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Jay Dreyer

I'm a bad blogger

OK. So I don’t post anymore. It’s not that I don’t want to post. I do. I really do. I’m just really lazy. Really. Lazy.

So I found a solution. Kind of. Well, sort of. I’m not sure. It’s a site at tumblr. Yes, another site with a name that’s missing a vowel. Ha. I set up a site at http://kaline.tumblr.com/. It does what I want – it lets me post things quickly without jumping through a bunch of hoops, which is what slows me down at the moment. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s slowing me down.

It’s pretty bare-bones, nothing fancy, just quick posts here and there. At some point I’m going to figure out how to manage all of this. Maybe combine things into jaydreyer.com, or move everything to Tumblr, or move everything to Wordpress. I don’t know.

I’ll keep you updated. All 5 of you. Hang in there!

Oh yeah…if you’d like to play along, I was thinking of getting another domain name. I named my tumblr blog “chop, chop” (Caddyshack) but, unfortunately, some wise soul already bought the domain name chopchop.com (bastard). Then I started looking for top notch. Yeah, gone, too. Way gone. I could buy it for $7500 or something, but I passed. My brain is stuck so help me out.

 

Comment [2] | posted 04/12/2008 01:18 AM


I'm a Mac Daddy

OK…so I gave up and joined the cult that is Mac. Maybe it was the commercials. Maybe it was the desire to be hip. Maybe it was Steve Jobs’ turtlenecks. Whatever. I’ve given up and joined the Mac herd. That’s right. Mr. Windows finally gave in to the dark side (or the good side) and swapped out Vista for Leopard. So far, no complaints, whatsoever. It’s actually been WAY easier than I would have imagined, and the family is happy, as well. I just got tired of the nightly re-boots that Vista performed and threw in the towel. Just for safety’s sake, I purchased VMWare Fusion so that I can run my old Vista image in the Mac. No problems with that, either. We’re addicted to Microsoft Money so this allows us to keep using it. Other than Quicken, there aren’t any alternatives to Money that are well regarded so we’ll stick with it for a while.

Like I said, there haven’t been any problems with the Mac so far, and I haven’t been able to find anything I could do on Vista that I can’t do on the Mac (other than MS Money). There are some differences, but they haven’t caused me any trouble, nor has DeAnne had any complaints (always the most important factor).

Further sinking myself into the Apple cult, I also, finally, picked up an iPod Classic 160GB. Boo yeah. Every tune I own (90+ GB) is available to me now when I ride the bus into work. No more sitting there going, “Damn…I wish I could listen to Men at Work right now…” Problem solved. No complaints with it, either (although, it sounded like many folks have had problems with the iPod Classic…) Also, if you have a DMP that can play video, I highly recommend checking out the Onion’s videos. Fantastic.

 

Comment | posted 11/16/2007 01:33 AM


Test Post from Flock

Just seeing if this works or not…

 

Comment | posted 11/15/2007 11:57 PM


Buy me stuff. Please.

Believe it or not (and I won’t blame you if you fall into the “not” camp), I get complaints that my Amazon wish list is too hard to find. I believe this is true because I don’t receive goodies in the mail every week from Amazon. So, to make it easier for everyone to buy me stuff, if you look on the right hand side of the web site you’ll see the fancy new Amazon Wish-List widget. You can scroll through it, mock my selections, and then order whatever you want. Have fun and go nuts!

 

Comment | posted 10/02/2007 04:47 PM


NASA's Woes

Interesting article in Wired magazine this month by Gregg Easterbrook outlining some of the problems with the current state of NASA. I’m a bit of a space geek, and I’m all for NASA, but you have to question their priorities and how they spend our tax dollars. It’s a short read and worth a look.

 

Comment | posted 05/23/2007 12:30 AM


New Phone...Kind of.

Blackberry Pearl
I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while. I finally got a new phone to replace the old Motorola I had. It’s a Blackberry Pearl (or 8100).

Anyway, I ordered it through Amazon, which is a great place to look for cell phone deals if you’re willing to switch carriers. We were, since we had moved from Detroit and needed new phone numbers. (Just a friendly reminder, you can order your snazzy new phone through jaydreyer.com…just click the Store link at the top of the page! C’mon!)

