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


Google imitates Catfood Mag from 1998: https://catfood.net/mag/computing/sniff.html

Stop Colbert: http://youtu.be/lLH0fT3mbe0 via @NancyPelosi


I am a pathetic slave to closed Google betas.

Visual Studio getting stuck on a mystery "internal operation". Sigh.

NY Times Verbatim: What is a photocopier? http://feedly.com/e/_3YxDZQE -- watch watch watch

@DanRavenEllison narrow body? 16.7%

It fills me with an irrational and useless rage that the Windows Snipping Tool wants to use upper case file extensions.

There is so much bad information about launching a URL using the user's default web browser.

The national weather service says, "BEAT THE HEAT... CHECK THE BACK SEAT!"

Is There A Peak Age for Entrepreneurship? http://tcrn.ch/lDWPG8 via @techcrunch

Way too nice to be working.

a little sozzled

I support @EFF because digital rights are human rights. https://eff.org/donate

Testing from Bernal...


Watching a tedious NUMB3RS marathon to distract from tedious cold :( #fb

Hear that? It's the sound of goats being posted.

Awe-Inspiring Flythrough of the Saturn System http://bit.ly/ht34FC

"When farts are a good thing" http://feedly.com/e/T4QsCKce -- I'm healthy today.

100% of my advertising budget is wasted. I just don't know *which* 100%.

Magnitude http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/nc71667591.php - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA (via @usgs) http://t.co/ivvFqL1T Another #sf #earthquake

"narrative" is getting worn out, find something else to say - especially you, NPR

Obama/Stewart was a disappointment. I'd rather have watched the negotiation where teeth were surrendered in exchange for the get. #fb

From now on it's the troubled troubled asset relief program or T.TARP.


Shallow Alto, Woodside, Code, Chill.

Hurray, it's virtual Friday. Time for a gin :) #fb

@abfo retracted: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14370878

I didn't.

4 of 5 stars to Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/167917337

I'm getting spam from Barbara Boxer sent to my old landlady using my old email address. Delayed revenge or just confused? #fb

Ineffective Sorts http://bit.ly/YrVwhe -- definitive

Ahh, everything is either filed or shredded. Very nearly including Jeep's tax sticker - close shave.

RT @cucku: 5 tips for evaluating online backup: http://snurl.com/dt8dk

Coldest spot on Earth identified http://feedly.com/e/5Y-K8fOw -- shockingly not that dip near the end of Presidio

ITHCWY: Cam of Fortune!: My first and last foray into being a TV production company. Tragic that this never got… http://goo.gl/fb/pohYd

From Alta Plaza Park: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/From-Alta-Plaza-Park.aspx#.U4PPc6WQRgI.twitter

Bootstrapped Company Behind iDrive, iBackup Is Fed Up With Patent Trolls: http://tcrn.ch/vBDy6S

Still shipping :( Bad day for FTP connectivity to Server Intellect to pack in.

@davebritton It's a set I've seen a few times, but fair point...

Thumbtack.com just won #juicepitcher - my #2 choice

The cat has developed an appetite for pill pockets while staying at the vet. Who knew.

@DanRavenEllison congratulations Dan and Seb!

Very sick of import/export. Third re-write :(

Kepler talk interesting but the worst slides I've ever seen. #seticon


Hike: International Date Line Longitude, Latitude Coordinates http://goo.gl/fb/B7p1n #random #catfood

Hey @RepSpeier please don't robocall me . You're not even my representative.

Trying to capture a screenshot of an elusive dialog...

ITHCWY: http://goo.gl/fb/vauxH goes nuclear: CNET stopped being a useful source of downloads for me ages ago. Over the… http://t.co/CPCUUyZ

@mrsmele testing compatibility before making the switch. Can't shake the feeling that Chrome is watching me...

Lindsey Graham is making me feel pretty ill at the moment.

Wow :): http://goo.gl/BpZI2 (Batman logo in equation form)

Quantitative easing is a fantastic euphemism for printing money.

I'm on Frugal Friday starting at 3:30pm PST: http://tinyurl.com/oacu4w - will be talking about Cucku Backup

Like quantum pair production every time a new #SF Mayor candidate declares so does a Republican presidential candidate. #fb

What are the 1865 stickers on Bernal Hill about? https://twitter.com/abfo/status/152919960899956736/photo/1

Hike: Twin Peaks http://goo.gl/fb/O7NT8

Cringely finds the root cause of the financial crisis - great post: http://is.gd/hKUL

1906 earthquake refugee cottage at The Presidio. https://twitter.com/abfo/status/203608886299725824/photo/1

How did @RallySoftware manage to add more clicks to getting work done :(

P.S. @alfranken your default tweet is too long!

