I Thought He Came With You is Robert Ellison’s blog about software, marketing, politics, photography and time lapse.



Help make #London a #NationalPark by signing this petition to the #MayorOfLondon. #AskBoris #GLNP http://thndr.it/1hqWh4e

Thanks Skype, the Windows 7 taskbar thing was driving me nuts: http://bit.ly/c9WQbi

You won't believe this one crazy trick that would fix the broken patent system: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/You-wont-believe-this-one-crazy-trick-that-would-fix-the-broken-patent-system.aspx#.UwqXpF7_xEE.twitter

http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/11/07/117514/san-francisco-top-places-to-live-under-35/. Among Best Places to Live if You’re Under 35, Report Says http://t.co/8iNse60Mcg -- well, bugger

Come join me in making a difference using #SeeClickFix - http://bit.ly/eJjtZ2

Big news from Mars coming soon, maybe http://bit.ly/RU75Od -- oooohhhhhh

ITHCWY: Reviews and links for September 2011: Neutrino by Frank Close 3/5 Narrow topic, but an interesting book… http://goo.gl/fb/gWJyJ

Online small print 'not enforceable' http://feedly.com/k/ZQ4sEt -- sure, I totally read your ToS

Just listened to David Bowie because of a support incident

ITHCWY: Congress: instead of breaking the Internet how about fixing child identity theft?: According the the… http://goo.gl/fb/lB79H

4 of 5 stars to A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1387120488

Target is the exact opposite of a trash compacter.#fb

Hike: Salt Point State Park: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/salt-point-state-park?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=frompost

Making an enormous batch of chili :)

Test with timestamp 2012-04-21 15:56

RT @StackHash StackHash Blog | WinQual Survey http://bit.ly/bD9ke2

RT @cucku: Reminder - two days left to vote for Cucku at #juicepitcher http://bit.ly/uxqf6 - please vote and RT.

Just donated to @splcenter in honor of @realDonaldTrump

Have a new HDD for TiVo, will be trying an InstantCake resurection later.

RT @DanRavenEllison: Why we should make Community Childhood Maps http://essays.centreforlondon.org/issues/green/londons-empty-childhoods/ #everychildwild #wildtime #50things #playoutdoors …

Skype drops WinMo: http://bit.ly/9Rm3dz - not that it ever worked, but still sad. Happily, there's a Nimbuzz for that...

Why is junk mail disguised as government mail (and marked "not government" in 6 point font) not illegal? #phishing @Barbara_Boxer ?

4 of 5 stars to Packing for Mars by Mary Roach http://bit.ly/9xE1LD

5 of 5 stars to Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks http://bit.ly/dsCIZf

Wow, did I just read an entire @wired with no lame continued on page xxx? Nice one :)

It's getting to the point where it takes an hour to reboot and get to a usable state. Sigh.

I love finding and fixing a complex bug from diag trace. Not good that the bug is there, but is good that the trace is so good.

New Golden Gate Visitor center - lots of tat, no food :( https://twitter.com/abfo/status/200670265477308417/photo/1

@sr00t right after I took the photo it hissed at me, pretty scary for a big cricket...

https://getsatisfaction.com/feedly/topics/feedly_cant_load_every_unread_article_and_says_end_of_stream -- fix this Feedly

Why are #SF taxis so obsessed with crawling up Gough?

Summer Solstice Stroll: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Signs.aspx

I'm #reading Worth Dying For by Lee Child http://bit.ly/eg5Bch

The Reader is a beguiling turducken of a movie.

If you're buying Skype for Android ads those aren't real clicks that you're getting.

Molly has encountered the three-garden-escape-attempts and you're staying in rule. She's now shouting at me. #fb

Oh no, we've been dragged into the "tricky psychic region". Next please. #SETIcon

a space as one char testing how many with urlencode but sending using oauth as it might be the case that one space counts as three character

That Obama doesn't want to release the photos after the last batch is pretty disturbing... just how much worse are they?

@mrsmele I'm in a volcano.

RT @StackHash StackHash Blog | Windows Error Reporting at the 2010 Windows Summit http://bit.ly/9XzsfS

What I just said - five star rating schemes are useless: http://bit.ly/19YWjl (TechCrunch)

Dog is not that into movie afternoon...

