In defference to my buddy Branille, I’m neither dead, nor have I abandonded AM. I have been doing consulting work for my former employer, BANKLINK. Do to short deadlines and an under-defined app, I was up late. Once till 4:30AM.

Now I am getting some well deserved rest, not to mention catching up on my reading. Next step is to write the accompanying documentation, belch! I just hope they don’t hold-up payment for the docs.

In case the search puppy in Windows XP annoys you as much as it does myself, I have a quick and dirty way to lop off its perverbial balls. Here goes:

  1. Bring up a search window. Quickest way to do this hit the the WindowsKey and the letter F at the same time.
  2. Next, click the Change preferences link.
  3. Now, click the Change files and folders search behavior.
  4. Select the Advanced radio button (the bottom one), and click OK.

As you can see, you’ll have the good ‘ole Win2k search dialog. If you want to completely obliterate the puppy altogether, just right click him and select Turn off the animated character. W00f.

Folks, it’s official, Outlook no longer sucks. First off, rules finally work right (can anyone say “Mailing Lists”?). Also, group by conversation actually creates a threaded discussion a la mutt. Also, you can define favorite folders and they are displayed in a seperate window. There are so many improvements, but those are the two biggest gripes that I had with the previous versions.

Also, it’s truly amazing how much Outlook 2003 and Outlook Web Access 2003 look and function alike. Spooky.

[Listening to: andromeda]

The latest computer projections are showing that New Jersey may see it’s first category 2 hurrican since ’53. What does this mean? According to my sales manager, this would most likely result in widespread power outages lasting about a week. Anyway, I ordered a bunch of water to be delivered tommorow, and we’re stocking up on food and batteries.

Also, the generator should be good to go, seeing it ran for 6 hours during the blackout. I guess I’ll go to the supermarket tonigh and stock up on stuff for the fridge. People tend to wait till the last minute, and then it’s super-panic-city. As far as I’m concerned, Isabel is going to blow (pun intended)!

Now, do I schlep to the Depot or Loews and plink done for a generator of my own? Nah, fuck it, Worse comes to worse, I’ll just take the little portable jobbie we have here at the office. What;s a little 2Kw when we have 160Kw in the back?

Also, when you get a chance, checkout the data that Unisys has offer here.

So, my sales manager is a meterology buff. Anyhow, he came into my office two days ago to show me satellite pics of Isabel. To say the least, Isabel is one nasty bitch! Ok, here’s the prime media. NOAA has a site with excelent pics here. I have the first pic (large version) as my wallpaper. Needless to say, when this bitch makes landfall, she’s going to be kicking ass, and takin’ names. Thank god I don’t live below the Mason/Dixon line.

I would have to imagine that by the time she makes it to NJ, she’ll have blown most of her load over the Carolina’s. So, we get 90 mile an hour winds, and North Carolina get’s kicked in the proverbial balls. Now, we’ll have to see what really happens. The 5-Day Forecast Track puts the Carolina’s in the center of the kill zone. I hope no one plans on vacationing in the Outer Banks any time in the next decade, because it ain’t going be any place worth visiting, unless your an insurance adjuster.

Good luck!

[Listening to: Back In Black – Rock And Roll Ain%27t Noise Poll.mp3 ]

Thanks to the folks at the Rhode Island Cancer Council, we now have a way to feel better about eating a Whopper. Check out their
Fast Food Facts: Tips to reduce health risks associated with Fast Food. I personally liked the nutritional information (yes, there actually is nutrition in a Whopper) at the bottom of the page. BTW, lately I have been a Taco Bell junky. I get the #1.

Also, while you’re at the Taco Bell site, checkout their take on the California Recall Election. It’s very funny.