“Ah, yes. I had had the same brain system failure that Chris described – staring at the ATM and just not remembering that PIN! So now I write the PIN number on the back of each card, in the signature box. WAIT! No, I don't write the actual PIN. I use one 'formula' for all cards. For example, a formula could be to add 3333 to the actual numbers of your PIN. The new TOTAL is then written on the card. If this was your formula, you only have to subtract 3333 from the PIN written on the back of any card, and you will have the actual PIN for that card. Now, does anybody remember where I left my wallet?” (A. John Gallant)
I was checking for the unwelcome, Acrobat-launched WISPTIS.EXE when I spied something strange. At some point during the past day, 'NCLAUNCH.EXe' had found its way into my Windows directory and was running ever-so-silently in the background. What's worse, I found it via MSCONFIG set to autolaunch on startup. Not knowing where this process came from, I killed it immediately and searched for clues online. Alas, there were no helpful sites to be found. Diving into the Properties for the file, I found the answer in Comments field on the Version tab to be quite informative: “File launcher used by SWF Studio screensavers on Windows NT, 2000 and XP.” Turns out this was a remnant of some lousy-ass eye candy I tried (and immediately uninstalled) yesterday. Consider yourself informed and forewarned.
Disneyland was quite a spot for Valentine's Day lovers on Saturday. I must say, however, that California Adventure was… about as exciting as Nebraska. We didn't get to ride the only ride worth riding because the line was too long – and the line for “gourmet” coffee was even longer. Still, I had a great time with my sweetheart. Jack Skellington memorabilia was all around (thanks to the Haunted Mansion redux), so I had to empty my wallet before leaving. $80 of it went to two jackets that would help keep our underdressed bodies warm in the evening hours. And since LEGO had an Imagination Center in Downtown Disney, I was also able to get a Darth Vader figurine to aid in the completion of my freshly-formed (out of the package) collection. Next year, perhaps I'll pick a slightly more secluded place to share time with that certain someone?
They said Lockergnome couldn't do it again. However, we still went ahead and booked a casino in Lake Tahoe from September 30th to October 3rd for the fourth-annual Gnomedex tech conference. This time around, we set up a THREE DAY OPEN BAR – and pre-registration is still $99! How much alcohol can you down in 72 hours? Let's not forget about the whole “technology” thing, either. We'll still have plenty of information for you to download into your soaked little skull. That, and like every respectable host, we won't start activities at the butt crack of dawn. Details will continue to roll in, but I can already see that we'll (ONCE AGAIN) give other conventions a run for their money (and value).
After years of suffering from the dust that slips behind my monitor's bezel, I finally discovered a way to clean the other side of my screen. WARNING: this internal scrubber is not work safe. If you'd like to give the thing a whirl, I will not be held responsible for any subsequent damage. Janet Jackson has already pre-apologized for having nothing to do with it.
Okay, here's what I've been authorized to tell you about Gnomedex 4: we're gonna have a three-day open bar for all attendees. More details to be revealed on Thursday, but really… what else do you want to know?
As many of you have already noted, I had quite an adventure this weekend. We had a total blast being in Eric Myszka's artillery battery. If you've never fired a cannon before, I recommend you try it some time. This re-enactment thing isn't something I'm ready to do on a monthly basis, but I'll be dragging Jason and Veronica's dad with me to the April event. I'll post digital footage as soon as it's been compiled and encoded.
We're prepping to launch a gaming newsletter for Lockergnome, and man… I think I'm in trouble. I've been looking at all sorts of digial diversions for Windows, Palm OS, Linux, OS X, etc. Neverball is one of those definite keepers. Is it going to be a commercial success like The Simpsons: Hit & Run (another one on my daily play list)? Probably not, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining. Even Janet is giving it two boobies up!
Wow. You'd think that the world had never seen a naked titty before? Everyone's up in arms over the nipple flashing we received on Super Bowl Sunday (courtesy of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake). I'm just as disappointed as the rest of you. I ask, why didn't we get to see the other one?! Is her left breasticle so hideously deformed that it wasn't allowed to be shown in public? Despite efforts of the Puritan kind, people are having sex every minute of every hour of every day. Not the same people, mind you – but humans, nonetheless. As pre-pubescent, we dreamed of squeezing McGuffies 'til the cows came home. But now – oh the HORROR – we see one honker out of millions and there's something wrong with the moral fabric of society. It's just a friggin' hooter, folks. If you honestly weren't expecting anything weird to happen at a violent sporting event tipped to the gills with alcohol, you've got another mammary coming.
“It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the category of Digital Media! This award is for your past year of contributions to the community and demonstrated expertise. Being an MVP brings with it a number of advantages, including access to the product team for support and feedback, early looks at Microsoft products, the ability to escalate issues for troubleshooting internally, and more.”