£10m tongue: http://is.gd/mvFb (BBC)

Ha, Apple rejects tweetie because you can say fuck on twitter (http://is.gd/mNfZ). Next they'll remove the web browser and phone. #frackers

@skydiver one - as there's only one Earth

Rudy is too scared to eat some sausage :( #fleetweek

Verisign vs. Network Solutions for SSL - any opinions?

Windows Marketplace shutting down Digital Locker August next year. Another nail in the DRM coffin. Cheers Microsoft.

5 of 5 stars to Revenger by Alastair Reynolds https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1801594672

Critical Factors Shaping the Future of Sudan: http://bit.ly/4K7KWM via @IDEX (Monday 25th in #SF) #fb

Defeated the @NatlParkService plan to ruin dog walks in @GoldenGateNPS https://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/ggnra-victory

T-Mobile Takes Aim At Rival Carriers With Free, Unlimited International Data http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/09/t-mobile-takes-aim-at-rival-carriers-with-free-unlimited-international-data/ -- ok, now you have my attention.

Is anyone following a member at The Funded?

KQED pledge week again. If you listen and don't donate *you* are the tragedy of the commons.

2 of 5 stars to Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bas... by P.J. O'Rourke http://bit.ly/9gZZMT

Today's PM (http://bit.ly/aFnCf2) has best ever use of an Ultravox track in a news context. #fb

Apparently I'm the 49,265th member of LinkedIn. I feel like I should get stock or something.

Being a tired, poor huddled mass myself strongly disagree with the motion! #immigration @IQ2US #fb

@AnswrExpt hi, yes, and I believe the expert team has been in touch with you?

To claim my free Safeway gas I had to go to Daily City. The horror...

RT @cucku: Please take a minute to vote for Cucku at the bottom of this page: http://bit.ly/uxqf6 and please RT. Thank you!

Sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvr_kYezJhc&feature=share

@jbeller thanks, i use blogger with a custom template at the moment and the Google doesn't show through. Thinking of switching though.

ITHCWY: Has France Cracked Fixing Education?: The French are close to making it illegal to deny a second genocide… http://goo.gl/fb/zJpZU

Just sedated the dog...

Browsers should stop remembering sixteen digit numbers. It's clearly still too much to rely on e-commerce implementers to do a good job.

Stop @RecParkSF from cutting down thousands of healthy trees: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/save-mount-davidson


I'm sure I'll do it again...

The next time I go to France I'm wearing a veil and flogging heather. #fb

Good xkcd - this has been bothering me as well: http://xkcd.com/558/

ITHCWY: Reviews and links for January 2011: My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big City Backyard into a Farm… http://goo.gl/fb/Hi3MO

ITHCWY: Catfood: PdfScan http://goo.gl/fb/cki58: Catfood PdfScan 1.40 is a small bug fix release. PdfScan converts documents to PDFs… http://t.co/YXdMn6ux

The Real Cost of Patent Trolls: http://fndry.gr/19A5B via @bfeld

Wrapping my head around drag and drop.

Finished taxes. Still hating Blogger more than the IRS.

Memo to self: the egg bagel at Progressive Grounds is enormous - built to share!

We won #pearlhunt and all we won was this... https://twitter.com/abfo/status/185854196698984451/photo/1

Nice Jobs tribute from XKCD: http://goo.gl/ro0o4 (Eternal Flame)

Krugman: America is heading for a "lost decade" - War Room - Salon.com http://bit.ly/oGcehN

I'm #reading The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker http://bit.ly/d7yV09

ITHCWY: Catfood: Earth, PdfScan and Weather: Three recent Catfood Software updates: Catfood Earth 3.10 includes… http://goo.gl/fb/JXR9Y

#ces08 how much faster would taxi lines go without chap collecting tip to tell driver your destination?

Servings per container: about 10

ITHCWY: Twitter's API has got too painful for me: I've developed a bunch of stupid, niche and vaguely promising… http://goo.gl/fb/hpnPM

4 of 5 stars to The End Has Come by John Joseph Adams https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1854105753

RT @StackHash StackHash Blog | If you don't use WinQual, why not? http://bit.ly/abdVcT #li

Surreal... Basking in the heat, listening to the foghorns.

RT @CatfoodSoftware: Brand spanking new on Facebook: Catfood Software! http://bit.ly/XTP5K

It takes longer to reboot Vista than it did to write it... #fb

I really want this stupid bit of shit: http://is.gd/iYLg (oh no, it's already obsolete).

