Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Happy Birthday USA!

As you celebrate Independence Day today, please take a moment to think about the men and women of our armed forces, past and present, who have willingly risked, and all too often lost, everything to defend our freedom. I worry about America, but there can be nothing very wrong with a country that continues to produce men and women like them.


08:43 – Today also marks eight years for us being Microsoft-free. We’ve been using free software exclusively since 4 July 2004.

Today, Barbara will get started on labeling close to 4,000 containers, enough for 60 more chemistry kits and 30 forensics kits. Meanwhile, I’ll be downstairs, packing up the 30 chemistry kits that are in-progress and making up solutions for 60 more, as well as the first group of solutions for the forensics kits.


15:39 – AmEx security just called me to report that there were questionable charges made on my card. They’re issuing me yet another new card. This happened Christmas Day of 2011, and it’s getting to be really annoying. The questionable charges both occurred yesterday: a $1 charge by Groupon and a $585 charge by Crucial/Micron.

The Groupon charge is completely fraudulent. I have never charged anything with Groupon or given them my card number. The Crucial/Micron charge is fraudulent in the sense that I didn’t make it, but because I have done business with Crucial using that card, AmEx couldn’t void the charge. I’d ordered a $30 memory kit from Crucial/Micron a couple of weeks ago. So tomorrow I have to call Crucial/Micron and give them hell. They weren’t supposed to retain my card number. If they didn’t, how could they have placed that $585 charge yesterday? And why did they place a $585 charge when I hadn’t ordered anything?