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Thursday, July 21, 2016

A (hashed) prediction of the future (expires end of 2016)

The following is an email I sent to a co-worker back on 4/6/2015 who was at the time a rather senior person in the Windows org.

As we approach the end of the window I gave myself for this prediction, I wanted to re-post it in a more public place so if/when it comes true I can more publicly say "I told you so" and "you should have listened" (though not just to him).

I wish to make a prediction of the future (well I made it a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to send it now that you were back so it was less likely be less likely to get swept up in a post vacation mailbox purge of unread mail)... though because of the nature of the prediction (which most would dismiss outright) it’s clear text cannot be revealed at present. Instead I present the following hashes for later verification (by end of 2016 I figure):

length 159

A little long of text perhaps, but it’s a (it’s long because it’s actually a three-parter (I opted to leave out the far more drastic 4th prediction).

For note the following hashes come from the code specified at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2006/05/23/604743.aspx

If this prediction does come true, I’ll share the clear text behind the following hashes for the related explanation/castigation:

length 607

Only time will tell.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I love hate mail

Between work, work and more work, my time for blogging, let alone side projects has been limited... but as I sit back in a hotel room in Webster, SD in between stakeouts near a local farm field as part of the 2010 muzzleloader season (white tail deer is the target), I was... entertained this morning by the following piece of hate mail:

Subject: There are so many ways to be a loser
From: Sam Handel [schmandel@gmail.com]
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7:40 AM

Thanks for personally embracing so many at one time as to make your blog a classic of the "My Life Is A Warning To Others" category.

You use your blog to make yourself out to be a sadly typical dick-licking corporate kiss-up. When are you putting up your "I hate System 390" site? Did the amount of your student loans force you to sign on with an over-the-hill, used-to-was toy software company? What's the weather like in 1995?

Thanks for the feedback Sam.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Red Eye Podcast!

Admittedly this blog has been silent for too long. Work you love can do that. Tonight I had to break the silence with grand news... the Fox News hit show Red Eye with Greg Gutfield... now has a podcast!

Unfortunately they only advertize it as being available through iTunes and this link... luckily any serious podcast fan will have a copy of iTunes installed only to extract the actual RSS URL for those who do not have an iPhone/Pod/Pad or similar listening device.

I present... the raw URL:


Or for my Zune loving brothers & sisters, simply click here to subscribe in the Zune desktop software.

What is Red Eye? Only the most hilarious late night news/comedy show.

As a quick example, enjoy the following montage of old intros from serious Fox News anchor Patti Ann Browne:

Monday, October 05, 2009


Despite being raised in the Democratic People's Republic of Minnesota and disliking almost everything about it... I still find myself listening to Garage Logic (one of the few redeeming products/exports (aside from scotch tape))... I still tend to root for the Vikings and Twins as I've not found new teams to root for.

While working on some coding this evening I've had the Vikings vs Packers game on and honestly in a predicament... do I root for the hated Packers... or for the 'hometown' Vikings who so easily gave into the demands of the drama queen that is Brent Favre.

Either way... it's been some good football... well except for all of the TV breaks which completely ruin the flow of the game. Oh how I miss attending college football games where the outcome is more or less pre-determined (massive loss).

One more reason to distrust Jay Inslee

Today I received what amounted to a bulk email from my congressmen Jay Inslee which attempted to answer a question I wrote down at one of the town hall meetings back in August... unfortunately his office conveniently ignored my question and opted instead to address one that is tangentially related.

That's not the problem.

I hit Reply in Outlook, typed a response, clicked send... and got a nice little bounce back a moment later which said:

Please do not respond to this message. This is an auto-response to notify you that this email address is no longer active and you can send your message at my "web form" message system which can be found at: http://www.house.gov/inslee/contact/. This email address has been closed because an overwhelming amount of spam messages and comments with non-standardized sender information have made it a less effective means of hearing from and responding to constituents.

To ensure that all constituent comments are received and are responded to, and as the rest of Washington's House delegation has been doing for some time, Congressman Inslee is operating a more commonly-used web-based system to receive messages.

Congressman Inslee both needs and welcomes your thoughts. As email correspondence to Congressional offices has more than doubled in the past five years, the web-based message system is a way to improve the accuracy and timeliness with which your comments are viewed and replied to by Congressman Inslee.  Thank you for your understanding.

