Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Return to Blogspot and Google Reader

Return to Blogspot and Google Reader

I have returned to using blogspot a couple months ago. The primary reason was that I was looking into a good solution to documenting a software project that I was working on which I had decided to use Google Sites instead. That choice is still working very well for me. In the meantime, I figured I try to keep my blogs updated because of some "I don't know"-kind of feeling... maybe even a "Maybe someone will care"-kind of feeling.

Whatever the reasons may be, Blogspot has changed quite a bit since the previous time that I had used blogspot. I like the general feel, but as an engineer, I am slightly unsatisfied with the table functionality because I like grids and numbers.

One of the new features was a Reading List. I tested this by adding Evil HR Lady which I used to follow back when I was working with an software company that hosted an HR SaaS Solution. I still recall her posts being very interesting. Because I still remember her moniker, I suppose it had more of an impact than I thought or the relation to Catbert also made it easy to remember.

Back to the purpose of this blog, I added her to the reading list to see how this feature worked. It looked just like Google Reader, then I realized it was Google Reader. Wow. It has been a long time since I've followed that too. I used it as part of understanding SEO for a previous employment. I'm surprised that was still up since I recall Google Buzz not panning out well. Reader still looks the same too. Then I was surprised again to see all the followed subscriptions that I had from back then. There are way too many posts to catch up now.

PS: I recommend Evil HR Lady to anyone who wants to learn a bit more about general employment, human resource, and/or work life. I read some of the later ones which are somewhat interesting. I liked the much earlier posts more. I'm not sure if that is because she now works for CBS news (which I assume since her posts are now at It was a hobby back when I was following a long time ago. It may also be that she has answered so many questions making the newer ones to be more specific in nature and making it less relevant to me (ex polyamorous). Always a big fan of numbers and statistics, I enjoyed some recent posts (eg "How much does it cost companies to lose employees?").

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bored: Fantastical guitar-like instrument

Bored: Fantastical guitar-like instrument

This is a neat video of a fantasy guitar instrumental piece. I remember taking a computer graphics course and mine did not look anything like this. It is amazing the new technologies to 3d animation. I wonder how long it takes to compile the video.

Complaint: Verizon Support

Complaint: Verizon Support

For my personal wireless phone plan, I use Verizon Wireless. I have the Motorola Droid Razr. I also purchased the insurance on the phone. Below is my story about learning that I need a cable that allows data transfer and not all cables has this ability. All the cables charged my phone, but not all cables allowed data transfer.

A few months ago, I had an issue with the USB to Micro USB cable that came with the phone. They replaced this cable with a generic cable that seemed to work for me. Much later, I wanted to transfer files to my computer a realized that my phone no longer connected which worked when I first bought the phone to the same computer. I researched online and found that the most common issue was the cable.

I decided to go back to the store to explain and try to get my cable replaced with the proper cable. They said that it was working by connecting to his blackberry. I tried to explain that I had read online that a different type of cable was needed, but they continued to say that the cable is fine and added that it was the only model they had.

I left without my problem fixed. I returned home and ordered a couple cables from Amazon that specifically had my phone model in the description. Once received, I plugged them all in and they all worked perfectly fine. When you plug in the cable to the computer, I immediately notice that my phone will notify that it is being connected. Finally seeing the options that the Motorola site has been stating.

So this leaves me with a wasted trip to the store, frustration that they did not even recognize my issue, a cable that I have to remember not to use for data transfer, a lot of wasted time online, and me wondering why I am still paying for their phone insurance.


Use an Ecomoto cable. Below are the ones that I purchaed:

Related topics (ie variants of search terms I used in web search):

  Motorola USB cable not working
  PC / Computer not recognizing phone
  USB not connecting to PC
  Motorla Droid RAZR not detecting USB connection to PC