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  • Vanberge 10:15 pm on January 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Alltel’s Problem 

    This post is also serving as a test to wordpress 2.1. I upgraded a few days ago but haven’t had a chance to utilize it yet. Not really much different. IMO – wait for 3.0

    The world of wireless providers is a dark and sinister place. Hidden fees. Overages. Dropped Calls. 2 year contracts. Automatically renewing contracts when making a plan change. Hideously stupid assholes who call themselves ‘tech support’ or “customer support”. It’s got to be a tough market to get into, much less be a successful provider.

    Alltel almost has it pegged. Their customer service has always been very good. Plan options are extremely affordable. For example, i added a data internet plan for my phone and it’s only $5 a month. I don’t get charged out the ass for text or picture messages. I make changes to my plan and my contract is NOT automatically renewed for an additional two years. When i “Roam”, i don’t pay any money extra for that. I can call 10 of the people closest to me from any network without even being charged.

    For the most part – one must admit… Alltel has their shit together.

    Then we come to it… the single most frustrating piece of this entire wireless pizza. Alltel has about as many phones to pick from as any local “big lots”. I mean seriously. It’s almost driven me to switch carriers and deal with all the bullshit from paragraph 1. They do not have any ‘cool’ or ‘innovative’ devices available. No Blackjacks. No iPhones (not that i’d want one). Their collection is stale. It’s literally horrendous. How about the cool new UTStarcom 6700 ? Hmm… sprint had that like 3 years ago and stopped selling it last year. Way to be on the ball…!

    Wait… seriously the Motorola Q is coming out in March!! Hmm… apparently Verizon hasn’t had that for almost a year. GG Alltel. Just now they finally got the Razr V3m with an expandable memory card, which can be purchased in flaming gay red or Bright silver. hmm. Meh. heh. etc.

    Then they take their lack of a phone selection, and they further cripple it. Alltel’s phones are all “Brew” based. Apparently this means that it is impossible to download, use, run, or even think about seeing any sort of java application on them. Can’t use Google’s new gmail app… Can’t use google maps. Can’t download java games that are steadily gaining popularity. My phone’s browser can’t even save bookmarks. Think about that. My phone can watch a full feature film (The Boondock Saints is on there, as well as all three of Vanbergs’ Heroics videos), but it can’t even save a bookmark.

    Alltel, What the hell are you thinking. If you could get your shit together with phone selection and functionality, you’d be the #1 Cellular provider in this country by far. Get some new phones with the JVM, and until that time… enjoy being #5.

    • vanlandw 7:16 am on January 27, 2007 Permalink

      you should honestly mail this over to the company. voice your complaints and maybe at the least get a coupon and save some bucks.

      all cell phone carriers suck the big one. i’ve been tossing around getting a pre-paid phone and tossing my plan.

    • FLO 12:57 pm on January 28, 2007 Permalink

      i use cingular. i love their plan and phone selection. but they are way, way overpriced. shame i’m stuck with it for another year and a half. if i didn’t i would probably get a pay as you go phone.

    • Jeff 1:10 am on January 30, 2007 Permalink

      As someone that has had a pre-paid phone in the past (for a few years), it always seems to end up costing more. I pay $12 to tack on to my dad’s plan. I would not pay any more for phone service.

    • vanlandw 1:44 am on January 30, 2007 Permalink

      You are a good man jjafuller. I should be making more phone calls at work but I never do it. My cell hardly ever gets used more then telling me the date in time.

    • Vanberge 5:31 am on January 30, 2007 Permalink

      Jja = freeloader.


    • SW. 12:43 pm on February 3, 2007 Permalink


    • vanbergs 6:41 am on February 14, 2007 Permalink

      update your website.

    • Kramer 9:45 am on February 14, 2007 Permalink

      update your website.

  • Vanberge 1:02 pm on January 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Super Bowl Party 

    The past two years have resulted in a hosted “Super Bowl Party” at my home/apartment/current living space. I’d like to continue that Tradition this year as well, as it seemed a good time was held by all. hence, the information below…

    • What: Super bowl Party
    • Where: Castle Vanberge
    • When: Super Bowl Sunday
    • Who: Anyone reading this who knows where Castle Vanberge is and leaves a comment (food portions)
    • Why: Vanhood
    • How: Vanhood

    Food / Drink: Food provided in all shapes sizes capacities, but bring your own drinks. 😛
    I love everyone and everything.

