March 15, 2009

Microsoft Designer Problems

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 12:13 pm

Somewhere there’s a designer at Microsoft who thinks they’re really something special. So special that they have forced their horrible design on the world and are likely very proud of it.

I know the type… A person who truly believes that subtle little color differences are far superior and clean than more dramatic effects. The same type who think black text on a white background is a horrible choice – it must be all shades of gray, softly blending into each other. There’s no sense in making things usable; design trumps functionality always!

I work on a Mac almost all the time, but I do have a windows laptop for the occasional Excel document with lots of macros and other MS Office documents that just work better in their natural habitat. They just “upgraded” my Windows laptop and now I have Office 2007. I’ve been so incredibly frustrated ever since. I never know which window is active and am constantly clicking on background windows by accident. Yeah, I could work in full screen mode, but I don’t like to.

They give you only 3 color options out of the millions available – blue, gray or black and they’re all just different shades of the same color band. They completely ignored the Windows Theme for other windows – completely insane.

Anyway, so this is my frustration with Microsoft. Can you tell me which window is active? Yes, there are 4 windows stacked…

Microsoft Crap Design

Microsoft Crap Design

June 1, 2007

Last Day at AutoTrader.com

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 6:48 am

It’s been a long time since I’ve been around the pohodo space, but I thought this was news worthy.

After more than nine years of involvement with AutoTrader.com, this is my last day with the company. Anybody who knows me well knows that I’m not a big change kind of guy. heh. So this has taken some time to get used to the idea of leaving. I’ve met a lot of really great people at AutoTrader.com, and I’ll miss working with them on a daily basis. But at least I get to still attend all of the functions like the family picnic and Christmas party because I’ll be a spouse of the person who organizes those events :).

I’m moving over to a “sister” company within the Cox family — a place called Online Vehicle Exchange. It’s still an automotive company, but more dealer-facing with a more specifically targeted audience. It’s really about the best scenario that could have come up. I’ll be working for one of my favorite people in the industry, and somebody I can learn a tremendous amount from. I’ll also be working with a good friend and software engineer I worked with previously. I’ll be doing basically the same thing over there, but in a much smaller organization. I know enough people over there that’s it’s not as distressing as taking a job not knowing anybody.

So June is a big month for me! June 1st, my last day at AutoTrader.com. June 2nd, my bachelor party. June 4th, my new job start. June 22nd, getting married. July, hopefully a little slower pace. heh.

Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update 🙂

March 24, 2007


Filed under: General — pohodo @ 3:12 pm

Signing up for Technorati. I know, finally.

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January 17, 2007

The New Left Lane

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 6:32 pm

Karen and I recently took a weekend trip to Tennessee – yeehaw! The destination is pretty much irrelevant, but it did provide several hours of highway driving. I’ve done a lot of highway driving over the years, and I can definitely say that the driving skills of the United States population has only gotten worse. I guess you could draw some similar conclusions with the overall education of the country as well.

At any rate, it’s quite evident that the vast majority of drivers just don’t “get it.” I don’t understand why almost nobody knows how to drive on the highway. It seems so incredibly simple to me – the left lane is for passing, and that’s it. And passing doesn’t take place on cruise control going .2 miles per hour faster than the car being “passed.” What exactly am I missing?

On this particular trip, something odd happened. I spent a couple of hours on a six lane highway – three lanes in each direction. I ended up passing almost exclusively in the far right lane, which was almost completely empty. Meanwhile, the left two lanes had bumper to bumper cars all pacing each other maybe going the speed limit. I’m not talking about passing one or two cars in the right lane, I was passing ten and twenty cars at a time in a completely clear right lane. I was looking over in disbelief as everybody was waiting for the car in front of them to go faster or move over (at least I can only assume). How did this happen? Did I miss the memo?

January 7, 2007

2006 Recap

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 2:50 pm

Karen and I used our vacation time effectively and got to go to some cool places. We went to Miami for the Strictly Sail boat show to dream about sailing away, we went to Key West with some friends for a good time, made it to Jamaica for some Sun, and for a grand finale went to Tahiti for two weeks. Tahiti was a life-long dream vacation, so it was awesome that we finally got to go, and in pretty grand style. One of these days I may even post some pitures.

We got the majority of the house renovations complete. We have a brand new room off the back of the house, a completely renovated kitchen and dining room, and a much more open floorplan after removing a couple of load-bearing walls. There are still some small things to tidy up, but it looks great.

I got engaged, with a destination wedding already in the works. Guess I better practice up on my Spanish.

I guess that’s about it, in a small nutshell :).

October 29, 2006

A New Chapter

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 7:31 pm

I asked Karen to marry me Friday night, and she said yes :). I’m not very good at stuff like this, but in the end it all turned out very nicely. We went to dinner at the Capitol Grill in Buckhead – the same place as our first date. I wasn’t sure when to do it exactly, and ended up proposing after the soup/salad course. In lieu of my poor planning, the waiter saw it all going down and showed up immediately with champagne for a toast and gave Karen a rose. They even took a picture of us and printed it out. I can definitely recommend the place as a good proposal spot!

I wanted it to be a total surprise, but she got a little suspicious because I asked her if she wanted to go to dinner more than 24 hours in advance, which apparently, is quite out of character. The flowers didn’t help with the suspicions, either. heh. But, as predictable as I appear, I’m still quite hard to figure out on some things, so there was ample doubt.

If I do say so myself, I think I did a good job on the ring. I’ve caught her holding her hand out, looking at it several times since :). I’m sure she’ll be more than happy to show you.

