Dec 31, 2001

Happy New Year and a holiday gift for you
It's been a yin and yang sort of year. Some good, some bad. Either way I thought I should do my part to make the next year more productive. Introducing Cheatsheet Creator version 1.1 now with dynamic cheatsheet creation. Let me know what you think. Cheers to aught two!
I'm a lumberjack (and I'm ok?)

December 25, 2001 - The Shellen brothers enjoy their lumberjack tukes.

Dec 25, 2001

Merry Christmas
Jason and Allison Shellen
This is becoming a tradition with Allison and I. We feel like Robert and Vera Goulet.

Dec 20, 2001

A funny thing happened....
So Jish ran a link to a funny thing. People left funny comments on his site. Things got funnier. It's still funny. Go read the comments now before it becomes unfunny, if it hasn't already by my saying the word funny seven times.

Dec 18, 2001

Blogdex Bookmarklets
Ever been on a web page and wanted to see how it ranked on Blogdex? Me neither. No seriously, I just created a couple of Blogdex related bookmarklets. To use these just drag them into your links bar in IE or Netscape. To be honest, I'm not sure that someone hasn't done this before but so far I haven't found them. Enjoy.

Dec 15, 2001

Mommy, can we keep it?

My sister in-law Jeannine finds the perfect tree for the Fitzpatrick homestead during the annual trek to the Santa Cruz mountains

Dec 12, 2001

Smoked, salted fish quotient filled for the last half of 2001
A Noah's sun-dried tomato bagel with New York lox and cream cheese must be the best bagel combo ever. Luckily I have cut these down to one every three months or I would look like a house boat.

Dec 10, 2001

So you have Windows XP and AT&T Broadband?
Nope. It's not just you. Your connection is slow, you can't connect to many websites and AT&T is no help whatsoever. No worries mate. Other users are your best bet at finding solutions to these technical maladies. Users at DSLReports and the newsgroup cableinet.cable_modems have been exceptionally helpful during the service swap. I suggest trying this workaround which has made all the difference in the world to me if you are having page time out issues and dropped connections.
From the cableinet.cable_modems newsgroup:
From control panel click on administrator tools
Then computer management
Then just click the + sign next to Services and Apps
Then highlight Services
Now to the box on the right find dns client and 
change to Manual by double clicking DNS client.
Now go to command prombt and type in ipconfig /flushdns
Restart Internet explorer and go
I have not had one single page cannot be found since
[update: 10:16 PM]
Service dropped out again. This time (as suggested in the above resources) I not only changed to 'Manual' but also stopped the service from running. That seems to have done the trick. We shall see.
I'm naked
Dad just called to tell me that NPR is currently talking about blogs. Turns out it's a piece by Xerox PARC linguist Geoffrey Nunberg on Fresh Air. You can listen to the piece in Real Audio here. Nunberg calls bloggers exhibitionists with a lot of time on their hands. I'm pretty sure Geoff was talking about a different site. Surely not shellen.com.

Dec 7, 2001

I ache (or stick out your ethernet cable and say ahh)
I ache. Not in a longing to kiss your sweetheart after a long journey kind of way either. I ache in an 'every time I sneeze my elbows and neck hurt and I have to lie down' sort of way. After a pretty decent attempt to fend off the cold which Allison had battled with last weekend I finally came down with the same germy strain of creeping crud that has grabbed most of the West Coast. I was pretty sure I would get sick earlier in the week. Oddly enough I didn't even have any symptoms until Wednesday. A full three days after Taylor and I accepted my neighbor's invitation to take his season tickets to the Raiders game.

We stood in the rain and cold at the Oakland Coliseum among the most rabid fans I've ever seen. This could be due in part to the average fan consuming roughly $49 worth of beer. Sadly, that is only 7 beers bringing us to the mind splitting total of $7 a beer! In my book $49 worth of beer would equal 59 Gordon Biersch Märzens in a bottle! I digress. I'm not necessarily a Raiders fan but I do like football, plus ex-49'er Jerry Rice caught some great passes on Sunday and the Raiders went into overtime (then blew it) but it was still a good time.

My internet connection thru Excite@Home is now in the hands of AT&T. I was back up on Monday, partially and it has been spotty at best since then. Every half an hour or so I lose access to about 66% of the websites I normally visit although mail and ftp functions seem to work ok. It's strange and I hope it gets sorted out soon. Half of my IM clients don't work correctly either.

I'm taking this weekend to let myself heal. I'm giving my broadband connection the same prescription, drink lots of fluids and stay in bed. If we are both still sick on Monday I'm calling the doctor and the local dsl provider. I hope I won't need either.

Dec 1, 2001

Excite@Home News
If you are a cable internet subscriber like me, then you woke up to a blinking cable modem and no internet service. It appears that if your @Home service was through AT&T that service is permanently down. AT&T even called me and other users this morning to notify us of the outage. They stated that I would be switched to the AT&T network between 7 to 10 days and would receive a service credit of two days for every one day I was without service. There have been warning signs, letters from AT&T, and wide speculation that this would happen. AT&T has even built a parallel network to switch over former @Home users. Anyway, the next few weeks will be interesting for former @Home users. Switched mail servers, web servers, and new IP addresses will be loads of fun for those not familiar with all this tech jargon. Below are some of the resources I have used to make sense of the current ordeal. By the way, I am typing this via my backup dial-up account that I keep around for instances just like this. You might be on a backup too if you are reading this. I'll keep you posted when I'm back online with AT&T, but until then my email response will be slower than normal (that's pretty damn slow).
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