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Disaster Food Stock

It’s still a tough economy, and in an effort to cut costs (and being the crazy person that I am), I bought some ground beef and wondered if my old box of Hamburger Helper was still good…

You’ll want to notice the date in the next picture: 22 FEB 02.  That’s right, 2002.  I bought it back when I started my first career job.  Not wanting to harm any animals or humans in the process, I decided to become a human test subject.

Suffice to say, I am still alive and have suffered no ill effects.  I thought the pasta might go bad, but the seal was air tight, and the seasoning was still good as well.  I was actually more worried about the beef which was set to expire January 31, 2012.  It was still tasty (i.e. not stale).  My hats off to Betty Crocker/General Mills for making food that stands the test of time.

Fotoshop by Adobé

Photoshop is one of the most popular image tools and is my goto tool when I need to work on images. I was on the floor when I saw this:

To push or not to push

There is a button in the elevator here at the office, high on the wall, that is unmarked.

Every time I get on the elevator I wonder what it’s for and feel a great urge to push it, but so far I have not. I fear that it may silently call the police or fire department, or, you know, release the elevator car from the cable or something, and who needs that, right?

Still. I might need to push it…

If you never hear from me again, you can assume that pushing the button was a bad idea.

Tell the world my story!


(I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the preceding blog article which was not at all interesting, timely, funny or enlightening. Refunds are available at the door.)


Microsoft doesn’t seem to like Gmail too much

Here’s another funny Microsoft video – this one dissing Gmail:

Truck stop for food geeks

They’re a relatively new sight in a lot of cities, but here in Los Angeles we have thousands of food trucks. The gourmet food truck is a pretty recent phenomenon, but we also have a history of lunch and taco trucks that goes back for decades. Taco trucks can be found every few blocks in many parts of the city, every night of the week.

Half a block from our office is the Chef’s Center of California, and every Friday they have a food fair which draws anywhere from five to seven gourmet food (and ice cream!) trucks to our back yard. The lineup changes almost every week and the event draws a lot of high-profile trucks like Nom Nom, the Banh Mi sandwich truck featured in last season’s Great Food Truck Race on the food network (they were there last Friday, as you can see in the picture below).

If you’re in the area, or are just curious, hungry or jealous, here are the trucks scheduled for this coming Friday:

Slammin’ Sliders
India Jones
Temaki Sushi Truck
Boba Truck
Paradise Cookies

See you there?


VMlimited – Microsoft’s new ad campaign

Too funny. Just saw this new Microsoft ad campaign.

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Winhost Affiliate Program


Did you know that Winhost has an affiliate program? Well, now you do!
If you aren’t familiar with affiliate or referral programs, what they do is pay you for referring customers to a business. You usually refer people using a link on your site, or if it’s a service that you use and enjoy yourself (like Winhost!), you can refer people you know personally.

The more customers you can refer to us, the more money you can make per referral. If you have a busy site, or know a lot of people who can use hosting, why not let us pay you for sending them our way?

You don’t have to be a Winhost customer to join our affiliate program. The affiliates page should answer all your questions, but feel free to let us know if you have any questions that aren’t covered.

Winhost App Installer


Have you seen the latest addition to the Site Tools section of Control Panel?


It’s called App Installer, and it is an easy to use installation tool for a number of third-party applications, including WordPress, Drupal, BlogEngine.NET, DotNetNuke, phpBB3, and many more.

App Installer installs the applications, but updating them is still your responsibility, so you may want to make sure you’re comfortable upgrading one of the packages before you install it. A lot of these third-party apps are very popular, and are updated quite often.