“I tried to remember if someone owed me a practical joke.”

“We’re having a problem sending email out of the department.”
“What’s the problem?” I asked.
“We can’t send mail more than 500 miles,” the chairman explained.
I choked on my latte. “Come again?”
“We can’t send mail farther than 500 miles from here,” he repeated. “A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther.”

This is how odd computer problems can be. Read the rest here! Yes it really did happen. Hat tip to Yonathan Zunger for reminding me of this great story. Continue reading ‘“I tried to remember if someone owed me a practical joke.”’

Did I ever mention that I don’t like spammers?

Well I don’t – but they seem to love me. On most of my sites, I’ve been testing different anti-spam plugins for several years. One thing is for certain: if I turn off those plugins, my sites are absolutely flooded with spam comments, spam user registrations, and other unwanted noise.

I am fiddling with those plugins again because my recent setup might have been too strict – it might have prevented real people from posting legitimate comments. With luck, my new setup strikes a better balance between catching spam and allowing real content.

Wish me luck – using the comment form below, if you like :-)

“Recent”?

I’ve maintained a personal website since at least 1995 (hello Geocities) and a personal domain since 1997. I’ve hand-coded, used MS FrontPage, Twiki, Foswiki, and finally I switched to WordPress to keep the maintenance effort low. I was never very active with WordPress but I’ve had some sprints now and again that always ebbed out over time.

Right now I’m reviewing some flotsam – old drafts that I jotted down – in various states of completion but mostly lack thereof. I came across a mention of “this recent question” which is, alas, no longer “recent.” It’s dated September 2010… 4½ years ago. It made me smile and reflect on my (lack of) creative productivity on my blog. Continue reading ‘“Recent”?’

Taking a break from repairing the kids’ toys

Today I’ll be repairing my toy! I got this remote-controlled car as a birthday present, and it’s very nice. On the last run, a suspension part came loose, causing oil to leak. No big deal! I’ll just take it apart and fill some fresh oil, then tighten all parts properly, just to be sure. It took an hour, and it was fun! wpid-wp-1428441982191.jpeg Continue reading ‘Taking a break from repairing the kids’ toys’

20 years ago

I came across this photo recently, and it struck me: that’s twenty years ago!

Win95launch

I remember that time well. I was working for Microsoft Denmark as a member of a novel 6-man team called the Microsoft ShowTeam that toured the country for months and held hands-on Windows 95 experience sessions. We also presented Windows 95 at Denmark’s biggest IT fair which coincided with the Win95 launch. It was awesome – being part of this milestone is my personal little claim to fame.  Continue reading ’20 years ago’