Monthly Archives: February 2005

Goodbye Cingular, Hello Nextel

Yup, I’ve become “that guy.” Well, not really. I’ve made a pledge not to become “that guy.” You know the kind – the guy who’s always beeping on his Nextel wherever he’s at, no matter what the environment… restaraunt, movie theater, grocery store – you name it, he’s beeping. Not me. I’m going to be responsible with my Nextel.

Since there’s such a stigma about it, you’re probably wondering why I got a Nextel in the first place? Joe Doss. He talked me into it. That and the fact that my Cingular service up here wasn’t that great. Cingular never treated me bad, and I would give them a good recommendation in the Metro Detroit area, but their Lansing coverage just wasn’t that great. Nextel has lots of coverage around here, and most other places I’m likely to go, so I jumped on the bandwagon.

The phone I got also has some nifty features besides the little walkie talkie thing as well. It’s got a built in GPS receiver that will provide a position if I wait long enough, plus it will send telemetry data to a computer through the data cable I bought. It’s got a camera in it too, which isn’t much more than a novelty since I have a full fledged digital camera. It takes pictures that approach decent when the resolution is turned up to it’s highest setting, but they’re nothing spectacular. It also does the nifty contact-based ringtone thing, so I can have a seperate ringer for everyone on my list if I so choose. I would imagine that a lot of phones have that nowadays, but the fossil I was using before didn’t, so it’s neat and cool.

So far, I like the phone, although I haven’t used it much, since nobody calls me. I think I sent the new number to most everyone that would ever call me, but if I forgot you, let me know and I’ll make sure you know the new number.

In closing, here’s the only picture I’ve taken so far with the phone that’s actually turned out well…

Ace!

Deformity

While my progress with my eye problem has been pretty good, there has been one fairly obvious remnant from the surgery that has yet to make itself scarce:

[Goofy pupil]

Yup, my pupil is still all out of whack. It does open and close now, but there’s the one quadrant of it that just doesn’t seem to move. I asked Dr. Saxe about it tuesday when I was in there, and he said that it was probably due to the laser part of the surgery. Sometimes the lasers hit nerves that provide the pupillary muscles with their cues on when to contract and relax, with the result of what you see above in the picture. Sometimes it’s permanent, sometimes it’s not.

The basic issue is that my eye doesn’t close down as much as it should in response to bright light. In an internal setting, it’s really not all that bothersome, and I get by without even noticing that it’s there. Cloudy days are ok too for the most part, except when there’s a lot of snow on the ground. Sunny days are just unbearable unless I’ve got a pair of sunglasses. I’m really hoping that this isn’t permanent.

0mg h4x!

Matt just sent me this link. It’s really sad when Microsoft has to tell parents stuff like this. I suppose it’s better than trying to decipher it for themselves I guess… It would have been better of there were more 1337 examples like:

it's w4y EZ to h4x a M1cr0$of7 s3rv3r!

Oh yah, my website!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but it’s been another one of those long stretches of time where nothing really noteworthy happens, well, until monday. And tuesday. On monday Steven and I were finally able to move down into our new digs in the new office. We’re the only ones down there so far, so it’s nice and quiet. Very conducive to getting work done. I’ve got some pictures, and I’ll post them sometime within the next year, maybe two.

I also received some good news about my eye yesterday. Dr. Saxe said he saw some pretty significant improvement in general. The sub-retinal debris that threatened to detach my retina is recessing, and my eyesight has improved to 20/30 in the right eye, which is good. I can actually make out smaller text much better now, which is a huge help at work. I don’t remember having to cover up my eye to read stuff in quite a while now. Chances are still pretty good that I’ll need another treatment to clean up the stuff they didn’t get the first time, but that will probably be at least a few months off, just to see how things settle out from the first procedure.