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Drink and Code
"Are you going to join me for a beer after work?"

I nodded. "Sure, sure. When?"

"Whenever you're ready; I'm basically already done."

I glanced at my laptop and shrugged. "I guess I can go now."

"Well, I don't want to interrupt you...."

"I have more stuff to do, but I can work on it at the hotel. It's not like I have anything else to do there! Besides, it's more fun coding after a few drinks."

The others in the lab laughed at that. "Yeah, everything goes so much faster! At least, you think it's going faster!"

"I don't know what I'm writing, but boy is this easy! Look at those lines of code flying by."

"Definitely, we should drink and code all the time. Our velocity will skyrocket."

**

So a few of us went out for a beer this evening. Only I didn't actually have a beer, but a Diva-Tini. Yes, they were actually called that! Apparently wednesday at Champs is Diva-Tini night. Diva-Tinis can be any one of a variety of mixed drinks, served in a martini glass. Mine was yummy, and the calamari was good too.

Now I'm at the hotel and coding, sorta. Posting to my journal might be a more accurate description currently, but I've done some code. I'll do more before going to sleep.

The drive here went well -- heavy winds, but no snow/ice/rain. Keeping my car in its own lane was sometimes challenging, but I made excellent time. Damn but it's bitterly cold and windy out though! We had a dusting of snow this afternoon, but that's it. Heading back home tomorrow, after a bunch of meetings - yay!

My Treo, on the other hand, is dying. Not the Palm part but the phone part. It works okay plugged in, but poorly (if at all) on its own battery. It's getting progressively more and more tempermental, and I shall probably just give up and replace it soon. Probably...although I keep hoping I'll find a way to make it better.

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devnul From: devnul Date: November 17th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
In my experience, coding while under the influence often leads to the magic of backed-out checkins.

Not that I admit anything, mind you.

We had unseasonably warm weather today (60's) and gusty winds, and right now the rain is coming down. As long as it's nice for the weekend and you don't get blown off the road I don't mind at all.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: November 17th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
2 things related to your entry here....

1) Buttery Nipples. 'nuff said! ;)
2) I won an ebay auction and I should, very soon, be a Treo 650 owner! For "only" $357 (including shipping) Merry Xmas to me! It should be Merry Xmas to you, too, so we can still match, next year! ;)
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pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: November 17th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked my old Treo 180, but it died in a year. It was about $400 new, but you can probably get them for around $100 now.

I won't get a new one because they aren't flip phones, anymore.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had mine for about 1.5 years. They are pricy, yes, which is a big part of the reason I haven't just run out and picked up a new one despite the problems.

However, I love my Treo. I use it literally every day, not just as a phone, but using the majority of the Palm functions. It's not worth it as just a fancy phone, but if you're somebody like me who has used a Palm device to organize their life since about 1998, it's a wonderful tool AND toy! I play with the camera, I read books, listen to mp3s, use the scheduler religiously, and the address book, play games, write memos and emails... oh, and I sometimes even talk on the phone. (Everything but the phone is still working well. But it's really nice having a phone in the same device I use for everygthing else!)

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drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: November 17th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

You went to Champps in Troy?

...Come by on Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoons, or Monday nights (during football season). I'll be there, so say hi if you see me! :) And if you have any requests music-wise (within reason), I'll be more than happy to play them. :)

Although, sadly, I had to take my Smiths greatest hits disc out of my DJ kit. I played "How Soon Is Now?" once and nobody noticed. Besides, as much as I like the Smiths and all, they did write a lot of depressing songs. For every Morrissey, though, there is a Smokey Robinson, who could make being depressed still sound fun. :) Oddly enough, I replaced it with a homemade Public Enemy greatest hits disc, which I won't play right away. Might scare the bejeebers out of some people. Fight the power.

As far as the Treo goes...if it dies, I'll send flowers. Ashes to ashes...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You went to Champps in Troy?

No, Champps in Cleveland. I do go to the Troy location sometimes, mostly during lunch though since it's very near my office.

I'll look for you if I go at night though!
eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: November 17th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got the $4/month insurance for my Treo. I've had it replaced 3 times so far. IMO it's been a very good deal. (hint: you can have phone insurance added at any time)

Drunk coding - been there, done that. The scary thing is when it comipiles and works, but you look at the next day and ask "How the heck does this work!!"
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eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: November 17th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Until recently it was $10 deductible. Through Sprint.

Now that the Treo 600 is discontinued and the 650 is all they sell I may have to have an "accident" with my 600... ;)
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eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: November 17th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point! ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmm, Sprint huh? I have Cingular (former ATT) right now, but I've been eyeing the Sprint plans as possibly better prices. But some people have said they don't care for Sprint. Do you like their service? Do you have a data plan?

That phone insurance could be a real lifesaver... I wonder if Cingular offers something like that.

Cingular is offering a refurb Treo 650 for only $139, which is looking really attractive to me. But I'm not sure I like the new plans they're offering, and I really like the insurance concept.
eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: November 18th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet Cingular has an insurance plan. Probably a similar price, call 611 (or whaever) and ask, can't hurt.

Sprint is fine, not great, but fine, as are IMO most wireless providers. I don't like that in order to change minutes you have to re-up for a two year contract, but most providers have similarly annoying policys.

Since my car talks Bluetooth I really *need* a 650. NOW. ;)
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: November 18th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Based on all the people I know with Treos (and we have a lot of them deployed at my company), the average life expectancy is about a year. They start off working great, but over time they get more and more temperamental. An insurance policy sounds like a great idea, but I'd be more inclined to try something else that lasts longer. Maybe check and see what toys Egon has been playing with...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Despite its short life (not quite 1.5 years 'til it became tempermental), I really love my Treo. I use it a ton, and I like the Palm OS. I think it's still the best Palm/Phone device I've seen out there -- although asking Egon is a good idea, yes!
rustymarble From: rustymarble Date: November 18th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I just got a new cell phone yesterday and while I was in the store, one of the sales clerks helped someone out with a similar battery-related issue. It's very simple and won't hurt the phone if this isn't the cause. Take an eraser to the contact points of the battery. This basically cleans it off, restoring any missing connection points. Worth a shot, eh? Good luck otherwise!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmmm.... that's a cool suggestion, and it makes sense. Thanks!
rustymarble From: rustymarble Date: November 19th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! Just good timing!
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