28 April 2005

ASM *NOT* Considered Harmful

OK, last night I was going to get to bed at 2200 because I had to be at the office early for a surprise birthday breakfast for our CEO. Well, I took a shower and then was bad and sat down at the computer to see about finishing off Lab 6 for assembler class. By 2315 I had it almost done the way I wanted it. It links up nice and does what it's supposed to but I still want to take the averaging out to a subroutine. Then I'll call it done and have Lab 7 halfway done to boot :)

22 April 2005

A Better IM Client

I've been doing the IM thing on and off over several years now, first starting with an early beta of ICQ (yes, *WAY* before AOL bought Mirabilis out), then using AIM for a while when ICQ became bloated to all hell and ridden with spam. Lately, it's been Yahoo--er, sorry Y! ;)--messenger. I've tried the Trillian client a couple of times. It used to crash, so I gave up on it then. Now it seems stable, but on my laptop, which currently has just 256MB of RAM it is proving to be too much of a resource hog. Time to get rid of the pig! Enter Miranda IM. Out of the box the 0.4 release supports AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN, and the Yahoo network. More than enough for my needs. Did I mention that the download is less than a MEG? Right now it's running and using just 8MB. Not too shabby for a reasonably complex windows application in my book.

18 April 2005

Free Journals!

I just wanted to highlight the link to the Directory of Open Access Journals that I put in the right sidebar. What a great resource if you're doing research and the library is closed!

You should definitely check it out. Even if you're not doing research you should check it out because more people should read research materials.

Science baby.... Everything else is a wash.

The First Post

I figured it'd be a good idea to ring off on a positive note so I'll espouse on a good online customer service experience.

I ordered a roof rack last night from The Rack Warehouse. Just a few hours ago I got a plesent email that had the aura of actual human writing that explained that one of the parts was out of stock, when it would be in stock, and what would I like to do about it. I replied, stating that I wasn't really in a hurry, and to just make sure that I eventually would recieve all the parts. Suprise Suprise. I got a reply the next time my email client checked for mail that stated that they'd ship one big shipment with everything when the backordered part arrived.

People--yes, you who has an Internet business!--is it really this hard to provide this excelent level of customer service? Why is it, countless other times, I've had to fight, tooth and nail, to even get the correct product delivered? We'll find out soon enough if The Rack Warehouse comes through and everything is in order but they've already raised themselves above quite a number of businesses.