Well, the third anniversary of this site came and went yesterday without a mention due to technical difficulties. Three years my sporadic musings have appeared in this space, and a lot has changed both in my life and on the Web in general. I'd like to thank everyone that has read this site over the last three years.

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Well here we are the day after, and it looks like we won't know until tomorrow who won Florida and got the electoral votes necessary to win the election. If Bush wins, despite the fact that more Americans voted for Gore, it will be a depressing failure of our system in my opinion. Regardless of your party affiliation or particular viewpoint on this election, I'm of the opinion that, in a representative democracy, the candidate that the majority of the people voted for should win. If this doesn't happen, the person who won did so through a loophole in our system. This is a horrible situation for our country.

I'm still up watching. It's very interesting that, at this point anyway, the Nader vote could be the difference in this election if Bush is elected. We'll see once they finish with Florida, which will determine this thing in the end. The margin there seems to be less than 50,000 votes now with about 10% left to be counted.(Nader had a strong 87,000+)

Exit Poll results posted on Inside.com seem to have things tight, but Gore ahead in a bunch of the key battleground states. It's going to be a long night folks.

If you are in the United States, please get out and vote. Voter.com seems like a great place online to keep track of things.

Customer service is dead. Three weeks ago, I purchased a Compaq iPaq Pocket PC. Looks great, interesting feature set, and some stellar reviews on the Web. I had it for two days, and I was really enjoying it. Then, things took a turn for the worse. The screen started showing everything backwards. I would have returned it in exchange for a new unit, but CompUSA wasn't getting any more for at least a month. So I called Compaq, and they seemed great. They sent me a box and I sent it off to be repaired with the promise of the unit being returned in 3-5 days. I waited 5 days, then I called them again. My unit needed a new main board. As it turns out, there are problems with the main boards in a lot of the units, there is a main board problem. The boards are backordered and I'm in line waiting behind other suckers that bought the defective unit.

So, I've spent $500 on something that I had for three days and won't have back for the foreseeable future. I requested a new unit, but they claim they won't have any until after the first of the year. They are, however, shipping units into the channel. They would rather sell units to new customers than take care of people who are already customers, who have already plunked down their hard earned cash. Shame on you Compaq. I am no longer a customer of yours, and I will tell anyone who will listen how awful you are.

Up close and personal with Audrey, 3Com's new Internet appliance. I was bemused by the fact that they decided to use the USB route for ethernet connectivity.

Nintendo Spaceworld 2000 is where you can find out more about Nintendo's Gamecube and Gameboy Advanced. You gotta check out the new Gameboy, which goes on sale in Japan in March 2001, and will play all legacy Gameboy games.

Had a great time today climbing at Atlanta Rocks Intown. It looks like rock climbing will be my new thing.(I'm not a newbie, but haven't been on a wall in about ten years.)

As a result of watching the movie below, I'm listening to Three Ep's by the Beta band this morning. It's a great piece of music.

I finally saw High Fidelity last night, I've been saving the DVD for a weekend night when I felt like staying in by myself and relaxing. A few months ago, I don't think I would have enjoyed it quite as much as I did. If you like Mr. Cusak's previous efforts in Say Anything and Grosse Pointe Blank, you will love this movie. If you have ever worked in a record store, you will also love this movie. It's an accurate portrayal of working at an independently owned store.(I worked in one for about a year.)

Grand Royal Magazine has moved to an online format.

So the protocol formerly known as 802.11 and Airport is now Wireless Ethernet or WiFi