windows, net comments edit

After fighting shell extensions for my Junction Shell Extension project, I know what a pain it is. I can only imagine that this Sky Software “EZShellExtensions.Net” product will make that vastly easier. Of course, at $95 per developer, I’m not sure if it fits my $0 software budget, but if I really got into it, that might be the way to go.

We got the invoice for what the food will cost if we invite the full 125 people that we were going to and have all the hors d’oeuvres and such the way we want. It comes to somewhere between “Seasonal Pricing” and “$CALL,” so we’re looking at possible amendments to things.

We know we want that catering place because I don’t want shitty wedding food. I refuse to show up to my own reception and not want what’s at the buffet. I can do that at anyone else’s wedding (sorry, all you people whose weddings I’ve been to, but it’s true - I can’t do another “army pan of teriyaki chicken”). So some changes have to be made.

First, I think we’ll cut slightly back on the food. If we nix the butler-served hors d’oeuvres (you didn’t all actually want the spinach and artichoke dip on bruschetta or the crab cakes, did you?), that’ll save quite a bit, and there are some minor changes to the menu we might be able to do (selecting a different beef dish, for example) to reduce cost… but the largest way to reduce cost is to reduce head count.

As such, we’re going back over the list of potential invitees. Generally speaking, family is safe… but friends we haven’t seen in a looooong time, really distant relatives, people who haven’t actually met one of us already… probably not going to make the list. I had a lot of work people on the list, but I just can’t afford it, so if I work with you but you’re not a) someone I hang out with weekends; b) a really good friend from before I started Corillian; or c) in the wedding party… I don’t know you’ll be getting an invite. Sorry. It’s nothing personal.

Instead, what we’re toying with is a sort of open house deal where it’s a little less formal, possibly a week after the wedding (when we get back from vacation), and that’s where we’ll invite all the people we couldn’t get before.

Of course, that’s all still being discussed, so this whole point might be moot. We’ll see. Jenn’s going to run some more numbers and see how it all comes out.

hardware comments edit

Friday night I became aware that my phone, a Motorola V180, was able to send SMS messages (text messages), but I couldn’t receive them. An hour on the phone with Cingular got me to the Motorola help desk where I found out that there’s a known issue with the V180 software. They discovered this in December, but somehow they didn’t notify anyone and I don’t see it anywhere on their web site.

To determine if you have the affected software, dial *#9999# on your phone. That will show you the version number (look for “S/W Version”). The version on my phone right now is R365_G_0B.D2.2ER. The important bit there is the 0B.D2.2ER part - that’s the version. If you have 0B.D3.06R or better, you’re not affected by this problem. If you have less than that, you will have issues with SMS messages (both text and multimedia) as well as “other problems” that the service person didn’t bother listing off.

How do you fix it? Well, in this day and age, with a phone that has a USB link to it, you’d think you could just download the ROM from the web site, hook the phone up, and update the software yourself. Not so. You can either send your phone in and have them update the software for you and send it back; or you can have them send you a replacement, you can transfer your information over to the new one yourself, and then send in your affected phone. Either way, they have to do the update at the factory.

That’s one of the benefits of having this thing through work - I go talk to our telecomm guy and the problem solves itself.

Had a really awesome weekend. Friday night got together with Stu and Tiff and all of us went shopping at Washington Square. Stu and I set a new record for shoe buying - 10 minutes from store entry to store exit. Came out with some pretty nice dress shoes, too. Dinner at Newport Bay and some games back at our place and the night was a success.

Saturday we woke up to the neighbor’s dog barking. Again. Still. I’ve talked to the guy about it before (it’s a reasonably new dog, just been here a few weeks) and he said he’d take care of it, but it seems that any time they leave their house and the dog gets put outside, it barks… and barks… and barks… for hours at a time, no end in sight. I left the guy another note; hopefully he’ll get this together. I’m going to play a “three strikes, you’re out” sort of thing on this - one more time and I’m calling the cops. That dog barked from 8:00a until at least 10:00a.

At 2:00p, though, Stu and Tiff came over again and we went to a catering tasting at Premiere Catering. Tasty, tasty, tasty. We’ll definitely be going with them for the wedding food. The preliminary menu is looking like:

  • Bruschetta with spinach and artichoke dip for hors d’oeuveres
  • Fresh green salad with assorted dressings
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Assorted breads
  • Chicken piccatta with raspberry sauce on the side
  • Top sirloin with a brandy/vermouth reduction sauce
  • Pesto ravioli
  • Ginger/plum ravioli

It’s going to be the first wedding I’ve been to where I’m actually stoked about the food.

We went home after that and we all got dressed up because that night we had tickets for the Cirque du Soleil show, Varekai. Amazing. Astounding. Beautiful. As usual, Cirque put on a fantastic show and we all loved it. It was Jenn’s third Cirque show and she liked it better than the last ones; it was Stu and Tiff’s first, so it was a fantastic introduction for them to the world of Cirque. I can’t wait until they come back.

Sunday morning I woke up with another of my recent headaches. I think this one was more sinus-related, and with Spring here I don’t doubt it. I’ve started back on the Allegra so maybe I can pass on some of the symptoms. (I’m sure this would have been much worse already had I not taken allergy shots, but the shots didn’t 100% cure me, so I’ve got to supplement.)

Anyway, Sunday was spent lounging about nursing the headache - napping, watching some TV, and playing Playstation 2. I’ve been having a fabulous time with the 24 game - they really got that one right. It’s a total blast and it’s all I could have hoped for in such a game. Not too difficult, not monotonous, all the characters with the real voices… definitely worth the time and money.

And now it’s Monday. No headache, which ties in with a theory I’m working on: Before going to bed on Friday, I had a couple of wine coolers with the gang when they were over and Saturday I didn’t wake up with a headache. No drink on Saturday night and Sunday there was a headache. Had another wine cooler last night before bed - no headache. I’m curious if the alcohol is slowing my brain down enough to relax so I can sleep. Not that I’m going alcoholic with it or anything, but I’m curious if that’s the case.