November 13, 2003
Death of an Email Address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. This address now collects more than 150
bogus emails a day; up from maybe 20 a year ago. Most of them have to
do with porn, penis enlargement, African banking scams, and getting Vicodin
and Viagra over the Internet. I will take my chances missing out on the
great opportunities offered. If you want to reach me, use
September 27, 2003
I haven't been much of a blogger
these past few months. After 9 hours facing the dual flat panel
monitors on my desk at work, hacking around on the Detigo product, I
find the prospect of spending time on the home computer not all that
Here's the news, random and
My new nieces, Annika and Lily,
are home from the hospital. Their parents, Ronda and Jesper Lundbaek
of San Anselmo, CA, are glad about it. Pictures to follow.
Robbin is serving on a jury--she
says it might last weeks.
Detigo is close to shipping
a 1.0 product. Pretty cool stuff. We're now an actual
corporation with a logo, bank account, yada yada.
No flying to speak of.
My friend Bill Brain passed away. Actually, four years ago, in Amarillo, TX.
But for me, it's news--be careful searching on Google, I suppose, because
you just might find it. He was a mentor and good friend and would
rate a chapter in my autobiography if I were to ever write one. Rest
in peace, William. You've earned it.
On a happier note, football is
back! And I have a cool new TV to watch it on--the 61" Samsung DLP.
Amazing picture, especially when fed a high-definition signal from the
satellite dish. I got tired of waiting for the cable company to
offer HD channels and put a DirecTV dish on the roof. One 18x20
inch dish picks up signals from three separate satellites. I was
afraid it wouldn't clear the trees, but no problem.
Alex, Scott, Arthur and I are in
a fantasy league on Yahoo. Great fun. I should have
gotten into this sooner.
I've lost 20 pounds in the
last year or so. Down to about 180. Now to keep it there.
June 26, 2003
It has been graduation season.
Alex's kid Lance got his diploma from Deer Park High School. My little
brother Arthur Carroll graduated from Loma Prieta High School right here in
Santa Cruz. He spoke at the graduation ceremony--not a dry eye in our
row, I can tell you. Congratulations to these fine young men.
Now kick some ass in college, guys!
Arthur is a young adult now, and
recently I spent two-thirds of a day helping florida drug rehab centers to hook him up with his first
car. We looked at used Hondas and Toyotas, but in our budget, we were
seeing cars with 50-100,000 miles on them. Then Arthur saw an ad
for the 2003 Kia Rio: $7,777. I didn't know you could buy a new car for less than
eight grand. He should be over in the next hour or so behind the wheel
of his first car. Pretty stripped, but not a bad looking little four
door. I once owned a Kia-built Ford Festiva and it proved to be a
reliable machine. I hope this one proves to be the same. At any
rate, it has a 10 year/100,000 mile drive train warranty.
George Cowsar and I have made
tremendous strides at Detigo these past few months. It has been great
working hard in harness with my former Houston business partner. We
are a great team. We both just go in, sit down, and write code all
day. When we have a meeting, it's maybe 10 minutes at the white board
and we are pretty well synced up on what needs doing next. We hope to
pitch our system to some VCs in the next 30 days. Wish us luck.
May 25, 2003
Today on the way home from a
quick Sunday morning work session at the Los Gatos office I decided to stop
at the World's Slowest Carwash, which as everyone knows is on Scotts Valley
Drive in Scotts Valley, California. After first eating lunch and then
reading most of an old issue of Car and Driver, I still had time to kill.
So I organized my wallet, throwing out rumpled old receipts and business
cards taken only out of politeness. As I was sorting my bills, I came
across a crumpled single stamped front and back with a blurry message:
TRACK THIS BILL
Just now I went to the site and
discovered that my particular dollar bill, serial number F161