I hadn’t been to Chili’s (a chain restaurant in the US) in about four years, and we couldn’t decide where to go for dinner. Given that all I remembered about Chilis was that they had good margaritas, and the kids menu looked ok online, off we went to give them a try.

They sucked. The service was extraordinarily slow (30 minutes+), the food was uninspired and over cooked, and my serving was too small. At least they weren’t all that expensive.

This post is made in the hope that I’ll remember not to go again.

Fedex sucks

It turns out that seemingly no one in my apartment complex has got a delivery from Fedex in the last week or so… It would seem the local driver is simply too lazy to actually deliver packages. I guess that makes it a little hard for people who are waiting for those last few Christmas presents to arrive. In our case it was something medical, which makes it worse in my mind.

Oh, and guess what? There’s no refund process from Fedex, even though they have failed to deliver on their product (three day shipping, we’ve waited six so far). So, no more Fedex for me.

Computers, why do I trust you?

Hmmmm. My laptop hard disk was dead when I woke up this morning. It gives a bunch of ATA read errors which don’t look very good at all. Luckily for me, the help desk at works. A USB hard disk caddy I happened to have spare, their USB cabling, a spare Thinkpad X41, and a couple of hours of data rescue, and I don’t think I have lost anything. All I can say is thank god for work’s help desk. They rock.

Part of the excitement with the failure is that I fly to Phoenix again tomorrow, and wasn’t looking forward to life without a computer. Oh, and I promise to do more backups (although all the stuff I really care about is in source control anyways).