Archive for July 8th, 2010

Happy Birthday to me

I don’t usually blog about myself, but this is a special occasion, so bear with me and you won’t have to read it again for a while.

So today I turned the big 3-0. That’s right, thirty. I had that moment thinking to myself “Wow, I never thought I’d make it to thirty.” My younger years were rough around the edges, to say the least. Not much I care to go in to, really.

So today, after some stress around BlueHost’s CPU throttling mechanism, I decided to move the site to another host, MediaTemple. Any time the site would experience a load spike, BlueHost’s CPU throttling would choke the site down, pretty much to a standstill. Obviously I’m looking to gain traffic and be able to handle load spikes, so I thought that they might not be the service for me any longer.

So I moved the site to MediaTemple, and as I was waiting for things to get set up, I started thinking about all the ways the world has changed since I was in high school. I have no idea where the thought came from, it was just there.

Here’s some of the points:

  • In high school, having a set of encyclopedias was considered an asset. Today no one uses them.
  • In high school, you actually had to learn to use a card catalog. Today you learn how to use a search engine.
  • In high school, people knew which finger their index finger was, and why it was called that. Today no one has a clue.
  • In high school, people knew what plagiarism was, and knew it was bad. Today you can easily find five sources that have the same content word-for-word and no source, original author, link, or credit.
  • In high school, pagers were cool. Today, grade school kids have cell phones.

That was 12 years ago. What do you think things might be like 12 years from now?

Also, I did get much love on Facebook, which was nice. Thank you Facebook friends! (I thought most of you were ignoring me) ;) Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes.

All things considered, it was a good day today.

To everyone, thanks for reading.

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The almost indestructible phone case, part 2

See my previous post, The Almost Indestructible Phone Case.

So I got my new gray Innocase Surface about a week ago, and this morning I got out of my car at work and dropped my phone onto the concrete parking lot.

Result? A few scratches on the case.

I really have to hand it to Seidio for making some of the toughest phone cases I’ve ever seen. Although pricey, their cases feel great in the hand, aren’t too thick, and really stand up to the abuse.

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