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Last Thursday (9th Sep) I had a sick day. I never realised having a listed number was so dangerous, I had three telemarketers call me. Wow so I have to have a phone line so I can get ADSL and pay the monthly phone line rental. Just so that I can be bombarded with calls from people trying to sell me something.

Well not really sell me anything it’s trying to save me money on my mortgage, but wait a minute I rent. This wouldn’t annoy me so much if they asked if I had a mortgage first, however this is not the case you have to go through about 2 minutes of spiel before you even get to say no thanks.

p The bigger problem with this is that they now use automatic dialing machines you have to sit there for a couple of seconds saying hello before someone is even there to talk back.

Oh well I suppose one day I’ll just go to cable internet and an IP phone and hopefully say goodbye to all this random call SPAM which is what it really is but we cannot install a spam filter to get rid of it :(.

One question remains we all know email spam doesn’t get a great reply rate. With a 1 in 100,000 response rate for an email Spam run to be profitable and 1 in 100 for Postal spam (figures from I wonder would make a telephone spam run be effective? 1 in 50, 1 in 10, 1 in 5?

In the end I have to answer “Number withheld” calls because many legitimate businesses and people call me from withheld numbers and I really don’t want to take my number out of the phone book because I for one use the white pages often to find a phone number. I guess this is just one of those things that you have to deal with in the consumer driven world.


This is my first post written on my Palm Tungsten E. Since I only realy need a plain text editor to accomplish this I am just using Palm Memos. Just from this short paragraph I can see that this may take quite a while :smile:. Even with Graffiti 2 I make almost as many bad characters as I make good.

Anyway the reason that I am writing on my pda is that my computer here at work is being used by Rational Robot in combination with PureCoverage to generate coverage analysis of our automated test suite. I would think that IBM would be able to make these two tools work well together. Like I have changed all of the ‘StartApplication’ to ‘StartAppUnderCoverage’ so Robot knows that the app is running under hevey instrementation it could just increase the amount of time that it waits between commands. Or at least wait while an instance of PureCoverage finishes automerging the last run. But Nooo it doesn’t so now what was an “automated” GUI test suite turns in to a hand holding event.

So as it turns out I have just spent today reading Free Culture by Laurence Lessig on my pda while keeping one eye on the automated tests. So being very tired and just sitting here playing baby sitter all day just using my pda makes for a very long day… Oh well my strike rate is getting higher will probably go back to reading and hey at least I still get paid the same whether I feel productive or not :wink:.

Geekboy vs Car

Any geek would know that would know that to be successful you need to know one of two things; Computers or Cars. But not necessarily both.

Well when I was driving home with my wife on Saturday my Toyota Corona’s temperature gage went into the red :eek:. So I pulled over and refilled the overflow thinking that I had just forgot to fill it up. Waited 10 minutes then set off again. The gage quickly went into the red again but this time I was not stopping for anyone.

When I pulled up at home the car was sizzling, black smoke and everything, maybe running the car on red for 10 minutes was not such the great idea I first thought it was.

Anyway I left the car for a few hours then went back and opened the radiator and found it empty. So naturally I filled it up, 5 litres of water later it was full. Now to check where that leak was coming from. I noticed a slow drip coming from somewhere in the engine. But it was slow so I thought I would just keep topping it up every couple of days till I could get the car to a mechanic.

When I got up on Sunday all looked good only about 300ml had seemed to have leaked out again so no worries. However after a while the car went back into the red again. I had lost all my radiator fluid again. So I got on the phone to my Father in law (my mechanic :wink:) and was running through the problem with him when I realised that the leak wasn’t coming from the engine but from one of the heater hoses the same hose that had a leak last time I ran into this problem.

So off I went and go my trusty PC repair kit, why because I don’t have any screwdrivers in my toolbox :smile:, un-screwed the clasp around the hose and cut off the end where the split was. Clasped the hose back onto the car and away we went.

So in the end the car has no permanent damage and I proved that a Geekboy like myself does have a chance of doing the manly thing and fixing his car without having to pay an exorbitant amount to a mechanic, may Dad hasn’t failed at teaching me how to fix my own car after all :smile:. All’s well that ends well and I live to drive my 20 year old car for another day.

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