Sunday, 30 October 2016

"Generation X': A Brief History of Dropouts from the U. of Chicago"

I'm honored to be among the former U. of C. students from "Generation X" featured in a thoughtful article by Hannah Edgar in the current issue of the student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, Generation X': A Brief History of Dropouts and Transfer Students at the University of Chicago. (The title... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 30 October 2016, 01:26 ( 1:26 AM) | Comments (0)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

My GnuPG/PGP public key

For those who want to encrypt their e-mail correspondence with me, I've posted a GnuPG/PGP public key (fingerprint: 0B0B 8F74 CEA3 83AB 97B3 F6AF BB7E F636 165C 22F5) and linked to it from my contact page. Friends who use GnuPG or PGP are invited to contact me to arrange to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 23 April 2016, 18:52 ( 6:52 PM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Under construction

I've been doing some deferred maintenance on this blog. Some things were temporarily broken, including comments, trackbacks, and notifications, but most if not all features should be working now. Thanks for your patience. If you notice anything still wrong, or newly broken, please let me know about it.... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 26 January 2016, 15:14 ( 3:14 PM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CPUC denies rehearing of decision on SmartMeter opt-out fees

During a closed session at its most recent meeting on 11 September 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously to deny my application for rehearing of the CPUC's earlier summary decision to reject my protest of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s tariff of surcharges for gas and electric... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 23 September 2014, 12:42 (12:42 PM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

"I use a Yahoo.com address, and I have a problem with your mailing list. What's up?"

Over the weekend, Yahoo made some technical changes, the result of which is that it will be very difficult to participate in most mailing lists, including those I administer, with Yahoo e-mail addresses. You will need to use a different non-Yahoo address if you want to continue to receive or... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 15 April 2014, 10:04 (10:04 AM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

PG&E reverses "SmartMeter" opt-out charge after complaint to CPUC

More than a year ago, I applied to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for rehearing of the CPUC's decision, over my objections, to approve surcharges for customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. who don't allow PG&E to install transceivers and antennae for PG&E's wireless mesh data network, without... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 10 December 2013, 20:44 ( 8:44 PM) | Comments (8)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Application for rehearing of CPUC decision on "SmartMeter" fees

I've filed -- or at least, tried to file -- an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for rehearing of the CPUC's decision earlier this month to deny my protest of PG&E's proposed fees for gas and electric customers who don't happen to be home when PG&E comes... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 23 November 2012, 10:19 (10:19 AM) | Comments (3)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

CPUC plans to reject my SmartMeter protest tomorrow

In the latest episode in the continuing saga of PG&E's attempt to build out a commercial wireless data network, for PG&E's profit but with infrastructure installed on other people's property without compensation (under threat of surcharges on gas and electric bills or disconnection of utility service if PG&E isn't given... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 7 November 2012, 16:09 ( 4:09 PM) | Comments (4)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

CPUC doesn't seem to know the meaning of "service"

Six months ago PG&E tried to use a regulatory shortcut called an "Advice Letter" to claim the right to install transceivers and antennae for its own commercial mesh data network in every PG&E electric meter, without owning or paying for those siting rights, and to surcharge the electric bill for... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 September 2012, 16:40 ( 4:40 PM) | Comments (5)

Monday, 30 April 2012

Marin County cites my protest as basis for motion to halt PG&E "SmartMeter" deployment

Citing the legal and public uncertainty created by the mishandling of my protest of PG&E's proposal for "SmartMeter" opt-out fees, and the consequent withdrawal of CPUC approval and suspension of the proposed PG&E opt-out tariff, the government of Marin County today filed a motion for the CPUC to order a... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 30 April 2012, 17:45 ( 5:45 PM) | Comments (1)

Friday, 20 April 2012

PG&E "SmartMeter" opt-out fees are suspended

I've just received word after weeks of stonewalling by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that PG&E's proposed fees for those who "opt-out" of having a "SmartMeter" and the wireless mesh network data transceiver bundled with it -- or who aren't home, don't have authority to grant access for that... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 20 April 2012, 10:39 (10:39 AM) | Comments (2)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

CPUC withdraws approval of PG&E "SmartMeter" opt-out fees

I've just received a copy by e-mail of a letter dated today from the California Public Utilities Commission regarding my protest of the portion of PG&E's proposed tariff of "SmartMeter" opt out fees that would apply those fees to PG&E customers who haven't actually indicated that we don't want to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 April 2012, 16:26 ( 4:26 PM) | Comments (0)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Bug report

If you can read this, my new server is online and, well, serving up Web pages. I won't say the migration is "finished", because I'm sure more bugs will emerge in time (probably as soon as the old server is no longer available as a fallback). But for now, it... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 4 April 2012, 10:49 (10:49 AM) | Comments (0)

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Work in progress

To avoid a sudden cutoff of backup and monitoring support from my hosting provider, I've finally been forced to undertake a long-postponed upgrade to my Web and e-mail server. I hope to complete the migration within the next few days, but you never know. I'll try to minimize any downtime... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 31 March 2012, 08:53 ( 8:53 AM) | Comments (1)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

PG&E twists "SmartMeter" opt-out into involuntary opt-in to higher fees

This has nothing to do with travel. You've been warned. (Although it does have to do with privacy, and perhaps the 4th Amendment.) I've filed a formal protest today with the California Public Utilities Commission against something called an Advice Letter submitted to the CPUC by PG&E, the local gas... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 7 March 2012, 11:21 (11:21 AM) | Comments (2)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Liveperson says: "I have not taken the Turing test."