ITHCWY: Comments Restored: I've restored all the comments that vanished after I removed Disqus last weekend. This… http://goo.gl/fb/eHt84

Oh no, Google is finally killing off their SOAP search API (http://is.gd/lCUd). With no good alternative. #frackers

RT @IMDb Alcon Entertainment is in final talks to acquire the rights for 'Blade Runner' to produce prequels and sequels. <- Nooooooooooo

MIT blog on my additictive webcams: http://is.gd/6vm6 :)

@RavenEllison Just had a good meeting, but won't know more for a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed...

4 of 5 stars to The Land of Later on by Anthony Weller http://bit.ly/ZrTbDW

I hate odd DPI issues. Takes the spring out of your step.

Sunless Earth http://bit.ly/11F616x -- would save us from Parsnips.

Refreshing a page is what really sucks about looking for a job... #tc50 (Live From TechCrunch50 live > http://ustre.am/1aQE)

spare seats on #ces09 flight... creepy

An interesting puzzle from @MasterTheorem: Shifty Financial Business http://www.themastertheorem.com/theorems/shifty-financial-business

Syncing with Perforce for the foreseeable future... at least until 2k10!

Adding some truth to the interwebs...

SFO not really geared up to deal with ice. Southwest's lack of information not helping either.

Unidentified butterfly: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/unidentified-butterfly

Not one stamp is the correct amount. Need to go buy lots of 1c and 2c ones. Grrrr.

Hike: Armstrong Redwoods: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/armstrong-redwoods?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=frompost

Should Ћ be used for "the"? http://bit.ly/12hAGmQ -- no

Having a weird Friday. #fb

Is there a hashtag for Storage Visions yet? #sv10 maybe?

+1 for Apple allowing QuickTime without iTunes again. -1,000,000 for QuickTime still being needed on Windows.

Dear Technorati: how long does it take to move a colo? Are for forcing your servers to hitchhike? Excuse is wearing thin... #fb

In other news, Stewardess discovers Higgs Boson: http://goo.gl/XgsDJ (Astrophysicist finds fastest method of plane boarding)

Out of steam...

Oh Fuck These Lighthouses 2014 Calendar http://feedly.com/e/VAdS77WO

"After torture, and between Harry Potter novels, CIA allowed KSM to design a vacuum cleaner" http://feedly.com/k/155EaMs -- of course

Microsoft Announces Skype And Lync Interoperability With IM & Audio To Start, Video Soon http://feedly.com/k/18yTpzW -- how about imo.im?

US has more prisoners, prisons than any other country http://bit.ly/S047bJ

eBook: Getting Started With WinQual For Windows Error Reporting: http://bit.ly/fD0R3Y #li

Winter Solstice 2013: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Winter-Solstice-2013.aspx#.UrZGjbHAR-o.twitter

An advantage of @ATT is that you automatically connect to broken @Starbucks wifi giving you some much needed downtime.

@RavenEllison check out http://www.urbikids.com/ - I like the subscription model.

Enjoying coffee, bagel and dog biscuits at Progressive Grounds.

Apparently it's #IPADay - luckily there's some @21stAmendment in the fridge. http://ipaday.org/

testing a tweet with voice recognition for malia

Do I know anyone looking for an interesting (very different) network / system admin job? Ping me if I do. #li

I hate VBA... but hate truing up cap tables manually even more.

RE: Sadly it doesn't seem that you can make a Venn diagram out of your circles. Very disappointing... http://disq.us/2je021

+1: http://bit.ly/wQjz1e "I sent you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter! What the hell more did you want from me?"

IANAL, but it certainly seems a bit crazy: http://bit.ly/xBBSEq

How much did I used to want one of these! http://twitpic.com/7b8mlm

I'm supporting Regan Gill! http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=18309 via @DonorDrive

Network Solutions: If you're not going to read email then don't pretend you offer support via email. #frackers

More drama than usual for a lunchtime walk. Time to do some testing...

@PhilTing 94 Elsie Street (Block 5612, Lot 029). Thanks for the follow up!

