• Betty Crocker Catalog going out of business?

    18 Apr | 06
    • in Misc • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Wow! I just got a spam from Betty Crocker telling me I need to use my points before they close up shop! No way! According to their web site they are discontinuing the whole catalog thing. Of course, I haven't bought anything from them in ages (and don't intend to now, I'm still broke and looking for work). The last time I bought something was several years ago, and it was a large silverware set. I think I'm pretty much set for life now, I have 28 place settings for...

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  • Good test of programming logic skills?

    18 Apr | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I have recently been emailing back and forth with an HR department that is interested in hiring me for some contract programming work. They had their lead programmer build an online "test" to test my programming skills. I had been waiting for this in great anticipation to see what kind of crazy things they might ask and to see how much it might test programming logic skills and how much would be nothing more than checking syntax. Unfortunately their test did not work at all. On the...

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  • One button menus are cool

    09 Apr | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Last night I spent a couple of hours getting a one button menu working using the cable box display and a remote control. I added a third device that I'm going to use frequently to my entertainment center and I didn't want to get another remote out to change the input on the receiver. What's a one button menu? It's a menu that I can control using only a single button . There's no additional buttons for anything, not scrolling through the list or selecting items. The way I...

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  • Putting an end to spam with bBlog

    05 Apr | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    It took quite a while after I put up my blog before the spammers found it. But once they did they have been relentless. They clog it up every day with tons of comment spam and trackback spam. I've been going back to the bBlog site periodically checking for an update, but it seems that bBlog development ceased back in July of 2005. Sure, I could switch to some other blog software, but the reason I went with bBlog was because of the simplicity. I don't really want to try to figure out...

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  • A bit of necessity plus a lot of free time equals...

    31 Mar | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    The other day out of the blue my friend Rob asked what model of HP terminals we used to use at NVC. He says "Not the 150, the other ones." I'm still not sure why he wanted to know, but we had 262x series (2622, 2623, and color 2627) as well as 264x series. This reminded Pat of a crazy program I had written which ran on all of the terminals, but also had extra features on the touch screen HP 150. The program would let you turn an ordinary text terminal into a windowed terminal, and...

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