Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

E-Mailing Me

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Howdy y’all. Got a semi-technical update, but it’s applicable to ALL of you, so please read it.

I’ve been getting quite a lot of junk e-mail (spam) lately, like over 100 a day, so I’ve reconfigured my filters to be much more aggressive. Anything sent to the following at will be automatically and imediately deleted and not even make it to my spam folder: admin, administrator, accounting, billing, comments, contact, help, home, majordomo, mail, new_webmaster, postmaster, ris, root, sales, support, uucp, vote, and webmaster. So, for example if you send me something to, I will not ever know about it. For some reason, these addresses get a lot of crap sent to them, so I will be receiving them no more. For the time being, most other emails will still reach me, such as my first name at chrisweb dot us. If you would like me to add your email address to my white list (these will always reach me), please let me know and I’ll add you. Also, my work email address is a good alternative. It’s my first name dot my last name at the company I work for dot com. If you cannot fill in these blanks, then you probably shouldn’t be emailing me anyway. =)

That’s all for now about that. In non-tech news, I went down to San Diegon last Sunday with Anna and Cindy to visit Sally. We had a lot of fun just hanging out and seeing the nice part of town Sally lives in by the beach. I’m sure I’ve done some other stuff recently too, but meh.

I Can’t Believe I’m Still on Jury Duty

Monday, September 25th, 2006

The subject says it all, really I’m forgetting where I work. I’m going to start putting down “juror” on forms that ask for my occupation. We’re down to deliberating, and that’s probably all I can say on the matter. I really, really hope we’ll be done tomorrow one way or the other, but I honestly don’t know if that’s going to happen.

In other more happy news, Megan’s birthday is coming up on October 30th. Her birthday list can be found on her site if anyone cares to read that information. Also, if anyone wants to buy any professional photos from the wedding, those can be previewed and purchased on this site. Log in using the box on the right; the username is “295Brunner”. Lastly, if anyone took any photos at the wedding PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I can always use more. =)

In computer news, I’ve decided to take the plunge and “upgrade” to the latest build of the new Windows OS, Vista. This is RC1 Build 5728, and it just came out the other day. Latest and greatest you might say. It’s pretty slick looking with a lot of new little bells and whistles everywhere. I’ve only had it up and running for about 24 hours, so I don’t know much about it yet, but the most obvious stuff are the snazzy GUI, the ever-present security stuff, and the expanded built-in multimedia apps. I can now crop photos and remove red-eye without having to pirate–err, install Photoshop. So far, I haven’t had any problems with application compatibility, althought I did have to get a new version of my VPN client.

OK, enough tech talk for now. Last weekend was fun times hanging out with Cindy, Anna, and Anna’s Matt. We’ve found a new bar in the Valley that we really like, so that makes us happy. Our cat is well, and the weather is behaving itself around here. Can’t ask for much more.

Except maybe a verdict.

One Sweet Phone

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

Yesterday I got a new cell phone. It’s the Audiovox SMT 5600 that I mentioned the other day, and I must say it’s quite the piece of versatile hardware. For instance, I’m currently in Mervyn’s waiting as Megs tries on shoes. I’m also online with AIM and I could be playing Pac-Man after I’m done posting this message. Obviously this pleases me greatly.

In more serious news, Rachelle is doing better down at the hospital in Phoenix. When last I heard, she was awake and talking, which is good. Best wishes to her on a speedy recovery.


Friday, October 22nd, 2004

I thought I posted yesterday, but I guess I didn’t. Oh well.

Work is going all right. Once again I’m trying to update the demo machines with the latest version of the project, but getting to compile and run is becoming a pain. I was trying to set up the machines so they had two version on them, a stable one and a current one, but that went all bad for a variety of reasons, some of which I’m not even sure of. Anyways, right now we’re focusing on just getting them running with the latest and greatest. Samir is working on some updates to check into the CVS repository right now, so when he’s done I’m gonna go get them installed on the demo machines and see if we can’t get them up and running again. After that, I’m gonna record another demo tape onto miniDV for internal purposes. That’ll probably be early next week.

