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A few random thoughts
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I saw a Denny’s ad on TV and knew it was Denny’s even before they showed the logo, just from looking at the food.  It’s always yellow!  I’m serious, the food in Denny’s ads (and presumably at Denny’s itself, although I wouldn’t know), is always yellow-ish.  It’s the strangest thing.  The next time you see one of their ads, look for yourself.

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Received a card from DirecTV a few days ago notifying us that they’ve upgraded our free RedZone channel this season to the full NFL Sunday Ticket.  Woo!  Of course, this also means that I won’t be very productive on Sunday afternoons for the next several weeks.

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Speaking of sports…  Fox Sports Radio is FAR more entertaining than ESPN Radio.  The Fox guys have actual personalities, not just catchphrases.

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I went to the county tax collector the other day to renew the tags on my cars.  They gave me a waiting list number and it was the next number called, less than a minute after I arrived.  I was in and out of the place in fewer than five minutes total.  That sort of thing never happened at the DMV in California!

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Windows 8 is pretty nice! I’m running the Developer Preview on my tablet PC now.  I fully expect that by late next year I’ll be able to replace both my Tablet PC and my iPad with a tablet running the release version of Win8.  Although, those new Kindles sure look nice, too…  iPad suddenly has a ton of real competition.

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I saw a news article yesterday about a bag of severed heads found near a school in Mexico.  The article also said that, in addition to the heads, they found “threatening notes”.  Really?  Are the notes necessary?  Aren’t the severed human heads enough of a threat?

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I’m watching The Green Hornet (the movie remake) this afternoon.  Why does Cameron Diaz keep showing up in movies that I would otherwise enjoy?  Seriously, enough’s enough.

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My golf and scuba gear is packed!  Parents are on a plane here to watch the kids, and Beth and I leave for Cancun on Saturday morning.  Should be a very nice week, although we’ve never gone anywhere without the kids for this long before.


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I've heard that Windows 8 doesn't open apps in little windows that you can size and arrange and move around and overlap however you want. In other words, one of the Fundamental Freedoms since Windows 3 has now evaporated! Is this true?

The new standard apps for Windows are indeed full-screen by default (called "immersive apps" by Microsoft), similar to what you'd see on an iPad, but unlike the iPad, you can put two of them on the screen side-by-side and resize them too. But in general, you're correct, that the "windows" part of Windows is no longer the preferred user experience (UX). The apps fill the screen and you don't see a taskbar or title bar or any of the "chrome" you are used to seeing around Windows or Mac applications.

However, you can still run the Windows desktop, and any of your current Windows applications in exactly the same way you do today. Both the new immersive apps and the older Windows applications are fully supported and you can go back and forth between them, and even have both types on the screen at once.

It’s always yellow!

Layer of phlegm applied by the cook as a garnish.

You have to be nicer to your waitress to avoid that garnish!

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