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29 March 2005

I Like You!

No really! Not love you, but like you!

Many of you are here because of the silly "I Like You" animation that I have hosted.  To be honest, it's not mine, and I don't know who made it.

I actually had it stored in a temporary folder on a server at work, which I used to share amusements internally without clogging the email system.  Unfortunately, the little thing has gotten out of hand, and I had to move it.  It was foolish of me to have it on the server at work anyway, I never should've done that.

It's nice to be liked though, isn't it?

Click here to see the I Like You animation

Posted by rickroot at 11:23 AM | Link | 34 comments
28 March 2005

Time to resume the diet...

As many of you know, I lost about 40 pounds in 4 months last year dong the Atkins Diet.  At the same time, I started working out 4-5 times a week at the gym.

Since then, I've kept most of the pounds off (I was down to about 230 but I'm at about 235 right now), and to be honest, I haven't been to the gym in 2 months.

Well, I need to get back in the program, so I'm back on Atkins   And I'm gonna start heading to the gym again.  I'll keep you all posted, as I'm sure you're very interested. 

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Posted by rickroot at 8:08 PM | Link | 9 comments
27 March 2005

Help Emily Get Her Own Computer

The free this and that scams actually work

My friend just got his free iPod Shuffle in the mail.  Apparently those "scams" do work for people that really work at it.  I'm well on my way to a free Mac Mini (I've got 6 out of 10 verified completed offers), so if any of you would like to help me out, you're welcome to do so. 


To avoid using your own email address, you can create a free email address at www.freestuffwebmail.com (a site I run). 

The only thing you have to do when you click on the link above is complete an offer on the "Complete an offer" page... you have to go through a bunch of yes/no questiosn which you're allowed to say no to all of them.

The cheapest alternatives are the "Buyers Advantage" service and the "Complete Home" service.  Both allow you to join for $1 for the first 30 days, and they automatically send you a $20 gift card to either Best Buy or Lowe's.  That's what my mom did.  Just remember to cancel within that 30 day period.  Wait about 3 weeks and then call  to cancel.


Posted by rickroot at 9:19 PM | Link | 3 comments
24 March 2005

Do you like my Blog?

Blatant self-promotion

Well, my blog is almost complete.  You see, I wrote 95% of this blog tool, and personally I think it's a pretty kickass blog app. 

If any of my family reads this, they're probably wondering what the hell a Blog is.  My wife had to ask me that a few months ago.  She's so out of date.

For the uninitiated, a blog is a web log.  An online journal.  A diary.  A platform for speaking one's mind, even if nobody is listening.  (Yes, for all I know, nobody is reading this!)

Anyway, the application is called BlogCFM.  It is written in CFML (aka Coldfusion) and works on Coldfusion server and Bluedragon server.  I know that means nothing to 90% of you.  But if it means something to you, ou can find out more about it here.

Posted by rickroot at 11:52 PM | Link | 6 comments

Hello, Internet? May I speak to Rick, please?

The digital phone revolution

I got my new Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT wireless broadband router today and hooked it up.  After getting the internet access working, I followed AT&T's instructions to activate my CallVantage telephone service.

AT&T CallVantage is a Voice over IP (VoIP) service that allows you to make telephone calls using any broadband internet connection, such as cable or DSL.  There are a lot of really neat features, like listening to voicemail via a web browser, or having voicemail messages sent to you via email.  The best part is the price.  Unlimited local and long distance calling plus all the cool features (caller ID with name, call waiting, call forwarding, etc) for only $29.99/month.  That's a lot cheaper than your local phone company and long distance service.  Heck, I pay about $50/month total, and i don't even have call waiting or caller ID.

I've made a few phone calls already this evening, and it was pretty much the same as it has always been.  I use my normal phone - the only real difference is that I have to use 10 digit dialing for all calls.

Our service officially switches over on the 30th, so if you call me after that, you'll be calling me over the internet!

Posted by rickroot at 11:18 PM | Link | 4 comments

Moving ... maybe

Sometimes, you do things just because an opportunity presents itself.

While Adrienne and I were talking pretty seriously about moving next summer, it appears that one of her friends is interested in buying our house.  Our realtor would probably charge us in the neighborhood of 5.5% to list, so if we sell for $180,000, that would cost us nearly $10k.  The idea of not paying a realtor's fee is quite pleasant, and if Adrienne's friend sells her house and wants to buy ours - we're outta here!

But where are we gonna go?

Posted by rickroot at 1:57 PM | Link | 7 comments