Random Update8:25:41 PM
Okay -- when people ask
me to update in my comments it has probably been too long. I don't have anything
super pithy to say, so I guess I'll just use the shotgun approach:
Everything is going good with the baby. Rachel is starting to get big!
We are reading to her every night and trying to get our lives in order so that we
are ready. We are almost through "The Witch and the Wardrobe." We've been reading
a chapter each night. After we are done we will continue reading the rest of
the Narnia stories out loud to each other
and the baby. I know she can't understand what is going on but I want her to
know my voice.
We went to Chicago last weekend. My Sister threw Rachel a baby shower at the Ritz-Carlton downtown.
The service in the garden was wonderful. My sister's two girls had an especially
I've been buying some cool stuff. The first is my terabyte
array for my main computer. I ended up with five 300GB SATA drives in a
cage running software RAID 5. That comes out to ~1.2TB after you factor out
the redundency. I didn't get a dedicated machine to keep costs down. I
can always do that later and move the drives over. Everything has been running
like a champ.
Also to prepare I picked up a Canon SD300.
This is an update to our aging S100 (the
original digital Elph) point and shoot. It is amazing how much these things
have improved. I loved the S100 but the SD300 is so much better.
My favorite feature is that it can do 640x480x30fps movies until the card is full.
For short clips there is no reason to get a video camera. I also ordered a 1GB
SD card but those are apparently sold out everywhere.
I'm thinking about getting a new car as the baby approaches. I want to take
a serious look at the Honda
Element. Having an interior made of rubber that you can hose down sound
like a good idea with kids. Plus, it is only $21k completely decked out.
Between Rachel and me, we've recently read the entire Raymond
Chandler catalog. I love his writing. You can just feel vintage LA
ooze from the pages.
I haven't been taking many photos lately. I have some more stuff from the Arizona
trip that I should post. I haven't put up any of my slot canyon photos yet.
Work has been going great. I still can't talk about what I'm working on but
I really feel like I've made it over the hump of moving to a new environment and I'm
starting to be really productive. The contrast between Google and Microsoft
couldn't be greater (at least from an engineer's point of view). No meetings
and few politics means that I spend much more time coding. I've written more
code so far at Google than I have in the last year at MS. (That really isn't
apples to apples as I spent most of my time in the last year at MS writing specs.)
I totally feel like I'm in the loop on my project without having to play political
games. I guess that is what happens on smaller teams.
I'd love to have some intelligent comment on the whole AutoLink/SmartTags thing
as I've been around for both. However, I just don't see a clear cut answer here,
That's it for now.