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    Monday, February 23rd, 2015
    1:42 am
    Boskone was last weekend. Still haven't really recovered. For some reason Boskone was more work than Arisia. And it's not like I've finished all my Arisia work either (still need to finish another debrief report and all my expense reports). The combination of the all the snow, Arisia, and Boskone this year has been real special. I haven't really looked at FB since early January and now I'm about two weeks behind in LJ too. Sigh.
    Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
    12:45 am
    Well, that was Arisia ...
    Finally home from Arisia as of about 7 PM tonight. Went thru the USMail, caught up on LJ, probably going to punt trying to look thru a week of FB, but I should check out the events I've been invited to, and then there are the 3300+ email messages of which about 3000 are new and 300 are Sasquan related that I really should catch up on.
    Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
    2:30 pm
    NESFA Relaxacon
    The room block for the NESFA Relaxacon ( (July 25th to 27th) in Burlington, VT closes soon. It should be a good time in a fancier hotel than the Arisia Relaxacon. People should make their reservations soon.
    Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
    9:47 am
    For those of you who didn't see my post on FB ...
     For those of you not on FB ...

    Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

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    9:41 am
    Poor Arthur ... ;P
    I'm thinking it is time to start recycling some of Arthur's* boxes** and burning them as fire starters. About 2 months ago he had 2 boxes in the family room.   He's up to 6 boxes at the moment between the shoe boxes that A left for him and boxes I've gotten from Ebay. There are 2 more boxes in the front hall with Xmas gifts to unpack. So, if I don't do something, he'll be up to 8 boxes at the end of the day. And he only uses a couple of them on a regular basis - including the smallest one which is too small for him.

    * Arthur is a cat.

    ** We are talking cardboard shipping boxes that he likes to sit in; not the other type of cat box.
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    Saturday, December 7th, 2013
    9:37 pm
    DC in 2017!
     DC in 2017 Worldcon bid being announced at #smofcon This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.
    Thursday, November 28th, 2013
    10:09 am
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    (and OBTW, I'm way behind on email - I haven't really had a chance to deal with much email since last weekend.  So, if it is urgent, please call or text me.)
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    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
    9:01 pm
    Well it's been about six months since Balticon ...
    In case you've forgotten, my car, Victor, a 1999 Volvo V70 T5M, passed 220k and 240k miles the last two years in May on the Balticon trips. It's been about six months since Balticon. Guess what that means? Yep, we passed 250k miles on Monday while driving around Boston.

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    Monday, September 16th, 2013
    2:26 pm
    First World Problems ...
    WGBH just gave me two "free" tickets to their $150 pp Food and Wine Weekend kickoff reception on Thursday night and invited me to the VIP invitiation only pre-reception. I wonder what this is really going to "cost" me in the long run.

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    Friday, September 6th, 2013
    8:29 am
    And in better news ...
    And in perhaps better news, due to the laptop disk drive failure, I've lost about the last month of Smofs email that I hadn't read yet.

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    8:28 am
    More laptop issues ...
    If I was a conspiracy theorist, I'd say there was something in Texas that was eating disk drives. The bad news is that the disk drive in my primary laptop started throwing all sorts of read and seek errors while at LSC3 and this was the second drive that I'd seen that had failed down there (Hi Lisa). The good news is that at least it waited until after the con was over to fail.

    So, I'm back to carrying around a backup laptop. I actually have two more recent laptops from work, but one is too big and one doesn't have any of my software on it.

    I guess the other piece of good news is that the disk drive is still under warranty and I have an RMA from Hitachi already. The bad news is that it was a replacement for the drive that failed in May and they apparently sent me a refurbished drive which I guess wasn't all that refurbished. I may just go out and buy a WD drive from Microcenter.

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    Friday, August 16th, 2013
    8:49 am
    Laptop repair 201 (or 301) ...
    Sigh my "Go to" laptop has developed a new problem. It is randomly rebooting. Dell D630 running XP about 4 years old. Yes, I know I should bite the bullet and upgrade probably to Win7. But, I like the D630 and I like XP. Recently L convinced me to bite the bullet and replace the screen which would flake out under heat. I did that and it was fine for a while. Now I have random reboots. BIOS diagnostics are clean. Norton says no viruses. Malwarebytes Anti-Spyware says no problems. Here is the kicker: IT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN SAFE MODE. Does the Nvidia card (which has known problems) run differently in safe mode? Is that driver not used and the default on-board video used in that case instead or something?

