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


@citibank your online banking is broken, spins trying to start a transfer, can't click the text in buttons.

ITHCWY: California Slender Salamander http://goo.gl/fb/aue47

Automate mobile friendly alerts for your site with apps script: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/get-an-email-if-your-site-stops-being-mobile-friendly #mobilefriendly

The NSA is Breaking Most Encryption on the Internet http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/09/the_nsa_is_brea.html via @feedly -- Thanks NSA and GCHQ

Online and social backup list: @abfo/online-and-social-backup - let me know if I've missed anyone.

Risking some deck time for Rudy - he's being very good so far.

To watch: Mike McDerment on marketing metrics: http://bit.ly/vRe46s @myEN #BoS2011

RT @StackHash StackHash Blog | StackHash Beta 1 Preview http://bit.ly/cy0Vm5

@mrsmele I'm jealous. Mainly Nigerian dudes for me, I'm sure with a win-win offer.

5 of 5 stars to Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/174613756

The @AmazonKindle apps badly need a way to sort archives by purchase date. It's getting too hard to find the latest additions. #kindle

There's still an outside chance that the Queen could be saying 'off with his head' #ge2010

Spoke too soon. Bizzare failure on XP.

oh no, applications on linkedin...

The Ballmer queue is almost worse than Avatar. #CES10

ITHCWY: Drones and Gun Control: A quick question for the two thirds of Americans who see gun rights as being… http://goo.gl/fb/XRcrN

Seems like I'm going to need to use different apps for regular FB and the Cucku page #fb

Link building is exhausting. A stiff margarita certainly helps.

@retrevo_robb vaio p... p stands for poor keyboard

Doesn't seem that it's the pictures that are obscene: http://bit.ly/woxMQ (BBC News)

Matt Fwei is in Japan. They should have sent him to Wussia.

Dear Google: please don't make f***ing JavaScript the future of app development.

Wow: http://bit.ly/I2pfqX Rear Window loop via @jwz

RT @GeoCollective: We've just had the first copies of our new Mission:Explore books back from the printers.. Here's a snap http://yfrog ...

Two stunning earth videos from @CatfoodSoftware - Seasons: http://bit.ly/6D3ToO and Time Zones: http://bit.ly/53fadA (both on YouTube)

Not keen on this new dark right after work phenomena.

#boarding SFO

@robblewis It can't convince me to watch them *even* once :)

Shit Programmers Say: http://youtu.be/8WZr6fvtEgk

RT @clayposey: @abfo so use a LANDING SLIDE? #IMU :)

I am a blog migrating machine.

4 of 5 stars to Top Dog by Po Bronson http://bit.ly/150ezZb

I just voted for Obama in #TwitVote -- http://twitvote.twitmarks.com/

On the cusp of routine spaceflight - at #SETIcon https://twitter.com/abfo/status/216593660454772737/photo/1

Excellent, PC World gets Cucku: http://tinyurl.com/5mamq5

Catfood PdfScan - Catfood Software http://catfood.net/products/pdfscan/default.aspx via @CatfoodSoftware

Off to check up on the buffalo...

Mmmmm, percocet, zzzzzzzzz

Cloud Atlas trailer http://bit.ly/SXQQ2G (on the plus side, lots of reasons for this to be great, on the minus side... Tom Hanks :( ) #fb

Testing from XP at the north pole...

ITHCWY: Convert BlogML comments to XWR for Disqus: I’ve just moved ITHCWY comments over to Disqus. BlogEngine.NET… http://goo.gl/fb/4qXPV

Sunset sunset: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/sunset-sunset?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=frompost #timelapse #finally

Sphero http://j.mp/sGxFug #todo @myEN

RESTful API Design, Second Edition http://slidesha.re/sgillX #API from @landlessness

ITHCWY: Support SHIELD–a small measure of patent sanity: A friend pointed me at the SHIELD (PDF) act today. This… http://goo.gl/fb/pBEYQ


Lego tries to get less sexist http://shar.es/rx70O - and previously: http://goo.gl/HX84M

I now know about Server Gated Cryptography. I hope I forget about it again soon.

30K additional troops. ~20K employees at Google. Could we achieve more by just sending Google over? Afghanistan Beta? #fb

Summer in San Francisco started at 10:16 and ended around 6ish,. #fb

Today's canceled flight moved to the 24th. For Kate's sake I hope that Santa can shimmy in through the APU exhaust... #fb

Valley planning: "You know what would look great next to this Caltrain station? Another sodding Caltrain station!"

Bye bye DOMA.

IMAX is like Southwest. Sell assigned seats please!