    • vanlandw 3:56 pm on January 23, 2007 Permalink

      as of right now it seems me and the “gato” are going to attend……i will try to think of a “dish” to pass and i will bring some brews

      brb :-*

    • bergs 6:46 pm on January 23, 2007 Permalink

      I’ll be there for unbridled vanhood.

    • Vanberge 6:49 pm on January 23, 2007 Permalink

      Vanlandw, no need to bring a dish. food is provided. (although if you wanted to bring something i guess i can’t stop you)

      Vanbergs, yes you will.

    • bun 7:03 pm on January 23, 2007 Permalink

      i have to work.

    • Vanberge 7:28 pm on January 23, 2007 Permalink

      Russell, two words:
      PTO ?

    • vanbergs 3:44 am on January 24, 2007 Permalink

      Russ doesn’t even like football. Honestly, what red-blooded American male doesn’t enjoy FOOTBALL? The answer is “None”. Russ is a pink-blooded Frenchman. Go soak up some knowledge at the biblioteca you fucker.

    • FLO 10:53 am on January 24, 2007 Permalink

      such anamosity towards the russ

    • Kramer 2:20 pm on January 24, 2007 Permalink

      I’m sure Russ prefers “soccer.”

    • vanlandw 4:42 pm on January 24, 2007 Permalink

      If russ just reimplemented his “blogz” I would defend him. I just can’t do it though. Minus a blog he is going to remain a punching bag in teh comments

    • Vanberge 6:07 pm on January 24, 2007 Permalink

      Clearly russellteee could implement a vacation and or sick day for the super bowl.

      he has a sour and negative attitude of vanhood and i am disappointed. :-/

      i love you russellteee but you need to pick it up.
      Enfuego, you’re coming. comment already.

    • vanlandw 9:12 pm on January 24, 2007 Permalink

      enfuego is going case closed

    • Enfuego 12:41 am on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      Of course I am coming, I would never pass up vanhood if I could at all help it.

    • FLO 3:30 am on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      i love how the horseshoe has replaced the lion. are you rooting for the colts there vanberge?

    • Vanberge 6:32 am on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      Yes i am. I cannot bring myself to support the bears.

      I have something deep seeded and hateful towards them.

    • Vanberge 6:33 am on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      Enfuego GG… Glad you’re coming

    • vanlandw 10:35 am on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      I am voting for the bears

    • FLO 12:22 pm on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      bears are evil, evil creatures.

    • vanberge 1:26 pm on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      Vanlandw you’re going to add “The Chicago Bears” to bauercount after peyton manning bauer counts them.


      brb making “peytoncount.com”

    • Kramer 8:17 pm on January 25, 2007 Permalink

      According to Stephen Colbert, Bears are godless killing machines.

      They’re the Jack Bauer of the animal kingdom.

    • vanlandw 11:36 am on January 26, 2007 Permalink

      I loath the Colts. Peyton Manning is a cry baby. Just wait till they lose he will go back to his whining ways “OH MY TEAM LET ME DOWN MY OFFENSIVE LINE PLAYED BAD BOOOO HOOOO I HAVE PROJECTIES IN MY PRIVATE AREA”.

      he is such a loser

    • bun 1:05 am on January 29, 2007 Permalink

      i have already taken a bunch of PTO for moving in (enfuego we are now neighbors) and for the bachelor party. no more PTO days for the teee- i would like to see the game though (read: eat vanberge’s food). :'(

    • Emily 12:51 pm on February 1, 2007 Permalink

      GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vanberge 10:06 pm on January 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply  


    I am genuinely addicted to the internet and/or computers. I know this because I have spend the last 2 weeks of my life changing websites, creating websites, dumping mysql, importing mysql, moving directories, breaking things, fixing things, and in general staying up too late. That’s in my SPARE time. During WORK, I spend 8 or 9 hours a day administering servers, networks, and overall I.T. related activities. This combination is clearly not normal activity for a human being.

