Signs of overpopulation

Signs of overpopulation are virtually everywhere -- and can even be seen when it comes to the basics of life, like food and shelter. Besides the obvious signs, like crowded cities and roads, and rampant consumption of our natural resources, there are other signs that may or may not be readily apparent, depending on your [...]

Verizon math

See this video, which features recorded audio between a frustrated Verizon customer and Verizon customer service, whose math skills are below those of a fourth grader. Verizon customer service just cannot grasp the concept of cents and dollars, and the hundred-fold difference between the two, and insist repeatedly that $0.002 equals 0.002¢. The conversation goes [...]

Mozy advertising versus user experience

A few months ago, I was interested in offsite backup, and thought I'd give Mozy a try. Their Home Backup plan intrigued me. It was only $4.95, and was billed as unlimited. Could it actually work as advertised? Short answer is no, not by a long shot. Sure, it only costs $4.95/month. That much is [...]

Hooray for Netflix Watch Instantly abroad

❗ Updated 8/11/11: The loophole detailed in this post has been closed off by Netflix, but there's a simple way to bypass their new rules, provided you have a US credit card and mailing address. I've written a new how-to article that details how I've been watching Netflix from outside the US for the past [...]

An announcement about my photos

I've been mulling over this decision for some time. As I thought about it, I wanted to balance my desire to let people enjoy my photos with my very real need to retain the ability to sell my photographs, because I do want that to become a larger source of income for me than it [...]

You can always count on pride

On DC's beltway, you can easily spot trucks carrying concealed military equipment. All you have to do is to go about your business, and you will pass one or two semi trucks every day, each carrying some big payload wrapped in canvas. While the trucks are generic, the canvas isn't. You will almost certainly find [...]

A Dell order and return experience

On 7/31, I placed an order for a Dell S2409W 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel LCD Monitor, a new model from Dell which has a 16:9 display ratio and runs about $350. I needed an external display for my MacBook Pro, because it's getting cumbersome to edit photos on a 15" screen. On 8/21 (three weeks [...]