I can update my payment info by post or fax? Really @kqed why not telegram or carrier pigeon as well?

New BBC radio website is very well done, discovered while KQED stream is on the fritz.

Too much reading today. My eyeballs are dehydrated. They're begging me for a G&T.

Electoral Precedent http://bit.ly/SZIDwq

Internet fried now. Should not have got out of bed.

Catfood WebCams for Android - Catfood Software http://catfood.net/products/webcams/ via @CatfoodSoftware

Martian photo gallery: Breathtaking panoramas from rover's 10 years on Mars http://ti.me/1e2c4bK

ITHCWY: Installation: Early and Often: Jiri Novotny at Dextronet wrote a great post this week on improving… http://goo.gl/fb/iwUpv

Discover London With Mission:Explore! http://londoneer.org/2012/01/discover-london-with-missionexplore.html


Not #boarding but at SFO anyway...

ITHCWY: Sentinel Dome: Slightly easier than Half Dome, and when you get to the top you get to look at Half Dome… http://goo.gl/fb/GDg98

@mrsmele it's constant SF summer drizzle everywhere at the moment. On the plus side I'm going up to Sonoma tomorrow for wine and sun...

Undoing http://bit.ly/ROm4db

Confused about who the next #SF mayor will be? Watch http://vimeo.com/17665491 and add to your puzzlement.

RT @StackHash StackHash Blog | StackHash Beta 8 http://bit.ly/9kwikR #li

#FollowFriday @StackHash @cucku @CatfoodSoftware #FF

Chookie -- a chicken based cookie.

ITHCWY: Reviews and Links for September 2012: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 5/5 Epic Murakami, set in a maybe-alternate… http://goo.gl/fb/7eWsT

ITHCWY: Top 5 reasons to hate the Facebook like button: 5. Validation The metadata required to use the like button… http://goo.gl/fb/GC9tg

Trolls with a feeble looking patent. Sigh.: http://goo.gl/HQHKG (Spotify sued over music streaming)

ITHCWY: Reviews and links for April 2011: Zero Day by Mark Russinovich 2/5 Promising start, Mark 'system internals… http://goo.gl/fb/UNUw8

Reviews and links for August 2010 - I Thought He Came With You http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post.aspx?id=7b65d005-fd35-4c1b-ba4f-9532d4f24bd5 via @abfo (Testing new tweet button)

Great walk at crissy field... just need to wake up in time for #BoS2009 now!

Two messages and a phone call from the dentist... I guess they really need to drum up business.

Arch druid ... said it was a "good omen for the year ahead" that the sun had come up after the ceremony. http://bbc.in/tlJE9k

Back to work... shutting up for a while.

@Syndic totally safe, promise

Catfood Software Blog | Winter Solstice 2011 in Catfood Earth http://catfood.net/blog/post.aspx?id=06291953-5d84-4468-958f-33d18d12fa88 via @CatfoodSoftware

ITHCWY: Catfood: Cleat http://goo.gl/fb/WpflH: I've just released an updated version of Cleat that supports geolocation and… http://t.co/SESV9VH7

Listening to some world class Mornington Crescent. #fb

I'm #reading Company Town by Madeline Ashby https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1688138217

ITHCWY: Twenty-Four Hours with Twilio: I've wanted to play with Twilio's voice and SMS service for a while and… http://goo.gl/fb/KBLbH

4 of 5 stars to The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker http://bit.ly/d7yV09

"This is the most beautiful satellite that has ever been built" - http://snurl.com/dquv4 (BBC) - you've been in your lab too long...

And now there's a truck blocking elsie...

$20 Amazon.com Gift Card for $10 on livingsocial (US Only): http://bit.ly/gxzkL4

Exahusted TiVo, time for MI5 (not 9-to-5)

@twdeeter, #hubspot, same here, how to get everyone blogging? Seems like a good way to get variety.

Go Vince!: http://goo.gl/ByTtC (Cable in attack on 'US nutters')

Not encourages that the first thing Google's cycling directions tell me is to bike down the Esmeralda stairs...

Off to Vator Splash, via a very large coffee: http://bit.ly/cdCGSG #li

<9lb cat has occupied the bed of the >90lb dog

The bacteria are winning.

@ComcastBonnie less money flowing out of my bank account :(

Great day of #IMU - thanks @hubspot

Second stiff margarita. Time to stop emailing strangers.

