Archive for April, 2009

Goodbye Movable Type

After having troubles again with the most recent update to Movable Type, I’ve decided to switch to WordPress. ┬áThe last straw was when the latest version either let users add comments or let me write entries — but not both.

Movable Type is so buggy, confusing, and poorly supported that it’s just not worth the trouble anymore.

Goodbye, and good riddance.

PS – As you can see, things are different in WordPress. The content all moved over fine, though the formatting is a little funky. I’m still trying to figure everything out, so bear with me!

Finish it off

I had this old hard drive that was failing. I couldn’t get anything to even erase the disk, so I found an article in Popular Mechanics about how to finish off a hard drive so data can’t be retrieved. I grabbed my power drill and put four holes right through the platters. I think it’s officially dead now.

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Kudos to Dell

Last night I decided to upgrade my desktop Mac system, and was going to order a new monitor. I cashed in some of my AMEX Membership Rewards points for a $100 Dell E-certificate. When I tried to buy the monitor, Dell’s website gave me an error, saying that the certificate couldn’t be used. Huh?

So today I call Dell support and naturally, got connected to the Indian call center. At first I figured that things would go nowhere. She took my information, asked me to kindly wait on hold several times, and tried to sell me a Sony Bravia TV, which I don’t need. Later she came back and said that they couldn’t use my E-cert because the product was on sale. Excuse me?

I told her that wasn’t acceptable, and she put me on hold once more. This time she came back and told me that the supervisor can’t take the coupon but as a courtesy they’d take $75 off the price of the monitor. Didn’t I cash in 10,000 points for a $100 E-certificate? I told her that I was going to call AMEX and sort this out. She said she’s keep working on a solution, and would call me within 30 minutes. I figured I’d never hear from her again.

So I call AMEX and told her my story. The woman there starts talking about how it can’t be used for business or refurbished products. I told her that it was neither — I was buying new from Dell Home. She spoke to her supervisor and said that there was nothing they could do, but she would file a report with some high mucky-mucks who might hear my pleas, and refund the money. I told her that nowhere did it say that you cannot use the E-cert on products that are on sale. She sort-of agreed, and said she was adding that to report.

Just then, the call waiting on the phone beeped. I asked if the AMEX rep could hold for a second, and I went back, and was the woman from Dell in India. She said that she was able to get me the $100 discount after all! I switched back to the AMEX woman and told her, had to listen to her ask if I needed an extra AMEX card (no), and then it was back to Dell. I was so happy that it worked out that I let her repeat the same spiel about the Dell credit card for the third time. Things were looking disastrous, but it all worked out in the end.

Comments restored (I hope)

I never learn… I keep updating to a newer version of Movable Type, and each time, something breaks. On this occasion I had to reinstall the entire package to get it to work. Before, comments would work, but I couldn’t write anything. Or vice versa. Cross your fingers, and comment away.

The 6 million dollar mouse

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After a delicate operation that involved getting superglue on my hands (they aren’t kidding when they say that it bonds to skin instantly), I have reattached Mickey’s hands to his body. The bad news is that he’ll have a scar for the rest of his life. It might be a wise idea to see if I can find a backup next time I’m at Disneyland.