It’s definitely the end of another chapter in my life. Many chapters have come and gone. Most of them have been great, and I’ve always had a little sadness at the end of each, resisting the inevitable change. So far, all of my life chapters have each provided more rich experiences than the previous ones. This new chapter is different than the rest in many ways, but most importantly It’s one that begins with more anticipation. I’m very excited about the future and what it holds for us, not just me anymore. I’m a much better person with Karen than I could possibly be on my own. Of course, we all know I have a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to the journey.

August 19, 2006

Flashing Blue Lights

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 7:50 am

On my way to work yesterday, I got a speeding ticket. I could rant about how, if my company didn’t move me to a new location 15 miles further away (in Atlanta traffic!), I wouldn’t have been in a position to soil my driving record. Or how I really don’t think it was possible for the cop to actually get a clear shot at me and just made up a number, and how there’s almost no way to even challenge something like that given the “due process” of the wonderful legal system surrounding traffic court. But I’ll save you any further pain in that regard. 🙂 After all, I’ve gotten away with a lot of stuff on the road over the years so I figure I was due.

I haven’t received a speeding ticket in well over a decade, and the experience brought back memories of my rather insane youth. Not that I was driving crazy, because I’ve come a long way in my driving since the old, renegade days. But because the entire process of getting a ticket is EXACTLY the same. Okay, so the police cars are more menacing looking, with their all-black, dark-windowed, low-profile lights and stuff. But other than that, I was shocked at how ancient everything seemed.

As far as I can tell, the entire world has been evolving pretty quickly in the technology boom of the past decade or so. When you get your drivers license in Georgia, you even have to give up a finger print that is embedded as data in your license, along with a bunch of other personal info (just like a credit card stripe). Every police car I’ve seen for a long time has a laptop attached to the dashboard. And yet, the ticketing system appears to be literally unchanged.

When the officer returned with my license, it was accompanied by the same carbon copy paper ticket I was well-accustomed to back in the 80s. After I signed my guilty plea, he tore off my copy and gave it to me. So the cop took my license back to his car, probably ran it through their ellaborate computer systems trying to see if I was an enemy of the state, had insurance, registration, etc. And then proceeded to chicken scratch out a hand-written ticket (okay, his handwriting was pretty good, but you get the point), copying my information letter by letter onto some carbon copy ticket. What, they can’t put a little tiny printer in their cars and save everybody a lot of time and effort? Unbelievable in this day and age.

When I finally arrived at my office, I was quite curious about the cost of this event, so I picked up the phone and called the number on the ticket. The lady asked for my citation number, which I gave her. Yep, you guessed it, no information about the ticket, because the cop’s carbon copy of the ticket won’t trickle down through the paper trail for days. I really hope that my tax dollars aren’t paying somebody to type all of the hand-copied data about me into some other system.

Anyway, I just thought it was odd that police all over the country are still wasting valuable time hand-writing stuff out in 2006.

BTW, according to Wikipedia…
Carbon copying: This practice declined with the advent of photocopying and other electronic means.

May 25, 2006


Filed under: General — pohodo @ 7:27 pm

Yes, that’s a big hole in the side of the house! heh. We added another window on that wall so whoever is the grillmaster can be a part of all the fun. The great big hole to the left of the window used to be an outside load-bearing wall. The whole place is so much more open now. And a lot brighter, too. Once it’s all done, I’ll have to put up before and after pics so you can see just how different the place has become. Oh, and have a BBQ!

House Renovation

March 27, 2006

A Sailboat

Filed under: General — pohodo @ 6:54 pm

Karen and I went down to the Miami Strictly Sail boat show back in February. We went down there to look around at some of the boats and dream about sailing away. We figure that new boats this year could possibly be good used boats in coming years.

I’ve always been pretty partial to monohulls, mostly because that’s pretty much all I’ve been exposed to. Yeah, yeah, I did a lot of sailing on Hobie Cats back in the day, but never on any kind of cruising boat. At any rate, we decided to check a couple of them out just to see what they’re all about. I think I’ve been converted!

We ran across the Manta 42 MKII and it’s just plain incredible. It’s truly amazing how much living space this thing has. Manta is one of the few manufacturers that builds a boat to be more or less cruising ready at delivery. It comes fully rigged with dingy davits and all. Of course, you need to upgrade some of the electronics and decide about A/C, water makers, etc., which can add quite a bit of expense.

So here’s what I’m thinking 0:-)… All I need is for some kind-hearted megamillionaire to take pity on me and help me out :). The Manta has a base price of only $359,950! heh. Add on a few extras and I’m only asking for a mere $400,000 – just daily interest earnings for some. For such a small amount of money for the extremely wealthy, I could disappear off into the sunset and live a dream.

It’d be great, I could put together a Web site about our travels and allow some rich and famous person an opportunity to live vicariously through the average, non-famous life I offer. Heck, stop on by at some of the exotic destinations and hang out with us – at least for a little while! 😉

Is this too much to ask? I guess that question is all relative. heh.

February 16, 2006

I’m Moving!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pohodo @ 7:16 pm

Sorry you can’t see my poorly updated Web site at the moment. I’m in the process of moving the site to a real hosting server run by real server admin type people. No more messing around with my own server, database, etc.! But most importantly, it will no longer be restricted to the crazy-poor upspeed connection of my home DSL line. So you’ll be able to read my crappy content even faster! Well, once it actually gets moved over. Of course, the domain transfer and all that junk conveniently coincides with me leaving town for a few days, so here this sits until…

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