The inconsistencies of shipping is amazing. My iPad 2 left China on March 13 and arrive in Salem, MA before noon on March 15. My Smart Cover left PA (only a 6 hour drive away) on March 11 and still hasn’t arrived.
Last night my wife and I had dinner at the Great Escape restaurant here in Salem. The food was outstanding. We ordered the appetizer special, which was tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and shrimp. The shrimp was freakin’ awesome. So tasty. My wife and I kept asking each other, “How did they make the shrimp taste so good?”
For dinner I had the Calabrese, which is chicken with Italian sausage in a marsala glaze. I love marsala but have always hated mushrooms. Guess what? No mushrooms in this dish. It’s like they read my mind. And oh was it tasty. I licked the plate clean.
My wife had the Genovese, which is fresh scallops in a pesto cream sauce with pappardelle pasta. Her meal was equally as good as mine. In fact, I couldn’t stop sneaking bites from her plate.
When we go out to dinner, I like to figure out who got the best meal. I couldn’t do that last night because both dishes were incredible.
My only complaint about Great Escape is the copy in the menu. Most of the dish descriptions lack commas. For example, the Alcatraz reads “Breaded chicken breast with shrimp asparagus in a creamy Dijon mustard sauce, served with roasted potatoes.” I asked the waitress about the lack of commas. Her reaction led me to believe I wasn’t the first to ask about it. And I wasn’t the first to ask, “What is shrimp asparagus?” I honestly thought it was baby-size, or miniature asparagus.
Overall, we had a great time at Great Escape. The food was delicious, and the staff was super friendly. We’re looking forward to returning soon, and I can’t wait until the outdoor patio area, which I’m told seats 40, opens when the weather warms up in the spring/summer.
Less than an hour to setup multiple blog sites using wordpress 3. Five hours tracking down why uploaded images would not display. Turned out wp-admin > Network gave me the wrong rewrite rule for the files directory. I posted my solution here.
I’m not a fan of Xcode iOS templates. I use Windows-based App for new projects & Obj-C class derived from NSObject for new classes. Saves me time and I can use my own structure without a lot of deleting and cut pasting.
Way to go @VMware. After being a loyal customer since 2003, you may have lost me as customer. Your products are great but your customer service sucks. For months you have emailed me telling me to renew my VMware Fusion subscription. After many failed attempt to renew, I finally talked to someone today on the phone who politely told me VMware Fusion subscriptions are not renewable. I feel mislead and ripped off by VMware, and I will unlikely give VMware any more of my money.
Having a pre-Rowan Sunday, sitting on the couch with the laptop in hand and the SyFy channel on. Haven’t watched SyFy since the SciFi days. These days our TV only shows Curious George, Cars, Backyardigans, and Thomas the Tank Engine.
I tweeted earlier that I’ve been forgetful today, which is not typical of me. Sure, I forget to do things from time to time, but I rarely forget to bring things. Today has made up for years of not forgetting.
It started 45 minutes into my drive when I realized I left my MBP power supply at home. I had to, of course, turn around and return home. An hour and a half of driving wasted. What else did I forget and didn’t pick up when I returned home?
* Gloves, thermal underwear, long sleeve shirt, and other warm clothing needed to camp out on a 30 degree (Fahrenheit) night. The camping portion of this trip is now canceled.
* Matches to light the pack stove.
* Charger for my phone.
* Left my wallet in the car only to discover it missing when I tried buying groceries.
I’m sure I’ll find more things missing by tomorrow morning.
I’m becoming disillusioned hosting open source projects. Too many feature requests and edge case bugs with little to no community contribution. I wish I had all the free time in the world to make everyone happy, adding features and fixing that bug that effect only one person. But I struggle to find enough time to work on my own business much less provide constant support for my free contributions to the community. As @casademora said in a tweet yesterday, “if some open source software doesn’t do exactly what you want, *you* can modify it and contribute back to benefit everyone.”
Yes, I’m feeling very negative today. And it doesn’t help that the Apple made a minor change to the Sales and Trends reporting that broke my daily sales report download script. Hard to stay positive with a flow of emails saying the script is broken and asking for a fix.