Merry Christmas :) #fb

+1: A http://bit.ly/Arq6r4. appeals court rules Prop. 8 unconstitutional: http://t.co/TZgdKU9k #fb

ITHCWY: Might there actually be grounds to sue BA on the basis of a frequent flyer program that never lets you… http://goo.gl/fb/khNuu

I'm #reading WAR by Sebastian Junger http://bit.ly/co6jQf

ITHCWY: Petrol & Marks & Spencer: I recently got back from a trip back to the UK. Every time I go back these days… http://goo.gl/fb/ZG2hS

Day 1 of #codecon very good. Looking forward to denaturing my DNA with some G&T :)

@gillwilson good point. Doh!

Laser cannons on technicals: http://goo.gl/WzTwS ("V": How to fix ABC's struggling alien invasion series)

@sr00t really doing my bit to help the economy at the moment...

The three questions I'd ask Sotomayor:

Making WiKis

Proud of my community and my local government: over one million issues fixed on @SeeClickFix! #1MMFIXED

Is it just me or has reCAPTCHA finished scanning all the books with real words in and moved on to absolute gibberish?

Analysis: The Darwin Economy: http://bbc.in/tnif8y

Nine for Exchange email on Android: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/nine-for-exchange-email-on-android?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=frompost -- @9FoldersInc

A (totally legitimate) letter from new Zynga CEO Don Mattrick http://bit.ly/120Ia21

@Doorbar http://join.app.net/p/lxftjtdbtm

Running an API at HUGE Scale - Webinar: http://youtu.be/iwFPMtu8SAM #API

@robblewis Europe in general is devloping too many thought crimes. UK is fast catching up to France and Germany.

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 now out http://bit.ly/geb5tk

Merry Christmas! #fb

Phew, sea lion mystery solved: http://bit.ly/6SyarV (BBC)

4 of 5 stars to Drive by Daniel H. Pink http://bit.ly/XFq0QZ

Love that Visual Studio 2010 doesn't crash every third time you paste a message into resources.

RT @Pearldotcom: Our new site is coming soon! Get on the list to be notified about launch details: http://www.pearl.com/info/coming-soon

Really, really don't want to be writing unit tests...

'robot revolution would end quickly, because the robots would all break down or get stuck against walls' - http://bit.ly/OyRMet

http://data.sfgov.org/ (new #SF data portal) #todo @myEN

Brave Brand Stand: http://goo.gl/N2n0f (Ben & Jerry's taste for protest)

Any Questions - http://bit.ly/nswr1, nuts, gin :)


@gillwilson i thought you were quiet, wasn't sure if you were listening, but noticed that it ties into salesforce...

@HTC please make HTC Sync not pop up every time you plug your phone in. Very irritating.

Re-Thinking the Game of Monopoly http://bigthink.com/capitally/re-thinking-the-game-of-monopoly#.U3Y4qWycn2E.twitter

ITHCWY: bye, bye, Miss Deprecated API: After my horrible experience with Cleat last year I'm finally pulling the… http://goo.gl/fb/WyelT

Completely gorged on British sausage products from _You Say Tomato_ :) #fb

Catfood Software Blog | Catfood PdfScan http://catfood.net/blog/post.aspx?id=8d214576-c63c-4be3-8e4d-e9ea644e54a3 http://t.co/OghXSV2 via @CatfoodSoftware

I'd really missed tea and banana bread - glad it's back :)

Just circumnavigated Lake Merced. Bit too much traffic but still quite a nice walk. #fb

URBAN EARTH: AN INTRODUCTION http://wp.me/p1gOZi-37 - via @RavenEllison

Has anyone ever seen a delivery only parking meter being used to make an actual delivery? Turn those into miniparks @mayoredlee ! #fb

Harbor Seals at #FitzgeraldMarineReserve https://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/harbor-seals

RT @GeoCollective: If you would recommend Mission:Explore http://amzn.to/dXhqAq as a great Christmas/Hanukkah gift for children please r ...

RT @Snags1970: : Jimmy Savile's chair which heralded the first of many media appearances by Kevin Warwick. #JimmySavile #cyborg #twonk h ...

:): http://goo.gl/VZiap (Delta-P)

I Thought He Came With You | Convert BlogML comments to XWR for Disqus http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Convert-BlogML-comments-to-XWR-for-Disqus.aspx via @abfo

Taking hangover round #SF for #pearlhunt

I have found Fairyland!

Episode 40: You Can't Bring A Snake In Here on Vimeo http://bit.ly/qKdUGv

Ira Glass is making me feel guilty even though I do send money to @KQED.