Should customer service have to pass the Turing test? I had the misfortune to have to contact Earthlink today about a customer service issue, on behalf of a friend I was trying to help. (To be clear, Earthlink is not my ISP, and does not host this Web site. But... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 2 March 2011, 13:12 ( 1:12 PM) | Comments (5)

Monday, 22 September 2008

New look

Yes, that's a new picture of yours truly in the sidebar -- a few years older than the last one, and with a lot less hair, thanks to the passage of time and a series of encounters with barbers around the world with whom I had few words in common.... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 22 September 2008, 18:01 ( 6:01 PM) | Comments (1)

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Blacklisted by AOL

I've recently received a message indicating that the IP address of my mail server has been blacklisted by AOL. That means any e-mail that I send to anyone at "aol.com" isn't being delivered. Although I can't tell for sure, it probably means that if you send e-mail from "aol.com" to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 20 December 2007, 06:11 ( 6:11 AM) | Comments (6)

Friday, 24 August 2007

E-mail server move

For boring technical reasons, I'm moving to a new e-mail server (still hosted at the same location in Canada) and different e-mail and mailing list server software. Because I'm having to manage the process remotely from a cybercafe here in Buenos Aires , it may take a little while to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 24 August 2007, 14:51 ( 2:51 PM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Forward-looking statements

After eight productive and rewarding years as the staff "Travel Guru" at Airtreks.com in San Francisco, today is my last day as an employee. I'll remain a paid affiliate of Airtreks.com , and they still have my endorsement and recommendation. (Tell them I sent you, and your purchases of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 20 June 2006, 16:00 ( 4:00 PM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 6 June 2006

Technical difficulties

I'm having a few growing pains with this blog, as its increased visitorship attracts an increase in comment. trackback, and other more (and some less) ingenious attempts at spamming and abuse. Someone has also been sending a flood of e-mail spam recently with addresses in my domain forged in the... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 6 June 2006, 21:49 ( 9:49 PM) | Comments (0)

Wednesday, 22 March 2006

M.V. Queen of the North

In the picture of me in the purple beret smiling at you from the sidebar (scroll down if you don't see it), and on my home page, I'm leaning on the rail of the Britich Columbia Ferries' M.V. ("motor vessel") Queen of the North , heading north up the Inside... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 22 March 2006, 17:18 ( 5:18 PM) | Comments (1)

Wednesday, 1 February 2006

Thank you for reading!

In January 2006, there were 105,238 visits to this Web site. That's the first time that number has passed 100,000 in a month. On principle, I don't use cookies to track you from one visit to the next. So I don't know how many of those visitors were "unique". And... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 1 February 2006, 21:56 ( 9:56 PM) | Comments (0)

Downtown parking and land use priorities

Every day on my way from the BART train station to my office at Airtreks.com in a highrise building South of Market in downtown San Francisco (the most densely populated neighborhoood in the USA west of the Mississippi), I pass a 50-story residential condominium tower -- and included parking garage... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 1 February 2006, 21:23 ( 9:23 PM) | Comments (0)

Friday, 13 January 2006

Friday the 13th?

I've run into far more complications than I expected in moving my Web site, and may be moving it yet again, but things are (mostly) working. If you find any bugs,or haven't gotten a response to a recent e-mail message, please let me know about them. I hope to catch... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 13 January 2006, 06:37 ( 6:37 AM) | Comments (0)

Saturday, 17 December 2005

Web and e-mail problems

As my regular readers and correspondents have noticed, I've been having problems with the company hosting my Web site. (Echolima.com in the Toronto area, if anyone wants to know whom to avoid.) They've recently changed ownership, and have had unexplained days-long Web and DNS server failures. I apologize for the... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 17 December 2005, 15:44 ( 3:44 PM) | Comments (1)

Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Opera Web browser giveaway today

If you are reading this, and don't already own Opera, go here today. For at least 5 years, though versions 2 through 8, my default Web browser, both on Windows computers and my Psion palmtops, has been Opera . I regularly use and test other Web browsers (including MSIE, Netscape,... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 30 August 2005, 11:38 (11:38 AM) | Comments (1)

Friday, 27 May 2005

Moving to new Web host

I'll be moving Hasbrouck.org to a new Web host and server over the coming long weekend (28-30 May 2005). During the transition, some features (search, comments, etc.) of the this blog may not be available, or for (hopefully brief) periods it may be entirely inaccessible. A shout to John Taylor... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 27 May 2005, 16:09 ( 4:09 PM) | Comments (1)

