Microsoft memories… Bedlam DL3

I started working at Microsoft in 1996. Being there in the 90’s was exciting! It was especially interesting doing QA work on so many internet products between 1996 and 2002. I guess I feel a little bit ‘superior’ having been there during the "dot-com" boom and while the internet (for the public) was so ‘young’. To start off this memory, you have to know the difference between “reply” (‘little r’) and "Reply All" (‘big R’). ‘Little r’ means to only reply to the person who sent the email, …

10 things you should never buy NEW/USED…

This tidbit comes out of the fact that I’ll see interesting articles to read online, only to find that you have to click through several layers to get to the article… then, it’s broken up into more than one page, and isn’t a very quick read. In this case, I liked most of what the author’s reasons were, but thought I’d throw the lists up here as a quickie. According to MSN Money, here’s two lists: 10 things you should never buy USED: (full article) Laptops Car seats …

Unknown phone numbers…

As a pretty strict rule, I don’t answer calls from numbers that I don’t know. I have a Windows Mobile 5 phone (Cingular 2125) which I LOVE. It synchronizes my contacts from Outlook perfectly. So, when someone calls that I know, the phone displays the person’s name/info, along with the phone number (and it shows if it’s home or mobile or fax, etc.) So, when only a number is displayed on my phone, that means I have no data in my contact list for that number. I let …

Is it bad to have or share your information on the internet?

Whenever I get a phone call from an unknown number, I immediately plug it into Google and about 80% of the time, get an answer as to who called. I also tend to search on names, addresses or companies to find out more about them before I do business with them. That brings me to my own information. I’ve published all kinds of personal information… favorite movies, job information, posted my resume, address phone numbers… all kinds of things. Lately, I’ve been building the list of every place …

Popcorn Hour! Watch your videos or downloaded content on your TV!

So a friend introduced me to "PopcornHour" late last year, and I ordered one. It took a couple of months to get because they were being manufactured. Once I got it, it opened a whole new world to me… Basically, PopcornHour is a "networked media tank". Meaning – you plug this into your TV and your home network and can stream video from the Internet, OR the shared media on your network! Now.. what is "shared media"? All of your digital photos for one. Though their photo slideshow/viewer …

eBay is now screwing up feedback…

I think one of the best things about eBay was the ability to leave feedback about transactions. Well, they’ve just changed that. Now, the message is: Even though it’s usually the Seller who would receive bad feedback from a Buyer, it’s not good to limit something that has worked so well for so long. As for me, I’ll no longer be leaving ANY feedback of ANY kind. eBay has blown it… AGAIN.