United Airlines are the worst
I’ve lived in the U.S. for the last 15 years. Having always lived close to a Delta Hub, I’ve always flown Delta. I’ve ne...
Newegg customer service
For several years now, I’ve noticed Newegg customer service get worse and worse. 15 years ago, I used to order computer ...
Bait and Switch
We live in a world where many companies have been very successful giving an app or game away for free, and charing for e...
Company responses to Heartbleed
I haven’t posted in a really long time. These days I do shorter status updates through social networks, and haven’t felt...
A couple of months ago was the start of running the sprinklers. This also means getting rid of weeds. I went to Costco...
How are tech savvy people unemployed?
I called my ISP today. First, I asked if they supported ipv6. The woman didn’t know what that was, and put my on hold wh...
The Iron Lady
Like many Britons, I have a huge amount of respect for Margaret Thatcher. She was certainly one of the most influential ...
Buying a piano
You’d think that buying a piano would be a really great experience. You get to try dozens of pianos ranging from used up...
How not to buy through Craigslist
Before buying anything on Craigslist, everyone should know one important thing. If the item you’re buying is used, then ...
The importance of having a web presence
I have a neighbour who emailed me the other day. His email signature said “John Smith – JSmith Insurance. 801-123-1234.”...
Flight to Bangalore
This week HP sent me to Bangalore, India. That meant flying from Salt Lake to New York (JFK), to Paris, to Bangalore. Al...
If you live in the USA, there are really only two choices for a traditional ebook reader. Barns and Noble’s Nook, ...
[ ]1I was driving a couple of weeks ago when an eighteen-wheeler pulled in front of me. A rock flew up, and put a huge r...
Sprint customer support
I’ve had my Sprint account for about 6 years now. I’ve been very happy with the prices and reception. Their ...
Adventures with used car salesmen
No, it’s not what you think. This isn’t the usual dishonest used car salesman story. So, I’ve been loo...
car salesmen roundup
So, I’ve been to 3 different places to test drive cars (2 dealers and 1 private) in the last two days. I asked the...
protecting personal information
For reasons that aren’t important, I bought 2 cell phones yesterday (rundown, they were for other people). The se...
I remember when I was a student and was paid hourly. I used to sign up for frequent Saturday shifts. The same went for h...
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt while living in the USA, it’s that Americans love being obsessed abou...
I love Amazon. Their prices are almost always good, their shipping is free (over $25), and up until now I’ve had n...
Yet another mobile phone
Those of you who know me know that a little over six months ago I started a new job at HP working on their Web Print Sol...
Adventures at the fuel pump
So, since someone who shall remain nameless (only be known by the letters kdr) said my blog was too boring and geeky, I&...
The cost of engineering
I read something very interesting the other day while looking for a Firmware update to my Samsung LN46b650 HDTV. An owne...
Spain are World Champions!
Despite playing in one of the roughest matches I’ve seen in years, Spain was able to finish with its fourth clean ...
Technology and Sport
For most of the world these few weeks have been nothing but football. I’m sure every World Cup is filled with refe...
buying a bike by researching on the internet
Normally, researching on the internet before you buy something is a really good idea. In fact, it’s something I al...
Google's Android, secrecy and openness.
So, Google'‘’s Android is open source right…… sorta true. It is in the general sense, the problem is that mo...
My thoughts on Apple
My thoughts on the iPhoneOS 4.0
I’d been meaning to post this earlier, but we have some pretty major deadlines at work, and I’ve been busy. ...
Playstation network outage
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Dad got rear-ended
Proof that some people really don’t think before they speak.
the truth about liquidations
So, against my better judgement, I stopped by Circuit City to see if there were any good deals. In case you want to stop...
finally, an update
This semester is my last one. By April I’ll finally be an Electrical Engineer. Unfortunately, I decided to leave a...
BYU Bookstore outdoes itself
I’ve blogged several times about being messed around by the BYU Bookstore here and here. This time, however, they&...
More proof that Microsoft are incompetent
As some of you may have read, the Microsoft Zune (Microsoft’s competitor to the iPod Classic) have a serious bug, ...
more BYU Book Buying shenanigans
buying my “Probability and Random Processes” book from the BYU bookstore $148.80 buying the same book (new) from a resel...
my take on the Olympics part 1
First off would obviously be addressing the Michael Phelps issue. Is he amazing? yes Is he the greatest swimmer ever? ye...
ever wondered what game console to buy?
I came across this the other day, and thought it deemed posting here. It actually makes quite a bit of sense. originally...
Carmike Wynnsong 12
What happened with the traditional ‘Go out to watch a film on the weekend' mentality? I’ll tell you. I went to wat...
Progressive Power Tumbling
Since its name is extremely vague, and gives you no idea whatsoever it is, I’ll explain. It’s kinda like a w...
As this will be my last year (finally), I figured I’d move back into the FLSR (Foreign Language Student Residence)...
What BYU would be like if I was its president part2
My first speech to the faculty would start out in roughly the following way Each faculty member must have looked over, ...
What BYU would be like if I was its president part1
Based on previous posts, you should all know that my first act would be to fix the bookstore. Either make the prices of ...
BYU administration does it again!
So, I’m taking Physics 281. Despite having a cheap $25 book (written by the professor) we have to buy a $35 iClick...
Readying for another semester
It’s that time of year again. BYU is starting again on the 4th of Sept. Despite having lived in Provo for the enti...
Nalgene bottles dangerous?
I’ve always praised Nalgene for having amazing water bottles. The water doesn’t taste of plastic when you dr...
Why do some jobs pay $7/h when others pay $12+/h ??
My sister just got a job in California. Her last night in Provo we all decided to go to Café Río. I had a card that was ...
School, piano and theft
Almost done with classes. Finals are next week, and starting Thursday I’ll be working full time till Sept. So, wha...
school so far….
Only 3 weeks left of the semester! I can’t wait. Our second test is next week, and then the final on the 21st. The...
As most of you should know, the cheapest, purest source of protein is found in eggs. Unfortunately, people ignorantly co...
I know what a lot of people are thinking. They’re thinking this: When actually they should be expecting this. To thi...
Being the true Brit that I am, I had to go and watch Bond 21 on its opening night, even though it cost me $8.25. In the ...
When in the canyons, watch for a yellow blur!
Having crashed my previous bike (Cannondale F400), I stopped trusting it. It arrived to Ohio already with several huge g...
How much does a good physical therapist cost ?
As most of you know, a few months ago I got into a bike wreck and broke my thumb, right where it joins the hand. I had t...
How much does a degree in Electrical Engineering cost ?
Apparently, it costs $125 more than the cost of tuition/books. The deeper I look, the more I realise that there are tons...
Why I switched to Linux
I recently have been beta testing Microsoft’s latest and greatest (and oft delayed) OS (Operating System): Windows Vista...
the art of selling on eBay
I bought an AMD Processor almost 4 years ago for $55 (Athlon XP 1700). It was budget even back then, but worked well. It...
How a professor of engineering helps his students
(upon reviewing for the up and coming midterm Mark Poret (CS Professor) says the following): If you follow these steps ...