Photos Section Finally Working

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Well, I finally got off of my lazy ass and I got the Photos section working. I’ve only been talking about doing that for a month or two.

You’ll notice, of course, that there really aren’t many photos out there. Bite me! It’s one in the morning… perhaps I’ll post some more in the next few days. Getting that section really kicked the crap out of me.

There’s still a lot of work to be done, but at least I’m making progress!

Cool Firefox Finds

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’ve been using Mozilla Firefox for over a year now. I’ve seen a lot of feature enhancements, product name changes, and cool new features. I wanted to post some of the interesting things I’ve found, both for my own archive and also for the enjoyment of others.

Firstly, for anybody who doesn’t know it, Firefox allows you to download extensions, or plug-ins, to make the browser do all kinds of cool things. I would love to produce a plug-in, but honestly, everytime I have an idea, I’m able to find a plug-in that’s already available and mature…. it’s simply amazing!

One of the first things you notice when you first install an extension is the delay. Before it will allow you to install, it forces you to wait 3 seconds. Although I knew this was a security fix, I couldn’t figure out why until I happened upon this article, which really explained the whole thing. Very sneaky, and a very elegant work-around.

Some of the plug-ins I’ve found handy include:

Adblock - Blocks ads via regular expressions. Awesome!

ChromEdit - A Simple User Profile File Editor

Gmail Notifier - Notifies you when new mail arrives

Google Pagerank Status - The only reason I used to ever go into IE.

Linkification- Surrounds plain text URLs with anchor tags

Sage - A lightweight RSS and ATOM feed aggregator

SwitchProxy Tool - Allows you to become anonymous, also multiple proxies.

SBC and Early Termination Fees

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sigh

Yet another FUBAR company to deal with. Yuk. I currently have SBC DSL service, from which I pull 1.3mb down, 70k up. Not awesome, but acceptable at $27 a month.

The contract ends on October 2nd. Cancellation before then results in a $200 early termination fee. Ouch. My plan is to have a cable modem installed in a few weeks, and leave the DSL dormant for a week or so until I cancel it. No big deal, right?

Here’s the problem. I’d like to replace my telephone line with a broadband phone service, either Vonage or most likely Lingo. I would like to use the Local Number Portability to transfer my home phone number over to the broadband service. They are claiming that it takes 15 - 20 business days for that to happen. Once the transfer is complete, service with the original provider is terminated. So, if they complete the cutover on October 1st, one day before my contract completes, I get nailed with a $200 early termination fee. Yuk.

This is yet another reason to hate contracts. Argh.

BlogShares

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Interesting. I did a search today through Google to see how well www.madajczyk.com was indexed since I switched to Movable Type. Not many hits, but I did see that I got listed on BlogShares on August 27th. That’s kind of cool. Here’s a direct link.

Standard AT&T Wireless Bullshit

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Yep.

Just what I thought. Leave it to AT&T Wireless to really figure out how to stick it to their exiting customers.

My wireless service contract concluded at the end of July. I decided to cancel my service on August 2nd, mainly since I really wasn’t using the phone. After I finished the call, I noticed that my cell phone was indeed cancelled, effective immediately. AT&T Wireless later processed the cancellation on August 4th, according to their own records.

On August 21st, AT&T billed me for another month of wireless service.

I noticed the charge today, and called their customer service line. After 30 minutes of waiting, I learn about their “end of billing cycle policy”.

That’s right folks! Cancel whenever you’d like; you still get the privledge of being charged until the end of the billing cycle.

So, after a year of service, they get that final shafting and stick me for about $18.00.

It’s not the money; it’s the principle of the thing.

Bullshit. Feel free to comment.