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Kelsey Golden Brown 1978-2006

Published on May 16, 2006 by in All Posts

I love this picture of my brother. He would not shave throughout the ski season for warmth, and the end of the ski season was always a big day as he shaved the huge beard in stages. This picture was taken about a month before he landed hard on the snow on May 10th, 2006. He died of his injuries two days later in Reno, Nevada.

My brother was one of the funniest, most honest, blunt, and life loving people I have ever known. He was two years younger than me and the brother who I was closest to growing up (no offense, Dan). Kelsey loved to ski and although I am angry that he is no longer with us, I am happy that he was doing what he loved when he died. The doctors assured me that the last thing he remembers was flying through the air with the wind rushing through his hair. I have no doubt that he would not want to go any other way.

Regardless, I feel angry, frustrated, and incredibly sad that he is gone. For those of you who knew my brother, please take a moment to think of the last time he made you laugh so hard your kidney nearly burst. Smile, because he would have wanted you to.

 
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Dark Clouds Over Ireland

Published on May 12, 2006 by in All Posts

We got back from Ireland a few days early. The trip was great but was cut short when I called home in response to an email to learn that my brother had been in a bad skiing accident. It looks unlikely that he will pull through. We are flying to Reno in the early morning to see the family.

 
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Down With Bloat!

Published on April 21, 2006 by in All Posts

I am annoyed. Yes, I know… anyone who has ever been a passenger in my car as I navigate the streets of Brooklyn knows that it is not difficult to get me annoyed. But I am annoyed nonetheless. All you non-geeks can tune out now.

I downloaded a handy little program to help me identify huge files on my hard drive (I once found a 4 gig log file). What I disocvered is that of all the folders on my hard drive, the HP drivers for my printer compose the the fourth largest. Why in the hell does HP think they need to have a 166 MB driver download to run a friggin printer? They bundle in a ton of crappy imaging software and trashy spoolers, readers, and massive help files that are just not helpful because they are just not needed. I have a 500 MB folder on my hard drive because HP thinks they can be a software company. They can just stuff it. I will never buy another HP.

But HP is not the only offender (just the worst). Adobe are a bunch of chumps as well. For some reason they feel that a program to open and read a PDF file needs to be a good 90 MB to work properly. Huh? The disk space required for Acrobat reader 5.0 is up to 24 MB. 7.0 requires up to 90 MB. And the only real difference I see is prettier buttons in 7.0 and about 10 times as long to load. No thank you, Adobe. Go find a bigger throat to cram your massive wares down. I found a handy tiny little PDF reader called Foxit that is 1 MB, does not require 20 minutes to download and 15 to install, and runs blazingly fast. Cheers to the little guy! Now I need someone to make smaller drivers for my printer.

What is with these companies? Do they think bigger software will translate to bigger market share? Is it directly proportional to stock price? I hope both companies tank. It is a sick form of arragance that they think they know what users need better than the users do. Make your crap optional! Don’t get me started on Windows, that bundling argument is so old.

 
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My ‘Hood

Published on April 1, 2006 by in All Posts

I blew milkshake out of my nose when reading this spot-on guide to Red Hook, the neighborhood in which I now dwell. Disregard the poor spelling of the author and you shall feel the funny.

 
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New site design

Published on February 5, 2006 by in All Posts

New Site Design
OK, so it is not really a new design. I grabbed a new template for my blog to fiddle with. I was looking at it and decided that I was getting a tad ill looking at my circa 1999 website. I have had it as the ugly red color for a few years, it was time for a change. One rather sad thing about the change, and a reason I kept putting it off, was because the comments have been hosted by an external company rather than by blogger. Even though they were javascript (which I am not keen on using), they are part of the history of my blog. I might put all of the old comments back in and lock them, hoping people will use the new comments. We shall see, there are a number of things I want to do with the site. Eventually I think I will create my own blogging system when I get bored. I just feel that blogger is geared toward beginners. It creates static files for each post, and that can become a lot of disk space. Perhaps I will make it a project to play with mod_rewrite to duplicate the URL structure but move all of the posts and comments to a mysql database. It would probably take me a week to do it all, but I am not motivated to do so at the moment.

Also, stay tuned. I am talking to a very interesting company about doing some work for them. I will update both of my loyal readers when I know more.

Afterthought: Am I a dork for trying to find a good image to post with this entry? I feel like the blog looks a bit empty without a nice image to lead in to the blog entry. But what image works with this entry? I am open to suggestions.

 
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NYC Redux

Published on February 1, 2006 by in All Posts

NYC Redux
Back in New York, and it feels good. I thought I might miss Ithaca more than I do, but I feel somewhat at home in NYC after just a week or two. Both of my regular readers (You guys do still come, right?) may have noticed a new block of text at the top directing people to my consulting site. I have been doing enough consulting that I thought I would open up virtual shop in earnest. So if you know someone who needs a hand with their website, direct them to AmmonBrown.net. I will make their wildest dreams come true.

On another note, I was pondering my name today. It is so unique that anyone who wants to find me will. I was on Friendster for a while and I heard from people I had not heard from in years. They just randomly decided to pop the old moniker into the search function and I was one of the few Ammon Browns in the database. For that matter, I am the top result in Google for my own name. If anyone ever wonders what ever happened to that hilarious yet weird genius they once knew, I am just a few keystrokes away. I find myself wondering if I have ever said things on my blog that would shock some people. I am pretty sure that I have said some things that cast me is a questionable light with employers… but oh well. I actually talked to someone about a job I am interested in and he told me he had a good old time going through my blog for two hours. I got to wondering if that puts me at a professional disadvantage since they know considerably more about me than I do them or if it arms them with enough information to make a sound prequalification. I have to talk to a lot of people with the assumption that they already know me, because they do.

What a strange internet I live on. I love the way the web has shrunk my world while expanding my mind. Rock on!

 
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