Hitch

Katie and I just got back from watching Hitch. Great movie, hilarious and something almost anyone can relate to in a way (awful pickup lines and moves for example).

It is one of those movies that probably won’t lose replay value over time. Meaning, a definite buy when it comes out on DVD I think.

A jumbled mess

It has been an eventful past few days to say the least.

I got in a car accident which really did a job on my rear passenger-side door/window (see pictures below). I’d explain what happened, but I’m not sure if I can legally until everything has been hammered out with the insurance company. So I won’t.

What is left of my car door

Picture of my car door's window

Dealing with the insurance company has been an “interesting” experience. State Farm has actually been pretty decent to me so far in my dealings with them. They were friendlier then I have expected (given the horror stories I have heard about insurance companies) and so far have done pretty much what can be expected.

Right now, it looks like I am not to blame for the accident or at worst, have a very minor blame in it according to my latest discussion with the insurance company. If it turns out I have no blame, I don’t have to pay a cent for the accident and my insurance payments won’t go up.

My car has been towed to a auto body shop and work will begin on it sometime this week as soon as an estimate is sent in.

In the meantime, I’m driving around in a 2004 Nissan Altima paid for by the insurance company. It is a nice car 🙂

Got in a car accident

I got in a car accident today. Not a scratch on me, but my car has seen better days. The rear passenger-side window is gone and that door is very dented up. I have insurance, so it will cover it all and as a side benefit, I get to drive a 2004 Nissan Altma while I wait for my car to be repaired.

That said, my nerves are shot right about now.

Boredom

Lately, I have been feeling a sense of boredom with Windows operating systems. It seems like I have tapped out my ability to learn about them (at least client versions of Windows, I still have a ways to go with the server versions).

One of the best things I did while in high school and college was beat the living crap out of my Windows installations, trying to break things and then fixing them. For a long time, this was more about figuring out how to break things and then fix them. Eventually, it lead to being a big part of my current job…figuring out how to fix client’s computers.

I really need to work on getting my laptop to dual-boot Linux. There seems to be so much protential in learning that platform and outside of MacOS X (which I someday hope to get a Mac), the Linux platform offers the biggest test, challenge, and learning experience for me I believe.

The key of course is finding suitable replacements for my applications that I run everyday. That is easy for my browser and e-mail client. It is a little harder with my office suite. It is a lot harder for other apps. Also it is important to find suitable replacements that are well designed, something that the Linux world is still working on.

Something to ponder for sure. While I never will get rid of Windows since it is a big part of my job, it would be neat to see what I can do with Linux.

The Big Game Part III

So here we are. We are approximately 8 hours away from the kickoff to Super Bowl XXXIX, with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on my New England Patriots. I am already starting to get the butterflies in my stomach and feel the adrenaline rush starting to creep in.

Since 2001, it truly has been the Golden Era for Boston and New England sports.

Think about it…how low things were during parts 2001. The Red Sox barely finished above .500 and were about to be sold to new owners. The Patriots had just lost their franchise QB and where handing the reigns over to some guy named Tom Brady, who was basically a rookie. The Celtics were pretty much the only decent team in the area…considering the type of basketball they played, it was very obvious they weren’t going to go far in the playoffs. Don’t get me started on the Bruins.

Then this Brady kid actually turned out to be alright. The Snow Game featured the greatest kick in football history. The Super Bowl was a classic David vs. Goliath…with David winning in the last seconds in the best Super Bowl I had ever watched (ok, I’m biased). The Red Sox got new ownership that truly cared and started to do things that made sense (what a concept). The Sox started to do well, ending up nearly beating the Yankees in 2003. Another Super Bowl, which turned out to be nearly as good as the last one, and then finally the Sox beating the Yankees in 2004 and finally winning it all.

Now we are back in the doorsteps of history. One thing remains…that trophy. The Patriots are the best team on the field today. I’ll be proud of them no matter what, as it has truly been an awsome experience and I am forever grateful for it.

However, I know they will win today. Just watch.

New approach for comment spam

I switched my blog over to the WordPress 2005-02-05 nightly and the cool thing this has is the blacklist feature. Any word that appears on that blacklist automatically causes the comment to be deleted. No notification e-mail, no moderation to deal with.

The reason I did this is that I was getting hundreds of “spam caught” e-mails per day using spam plugins. While on one hand it made me feel better that I could review deleted comments so none that were legiminate were deleted, it also clogged up my e-mail and wasted a lot of my team.

So what I did was put the blatant words that spammers use and that I know my site’s visitors wouldn’t use onto the blacklist. Words that a person might use in a comment that I have noticed spammers use, I put on the moderation list. I then turned off spaminator.

Since then, I have only gotten 10 moderation e-mails this past two days (which is down from 100s of spam deleted e-mails from spaminator). Those 10 moderated comments I took some more words from and put on the blacklist, so in the future that type of spam won’t appear either on my blog.

Talk about making life easier. I went from 100s of e-mails to maybe 2 or 3 in the past 24 hours.