ximinez: (code monkey)
2010-09-14 03:42 pm
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Howto: In Outlook, ensure all appointments have reminders

I just wrote this up for work, but it seems like the kind of thing that might be useful to others, and that they wouldn't mind me sharing with friends, so I'm posting a copy here too. (Plus, it might be good for future reference, if you know what I mean...)

Introduction

Apparently, there are some people in this world who are are able to perform certain tasks automatically:
  • Knowing what time it is.
  • Remembering that they have a meeting at a given time in the future.
  • Realizing when that time has arrived and actually going to that meeting.
I, personally, am incapable of doing any of these things. So, I rely on tools like Outlook and my Comm / PDA / Smartphone to do them for me. (Well, all but actually going to the meeting. I still have to do that myself, but the Comm does remind me of it.)

Unfortunately, Outlook has this annoying feature (more like a design flaw) that sets the reminder on an incoming event invitation based on the sender's preferences instead of mine, and not alerting me when they differ. So I get an invitation, happily accept it, with every intention of attending, then blithely forget to actually go, because no alert was triggered, because no reminder was on the original invitation.

("But," you ask, "can't you change the reminder settings to whatever you want when you get the invitation?" Yes, yes I can, but I don't remember that earlier. Let's add that one to the list of stuff I can't do:
  • Remembering to check the reminder settings of all incoming meeting invitations.
And move on.)
Finally, I've put together a working solution... Read more... )
ximinez: (science)
2008-07-17 12:33 am
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Dr. Horrible - Act II is up, and the website hasn't crashed yet.

It's a brand new day....

Sometimes it's worth staying up way too late. G'night Dr. Horrible!
ximinez: (politics)
2008-07-15 06:32 pm

FISA

I'm not sure how many people I'm going to get that haven't already seen it in [livejournal.com profile] fizzgig_bites' journal, or elsewhere, but it's kinda important, so I'm posting it anyway...

The ACLU is sponsoring an ad in the New York Times in order to illustrate public outrage over the Constitutional violations in the FISA Bill. If you want to add your name, click here.
ximinez: (evolution)
2008-02-01 07:52 am
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Spreading the word - online petition to support science education in Florida

From: http://www.flascience.org/wp/?p=416
Florida Citizens for Science has created an online petition. Please take a moment to sign it. Provided we can collect a decent number of signatures, we then plan on printing a copy and presenting it to the State Board of Education. We don’t have much time, though, so please don’t put it off!

Plus, [livejournal.com profile] meandering has created an LJ feed of the Florida Citizens for Science here: [livejournal.com profile] fl_citizen_sci.
ximinez: (code monkey)
2007-12-06 09:56 pm

Musical Interlude

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] gardenwaltz, I think you'd enjoy this.

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2007/11/29/re-vos-cerveaux/

(It's a few days old, but that's because I'm lazy!)

In related news, [livejournal.com profile] fizzgig_bites got me a near-complete JoCo collection for Hannukah, making me a very happy little code monkey. :) I love the little Creative Commons logo on the corner of the CD sleeve!
ximinez: (sad)
2007-09-30 01:28 pm
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Unconfirmed news

From http://cariaso.livejournal.com/34309.html

I cannot verify the accuracy of any of this. I pass it on it hopes that it may be true.


> Dear All,
>
> Kindly forgive the brevity and the lack of
> formatting of the following email. I am now sending
> this information out as we are now receiving it. As
> many of you are now aware phone lines have been cut,
> mobile networks have been disabled, and Internet
> access has also been disabled. Information,
> therefore, is now very difficult to obtain and
> confirm. I therefore am unable to confirm any of
> that which follows, but my sources are adamant that
> this is the truth:
>
>
> Soldiers from LID #66 have turned their weapons
> against other SPDC soldiers and possibly police in
> North Okkalappa township in Rangoon and are
> defending the protesters. At present unsure how
> many soldiers involved. Some reports cite "heavy
> shooting" in the area.
>
>
> Other unconfirmed reports have stated that soldiers
> from LID #33 in Mandalay have refused orders to act
> against protesters. Some reports claim that many
> soldiers remained in their barracks. More recent
> reports now maintain that soldiers from LID #99 now
> being sent there to confront them.
>
>
> Reports of approx. 10,000+ protesters gathering
> around the Traders Hotel in Rangoon.
>
> Reports of 10,000+ protesters gathering at San Pya
> Market in Rangoon.
>
> Further reports of approx. 50,000 protestors
> gathering at the Thein Gyi Market in Rangoon.
> According to Mizzima, an unknown number of soldiers
> from Central Command and South East Command are
> presently on their way to Rangoon to reinforce SPDC
> army troops.
>
> Also according to Mizzima, an unknown number of
> aircraft have been scrambled from "Matehtilar"
> airbase - probably a reference to Meiktila in
> Mandalay Division.
>
> According to one journalist, SPDC have turned water
> cannons against crowds at Sule Pagoda. The report
> maintains that the water contained some type of
> chemical. awaiting further information.
>
>
> Please circulate this information as widely as as
> quickly as possible.
>
> Regards,
>
> Jason
> Research Director
> Human Rights Documentation Unit
> National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
ximinez: (Default)
2007-09-13 10:13 pm

More blatant self-promotion, as if you care.

A few days ago, I created a few syndicated accounts for some of my self-indulgent blather. I recently created another one for my Google Reader shared items at [livejournal.com profile] ximinez_greader. Again, shouldn't be much overlap with other feeds and such, just because of the way I use it.