I kayaked through some of the largest waves I’ve ever had to paddle though. My spray skit did an outstanding job of keeping me dry, but it didn’t do the same for my phone. The water proof pocket on my spray skit leaked in water - I’m guessing through the zip - leaving my phone in water for a couple of hours. The phone now turns on but is reporting an error. Luckily it was not my iPhone, just the phone I use every day for phone calls. So if you are trying to reach me by phone, try again later. I’ll likely be without an phone for a few days.
Had a great time at tonight’s CocoaHeads Boston. Got a sneak peek at CloudPull, a backup service for Google Docs, and learned that the MIT iPhone app is going open source. Plus lots of other conversations including Apple’s announcements today and how alcohol warms your body.
Let me clarify my tweet about the rotation issue in my app that I can recreate using the iPad case. The case isn’t causing the issue. It’s the angle of the device when I fold the case as a stand that allows me to easily recreate the rotation problem. I’m finding some funky ways to screw up rotations in apps, including my own, by doing a combination of rotating the device and laying it flat or almost flat. Fun stuff.
New logic board in the trusty ol’ MBP means it’s time to reset the MAC addressed used by Time Machine. Just another example of why computers are too complex for general users. I can’t see my wife doing this fix.
There has got to be a better way to make WordPress posting from the iPad. The WP app sucks and the web interface doesn’t completely work. My current solution is to author the posting in Pages than copy paste into the web interface. Anybody found a better way?
I still chuckle when I think back to the conversation I had last week with a lady from Verizon as I setup my MiFi device. She was explaining the importance of keeping an eye on my bandwidth usage. She also said 5GB is a lot of bandwidth and explained how she and her husband never come close to using the full 5GB each month. I, on the other hand, have already used 9GB of bandwidth from Comcast in the first 4 days of July.
I'm Now a Verizon Customer Along with Sprint and AT&T
I’ve been a long time Sprint customer dating back to the mid-80s with Sprint Long Distance and since October 1999 with Sprint PCS. I also became an AT&T customer last summer when Apple released the iPhone 3GS. As of today I’m now also a Verizon customer. Yep, all three carriers are now getting a bit of my money each month.
So why three different carriers? I use Sprint as my primary phone. I use AT&T for Internet access via my iPhone 3GS, which I also use for app development for client projects. And now I will be using Verizon for their mobile hotspot access via a MiFi 2200.
I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the lack of available Internet access when I travel. This is due in part by visiting rural areas of the U.S. It’s also due in part by overwhelmed hotel wifi at tech conferences. After attending WWDC a few weeks ago and having crappy hotel Internet service I decided I have had enough. Time to buy a mobile hotspot.
Being a long time Sprint customer, I’m first plan was to buy the new HTC EVO. Unfortunately I do not qualify for a phone upgrade until December so the EVO option was out. I sold myself on the Sprint Overdrive and was planning to purchase it today. However, coverage in rural areas is not so great, and for the places I’m planning to visit over the next few months 3G data coverage is nonexistent.
I tweeted that I’m considering buying the Sprint Overdrive, and I got a response from @circa1977 saying he is considering the Verizon MiFi. This, in turn, prompted me to take a look at Verizon’s 3G data coverage. To my surprise the rural places I plan to visit over the next few months are covered! So I looked at the price for the MiFi 2200. $50 with a 2-year contract. I was hesitant to buy. $60 per month for 5GB of bandwidth for the next 24 months is a lot of money for a device I will only need a week or two 4 to 6 months out of the year.
I then noticed Verizon has different options. There is a 1-year option with the device costing $120, and a no-contract option with the device costing $270. The 1-year contract with the device will cost me $840, excluding taxes, etc. That’s a bit more affordable and I’m only locked in for a year. But how much can I save with no contract? I did the math.
Say I use the device 6 months out of the year, then the cost for a full year including the device is $630, again excluding taxes, etc. But 4 months out of the year is more realistic for me, which means my cost is $510. Now that’s a price I don’t mind paying. And because I do not have a contract, I can turn on and off the service as needed on a monthly basis. For example, I’m going on a trip this month so I will turn on the service, but I know I don’t need it next month, so off it goes in August saving me $60.
So yeah, now I’m a Verizon customer in addition to Sprint and AT&T.