Oh, it wasn't with @beavis it was with @beevis. Easy mistake to make...

Palin: off to walk the Appalachian Trail??

@gillwilson see -> @google: YouTube nonprofit raises $10K in one day using InVideo overlay ad http://bitly.com/ZZIk3

Reading 'Cats in the News' at vets. Was never really sure the book was real before now...

Another Friday in WinDbg. Sigh. Mostly have self to blame though.

About to leave for #ces09. If you're there and have time tomorrow drop by this panel and say hi: http://is.gd/eOnz

9 out of every 9 busses are a 30.

@totn, miracle question is incredibly leading, can't ask "as in ancient times" and then draw meaningful conclusions from the response.

Visa card cloned again. Canadian groceries instead of Christian t-shirts. PITA. #fb

I'm the number 4 Google result for Fandango Fail. But I'm over it, really.

ITHCWY: Reviews and links for May 2011: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 3/5 The first couple of chapters are hilarious… http://goo.gl/fb/GDznX

@WithinRafael for crash data? If so, have been working on a tool (www.stackhash.com) and would appreciate any feedback.

thank #$%^ for that

ITHCWY: Dog First Aid: After decades of ethnographic and quantitative research into the medical skills of Canis… http://goo.gl/fb/fuSrA

Vernal Equinox 2016 in Catfood Earth: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/vernal-equinox-2016

Listening to @glenngreenwald holding Chuck Todd's feet to the fire: http://bit.ly/ZlPVE

ITHCWY: Reviews and links for May 2010: Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston 4/5… http://goo.gl/fb/sz45j

5 of 5 stars to 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami http://bit.ly/Q6JuY3

RT @gettheadvantage: #IMU I am also in for a LI group. +1 for a new group!

3 of 5 stars to Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1560855196

now burning fifth instantcake cd. sigh.

Off to the vets shortly... hoping that the dog will be allowed to tackle stairs without a sling after his checkup.


Happy New Year!!!

The @IFTT channel I really want? #NSA

I always read American Medical Response as Armed Medical Response - ambulances with attitude!

Why do a US version of a Terry's Chocolate Orange if it's just the same hopeless american chocolate? It's just teasing...

@gamemom 2%, i'm not a fan of it. Prefer smaller coffee with richer milk...

I love Any Questions (http://is.gd/hPq), but Any Answers attracts some total nutters.

2 of 5 stars to The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1616138466

Wonderful... ship a new Twitter tool and Twitter decides to roll over and die. Grrrr.

My BART train allegedly gained 2 cars between 24th and Montgomery. I didn't notice anything...

Two valid passports from two different countries - I feel like a spy.

First few planets exciting for SETI, somewhere to look. But planets so common isn't it back to everywhere again? #SETIcon

RT @CatfoodSoftware Catfood Software Blog | Catfood Contraction Timer for Android http://bit.ly/azrBq7

Update to Google webmaster tools is pretty, but seems to have broken the iGoogle gadgets. Bummer.

Are cats supposed to snore?

I have a major crush on data.gov.

If you're riding a recumbant bike at night without lights then I'm nominating you for a Darwin Award. #fb

How is security helped by me typing in my previous password and then my new password for three months until it all starts over again?

Cold Boot....

Messing about with templates...

Where did the WiX documentation go?

Also works if you can: http://goo.gl/pruyc (Eric Schmidt: If you can’t use your real name, don’t use Google+.)

Shutting up....

I got 8/10 on the BBC Thanksgiving quiz: http://bbc.in/eAU5jt (it's harder than the naturalization test...)

Woolworths reborn online: http://tinyurl.com/m3pd43 1p for the sweetie, £4.95 for postage ;) (BBC News)

Sunset behind the Farallones: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/farallones?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=frompost #Farallon Islands, no sign of @KarlTheFog

baaaaa #tc50 (Live From TechCrunch50 live > http://ustre.am/1aQE)

Curiosity http://bit.ly/Q1Jbwc

Every gram of CO2 saved by the solar expo I've wasted looking for parking.

4 of 5 stars to Artemis by Andy Weir https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2194652738

N-400 Away.......

"You can't schedule amazing" Geoffrey Moore #AgileNewLevel

Tedious... no DNS love in Azure without a pricy reserved instance.

Seem to be pretty broken today. Have fixed a few easy bugs but out of steam already.

Oh dear, this might be ESB #6.

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