Can’t find the problem, say there isn’t one–that’s the Compaq way

My computer is still broken–it broken when I was at MAX, right before my preso. I took it in to CompUSA where I bought it (at the time I had to get it same day, so ordering online wasn’t an option) for service and they sent it in to Compaq. Before sending it in they confirmed the computer wouldn’t boot.

Apparently Compaq looked at it, didn’t find a problem, and sent it back marked not reproducible. The computer doesn’t boot. How can you not reproduce this problem? So CompUSA is sending it again back to Compaq and I’m still without a laptop.

The list of companies and products I won’t use is getting longer now… CompUSA, Compaq, HP, Toshiba. I should probably just stick with an abacus, they don’t break.

Sam Neff a Dad!

SamÂ’s been away the past couple of days for a good reason. He is now the proud father of Benjamin Ryan Neff, the latest addition to the Neff family. Benjamin was born March 11, 2004 at 1:44 am and weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz and 20.75 inches long. If you donÂ’t see Sam around much in cyberspace, heÂ’s probably busy changing diapers:)

Congratulations Sam!

More reasons not to trust instant messenger

We’ve been using Yahoo instant messenger for a few years within our company–we’re all spread out amongst several different offices. We’ve run into issues before where characters get converted to smileys unintentionally–as often happens with code–or with messages never being received, but today for the first time we actually had a message sent incorrectly.

yahoo error

Chafic’s window is on the left and mine is on the right. Notice the code in the middle, <html get’s converted to Zhtml. Not sure what caused that.