how does amazon do it?

August 29, 2008

I recently needed a new UPS, and liked the price/performance of the CyberPower OR2200LCDRM2U. I was just about to go ahead and order it from NewEgg (link), but happened to swing over to Amazon (link) first. NewEgg had the UPS listed for $399.99; at the time I ordered, Amazon was selling it for $356.19. So, […]

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travelocity – first (and last) experience

August 20, 2008

This is a long-ish rant about why I will never use Travelocity to book a ticket again; it’s a wonderful tale of incompetent customer service. If you’re interested.. read more!

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Wallpapers at 1920×1200 (and other high resolutions)

June 2, 2008

For the last few years, I’ve been doing my best to make sure that each laptop and desktop monitor I purchase has an excellent quality high-resolution display panel. In general, resolution-wise this means 1920×1200 (WUXGA); however, with the advent of 1080p HDTV’s, I am also seeing some displays at 1920×1080. There are also the ultra-high-end […]

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if you manage routers and don’t have rancid, get it

May 18, 2008

RANCID, the “Really Awesome New Cisco confIg Differ” (nice backronym, eh?) is a program that periodically goes out and fetches the config files from your routers / switches / many other devices that it supports. If you manage any of these type of devices, and do not currently use RANCID, well, all I can say […]

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guitar hero 3.. embedded?

May 6, 2008

uh, ok? …this used to point at a flash version of Guitar Hero, but it’s disappeared. Ah well. You’re not missing much..

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odesk – online melting pot for consultants/contractors

April 2, 2008

The other day, I ran across oDesk, which is a site where contractors (“Providers”) can offer their services and clients (“Buyers”) can find them. Providers can take free tests to show their skills. The site also facilitates payments, etc. Quite interesting – I’ll have to try it out at some point. One thing I notice […]

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xenenterprise 4.1

March 31, 2008

As many of you know, I’m a big fan of XenEnterprise as a virtulization platform, as it’s based on open source software, and just makes it a lot nicer to manage. For some reason, it just seems to make a lot more sense to me than VMware ESX when I’m trying to debug a problem […]

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i think i might be a panhead

March 28, 2008

Last night, Minneapolis was the first stop on Skillet’s Comatose tour, with Thousand Foot Krutch and Decyfer Down. It was at Club 3 Degrees, which is a small Christian club on 1st and 5th downtown. Tiff and I went with a friend, and met up with one of my coworkers and a couple friends at […]

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i will never steam asparagus again

March 23, 2008

So, SuperTarget had asparagus on sale for $.99/lb. Tiff and I both love the stuff, so even though it wasn’t in the greatest shape, we picked some up. I usually buy asparagus in the frozen, ready-to-steam bags, and it tastes good. However, this time it was fresh asparagus, and I couldn’t find our steamer. I […]

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mosso – “the hosting cloud”?

March 14, 2008

A few weeks ago, a coworker pointed out Mosso, which bills itself as “The Hosting Cloud”. Looks like a really interesting service – basically like shared hosting that will scale forever; no need to worry about individual servers, etc. If you are just hosting a generic php/rails/etc site that gets a lot of traffic, it […]

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Bust your phone? Need a temp replacement quick? AT&T customer? You’re in luck!

February 24, 2008

Last week, my HTC Kaiser dropped off my belt in a cold, cold parking lot, and sat there for about four hours before I was able to come back and get it. Gah! It worked OK, except for a big crack on the bottom half of the screen. Gah! After a couple days, the crack […]

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¡unɟ sı ǝpoɔıun ‘ʍoʍ

February 11, 2008

ok, this site is cool:

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nate + drywall == mistake

January 28, 2008

So. I was hanging some speakers in our living room. And managed to punch a hole in the wall. [I was pounding in an anchor, and the wall gave way. Sigh.] This weekend I decided to patch said hole. I learned some things about myself and drywall patching: 1) If the piece is just a […]

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interesting concept in recruiting

January 22, 2008

A friend invited me to a new site – Notchup. Basically, you set up a profile, post some details, and in theory employers who are looking for employees like you will actually pay to interview you. Interesting! I might be a little bit more interested in listening to recruiters if they are willing to pay […]

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cheese review: champignon brie

January 13, 2008

Place of purchase: Surdyk’s Title: Champignon Brie (Mushroom) Description: Champignon Brie is a German import with a rich, mushroomy flavor and a silky interior. Enjoy with a German Gewurtztraminer wine and crusty french bread. Comments: I haven’t ever been a huge brie fan, but Tiff and I figured we’d try this one. Still not my […]

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cheese review: marieke gouda

January 13, 2008

Place of purchase: Surdyk’s Title: Marieke Gouda, Thorp, WI Description: This farmhouse gouda is crafted from raw milk by Marieke Penterman, who learned to make cheese in Holland. This is the most authentic gouda made in the US: the sweet and nutty flavor intensifies with age, making it an excellent pair with toasty beer like […]

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cheese review: porter cheddar, ireland

January 13, 2008

Place of purchase: Surdyk’s Title: Porter Cheddar, Ireland Description: Irish Cheddar from Cahill Farm, lightly flavored with Porter. Butter and caramel flavors in finish. Comments: We first had this one at Kevin and Amy’s, and like it enough that we picked up some in our cheese outing. We were just as happy with it the […]

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cheesy reviews

January 13, 2008

Tiff and I recently did dinner with Kevin and Amy. It was excellent. Tiny chickens are good! In any case, they got us totally addicted to two things: cheese and lambic. Both are highly recommended. ;) In any case, this is just a note that we’re planning on trying out various kinds of cheeses, and […]

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why must mediacom be so terrible?

January 9, 2008

Where I live (Savage, MN), I don’t have much of a choice for high-speed internet other than Mediacom. They are the local cable company.. I don’t qualify for DSL, the wifi services in the area don’t reach me, and a T1 is just too expensive (and slow!). Unfortunately, they have been having outage after outage […]

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new site launched –

December 15, 2007

Well, the project that I’ve been working (with a large team) on for the last two months or so at work has finally gone into public beta – check it out at Basically, slantly is a site where you can post an opinion, and other people can either agree or disagree with it, and […]

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powervault 660f management

December 10, 2007

I’ve received a few requests over time about how to manage a Dell PowerVault 660F from Linux hosts, most recently from a nice guy named Robert. He reminded me that I really should post some information on this here, as it can be hard to find. Standard Disclaimer: If you follow any of my tips […]

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