I've no idea because I can't afford Joel's videos #makebettersoftware #BoS2009

ITHCWY: Really BA?: Not to pick on British Airways but yes, that screenshot is real. It's a marketing email opt out… http://goo.gl/fb/zEDI0

Best thing today - awesome Lifehacker coverage :) Worst thing - looking at expensive dog surgery :( #fb

Fun fact: I'm around a month younger than the Sutro Tower but took less time to build and was around $4M cheaper. #fb

RT @cucku: I'll be on Frugal Friday with Ken Hess on the 15th - http://bit.ly/12wXMp - looking forward to talking about free remote backup.

I'm attending Business of APIs 2011 Conference: San Francisco -- http://www.eventbrite.com/s/5mfj #API

Haven't been able to get to the @Lightstreamer web site all day. What's up?

CSV on Android is a world of pain.

4 of 5 stars to Rule 34 by Charles Stross http://bit.ly/mY6o8H

RT @geocollective: Please send the Guardian pictures from any of your Mission:Explorations to g2kids@guardian.co.uk - pls support + RT! ...


Click and Clack are pimping ShamWows...

Homebrew DNA testing talk at #codecon very interesting, should double-check my APC resistance...

Learned from EDD: Never work for a small restaurant. Or in crane maintenance.

Fwei back from visiting "notoriously gloomy Teutons": http://bit.ly/10dydp (BBC)

There's nothing like sleeping on a horrible problem and waking up to realize it's just a missing MIME type. :)

(Having said that, if you listen to KQED and don't cough up then you're perpetuating the pledge misery for the rest of us.)

Looking at options for buying quarter of a cow... worried that nowhere seems to let you specify which quarter...

CodePlex tip - don't ask to join a project if you 'prefer not to be contacted', especially if you're actually trying to report a bug.

Beer was near, sadly earlier. https://twitter.com/abfo/status/204414267359887360/photo/1

Book reviews for October 2014: http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/book-reviews-for-october-2014?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=frompost The Martian (Andy Weir) and Personal (@LeeChildReacher)

@PaulGAllen are you going to save the ATA? Very sad to hear this is being forced to shut down. I'm a small SETI donor.

Is it just me or is the SETI logo channeling BBC1 from the 70s? http://www.seticon.com/ #fb

Jacqui Smith bans Michael Savage from the UK for not sharing values... after she tried to expense porn. Thought crime vs. actual fraud...

What did I do before Chromecast? It was only last week, really should be able to remember.

Aha @googleapis 500 server error try again later really means spreadsheet column names need to be lower case. Lesson learned.

Sick of listening to racists on NPR.

"What happens when actual prisoners play The Prisoner's Dilemma?" http://feedly.com/k/17Dwt1G

Gin o'clock #fb

Plug fully pulled on Cucku Backup. A sad day. http://bit.ly/befay7 Long live @StackHash !

RT @MissionExplore: Mission:Explore Food – Video yourself doing one of the missions from the book and get a free copy http://thegeographycollective.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/missionexplore-food-video-yourself-doing-one-of-the-missions-from-the-book-and-get-a-free-copy/

Summer has arrived, it just isn't evenly distributed. #SF #fb

Testing a webcam share from Android... https://twitter.com/abfo/status/227173667694600192/photo/1

HTTP status cats by GirlieMac: classic server error codes, now with cats: http://bit.ly/sdqms0

Guinness and Marmite bread makes an excellent cheese on toast platform. #fb

Website filler text based on the works of William Gibson http://bit.ly/14WEhf8 -- all i'm using from now on.

On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden | Glenn Greenwald http://bit.ly/17ucdU6

RT @CatfoodSoftware: Current Catfood Earth beta with time zones. The layer is updated whenever a country enters or leaves daylight... ht ...

Fixed embarrassing off by one error in the Catfood Earth beta. Doh!

Clean :) #fb

At the @IDEX bash at The Solarium :)

Brexit Prize http://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/Brexit-Prize.aspx#.UeSs1UGU2ow.twitter -- plan for leaving the EU

Calendar curation / aggregation: http://elmcity.cloudapp.net/ #tools @myEN

4 of 5 stars to Successful Analytics ebook 2 by Brian Clifton https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1243886276

@d_shep it seems you need to have google maps running for it to work. Really want something in the background... may get to rolling my own

Working on dealing with Twitter API limits when processing a large number of accounts. Not a fun problem to debug.

http://teachingkidsprogramming.org/ <- cool! #join2010

And yet I've always preferred working for CEOs who were founders. #BoS2009

Why can't I set ServiceHostingEnvironment.MultipleSiteBindingsEnabled in code? Also, why is it wrong at runtime? Grrrr. #WCF #fail

My Ambient Orb is doing useful work again via some serial port. It's a long time since I've had to use a serial port.

I'm #reading The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156375649

@repcor maybe missing something but I don't see how?

