The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, Debtember 04, 2017

“Sorry I was late to the meeting, but the firemen wouldn't let me in the building for some reason … ”

Nothing quite like showing up to work at The Ft. Lauderdale Office Of The Corporation during a fire alarm.

The cause?

The fire alarm today was indeed a real fire alarm not a test. The alarm was due to a faulty smoke detector.

It's going to be a long day …


It's still a long day.

Now there's construction going on in the office one floor up. Either that, or some firemen are still trying to rescue people from a nonexistent fire.

Yet another case where a spammer didn't bother to actually read the page

Research on Mattresses
Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:13:34 -0800

Dear Editor,

My name is Jen and I’m a writer at Jen Reviews. I was doing research on mattresses and just finished reading your wonderful blog post:

In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I’ve read in the past:

I just finished writing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive on how to choose a mattress - 9 factors to consider according to science. It is over 7,000 words and packed with practical tips and advice. You can find it here:

If you like the guide we’d be humbled if you cited us in your article. Of course, we will also share your article with our 50k newsletter subscribers and followers across our social platforms.

Either way, keep up the great work!


I swear, my pagerank must be increasing or something, because I'm getting a lot more of these types of email lately. And it's clear the sender never bothered to look at the page as the page in question isn't even a blog post. It's from way in the past—October of 1998, to be exact (and I know that because this page caused Welcome Wagon International, Inc. to send a “cease and desist” letter to my previous host for violating their copyright, thus forcing me to register my own (and still current) domain).

The link on the page was actually linking to Wendy Dunlap's homepage and not to a matress company. To tell the truth, I would be surprised if any of the links on that page work—even the link to me (where my last name is mispelled “Connor”) points to a non-existant domain (which wasn't even correct when I mirrored that page in October of 1998). The only reason that page is still here is because “cool links don't change” and I was doing the smooth transition from the old host to new one. In fact, until today, I had forgotten that page even exists.

And as for what ASG-X actually was, will have to wait for another time.

“This site under construction”

And speaking of websites from the 90s, I recently came across wiby, a search engine that only returns pages that fit the 90s asthetic—no Javascript, <TABLE>-based layouts and endless “Under Construction” animated GIFs littering the page.

Wonderful stuff.

I don't even bother with searching, instead I prefer to hit the “surprise me …” link. As Douglas Adams once said, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

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