Again, your comments can be sent at any time to Congressman Inslee through the following link:  http://www.house.gov/inslee/contact/

Not being a big fan of web forms as they don't offer the same kind of paper trail (for me) as email, I went looking for another email address that I saw in his bulk email which ended with

DISCLAIMER I cannot guarantee the integrity of the text of this letter if it was not sent to you directly from my Congressional Email Account: wa01ima@mail.house.gov.  If you have any questions about the validity of this message, please email me at: Jay.Inslee@mail.house.gov or call my Washington, DC office at: 202-225-6311.  If you would like to be removed from my email update list, please email me your name and address at: Jay.Inslee@mail.house.gov and type "REMOVE" in the subject line.

With this new address in hand (one he also mentioned at the town hall meetings), created a new reply, and a couple of copy and paste jobs later later clicked send... only to get another bounce with the same text as above... but from the same address as the first.

That's right... the Congressmen and his office are giving out an email address that doesn't work. Rather than allowing his constituents to use a communication medium that most are well accustomed to, are forced to use a web form with a broken tab order (Issue comes after Zip, not the check box) and asks for more information that I should have to specify to reply to an email which has all of the same information.

Way to go Jay!


Friday, October 02, 2009

See ya in Rio!

Given the recent failure of President Obama to secure the 2016 Summer Olympics for his home town of Chicago and the growing realization that the President is not as competent as people once thought, after seeing this image on the New York Times website, only one thing could be done with it:

We no an has Olympics?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I knew I heard it before...

For the second time this evening I saw the following commercial:

Both times the tone was very similar to something I'd read several times before... then I remembered the quote:

"The John Galt Plan," Wesley Mouch was saying, "will reconcile all conflicts. It will protect the property of the rich and give a greater share to the poor. It will cut down the burden of your taxes and provide you with more government benefits. It will lower prices and raise wages. It will give more freedom to the individual and strengthen the bonds of collective obligations. It will combine the efficiency of free enterprise with the generosity of a planned economy." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p1124

This is by no means the first time I've heard words from this Administration or it's supporters that could have just as easily have been spoken by the looters or moochers in Atlas Shrugged... and somehow I doubt it will be the last.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Most moronic bumper sticker EVER!

A few years back Channel 9 had a video about "sensecam", a device that one could wear from their neck and which would take periodic pictures of your day so as to augment your memory of what you saw/encountered through the day.

I want the same thing.. but in a high-resolution form, and for my car as last weekend I saw three things that were not only shocking, but almost unbelievable, especially considering I was not able to take photos of any.

The first... while driving through Bellevue saw a Sears store to my left with a large banner which said "Now Hiring"... while on my right was a couple sitting on a street corner with a cardboard sign asking for handouts due to their prolonged unemployment.

The third, was a woman with a poorly wrapped leg that tried to portray the appearance of being in a cast but was an obvious DIY job, sitting atop of one of two overturned Target shopping carts (1/4th of a mile from the nearest Target) and a cardboard sign that said something to the effect of "Hurt leg, can't work"

In both cases... no "god bless" was to be seen.

The biggest reason though that I want this technology was something I saw while on a freeway, it was a bumper sticker on the back of a minivan I passed which said:



It was a sight that I had to read several times to make sure I was reading right... as if my eyes were deceiving me, and then saw me fumbling around to see if I had my digital camera at hand (I didn't and my cell phone came could not have taken the photo well enough to be reprinted).

In shock I made a couple of quick calls to relay what I'd seen.

When tdaxp returned my call later in the evening I relayed this bumper sticker and he was silent for a full 7 seconds before bursting into uncontrollable laughter which lasted for a full 30 more seconds, only to be followed by another 60 seconds of trying to talk but unable to due to continued laughter.

Me thinks I need to go have a chat with some of the Research folks to see if this kind of technology might be part of a 2010 or 2011 Ford... if so, I may just have to buy a new car much earlier than I'd planned.


For those who still do not understand the meaningfulness of this bumper sticker... a number of people who were eagerly looking forward to the Bush administration and the swearing in of any other President looked forward to 1-20-09... however this sticker was assuming that all would be grand a full year earlier and indicates that not only was the driver of the vehicle a complete and utter moron (assuming they were the one who attached it to the vehicle (which given some of the other bumper stickers, isn't fairly likely))... but so to was whatever store sold them the sticker as well as whatever manufacturer printed the sticker and other persons involved in it's approval.

Granted... this idiocy may be limited to the driver of the vehicle who placed a custom order for it online (which I can only hope for so as to reduce the circle of stupidity).

Interestingly... this van owner was not the only person to make this mistake:

Agreed... the above are just a small number of people who goofed on various web forums. That does not in anyway reduce the stupidity of those involved in the creation and use of a bumper sticker with the wrong date.