Tuesday, 19 April 2005

Blog entry notification problems

[If you don't get notifications of any new postings in this blog, you can ignore this article. These notifications are for entries on specific topics, and are not the same as my general e-mail newsletter -- of late, mostly featuring my weekly columns on The Amazing Race -- to which... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 19 April 2005, 14:00 ( 2:00 PM) | Comments (0)

Thursday, 6 January 2005

Safe and sound in Dongguan, China

My sympathy to everyone who has been affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and my thanks to all those who have sent concern for my well-being. I'm on vacation largely off the Internet, but was safely on the other side of the Malay Peninsula, in the Philippines. I was actually... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 6 January 2005, 07:04 ( 7:04 AM) | Comments (2)

Tuesday, 30 November 2004

Web site defaced. Blog frozen.

My Web site (and many others on the same server) were attacked and defaced by virtual vandals who substitutued their "tag" for the home pages. My blog was frozen until the server could be secured, rebuilt, and redeployed. Thanks to those of you who visit often enought to have noticed... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 30 November 2004, 07:41 ( 7:41 AM) | Comments (0)

Saturday, 23 October 2004

Approbation and Ignominy

BOSTON, Oct. 22 [The New York Times] -- In the wake of the death of a Red Sox fan hit by a police pepper-spray weapon after the team's playoff victory, Boston officials are imposing restrictions on the bars around Fenway Park.... A police officer fired the pepper-spray weapon, striking 21-year-old... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 23 October 2004, 21:50 ( 9:50 PM) | Comments (1)

Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Red Sox Nation

It was actually happening. The nerd was kissing the homecoming queen. Paper was beating scissors; scissors were beating rock. Charlie Brown was kicking the football. The Red Sox were beating the Yankees for the American League pennant. [Tyler Kepner, The New York Times] On my bookshelf -- along with foul... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 20 October 2004, 22:32 (10:32 PM) | Comments (1)

Thursday, 12 August 2004

See you in September

I'll be on vacation until 1 September 2004, so don't expect to hear from me until then (except for whatever I may finish in the airport tonight). I'll be out of cell phone coverage and a toll call from the Internet, so I won't be checking messages often. In an... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 12 August 2004, 13:16 ( 1:16 PM) | Comments (0)

Thursday, 29 July 2004

RSS feed now has full articles instead of excerpts

If you don't know or care what an RSS feed is, you can ignore this entry. Those of you who care about this already know who you are. Since I (and some of my readers) sometimes use slow connections to the Internet, especially while travelling -- from mobile phones to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 29 July 2004, 11:59 (11:59 AM) | Comments (0)

Friday, 11 June 2004

Back from the dead

This Web site was down for two days this week (for reasons unrelated to the content of anything on the site, political or otherwise, so far as I know). Thanks to John Taylor of Skunkmonk Hosting (and many other hats) for burning the midnight oil to get me and everyone... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 11 June 2004, 08:03 ( 8:03 AM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 25 May 2004

Broken links to European Union documents

Readers of my blog and Web site may have encountered broken links to European Union documents lately. It's not my fault, and I'm working to fix it. Please be patient; if you need a specific document, and can't find it, e-mail me and I'll see if I can track it... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 25 May 2004, 17:08 ( 5:08 PM) | Comments (0)

Monday, 1 March 2004

Office and phone number moving day

As of today, my Monday through Friday, 9.a.m. to 6 p.m. life at Airtreks.com has moved across Market Street to newer, larger (and, by the peculiarities of the dot-bust San Francisco real estate market, cheaper) offices between the Transbay Terminal and the Ferry Building. My new office address is: Edward... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 1 March 2004, 22:55 (10:55 PM) | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 11 November 2003

"The Bug"

I am the child of a computer program. Really. I can prove it. It says so right here on my birth certificate, under the seal of the City of Cambridge: "Father's occupation: computer program". Back in 1960, I guess, the clerk didn't know what a "programmer" was. Growing up, even... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 11 November 2003, 21:44 ( 9:44 PM) | Comments (0)

Wednesday, 22 October 2003

discourse.net on The Practical Nomad

Michael Froomkin (Professor of Law at the University of Miami, moderator and contributor to ICANN Watch, and part of the Freetotravel.org team), has some especially kind words about my fledging efforts in his blog at discourse.net. Check it out, especially if you've never met a lawyer with a sense of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 22 October 2003, 06:59 ( 6:59 AM) | Comments (0)

Monday, 20 October 2003

Hello World!

Welcome to my blog! Believe it or not, this isn't my idea: I'm starting a blog by popular demand, in response to several requests from readers and the latest wave of interest following my exposé of the jetBlue Airways privacy scandal and my writing about the CAPPS-II airline passenger profiling,... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 20 October 2003, 08:30 ( 8:30 AM) | Comments (2)

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