World’s oldest working digital computer reboots at Bletchley Park- The Inquirer http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2225901/world-s-oldest-digital-computer-reboots-at-bletchley-park -- must go see! via @HilaryEllison

RT @Bernalwood Is This The Most San Francisco Photo Ever Taken? (via @sfist) http://bit.ly/185z2u5 -- got to be a contender

Somewhere in San Francisco a Dave who didn't hire a plane is having an awkward conversation... #fb

Seem to have scheduled about a month's worth of work this week...

D-Link: thank you for the free coffee :) #CES10

I hate people who cobble together XML without a thought for those that will end up parsing it.

San Francisco: install offshore wind turbines. Generate during the week and then reverse polarity at weekends to blow away fog. #fb

Catfood Earth http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/catfood-earth-341: https://t.co/d5RsOteit2 -- fixed weather radar, latest time zone database

Seesmic Desktop: http://bit.ly/TPRS4 - it's an early beta but finally seems to get multi-account support right.

Mandelbrot spinning zoom: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/mandelbrot-spin-zoom

+1: http://goo.gl/NrqkF (Investors Fred Wilson, Chris Dixon, And David Lee On Software Patents: Get Rid Of Them (Video))

Was just exceptionally rude to a door to door charity person. He's going to a) never come back and b) require a good thesaurus

Exoplanets http://bit.ly/NgZE2h #fb

Apple’s Patently Absurd Smartphone Crusade http://feedly.com/e/kfNSLhOD -- yes @HarvardBiz, so do this --> http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/How-to-fix-software-patents.aspx

ASCII Dog!: http://bit.ly/91pyob

KQED (SF NPR affiliate) use "by all means" when begging for pledges, as if they're doing you an unusual favor by allowing you to pledge.

Bummed out that Ahmadinejad got "re-elected": http://tinyurl.com/lfte2y (BBC News, with video).

Catfood Weather http://catfood.net/blog/post.aspx?id=63622932-e904-4fbb-b4a7-ba4df4250a62 http://t.co/W4cpJ4Iw via @CatfoodSoftware


Got rick-rolled at the skylark

MIT Prof’s anthropological study of Vegas at Gel '08: http://bit.ly/OZipW

Aggggh. Bad time for Virtual PC to give up the ghost. Bugger.

Windows 8 Is Now Available For Developers (And For Everybody Else, There’s A 90-Day Free Trial, Too) http://bit.ly/N4t1BK

"8-year-old's invention for keeping books dry in the bath" http://feedly.com/k/165Ck23 -- awesome

Syria: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Syria.aspx#.UgQKCSLXq2c.twitter

Crow Gyre http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Crow-Gyre.aspx#.UGNkP3SsYfY.twitter -- testing card approval

Dear amazon.co.uk - please, please add an option to only show products that you might be persuaded to sell.

4 of 5 stars to Dark State by Charles Stross https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2266741823

4 of 5 stars to JavaScript by Douglas Crockford https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1122592042

Third (hopefully lucky) trip to get Jeep's wonky lug nut fixed... #fb

Moving house is actually less painful than trying to get your address updated with a thousand idiotic systems.

First question for #hubspot - where are you?

ITHCWY: Sand Ladder at Fort Funston http://goo.gl/fb/WvEW7

-1: http://goo.gl/wjQDN (Belgium's veil ban now in force)

Maryland abolishing death penalty http://bit.ly/ZXmRfW +1 #fb

#IMU but what if you *are* happy multi-cultural people? ;)

ITHCWY: MMS Photo Upload to Facebook: Does Facebook now hate MMS? For the past couple of weeks every time I tried to… http://goo.gl/fb/uHXH

Stealth Fighter #MondayMission #ME0091 http://twitpic.com/1on0m0

@DenelleDixon @chefhja @ACLU Thank you so much! #resist https://twitter.com/abfo/status/827696661216440321/photo/1

Catch 22: can't dispute credit report without a copy. Can't get a copy without knowing TranUnion's bogus information. Sigh. #fb

@RavenEllison she certainly doesn't seem to have any sort of stranger danger. You might get lucky on the puff front when you're here!

RT @ddprrt: Every relaunch ever https://twitter.com/ddprrt/status/530634069059842048/photo/1

Listening to Any Questions from Friday and getting depressed at the extent of anti-mosque bullshit: http://bbc.in/caXDDo

e good...

