Reconnecting

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

So, one bad thing that came out of my past relationship ending is that I lost contact with a bunch of good friends. I’m sure this is something that happens normally, and there definitely is no blame on either side for it… it just happened.

Anyway, I’ve been doing my best to hook back up with some of them and see how life is treating them. Tonight I found Jeromy, Chris, and Carrie… in the past month, I’ve also talked to a bunch of other people who I lost contact with. It’s good knowing that people you know and care about are out there, even if you do lose track of them.

I do feel guilty about not keeping up with them though. I guess I’ll be sending out a lot of Christmas cards.

Progressive Tripsense

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

So, my insurance company, Progressive Insurance, sent an e-mail to me a week or so ago offering me the chance to participate in a research program they’re offering called TripSense. Essentially they have you attach a small device to the On Board Diagnostic port (ODBII)that is installed in most cars 1994 and newer. Then you drive around like normal while this little bad boy records various bits about your driving habits. After 6 months, they ask you to upload the data to their site and they use it for supposedly anonymous research.

I ordered one (it’s free), but wasn’t sure if I was going to plug it in. Received it today and figured what the heck; the data is no good until I upload it anyway. It has a flashing green LED light that stays active while you drive — a good way to remind you that you’re being monitored BEFORE you spin donuts in the snow.

Anyway, I’ll leave it plugged in for a bit and see what I think. If it choose to upload the data, it works out to $100/year for participation… not a bad offset against my insurance costs, but I’m not sure if it’s worth sacrificing my privacy for it.

Other web musings on this include this general one on mnot’s site, and also this article at Electronic Design.

Update on Monday, January 9, 2006 I’ve been kicked from the TripSense program because my car is ineligible. Read the update article on this to learn more…

Haven't posted in a while...

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

I haven’t posted in a while due to some things happening in my personal life, but I suppose it’s time to move on with life. Lots of cool things happening with my company, and I hope to get the update out there soon.

Office 12 UI

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

Bink.nu has an entry with screenshots of the new user interface for Office 12. Very interesting ideas… I like what they did with the Save dialog, both the current and proposed.

Anybody remember Q-Link?

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

Okay, this is really sad, but I found myself thinking about Q-Link this evening. What is Q-Link? Well, take AOL, subtract about 20 years, and there you have it. Q-Link was the place to go if you had a modem with your Commodore 64. I remember thinking how cool it would be to get connected, and then how disappointed I was when I hooked up with my 300 baud modem due to the length of time it took to get a page downloaded.

Of course, I remember my father telling me about the expensive modems they used a the Detroit News to transfer copies of the front page between the plants, and how they used to be able to push one full megabyte in about 45 minutes…