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Nothing really to report about the interview. It was mainly an evaluation to see that I can actually string a few words together, have career goals, etc. That apparently went fine (she said as much), so now my info gets passed on to the department. Hopefully that won't take forever. The *one* thing I'll miss if/when I get this job is the short drive to work. Ok, so Broadway really isn't all that far, but being a mile from work is very, very nice.

Just to be clear, that's the *only* thing I'll miss.

I'm happy to report that the snow blower has started up on the first pull two days in a row, after sitting in the shed since last winter. It's got an electric starter, but hell, that's just more work if it's going to start right up.

Kerry seems to be on a roll. Interesting. I'll guess we'll see how things pan out.

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News, news, news... I'm (*finally*) done with Lexmark on the weekends, sans the occasional day here and there to fill in for someone. It's really nice to actually be able to do things on the weekend again; 11-4 kind of breaks your whole day up.

In job news, I've got a meeting on Tuesday for "Internet Developer I" at WPS. Details are sketchy at the moment, but it looks promising: I'd be going from hourly to salaried, Entry to IS, and union to non-union. And, of course, I'd actually be using my degree. Fingers are crossed.

Not much else at the moment. If anyone's seen my copy of Buffalo Springfield, I'm looking for it.

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Beard or goatee?

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One of the many reasons WPS is really, really dumb...

Today I was looking over a claim for somebody and came across something I wasn't sure about. There were three possible answers. I proceeded to ask five different people and got - you guessed it - all three answers. And not only that, some of the people were very sure some of the other answers were wrong. Like one person saying "you have to go with [answer 1]" and the next saying "well, I'm not sure, but I sure know it isn't [answer 1]".

And they wonder why people get confused.

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So apparently Global Village is still around, kind of (they are now owned by Zoom). I never did like their modems, but I distinctly remember our old Performa 630 coming with a Global Village 2400 bps modem and thinking "what am I ever going to use this for?" That thing also came with 10 free hours (!) of AOL and some free time on eWorld too (never did try that). Speaking of AOL, I seem to recall that in Racine they held out at 2400 long after 14.4 was available, and perhaps even 28.8.

Of course, I always liked Supra modems, until they were purchased by Diamond, that is. Between the metal case and the little LED display on the front that told you exactly what speed you were currently connected at (it would update if your actual speed changed), those things rocked. I was even able to flash it up to 33.6. I still have that, actually...

While I'm waxing nostalgic, I found this from an old issue of TidBITS - it makes me feel old:
Uploading 30K issues of TidBITS, which used to take about 90 seconds at 2,400 bps now takes about 11 seconds. Massive QuickTime movies and HyperCard stacks might take fifteen minutes, but you'll be hard pressed to download anything for much longer than that. Gone are the days of hour-long downloads.
I won't even get into Jaz drives, K56flex vs. x2, running games in 256 colors, or being excited when Netscape released beta 1 of v2.0.

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.