Skip to content

Month: June 2005

Hotbrick 401W review

The Hotbrick 401W with the new firmware (June 2005) does not save passwords properly with passwords ending in a number. (i.e. glen123) I am a good QA engineer! Review of the firewall: (Besides the bug) The thing gets HOT. Almost to the point of burning me. They don’t call it Hotbrick for nothing. The interface is ugly as sin. Why can’t they get a graphic artists to just give them a decent layout, this is embarrassing. The actual functionality in the device is very nice. Auto-detect of client machines. It creates a nice database of servers or workstations and you…

Divine Intervention

Last night, God spoke to me. God said, “Glen?” I said, “Yeah?.” God said, “You know, the Jets are going to win the superbowl this year. I know I mentioned that last year, but I forgot about Pennington’s rotator cuff. I had a sticky note on my fridge to remind me to injure him, but I forgot about that when I told you they were going to win. This year I have no plans for him. Check out this article. Looks like Pennington is fine. 89%. So just to let you know. Jets will win the superbowl this year.” “Yeah?”,…

Quick thought

I was thinking about the ‘Life is a’…question today. How is this one? It is for people with kids 2-3 years old. Life is a contradiction. No it’s not. I imagine Jared would agree. I pinned up pictures in my new cubicle today of the kids. I think I need a plant or something. This is a little stark. I am working in a cubicle. Hmm, I am not sure how I feel about this. It isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Actually kind of cozy.

A world without fear

Today is the first day at the new office. I am currently waiting for Steve from work to pick me up. I am typing on my laptop outside of the Ashby Bart station. Can you see me in the satellite photo? How cool is technology? I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Orwellian world of Big Brother from 1984 showed how a dictatorship or oligarchy would use technology to enslave and manipulate the citizens of a nation. I see it the opposite. Despite the attempts to enslave, technology will set us free. Free at last, free…

Last City Day

Today is the last day I am going to work in San Francisco. The company is moving to San Mateo. It is exciting. We are moving houses next week too. The future smells like a bakery at 7am. Sweet and full of promise. The deli across the street gave me my breakfast sandwich for free this morning as a thank you. Good people over there. I will miss the City. Lots of good places to eat. It is times like this that I wish I could sum up life in a clever analogy. Here are some from others, feel free…

Wish I had a recorder

Sometimes, I just sit and listen to Ethan and Jared talk to each other. I wish I had a recorder at those moments. Here is a sampling: Jared: Eeftan! Here is your gun! Ethan: I can’t reach it! Jared: (stretching, with feeling) Heeeerrre! Ethan: Got it! Thanks Jared! Jared: You’re welcome Eeftan. Ethan: We are on Level 10 now. Jared: I want go back to Level 1. Ethan: But we are on Level 10. Jared: But I want to go back to Level 1. Ethan: You still have alot of powers left. Jared: I do? Ethan: Yes. You have all…

Welcome to San Mateo

We picked a place! Check it out. Katie did an awesome job of negotiating and being decisive and making it happen. Three cheers for Katie! Hip Hip…HooRay! Hip Hip…HooRay! Hip Hip…HooRay! It is a beautiful home on Hickory Lane. Cul-De-Sac street (French for ‘Cut the scrotum’). At the end of the street is a short path to a lovely park with a tennis court. That big thing north of the house is a mall, but you hardly notice it. 😉 And we are close to the race track (DAD!). We move in early July. Exciting! Regarding Joe Biden…He CAN beat…

Biden for president

Joe Biden took one more step towards running for president. (See article) I really like Biden as a candidate. He has gravitas. His resume is good. He commands a solid presence. I just hope he runs a better campaign than Gore/Kerry. I like Hillary Clinton, but I think she may not be able to win. I’d like to see her stay in the Senate or possibly run for Governor. Kid note: Ethan got upset the other night and threw a fit on the couch. Sarah and Sean Clegg told Jared to go over to Ethan and make him feel better.…

Housing Pressure and a Poem

Feeling the squeeze. Need to find a good house. I’d like it to be in Menlo Park / Palo Alto, but we can’t live in the car either. The last 10 years have been a roller coaster. We have moved 6 times in 10 years. Katie has had enough I think. Check out this poem from Ethan on Katie’s blog. Almost done with the Phi book. He does a good job. 62% of the time, he is debunking claims of using the Golden Section. Pyramids, Parthenon, Picasso. He is debunking all the P’s. It still is cool. What is most…

GPS

We applied for two houses in Palo Alto/Menlo Park this weekend. Hopefully, we will get one of them. We have been experimenting with a setup for navigation and finding the houses. Here is the setup: 1. Latitude D610 Dell Laptop. 2. Pharos USB GPS Receiver 3. Microsoft Streets and Trips 2005 4. 60-Watt DC-to-AC Power Inverter So we plug the laptop into the adapter. We plug in the USB GPS puck and then launch Streets and Trips. Magically, it centers on where you are. It can rotate the map so you always point forward. It can leave a trail of…

Ethan can swim!

I visited Ethan’s swim class yesterday. He can hold his breathe a long time! He swims, he backfloats. He has witty rejoinders. I felt such pride. My boy. I am excited for Jared to swim too, but first he must potty train. I am excited for Matthew to learn to walk. I am excited for Katie to learn to cope. Just kidding Katie. Ha ha. I’m funny, huh? No? I’m a jerk? Nuts. Anyway, I am excited for the future. Life is the most exciting thing I have experienced since I was born.

Commadot.com

http://www.commadot.com should now work. Kokopelli Internet Consultants INC will not be going public, but rather be closing down completely and retiring it’s debt this year. The monkey will be completely off our back. It actually is a thrilling feeling. Being debt free is one of our dreams. It’s a fresh start. Hopefully, we can continue to grow financially and get back into home ownership (the other American Dream). Still looking for a good place to rent.

Phi and Phirewall

Started reading a book on Phi. (What is Phi?) Phi is cool, but makes my brain hurt sometimes. I love the idea that many cultural aspects of our lives started out as glorified math clubs. Math is cool. Stay in School, fool. Yeah! Anyway, after this, I have a biography on Howard Hughes and a biography on Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro. Power Broker was so good and Caro won the Pulitzer for the Johnson book too. I had to give him another go. Networking note: I am experiencing Juniper for the first time with their Netscreen 5-GT firewall. The…

Productive Day

I got a lot accomplished today, but the amount still left for me to do is staggering. So much to do and so little time. Interesting times at work. It continues to intellectually and creatively stimulate me. The move to the peninsula is exciting. I still do not know exactly where my career is going, but I feel positive and optimistic. Random thought: Matthew sees me when I get off Bart and instantly lights up with a smile. Who was happier? Ethan or Matt? Katie’s new computer arrived today. A Dell D610 with 1G of ram. I hope she likes…

New Stuff

New laptop just shipped for Katie. Finally she will be able to work on a laptop that isnt slow as can be. The one she has is a Toshiba Portege 7010CT, 300mhtz with 148megs of ram. Slow. The new one is a Dell D610, 1.8 ghtz with 1 gig of ram. Not too heavy. I am excited…for her! for her of course. New GPS device from Dell too so we can look for houses and see where we are on the laptop in real time. I am excited to know where I am. New House hunt is moving along. We…