    At any rate – Here’s a recap of site related ventures:

    • I upgraded my gallery install to 2.2.1(r1). Not because I wanted to, but because I broke gallery 2.1 when i moved it into a subdirectory without deactivating any plugins. I tried for 2 days to fix it. At any rate, running the upgrade fixed it.
    • I finally got http://www.vanhood.com up and running. I have no idea what will become of that internet destination but at least there is a site there. After hearing jjafuller talk about Drupal, I figured i’d at least install it for awhile to see what it had to offer.
    • I moved p4p’s entire site into a subdir. Thanks to chouse@the-bob.org for re-organizing my virtual sites/dns. Now i have a much cleaner directory structure.
    • http://www.theScionTC.com is hopefully getting a new breath of life

    I hate… the effing internet

    • FLO 10:54 pm on January 11, 2007 Permalink

      thesciontc.com still looks like shit on safari. you really need to fix that.

    • vanbergs 1:38 am on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      Use a different web browser fleaux

    • Jeff 10:33 am on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      Hey, if you installed drupal 4.7.x, you should dump it, and install the latest release candidate for 5.x, because it is a significantly better.

    • Kramer 11:25 am on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      Flo is right. It does look like shit on Safari.

    • FLO 1:06 pm on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      so yeah, you should fix that.

    • vanberge 5:53 pm on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      Nope. I don’t care about a browser that has .007 percent market share. 😛 use firefox.

      Jja… i thought about that. i may do that.

    • vanlandw 6:05 pm on January 12, 2007 Permalink


      Safari has about 4.5%. It will only be growing as well.

      Just and FYI :-*

    • vanberge 7:39 pm on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      JJa… i upgraded. :-).

      it is much nicer.

    • Jeff 11:25 pm on January 12, 2007 Permalink

      Eric, safair makes up at least 100 times that market share :razz:, but more importantly, it makes up around half your viewers 😉

    • FLO 1:37 am on January 13, 2007 Permalink

      yeah, you really need to resolve your safari problems. kramer, wes, me, and fulljeff……so yeah, roughly, half of your readers use a browser you don’t support.

    • vanberge 6:45 am on January 13, 2007 Permalink

      palmerforpresident.com works fine in safari, so the ‘half of my readers’ that come here should be fine.

      i doubt thesciontc.com is frequented by you 4. and even if it is, you don’t make up half the readership at that site. 🙂

      jja you can’t even talk because of your stint of ‘blockin internet explorer’ completely.

      But as a side note, i wonder if safari gets hung up on rgb colors in that css

    • vanbergs 11:24 am on January 13, 2007 Permalink

      Fuck Safari, download firefox/get a pc

    • Jeff 3:55 pm on January 13, 2007 Permalink

      vanbergs, telling us to “fuck safari” and get a PC is like telling you to stop listening to Disturbed, and to get some Elton John.

      Oh, I am not criticizing your lack of support, just your assertion about marketshare. 😉 Also, the problem looks like it has to do with layout, not so much colors or anything of that nature.

      Tonight, download the gtk webkit, compile and view:

    • bun 6:37 pm on January 15, 2007 Permalink


  • Vanberge 8:38 pm on January 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Follow up… 

    A couple more changes to the site. A faint blueish grayish background for the sidebar, an about page, and I also posted my very first blog (straight up html) here: http://www.palmerforpresident.com/old (clean urls in wordpress rock). There is also a link to that web log at the bottom of my archives (see header nav). I didn’t even know i still had that. It was a wierd surprise to find it…

    My first web log dated back to July of 2003. So, i’ve technically been keeping a “web log” for approximately 5 years. It is actually pretty embarrasing to read. I’m definitely not the same person now that I was 5 years ago. But, at the same time it made me feel appreciative of my life. That original website journal chronicles through the most dismal time in my life. I hated my job. I was very lonely. The real world hit me with harsh reality and I had realized i was nowhere near an adult yet. I missed college because most of my friends and brother were still there. The only thing i really had to look forward to during that timeframe was weekend trips to Mulligan’s. Aye. wierd times indeed.

    • vanlandw 9:23 pm on January 8, 2007 Permalink

      Since my last update, two things have happened.

      1. I started to make palmerforpresident.com, and failed.
      2. I quit my job.

      that is all.

      best post ever….

