bryan coe digital marketing strategist

Bill and Jerry… Chewy Computers

Localization project, Canada, Berks United and FC Blackbird

Busy, busy, busy. I have been working on a localization project that is kicking my butt. I won the project a few months ago as part of a larger project. Then got involved with some other projects and when I came back to this won last week I realized I forgot how big it was. So, I started right away. But, the saying goes. “If it can go wrong it will.” or Murphy’s law… something like that anyway. So, I planned on taking the weekend and banging out a bunch of it. Well, of course I discovered I had a trojan horse on my computer. Perfect! Spent the whole weekend cleaning that up. (I’m not sure it is completely healed actually. Then I discovered that I had to do a bunch of editing on the source file to be able to translate it correctly. Lost more time. So, a week and a half of little sleep and lots of stress. I’m coming down with a cold. What sucks is I’m heading to Canada for a tournament with my outdoor team Berks United early tomorrow. Really don’t need to be sick for a weekend of soccer and drinking. But, I’m a trooper. πŸ˜‰

I’m excited about heading to our great white neighbor to the north. I haven’t been there for years. Not since Julian and I used to peruse Kingston. πŸ˜‰ We’re going to London.. not Kingston but it will be great to be back, eh?

Before that though my O-30 Premier League team FC Blackbird has a play off game. We are in first place for regular play, so we play the last place team called Principal. They’re in last but we seem to have trouble with them for some reason. Hopefully we can break that tonight! I want to bring home the championship t-shirts!

Geek Flowchart

Very geeky… can you relate to any of it?
“Created by Sam Potts from the The New York Times.” Click on the image to see full size.


Seriously, what is wrong with Comcast???

I just wasted almost 2 hours trying to get my computer to work!!
For some reason this morning when went to start working this morning, my computer was at the log in screen. Strange, because I didn’t turn it off last night. Then I realized my server was at the log in screen too. So, I chalked it up to good old MS Update Tuesdays. So, then I couldn’t connect to the internet with a browser. IM worked, but no browser. Did every scan I know, thinking maybe I had a virus. Still nothing… checked the server… same issues. Ok maybe something is wrong with my router… rebooted… more of the same. Updated the firmware, which meant reconfiguring all my old settings. Still no better! Only thing left is it has to be my provider.. Comcast. So, I fooled around with rebooting the cable modem etc. Still nothing.

Then after getting sick of it and wanting to throw it everything out the window. (I controlled myself though) Boom! Everything works again?!?!?

Grrrr… should have just let it go and done nothing… OK, now time to actually get some work done.

Forget the Beer Meister… Try the Beer PC!!

Finally a PC that does what you want it to…

Who said IT people don’t know how to have fun???

Computer Industry Vs. the Auto Industry

Ah, the urban legend… This is a copy of a forward that has been circulating since 1999 or maybe even earlier, but it’s still funny: (Although some cars are coming with start button now. πŸ˜‰ #13)


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX). Bill Gates reportedly compared the
computer industry with the auto industry and stated: "If GM had kept up
with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving
$25 cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon." In response to Bill's
comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving
cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy
a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason and you
would just accept this, restart and drive on.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause
your car to shut down and refuse to restart. In which case you would
have to reinstall the engine.

5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought
"Car95" or "CarNT" but, then you would have to buy more seats.

6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun. Reliable,
five times as fast and twice as easy to drive. But, it would only run on
5% of the roads.

7. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be
replaced by a single "general car fault" warning light.

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

9. The airbag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.

10. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out
and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lift the door handle.
turn the key and grab hold of the radio antenna.

11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of
Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary); even though they neither
need them or want them. Attempting to delete this option would
immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more.
Moreover. GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice

12. Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn
how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate
in the same manner as the old car.

13. You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.