This time, I waited until it initialized so that it won't slam anybody's friends page the first time around.
ximinez: (Default)
2007-09-07 10:06 pm

Hey, I forgot I could do that

Reminded earlier today that I can create syndicated accounts on LiveJournal now, I created one for my del.icio.us bookmarks at [livejournal.com profile] ximinez_delic, and one for my Twitter micro-blog at [livejournal.com profile] ximinez_twitter.

I don't tend to crosspost (much) between them, so anyone interested is not likely to see a whole lot of redundant garbage. No, it will be mostly new and unique garbage. How cool is that?

Edit: Catch up on your friends page before adding these. The first pull off the feed was a doozy.
ximinez: (Cardinal Ximinez)
2007-08-22 08:36 am

Ear bugs

Listening to TWiT this morning on the way in to work. They were talking about the 25th anniversary of the CD, and went around the panel talking about their first CD. Naturally, this triggered me to think about my first CD, which I'm kinda embarrassed to admit was Guns and Roses' Appetite for Destruction. Coincidentally, Anna was going through my CD collection the other day, and asked me to play that CD for her. (Because she "thought it would be cool." Heh.)

With the combination of the two, now I've got Welcome to the Jungle stuck in my head, and I can't shake it.

Maybe I'll re-queue Coverville's Led Zeppelin cover story to try to drown it out... ;)
ximinez: (Default)
2007-05-30 06:42 pm

Keyboard woes

I wonder if there will be a nice ergonomic keyboard in today's woot off.

My keyboard suddenly died. They tend to do that when you spill half a glass of water into them.

*sigh*

Luckily, I kept the keyboard that came with my computer. Unfortunately, it's a "normal" keyboard that my big hands and bitchy wrists are having trouble with. As a bonus, most of the "extra" keys surprisingly seem to work with my out-of-the-box Ubuntu Linux installation. On the downside, the calculator button is crammed in next to the left ctrl key, and I keep hitting it by accident.

So, in all, not dead in the water, but not very happy about it either.
ximinez: (Default)
2007-05-01 08:44 am

First of May

Somebody celebrate for us, because this house sure ain't in the mood...



I woke up this morning
I had a scone and a large house blend
And then a little conversation with my squirrel and chipmunk friends
I said I’m sick and tired of winter
And I wish that it was spring
And then a little fellow named Robin Redbreast
Began to sing

And he sang
Ooh ooh child, what’d you think the cold winter’s gonna last forever?
Ooh ooh child, now’s the time for all the people to get together
Outside

Cause it’s the first of May, first of May
Outdoor fucking starts today
So bring your favorite lady
Or at least your favorite lay
The water’s not cold baby dip in your big toe
Maybe I’ll see you in flagrante delicto
Grass below you, sky above
Celebrate spring with a crazy little thing called fucking outside

I thanked him for the information
I cried a little when he flew away
I watched an episode of The People’s Court
And I tried to plan my day
I called up my old lady
She wasn’t home so I called my girl
I asked her if she’d like to join me as I
Entertain the world

And I said
Ooh ooh child, I’ll bring a blanket and I promise I will brush the ants off
Ooh ooh child, you’re gonna like it when we’re taking each other’s pants off
Outside

Cause it’s the first of May, first of May
Outdoor fucking starts today
So bring your favorite lady
Or at least your favorite lay
The water’s not cold baby dip in your big toe
Maybe I’ll see you in flagrante delicto
Grass below you, sky above
Celebrate spring with a crazy little thing called fucking outside

So we went to the park together
We were walking in the midday sun
We met all kinds of people and we
We fucked everyone
We fucked a lady who sells ice cream
We fucked a man with a tan Shar Pei
Everyone who needed fucking well they
They got fucked today

So come on
Ooh ooh child, open your mind and your heart, feel the spirit moving through you
Ooh ooh child, you’ll feel the warmth of the love when I stick it to you
Outside

Cause it’s the first of May, first of May
Outdoor fucking starts today
So bring your favorite lady
Or at least your favorite lay
The water’s not cold baby dip in your big toe
Maybe I’ll see you in flagrante delicto
Grass below you, sky above
Celebrate spring with a crazy little thing called fucking outside

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/First%20of%20May
ximinez: (Default)
2007-04-11 09:36 am

Ear bugs

I hate this new-ish Alka Seltzer commercial - the one with the fake rock / concert video. There's one hook that keeps getting stuck in my head, and I'm having the damnedest time shaking it.
ximinez: (Default)
2007-02-11 10:10 am
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Breaking News

This just in! Anna Nicole Smith is still dead!
ximinez: (evolution)
2007-02-06 06:33 pm
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ximinez: (Default)
2007-01-26 12:22 pm
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How to tell you're a geek.

How to tell you're a geek, #21043:

This comic:

breaks your fracking heart...
ximinez: (Default)
2007-01-01 11:37 am
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Bleh

Happy Fucking New Year.
ximinez: (Default)
2006-12-29 10:30 pm
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Hey kids!

Anybody wanna guess what time it is?!?!
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Edit: Anybody have any experience buying machines with Linux pre-installed? I'm thinking laptop, but mostly, I want something that mostly works out of the box. I don't have time to do a full install, mess with drivers, etc. I found http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux_laptops.html via Google, but never heard of them. Opinions?

P.S. Will that smell ever get out of my nose???

P.P.S. [livejournal.com profile] fizzgig_bites is infinitely more patient than I!