Thoughts on the phone: I like it. It’s small, and it does a bunch of stuff – calendar, email, to-do’s, mp3, movies, takes pictures, games, etc. It syncs with my Outlook at work, which is a huge time saver for me. I don’t do corporate email on it – who wants to be bugged non stop about work? But I connect it to my notebook in the morning and sync up my calendar, tasks and address book, which is all I really want it to do.

Google has some cool apps you can download for free so I get gmail, google maps and google search. Yahoo also has a new client you can download that lets me check out news, sports, even my Flickr photos. Very cool.

It’s got a built in mp3 player so I can listen to tunes. Plus, it can play videos so I’ve watched a few old movies on my bus rides into work. You can also surf the web, which I always enjoy.

I debated between a Motorola Q and the Blackberry Pearl. Eventually I added in the T-Mobile Dash and the BlackJack, but I went with the Pearl. Not sure if I made the right decision or not, but I haven’t had any problems with the phone as far as re-sets, errors, etc. goes. I think if you’re truly a Windows kind of guy, you might want to stick with the Windows based phones, but I can’t complain about the Blackberry. It’s a nice size and does a lot of cool things. The smart-type functionality takes a little getting used to, as it doesn’t have a full QWERTY keyboard, but it doesn’t cause me any trouble.

 

Comment | posted 04/12/2007 12:14 AM


Shop at Jaydreyer.com!

Just a friendly reminder, after you watch the Wall of Voodoo video, be sure to do all of your holiday shopping through JayDreyer.com. How you say? Easy! Just click the Store link above and pretend you’re at Amazon.com. You don’t have to actually buy anything through my site, just click anything and it will store a magical cookie that will track sales back to the site. It doesn’t have any affect (or is it effect…stupid English rules…) on what you’d pay normally so go for it.

 

Comment | posted 12/15/2006 02:20 AM


Jack and Lucy Video

I thought I’d hop on the YouTube bandwagon and create a clip to share here on the site. I just took some quick video of Lucy and Jack in the basement, edited it with Windows Movie Maker and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but if you haven’t seen Jack and Lucy in a while (or ever), it serves its purpose.

 

Comment | posted 11/02/2006 12:21 AM


Does ESPN.com Know What They're Doing?

Bashing ESPN is a popular sport these days. A lot of my friends love to bag on it, even though they watch it religiously. I’ve got my own beefs with the station, but overall they’re minor criticisms (for instance, how many Yankee-Red Sox games do we have to see?). I’m just happy to have sports 24/7. (Please spare me the “poker isn’t a sport!”, blah blah blah stuff.)

Having said that, I do have a complaint with ESPN.com. Primarily, does anyone over there know what they’re doing? Why does their web site go down every Sunday during the fall? Ahhh…football – fantasy football. ESPN has been hosting fantasy football since at least 1996, I believe – maybe a few years earlier or a year later. You would think that after all these years they would recognize that many people like to check on their fantasy football teams on Sundays. When many people check the same web site at the same time, it tends to crash, or at least slow to a crawl. The solution is to add more webservers to handle the load (actually, there are many, many solutions to the problem, most of them would bore you to tears.)

I write this not because I’m mad I can’t check on my fantasy teams – they both suck and I couldn’t care less. I just find it funny that the last two weekends when I go to refresh the front page of ESPN.com, it just keeps clocking. Fortunately for me, yesterday’s front page has a nice headline about Michigan stomping Notre Dame, so I really don’t mind that the page won’t refresh.

 

Comment [3] | posted 09/18/2006 01:15 AM


IE CSS Problems

You know…you use Firefox long enough and you forget that there are still people out there using Internet Explorer. Such was the case with me when I started tinkering with the look of the site here. My xhtml validates, as does my css, but just because it’s right doesn’t mean it will work with IE.

Our good friend Amy dropped an email today and said the site looked like garbage on IE. She didn’t say it quite like that, but after I took a look, I concluded it looked like dog poop. I made some small changes, made sure everything validated and hit the refresh button in IE and voila! It works. I can’t tell you what I did to make it work because I have no idea.

So, thank you for the heads up, Amy. Now all of you IE users have no excuse not to visit my Amazon store and buy something.

Update
I really should have checked this sooner. Looking at my site stats, over 50% of the people who check out this site use Internet Explorer. Bad webmaster!

 

Comment [3] | posted 09/07/2006 12:45 AM


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