

Subscribe to My Random Thoughts

Powered by

Powered by Blogger