Moving on

Posted by Tim Connor Sun, 25 Oct 2009 21:15:00 GMT

I rarely update this blog, possibly because dealing with Typo is more than I can bothered to do anymore. So I am caching it to HTML, and moving on to newer lighter-weight approaches that require no maintenance from me. This blog will be moving to http://oldblog.timocracy.com and a redirect put in place for all the old content. http://www.timocracy.com will continue to be my home on the web; I may just set-up a redirect (or maybe proxy everything) in Apache to my tumblog.

Follow-up on the iPhone theft +1 for Amex and SFPD

Posted by Tim Connor Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:51:00 GMT

Getting insurance money from American Express for the theft of my iPhone was straight-forward. It is only the purchases price ($299 + tax), not the replacement value, but that is better than nothing.

Also an Inspector from the San Francisco Police Department just called me to record an electronic statement. Apparently they got good enough video from the muni cameras to make a bulletin from, so they want my statement on hand for a follow-up if someone identifies suspects. I have to say, throughout this SFPD has been friendly, responsive, and more pro-active than I expected. I wonder if that is at all affected by me being a well-off, educated, white, male? All I know is they seemed far more interested in this than SLC PD where for a car theft, and a couple break-ins, I had. Maybe the involvement of a gun make a difference.

On iPhone theft and chasing down an armed robber 8

Posted by Tim Connor Sat, 17 Jan 2009 22:33:00 GMT

Sorry for the stream of consciousness, lack of paragraphs, but I am still wired on adrenaline.

Those of you with my phone number, it won’t be good for a little bit. My phone just got snagged out of my hand on the bus. The guy doing the snatch and grab, ran out of the bus as he grabbed it, while his fat compatriot tailed behind him running interference. I kicked off my shoes as I chased after the guy with the phone and weaved around the fat guy out into the street and around the corner after my phone. I pushed the robber up against the chain link fence as I caught up to him, and his gun fell out of his pants. His fat buddy, behind me a little said something to the effect of “what the fuck are you doing” while he said “I didn’t grab it, it fell.” Thinking he meant he missed the grab I let him go as he fumbled for the gun (stupid, I know, but I didn’t know what else to do with him, what try and beat the snot out of the two of them, that’d be assault. And the gun hadn’t registered yet, or had just barely started falling) and went back to look for my phone. Of course, it wasn’t there because the robber had it.

The bus driver called it in to the cops, who took all my info and witness account and gave me a drive home. They are hoping to get something good off the cameras on the bus, and I have a case number. I am canceling all the passwords of things that might be saved on my phone, and already canceled service to it.

update

I just realized when he said “I didn’t grab it, it just fell” he was referring to his gun, to let me know he was not pulling it on me. That makes it somehow more real and scary to accept that he could have been.

Back up and running

Posted by Tim Connor Sun, 25 Feb 2007 21:53:00 GMT

As you can no doubt see, this blog has return from its hiatus. As I’ve complained about before, running Typo on Dreamhost isn’t that dependable, so while I was busy wrapping up the sale of my condo and then moving to Tucson, I let it slide. But now that I am somewhat settled in, I’ve gotten around to the updating, tweaking, and praying required to get everything working again, and will probably be keeping a little closer eye on it.

I’ve turned on various spam protection measures (such as Akismet, disabling non-ajax commenting. moderation, etc), and am hoping that will alleviate some of the performance issues. If not I am thinking of moving onto a new system- looking for something that is less of a pain for me to maintain with this set-up, since I will be needing to get a job, and thus will have better things to do with my time than getting frustrated with Typo/Dreamhost-fcgi. I’ve been considering the newest kid on the block in the Rails blogging world SimpleLog, but maybe things will stay functional enough that I don’t have to go down that road and spend more time converting everything over.

Either way, I’ll be posting again here some, as I work on finally getting the Lost River Outfitter’s site updated with the new functionality that I promised them as a Christmas present ages ago, and then finally get around to playing with some of my ideas for InfoSauce 2.0. If I get a non-tech job (like my plan to work in a bike shop), I’ll probably be willing to spend more of my spare time developing, but either way I’ll try and post semi-regularly as I come across cool stuff.

As well, I’ll probably be working on getting the design updated with Stf’s work (after I feedback to her on the first round logo stuff), so I can get rid of the stupid placeholder header image, fixing the homepage nav in Safari, putting my resume up, and other house-keeping as I have time.

Managing your finances 2.0

Posted by Tim Connor Mon, 20 Nov 2006 17:00:00 GMT

Usually I patch together some dead reckoning summaries at the last minute to send to the accountant who does my family’s taxes, but I am going to be trying to get my books in order before the end of the year this time. Since I’ve rented out, fixed up, and am trying to sell my condo I really need to do this, just to track my deductions.

Well, some of my good friends run DimeWise, a very Web 2.0 finance manager, so I’ll be giving that a shot. At five bucks a month it couldn’t hurt to try it, and I have a free account, anyways. As such, it’s quite likely I will be posting here about my experiences, over the next however long it takes me.

All quiet on the western front

Posted by Tim Connor Sun, 05 Nov 2006 18:17:30 GMT

I’ve been fairly busy with the combination of fixing my condo up to sell and helping out on the app for the #caboose Rails documentation project. I’ll probably be posting some thoughts and things I learned working on that soon, and then I’m off to my granpa’s funeral for a week, so silence again.

That funky line-art is just a placeholder

Posted by Tim Connor Sun, 29 Oct 2006 01:26:24 GMT

I need to get Steph to whip up a real logo or something, one of these days. I just wanted to swap out the InfoSauce logo, because even though I like it, this is my personal blog, so I busted out a copy of Inkscape and went wild.