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#1 Comment By Ohnemus On February 27, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

Classic. Williams builds a brand new student center in record time, but, primarily due to a lack of inquiry on the part of higher-ups, can’t solve OIT problems that have been around for nearly a decade.

I think I summed this all up pretty aptly here.

#2 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On February 27, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

&lt sarcasm>Oh, SprintLink. Don’t you know that when you switch ISPs or pairing agreements, SprintLink fails to update the routing tables?

The usual solution is to ssh into their gateway routers and fix it yourself. Why bother with encrypted keys? Presuming you (or your engineers) are less incompetent than Sprint’s.

In this case, I have to be surprised that Sprint fixed the problem so fast.&lt/sarcasm>

Dan: OK, we’re fed up :P. But what’s the solution?

#3 Comment By PTC On February 27, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

Off topic. I need info on how to insert pics into a post for this blog. I am going to do a series on local swimming holes in the area for College Students and other readers who are staying in town over the summer. I also may do one that mirrors Diana a little since I’m headed home soon, except a variation (where am I drinking Billsville) that shows a pic of a bar and asks where it is. If that is ok with you Diana? It is kind of stealing your idea.
Anyhow- how do you insert pics? Give me the keys to this kingdom and I will post pics of every good swimming hole complete with Google map that I know in the area.

#4 Comment By (not Ken Thomas ’93) On February 27, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

NO SPOOFING.

If you have something to say, use your own name, a pseudonym, or anonymous: but not Ken’s, John Noble’s or anyone else’s.

#5 Comment By Aidan On February 27, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

It was summer of 1999. I sat on my veranda, waiting, waiting.

Vanessa called me, all brunette curls and sotto voce Spanish accent. “Kenneth,” she whispered, and I imagined her twirling her fingers around a guava fruit, or maybe scratching, absent-mindedly, yet in a decidedly erotic way, the hairy back of a papaya. “Kenneth, I’m over my minutes, and Sprint is my wireless provider.”

I blushed.

I never talk to Vanessa without blushing, especially when we discuss, in roadside cafes untouched by the despoiling hand of western capitalism, the merits of free trade coffee, or roll-over minutes in the nation’s most trusted wireless plan, the all-over network.

There’s something about those promises, of Vanessa’s dusky locks, or Sprint’s all-digital reliability, that just renders me helpless, and vaguely tumescent.

Sprint and J, we have a history.

My office, somewhere in the rolling hills, somewhere where the wind speaks volumes, romantically, if you can listen, had all gotten involved with Sprint. They had come around, dropping off leaflets promising the world, or at least PCS digital service, 40 acres, and a mule.

But, unlike promises that would be made later by a certain Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and like promises made by a certain Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa, these were Judas promises, which turned to ashes in our hearts.

But I digress.

A year earlier, I was ordering Furbys from FAO Schwartz, again, for the delectable Vanessa.

FAO Schwartz, what a store.

But I digress.

I was thinking about translating the works of French philosophers. I set this to me as a challenge, when I sit upon verandas scented with fuscia, lavenders and lilacs borne on the breeze. I like to translate quickly, without reference to dictionary or crib. Accuracy isn’t as important as speed, as the aim of translation is dominant quickness, geworfenheit with the material. I prefer the French to the Germans. Heidegger is too teutonic for me, I never get the sense he lingered, with cup of coffee pitched perfectly beyond the tines of his fork, waiting for…

But I digress.

I shouldn’t be talking about these times. When the world was young. And Vanessa and Obrador were but children, happy, pycnotic children, unaware of the future’s, well, future malevolence…

Oh yes, I told Vanessa, haltingly, as from a great distance: “call Sprint, mi corazón, and tell them you canceled last month, and that it was their mistake.” She caught this in her throat, alarmed, like a startled doe. “But Kenneth,” she began, placatingly, “isn’t that fraud?” “Nonsense, Vanessa,” I firmly reiterated, “The key is to treat it as their error and not to present them with an option.” And with a jaunty “cheers,” I hung up, closing the clamshell with a satisfying plasticine clack, and downed my (sadly chilled) espresso with the air of a true bon vivant.

Life was simple, those days…

#6 Comment By PTC On February 27, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

Ken- Because I love you, it shall not be done. I’ll still do one post on swimming holes though… becuase these places are beautifull. Everyone in the area should enjoy them.

#7 Comment By Jonathan Landsman ’05 On February 27, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

I never thought the day would come, but I tip my hat to Aidan’s parody.

#8 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On February 28, 2007 @ 1:08 am

LOL.

#9 Comment By frank uible On February 28, 2007 @ 7:21 am

Judgment is reserved on Aidan’s piece as a whole, but I, reprobate that I am, know the meaning of tumescent without reference to a dictionary and approve of its use for scandalizing potential.

#10 Comment By Diana On February 28, 2007 @ 8:13 am

PTC: I did not see your comment before now. I don’t mind at all if you post pictures. It is notoriously difficult to put HTML code into comment threads, so here, have a look at my HTML tutorial.

When you log in to EphBlog, there is a thing that says “Upload” and after you upload you can choose whether you want it to make a thumbnail for you. You want a thumbnail where the larger dimension is 500 (usually 500×375). Then you can say “start a new post with this image” or whatever and do your post. I would be happy to help you further if my directions are unclear.

#11 Comment By David On February 28, 2007 @ 8:20 am

Perhaps Diana could add directions on this to our handy FAQ. Ideal would be the exact html code that Diana uses. (I am not smart enough to figure out all the weird escapes one would need to have that appear correctly.) Also, can someone explain how we might add tags to the FAQ so that a link could go directly to a specific question?

#12 Comment By Diana On February 28, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

I have added tags to the FAQ so that one can link directly to a specific question. In order to make this really usable without having to look at the source code anytime you want to make such a link, I have added a link to each question at the top. (To do this, you create an “anchor” in the code at the beginning of each question, and then link to the anchor.)

I will also add some FAQ for basic posting and commenting HTML.

#13 Comment By PTC On February 28, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

Diana- Cool. Thanks a lot.