Welsh results are like listening to Eurovision... in face the whole affair could be improved by adding Wogan to the coverage. #ge2010

I'm #reading Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey http://bit.ly/UNRtyz

Cost of alt energy now poor argument - benefit is inventing tech that drives cost down & selling that to others @iq2us #energydebate

RT @realDonaldTrump: It's almost like the United States has no President - we are a rudderless ship heading for a major disaster. Good luck…

@CatFoodRobot no

Woohoo! Thanks to TurboTax, my taxes are done! Start yours now for free http://tax.sh/gHWUpL

RT @newscientist: The Dutch scientist who recorded the first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard wants a publisher for his book...

Why I hate your 'Got It' link: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/got-it

Read this now, then change your passwords!: http://goo.gl/Tdwo8 (Password Strength)

I'm getting a 509 on the pledge. Presumably a sign from God... http://bit.ly/p1NI6o

Catfood Earth http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Catfood-Earth-320.aspx#.Ulm06M82g5I.twitter http://t.co/OINiXbPVIb

An important update from the International Earth Rotation Service http://bit.ly/KRwoQ6 <- warning, subculture

Missing fonts, bad permissions for local app data... when do you just give up fixing machine config issues? Sigh.

Gaia revisited: http://bbc.in/IVbOOP - I'm still in the extreme camp: http://bit.ly/IVbSOF

+1 http://tumblr.com/x1n3bt3dfl

RelayRides very cool - p2p car sharing - #juicepitcher

@nihiofkdi indeed, that hasn't come up at this conference though!

How I hate the word 'learnings'

Develop Windows software or drivers? Please help me out by completing this quick survey: http://bit.ly/dCZC1l #li #fb

Playing darts at the Thirsty Bear... badly

Much boosting and skepticism of 3D #sv10

Just entered the @newscientist win a moon rock competition. I'm bound to win, but check out http://tinyurl.com/nrx8ft anyway.

Attention authors - please us a URL shortening service rather than long hard to type URLs. Thank you.

Tip on coping with the new Salon design - go to http://mobile.salon.com/ instead.

Actually used a box cutter to cut up a box. It's a tool I normally reserve for my fingers. #fb

#SF - stop mourning @Borders and check out the Alexander Book Company: http://bit.ly/ofNI9P

4 of 5 stars to Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers by Ian Stewart https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1624309493

Elon Musk plans Hyperloop high-speed train http://bit.ly/1dDsofn -- kind of what I expected Dean Kamen to have announced

ITHCWY: Catfood: Earth for Android: I’ve just released Catfood Earth for Android. It’s my second app created with… http://goo.gl/fb/8Adz9

Enjoying the funky hold muzak while waiting for the Launch 2010 webcast to get going #join2010

Leafhopper Nymph http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Leafhopper-Nymph.aspx (identified via @Pearldotcom).

GetvCard shutting down at the end of 2013: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/GetvCard-shutting-down-at-the-end-of-2013.aspx#.UpU2AeFjbWI.twitter @getvcard

Trump should be impeached immediately and today I'm calling on Congress to hold him accountable. #NeedToImpeach http://thndr.me/snN2rX https://twitter.com/abfo/status/943188313871212544/photo/1

Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment http://feedly.com/e/cLJMXFwU

4 of 5 stars to The Forever War by Dexter Filkins https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1142031514

I'm #reading The Peripheral by William Gibson https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1092126299

BBC News - Does a baby's name affect its chances in life? http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26634477 -- Sue Yoo the lawyer

RT @StackHash: StackHash 1.01 - fixes 'event does not exit' error during WinQual sync: http://bit.ly/frXk0I

Great Saturday at #seticon - wish I could make it tomorrow.

RT @cucku: Cucku Backup 2.11 released: http://bit.ly/aJEpft (this is a critical update that addresses a compatibility problem with Skype ...

Almost caught up... #fb

It seems like time for cheese...

Victory over the barbarians. In this case the barbarians are people who are unable to figure out a self checkout system. #fb

How does Hulu manage to suck so badly and the missing app for cord cutting: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/How-does-Hulu-manage-to-suck-so-badly-and-the-missing-app-for-cord-cutting.aspx#.Utxk0PRsBnU.twitter

BBC News - BitTorrent Sync challenges cloud-based file management http://bbc.in/11kngYr -- BitTorrent version of Cucku #fb

Forrester Says The Chromebook's Time Has Arrived In The Enterprise ... http://bit.ly/13Vl1hS -- working VPN would help

#ces09 panel finished, exhausted. Attracted questions from law enforcement on social backup... interesting...

Cloud: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Cloud.aspx#.UkCq5yeff-M.twitter

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