StackOverflow DevDays: Just got back from the StackOverflow DevDays event in San Francisco. I was a bit worried.. http://bit.ly/YNEse

#boarding LHR

Lawmakers declare war on science: Want schools to teach Creationism! Fight back: http://act.demandprogress.org/act/evolution/?referring_akid=308.9824.JVILiy&source=typ-tw via @demandprogress

@repcor how does one go about getting on the imu-grads list?

I guess Al Gore would accept the prize?: http://goo.gl/3bO6n (Internet Up For Nobel Peace Prize Again, Let’s Hope It Wins This Time)

Mercury: if you're going to call a call the "Milan" then it really shouldn't look like a lump of coal from the reject bin.

Microsoft working on a smart bra to measure mood http://bbc.in/1bGuYFr -- prior art: http://goo.gl/JXKNmV

Central Plaza == no queue for food. #CES10

I thought this was just me: http://bit.ly/Xjn9xX -- Windows key toggles Confluence menu. Has been driving me nuts.

4 of 5 stars to Advanced Web Metrics with Google Anal... by Brian Clifton https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/949590671

Devil's Slide to Get New Life as Place to Play http://on.wsj.com/ZLJSST via @WSJ -- this is going to be interesting

Use gun insurance to pay for gun buybacks: https://ithoughthecamewithyou.com/post/gun-insurance-could-pay-for-buybacks

Epic roadmap meeting. I'm deaf in one ear from the Skype headset.

ITHCWY: Reviews and links for February 2011: Agents of Treachery: Never Before Published Spy Fiction from Today's… http://goo.gl/fb/BuBPV

I guess Pluto might be screwed though...#seticon

I think @coinstar needs a lever and some fruit wheels that always land on a jackpot when you're done (got rid of shrapnel yesterday).

Hike: Año Nuevo: We decided to visit Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve today because it's one of the h.. http://tinyurl.com/mpxocv

I uploaded a YouTube video -- Jay likes NPR's Weekend Edition http://bit.ly/i1Zc4

Let’s Compete on Innovation Rather Than Patents http://tcrn.ch/dN346q

I hate manually digitizing International Date Line coordinates only to realize that Wikipedia is using some undocumented projection.

Using VNC to connect to a Virtual PC instance... it feels like I'm drunk.

20% VAT! Owch.

Terminator Salvation actually not bad, a relief after the appalling Star Trek reboot.

Rudy off for "enhanced interogation techniques" with Dr. Depp

I just selected PRESIDIO KNOLLS SCHOOL INC @AmazonSmile. Who will you support? #YouShopAmazonGives http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ext_twt_lds_smi @presidioknolls

RT @MissionExplore: Caged play - A short and serious new video from @MissionExplore http://bit.ly/dXG4JS

@urbagirl but says "This item is currently unavailable" so possibly no spots actually found yet...

ITHCWY: Sealions http://goo.gl/fb/8cICc

logged into skype in too many places...

Just donated to @fairvote who should take the time to pre-populate a twitter message! http://www.fairvote.org/

Information is not beautiful: Afghanistan: http://bit.ly/2wWSVC (Guardian) via http://bit.ly/3NSTvK #fb

Windows Movie Maker seems to get a little worse with each release.

Quantum of Solace was really very good

Trip so far... Newcastle (ish), Cambridge (ish), Southampton, Reading, now in Port Talbot

@d_shep glad it was just your bike - and lucky that they caught someone. UK police would arrest _you_ for wasting time in that situation...

Why mobile web apps are slow: http://sealedabstract.com/rants/why-mobile-web-apps-are-slow/ #li

Been out for a bit. Is that O.J.? #ge2010

Civic Center: Bliss Dance on Treasure Island http://bit.ly/lzD2pc

Every time you start a new Excel document somewhere a fairy dies. Or maybe that's just me.

very cool - urban earth (bristol, mumbai, mexico city and london) up at http://is.gd/cAqN, videos made of a photo evey eight paces

Blue Angel: http://on.fb.me/dcpUYU over #SF

Future of ATA = more dishes. Not that expensive. What about it @NancyPelosi ? #SETIcon https://twitter.com/abfo/status/217041674264772608/photo/1

Who tracked in the desiccated lizard?

Silver lining - just rewrote a 12hr+ webcam search task to run in under half an hour. Single thread GUI to parallel command line version.

4 of 5 stars to Provenance by Ann Leckie https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2452140328

Job hunting in Washington http://shar.es/0OGoY

Sigh: http://goo.gl/gvbNq (‘Inventors’ Claim FarmVille And Other Zynga Games Infringe On Patent)

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