Fun and excitement with eBay

We are using Bidadoo to sell some of our stuff on eBay. Their service has been pretty good so far, and things are selling fairly well.

Today, something weird happened.

We had one item with a fair number of bids. Today at 1:38pm, most of them withdrew their bids. Some of these bidders had lots of good feedback. The new highest bidder was the previous highest bidder, but at 25% of the previous high bid.

Lisa contacted Bidadoo, and they pulled the auction, and contacted eBay who agreed that behavior was suspicious.

Rails functional testing quirks with Flash and Session

Here’s an interesting behavior I found today. When I say interesting, I mean really, really annoying. It took me all afternoon to find this out.

Here’s a rough idea of my test:

This works fine, but then I made a change to pass session data to the ‘get’ calls – no other code in the system changes

Suddenly, the last assert fails. What happened?

Rails engines and the Theme Support plugin interfere

In my travels today I found that the Rails Engines plugin applies a patch to Rails that causes the Theme Support plugin to not work any more – for sending mail anyway.

What happens is that the Rails Engines code changes an internal method signature for ActionMailer that the Themes Support code also uses.

The simple fix was to change the Theme Support code to add the extra parameter, but the correct fix is to change the Engines code to not change the internal method signature in a way that breaks things. I’ll submit a patch over the weekend.

As more plugins get written, the maintenance issues start to get out of hand. There are at least two major issues:

Forget gas, plumbing suppliers are gouging

For the remodel of our new condo, we’ve looked at a lot of plumbing fixtures. These things are crazy expensive. And there are too many choices.

Here’s an example: The pieces to make our master shower work – temperature control, shower head, valve, hand held piece, volume control for hand held and head – about $1500 total (plus installation!)

I can live with $3 gas!

We're moving to Kirkland!

We made the decision to move to a more urban location. Right now, even taking the garbage out involves driving. We’d like to live somewhere that we can walk places.

With that in mind, we decided to start looking for places close to downtown Kirkland. We found a place pretty quickly (we thought it might take months to find the right place), and now we are in the process of purchasing this condo a two block walk from downtown.

The key part of this is the view of Lake Washington and Seattle

New computers are fun

I just received my new Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop. Its got a 1680×1050 15.4" display, Intel Duo CPU at 2GHz, a bunch of RAM, an 80GB disk, and it’s really quiet!

Here’s the Dell web page

The first thing I did was start uninstalling all the crap Dell felt the need to supply me. Wow there’s a lot of crap. There’s also a bunch of stuff running at startup. This stuff is trickier to get rid of.

Did I mention how quiet this thing is?

Blue.us invites

I have 5 inivites available for blue.us, the new social bookmarking service in closed beta.

Leave me a comment with some obvious way for me to find your email address and I’ll invite you to the Dotting party.

New job found!

I’ve accepted a job at 21st Century Music in Kirkland, doing Ruby on Rails work! Taking some time off has paid off, now its back to work.

I’ll be working with Ben Curtis and a few others.

Start date is April 3, so I have 3 more weeks of vacation to fritter away on sleeping late and visiting coffee shops…

Blue Dot is starting to roll out slowly

I know some of the developers at Blue Dot. They sent me an invite to their closed beta test for the Blue Dot service. You can see my latest five Dots without needing an account.

Lisa and I have been using the service for a short time now, an we quite like it. I don’t know how it will scale (socially not technically), as most of their current Dots are of either national or Seattle local interest.

Cirque du Soleil comes to the Seattle area

Varekai is in the Seattle area for the month of May.

Cirque du Soleil is always fun, and their VIP package is one of the few ‘VIP’ type things that is actually a really good upgrade. Last time we went the VIP route, we had pre-show food and drinks, intermission desert, a nice gift, and our own merchandise shop. Also, the VIP area had performers doing things while we were there.

Dinarte has volunteered to get a bunch of us together for a show for my birthday. Very cool.