  • Vanberge 3:03 am on January 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Site Changes 

    This week I have been hell bent on adding some functionality to the website and making some other small design changes. It started with implementing google search, and has just spun out of control. to the tune of literally over 10 hours of work. A numbered breakdown:

    1. Implemented google search function using a static html page. search is awesome, but yuck for me using static html.
    2. Removed links to squarehalo and glaven. both dot org.
    3. I cleaned up about 15 or 16 coding ‘errors’ and/or bugs. My site is now apparently valid xhtml.Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
    4. Added an entire archive page to just list out all my monthly archives (top nav bar). The listing of monthly archives on the main page was starting to own my sidebar.
    5. Changed ‘monthly archives’ on the sidebar to now be ‘recent posts’ which displays the 15 most recent blog entries.
    6. Extended the google search function. it now pipes into a real wordpress page using .htaccess url rewriting. *thanks jja. what a hack that static html page was.
    7. *edit* Some simple CSS tweaks. Slight color change. Borders. Underline hover.
    8. Fixed Google search IE bug (finally..!) I wrote the google code into a php function that is then called by the sidebar. Versus just pasting the google code into the sidebar.php file. Then also styled the table with a CSS entry and took out some of the html style.
    9. Upgraded to WordPress 2.0.6

    now can somebody seriously tell me how to put an image in your post and have the text wrap around it instead of showing up below it? nm i might have figured it out.

    • Kramer 9:17 pm on January 6, 2007 Permalink

      Removing Rusty from your links was your best change.

    • bun 2:45 pm on January 7, 2007 Permalink


    • Vanberge 10:12 pm on January 7, 2007 Permalink

      bun… clearly you don’t have a website so you are worse than me

    • vanlandw 6:08 pm on January 8, 2007 Permalink

      i have to agree with vanberge on this one…..

      rusty you really need to implement your blog once again…i miss your writings 🙁

  • Vanberge 11:29 pm on January 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Respect the Link 

    I consider being ‘linked’ in somebody else’s blog or website a sign of respect. Linking somebody is an acknowledgment that another is worthy of your recommendation. If you link somebody, you ‘vouch’ for them in a sense. It’s a kind gesture, worthy of honor. But, it is not unconditional. If I show somebody respect, I would expect to be held in the same regard and have the same respect shown to me. If not, i can only assume we are nemesis.

    Given that. A few links have been removed from my site:
    Vanbergs.wordpress.com will have a grace period due to site overhaul.

    I encourage all to review their links. Carefully consider who is / is not linked on your website. It shows constitution, and should not be taken lightly!

    • Kramer 9:18 am on January 4, 2007 Permalink

      I have a strike through for squarehalo.org on my site, but I believe you have made the right decision in removing it, Van. Next time I update my site, I will do the same.

    • vanlandw 4:06 pm on January 4, 2007 Permalink

      Again you make a very good point vanberge. The “link” is a very important thing. Personally I try to link to all my friends. If they don’t return the link so be it but I’ve been debating on being more stern.

      You are a good man vanberge and yes I did remove my link to rusty he doesn’t deserve it. 😛

    • vanberge 6:03 pm on January 4, 2007 Permalink

      Kramer, removing squarehalo would be the correct choice. Good man.

      Vanlandw, You should clearly be more stern.

    • Kramer 9:15 am on January 5, 2007 Permalink

      Van, you will be glad to know I made the right decision. The Bun is no longer in my links.

    • vanbergs 10:49 am on January 5, 2007 Permalink

      Apparently my links got deleted when I switched themes :-/ Either that or I never incorporated them in the first place.

    • Jeff 2:46 am on January 6, 2007 Permalink

      I have a link to Rusty’s old site that has links to all of us still on it, regardless it is buried in my “Dead to Me” section. 😉

    • Adam 1:09 am on January 9, 2007 Permalink

      Evidently I suck.

    • Vanberge 6:05 pm on January 10, 2007 Permalink

      no way gunny i love you.

      Evidently i suck since you don’t link me!?


      We should link each other

    • Adam 1:35 am on January 19, 2007 Permalink

      Holy crap! I didn’t realize! I remember adding wes, but thought I added you to.

      You will be linked within the hour!

    • Vanberge 6:55 am on January 19, 2007 Permalink

      Mr. Gunslinger, I respect your link… And have honored it by linking you in return!

      We are amigos

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