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29 January 2003 @ 11:19 am
Stuff, as usual  
Well, first off, enveri and I broke down, and got Sidekicks. We just saw too many friends with them to possibly resist :P A little buggy, but very cool overall. AIM and email on the go...I've even got my home email forwarding along to it (after spam filters), and work email from certain folk.

God, I'm pathetic ;)

I also learned how truly broken Lotus Notes can be (that's what we use at work). Just setting up an agent to forward mail can be an exercise in futility if you don't know how to perfectly finesse it. Bleh!

We found a great pub and pool hall nearby last weekend. Well, we knew it was there, but this was the first time trying it out. Great atmosphere, nice tables, decently priced, well-stocked bar, I think we have a winner :) Definitely will enjoy hitting there more often.

Got some more work done on the apartment lately, too...pictures are all hung, finally, and it looks quite a bit nicer. We've been putting maintainance requests through for some nagging problems, too, and they've been getting fixed in a very timely fashion. I like our leasing company. And I like our maintainance man, too, after watching him and feren interact, but that's a different story entirely ;)

Something good: A fairly old Roland sound module still sounds better than the most top-of-the-line SoundBlaster out there. Good, I'd hate for it to go obsolete!

Something bad: Hangovers.

Something disturbing: The existence of an AIM-bot to allow you to telnet through AIM!
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Lumi (gordianaut)lumin_esc on January 29th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
I've been debating getting a Sidekick for a while, now. I'll be quizzing you on it, later!

Something disturbing: The existence of an AIM-bot to allow you to telnet through AIM!

What you say !!
Brendan: Micahroho on January 29th, 2003 02:04 pm (UTC)
Ask away, I'm on HLM :) And I've got the bot working, it lets you run a telnet connection to a muck or similar through an AIM account. Fairly slick :)
Will: coon - manic - po shanwas1 on January 29th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
We were using Lotus Bloats for a couple of years at work. They finally changed to MS Outlook, though we have to use Notes for bug-tracking and other shared databases. It's amazing how poor the user-interface on it is, it actually made me appreciate how well Outlook was put together ;)

Have fun with your new toys.
Brendan: Snark!roho on January 29th, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC)
My favorite UI feature is the 'scroll-mouse-system-crash' one ;) Seriously, I've found several areas where it reproducibly does this! Scroll the mouse wheel, everything dies :P
Chrisfrostyw on January 29th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
At least your company could switch. I work for IBM, who owns Lotus, which means we'll be subjected to it until Notes is scrapped. Considering Notes R6 just came out, it's not likely to be any time soon. :( IBM seems to be excellent at making us eat bad dog food and making us pretend like it. And some how we're one of the world's technology leaders?
Will: will - happy - apple pickingwas1 on January 30th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
That sucks, you would think if they made the design team use it, then they're realize how awkward the interface was. It almost seems that it was designed to be hard to use... maybe they're a bunch of sadists or masochists ;)

BTW, I've seen you post on Lonnie's journal, Frosty. Have you been to some of the NEFUR gatherings? I was trying to figure out if I'd met you before.
Chrisfrostyw on January 30th, 2003 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think it's the latter. The problem/change tracking software, which Tivoli (another IBM company) makes, is among some of the worst I ever used. I designed and administered what we used for the customer before we were absorbed into IBM. I thought there was lots of room for improvement, but this system IBM force-feeds us is absolutely hideous and nonintuitive. There's almost no sense of workflow anywhere in it. Our second line manager kept telling us things we couldn't do with the application, because it's a "limitation of the tool". If I produced such garbage for my former employer, they'd have fired me!

I was on NEFUR a long, long time ago, but I never actually went to any gatherings. I actually dropped off the list in '99 sometime when I had lost interest, but I picked up again by joining the LJ group in '02. Maybe I'll get out this Spring.
K²pinkpuppybelly on January 29th, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)


What's Sidekicks?
Brendan: Micahroho on January 29th, 2003 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well, the link up in the main post has the technical info, but basically, they're a new PDA/Phone on the T-Mobile wireless network. It's a fairly small device, shaped mostly like a normal phone, but it has a flip-up screen with a full keyboard under it. They've got an always-on internet connection, and software for web browsing, AIM, email, and some nice PDA tools like calendar and address book. The service is $40/month, for unlimited data and a set number of voice minutes.

Basically, a really fun toy for a raging geek like me ;)
Kithightensile on February 1st, 2003 07:03 am (UTC)
Meanwhile, on a completely unrelated ranch noone ever so much as visited...
Side-kicks are much loved by the deaf community as a means of communication. Having a hearing disability in no way precludes one from being a geek, I suppose.