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    Sunday, August 4th, 2013
    11:14 pm
    replacement power adapter causes only touchpad to misbehave???
    I've just spent about an hour trying to cleaning the touchpad on my Dell E6510 which I use as the family room computer at Chez Wood. The touchpad was working poorly but the trackball (once I turned it back on) was working fine. I even went so far as to take the keyboard out to see how hard it would be to replace the touchpad (non-trivial). I was trying to figure out what I had spilled on the touchpad or something. Eventually it occurred to me that I was trying out a new "non-OEM" power adapter. (I bought it by mistake on Ebay. I should have realized the price was too good to be true and looked more carefully at the listing. But, since it was my mistake I wasn't going to send it back for the $10 I paid including postage, given the postage back would probably have been $5.) I switched back to the previous Dell adapter and the problem went away. I then tried it with just the battery and it also worked fine. This is weird because while the laptop technically requires a 90 watt adapter, it will run fine (but not charge well) on one of the 65 watt D-series adapters. I can only theorize that the non-OEM adapter isn't really putting out 19.5 volts and the touchpad is more sensitive to this than the rest of the computer or something.

    I then tried the non-OEM adapter on one of my D630s and everything seems find there.

    So, then I pulled out my trusty old (and I do mean old) voltmeter / multitester. I turns out the non-OEM adapter is putting out closer to 20 volts while the real Dell adapters are putting out closer to 19.5 volts.

    So, the touchpad is sensitive to over-voltage?

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    Thursday, June 20th, 2013
    5:54 pm
    Achievement Unlocked ... Lifetime SPG Platinum Status
    Over the weekend in NJ, I stayed for my 500th night in a Starwood Hotel. Today I received the following email:

    Welcome to SPG Lifetime Platinum

    The best things in life. For life.

    No more counting stays, no more qualifying. After all, you've stayed with us at least 500 eligible nights since joining the SPG® program, and you've got 10 [actually 15 in my case] years of Platinum status under your belt. Now that's an accomplishment.

    Saturday, May 11th, 2013
    9:18 pm
    And in other news ... to the Moon!
    I missed it. Given the odometer is sitting at about 239k miles and change, sometime in the last week (possibly yesterday on the way to the Cape), Victor the Volvo passed the mean distance between the Earth and the Moon (238,900 miles). While he's 14 years old (and change), I've been driving about 20k miles annually lately and should pass 240k on the way to or from Balticon over Memorial Day weekend. I also passed 200k miles and 220k miles on Balticon / Memorial Day trips the last two years.
    9:01 pm
    The Good, The Better, and The Ugly ... re: Stratus ...
    So, the good news is that Stratus did well enough on its EBITDA goals to give out bonuses for last fiscal year. OK, technically they are variable compensation payouts.

    Now, Stratus didn't actually make the full EBITDA goal, so I think the "bonuses" were funded at like 30% or so of target.

    The better news is that I got one - for the first time in several years.

    The ugly news is that I found out about this by checking my checking account balance online and finding an extra "Stratus Technologies" deposit on Friday. I then signed in the the Stratus HR system and found the "pay stub".

    I would have been nice for management to tell me directly or make an announcement during the staff meeting yesterday especially since I assume everyone in our group got one.
    Thursday, May 9th, 2013
    1:25 am
    just saying ...
    (laptop) hard disk failures are not a great way to end the evening ...

    Fortunately, I think everything was pretty well backed up on the desktop and NAS except for a couple of files which I should be able to recreate pretty easily and my bookmarks file which might be a bigger issue. Still this is going to waste a bunch of time tomorrow or Friday. Sigh.
    Friday, April 19th, 2013
    7:58 am
    PSA: Do not ever call 911 unless it is a real emergency.
    PSA: Do not ever call 911 unless it is a real emergency. (Look up the local police number or call 411.) In fact don't bother the police today unless you have to. If you need to call the police to ask if it safe to go outside, just don't (do either). (The Newton police felt it necessary to add this to the robocall I received this morning and I felt it was worth sharing.)

    Current Mood: anxious
    Thursday, April 18th, 2013
    10:37 pm
    Drive by "con"ing
    So, I'm in Roswell, GA for business. When I checked into the Doubletree Hotel, the lobby had a certain fanish look to it. I asked someone in the elevator what the convention was and he said it was JordonCon (which it turns out it also Deep South Con this year). For better or for worse, I'm only staying one night at this hotel. I checked the online program and didn't see any one I recognized (well, other than Michael Whelan and Seanan McGuire). Still it is kind of amusing.

    Current Mood: amused
    Monday, April 15th, 2013
    5:10 pm
    I'm fine ...
    I'm fine. I was out shopping when the Boston Marathon explosions happened and rather surprised when I was driving home to find Comm Ave in Newton still closed from Newton City Hall east including Centre Street (it was supposed to open at 3:30 PM) (the route of the Marathon is about 1/5 of a mile from my house). Needless to say, traffic in Newton was fubared and the police were taking no shit. When I got home I found out why.
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