In other news, Megs’ job search continues. Today is her last day of temp work in Santa Monica, so hopefully next week she can find something a bit closer. She’s going to call in active to the office in the Valley next week, which should land her work a bit closer to home. Still sending out the resumes to various employers. We’ll keep you posted. Oh, and before I forget, she’s also posted her Birthday Wish List on her LiveJornal page. Her birthday is the 30th of this month.

And in insurance news, I’ve almost got this all sorted out. I just need one more bill, this time from the ER lab guys and I should have all the paperwork I need to have submitted done. The ER was supposed to fax it over this afternoon, but they haven’t yet. Soon this will all be behind me.

The System is Down

Friday, August 13th, 2004

This server will be going down for the move this weekend. Please do not be alarmed–ChrisWeb should resume normal operations Sunday afternoon if all goes well. If anything goes amiss, I will post information in comments on Sam and Gus’s web site, since I think most of you check that too.

The other day I was doing laundry when I forgot my cell phone was in my pants pocket. It was 10 minutes before I realized where my phone was and retrieved it from the agitated waters of the machine. It was still on and the screen had gone blank. I popped off the battery and spent the next few hours taking the phone apart and drying it out. Remarkably, my phone still seems to work great. Go Samsung engineering!

Just thought I’d share that with you.

A Few Things of Note

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

Where to begin? Well, first off I have a new place to live. It’s a very nice apartment very near work. I’ve even got pictures! It’s in great shape and has A/C, gas, a garbage disposal, a dishwasher, and secured parking. All things my previous apartment did not have. Anyways, it’s quite spacious and I’m looking forward to bringing all my stuff down next weekend to fill it up. I’ve been living a spartan existence here so far with only my computer and my clothes. I’m borrowing a card table, a folding chair, a TV, some kitchen stuff, and a cot from Grandma and Grandpa Brunner for the interim. I got the cable hooked up, so I’m not at a total loss in the evenings with nothing to do. I look forward to getting my life into a more normal groove again.

Work is great. I get to work with cool people and cool tools. I’ve spent a good part of my time here getting my computer all set up with the development environment so that I know how to do it again for some stuff we’re doing down the road a bit. Next week I get to update a computer to Windows XP and hopefully work with some new hardware. For those who know me, this is obviously good times. All the folks in the office are really cool and have been very welcoming. I just hope I can keep everyone’s name straight–I’ve met a lot of people recently!

So, get this, today I’m workin’ and I hear someone say Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold are across the street at our local Starbucks. My first reaction is, (sarcasm) “Sure he is. I’ll look into that right away.” But folks are going out to the balcony that overlooks the Starbucks to check it out, so since I didn’t even know we *had* a balcony I went to check it out too. Sure enough, looking down we see a guy in a black suit with an earpiece and sunglasses standing around outside and watching the door. We also see a black Suburban with police lights on top. That was enough to convince us. I went down to get a Mocha Frappuccinos Grande and there they were talking at a table surrounded by Secret Service looking guys. I was about 6 feet from the Gubenator himself when I went to place my order. My first star sighting! Yay!

I’m still new here. Cut me some slack–this is exciting!

Enough about Arnolds. In Other People’s Blog News, Gus/Kelly finally updated her web site with a new post for our enjoyment. I saw it earlier today and I must say I laughed and I cried. The blog of the century people, check it out! I mean it! Kelly’s down to about an annual schedule now, so get ’em while you can!

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a lengthy news post from Chris without going into some horribly technical paragraph. I’ve set up a PHP-generated RSS news feed of this site. Now, I can think of about two of my readers who even know what I’m talking about (Bill, Sara), but perhaps more of you will learn of this fascinating, and upcoming technology. Briefly, what it is is a way of getting a quick outline of a page into an applet like a news ticker or a column on a page. I’m going to spell out the link here for your copy-and-paste convenience, however it is a live link: Some web browsers may interpret this as something, I dunno. I’m new to the concept myself. I should give props to Sara for making me do this–it was her idea. She reads a lot of blogs and apparently this is a good way to get a bunch of summaries all at once. I may adjust it down the line, but right now my feed shows the last 10 posts’ headline, and shows the first 220 characters of the entry. Clicking on the headline will take you to the actual article. Oh, the thrills.

I think that about wraps things up for now. It’s almost 3am now, so I’m off to bed. From North Hollywood where the stars and politicians dine together in Starbucks, this is Chris signing off!