Archive for August, 2008

Netflix Internal Systems Issues

Posted in Taz with tags , , , , on August 14, 2008 by tazspaz

Seems my old Netflix outage post is bringing some traffic of users looking for information about Netflix shipping issues.

To update those of you looking currently Netflix is experiancing issues with their shipping system that is delaying their ability to ship in a timely manner.  Please refer to and log in to get the latest information.  This time, everyone, they have stated “We apologize and we’ll be automatically issuing credits to all of you whose shipments have been delayed. ”  So no need to wonder like we did when they had their website outage last time.  🙂


Gmail Outage and Apology

Posted in Rants, Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by tazspaz

Okay, this is deserving of a new post on the Google Gmail outage.

First let’s start with YAY! Gmail is back online and we are all able to access our accounts at this time.

Now let’s talk about the frustrating part of the news. It seems that Google would have us believe that this problem only lasted a couple hours; see here. The problem with that is I know I waited a couple hours before posting about this issue on my blog. As you can see the posts in the related posting on my site, found here, span an even larger time frame. If you do the Google search, provided they don’t block it you can find information here, you will see it has happened several times starting back in July where people were seeing this error. Not just a couple of us, and not for just a few hours.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to actually publish the reason they were down. That just invites future attacks on the system from unscrupulous people. But please, don’t make the rest of us feel like we’re stupid by saying it only lasted a couple hours. I do however like that they apologized and know just how much people like their Gmail accounts! J

Gmail Temporary Error (502)

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by tazspaz

Well this is a first for me (but not for others as Google’s own search engine shows)!!

I’m unable to access my Gmail account!!! AAHHHH!!!!

Seems to be a theme in July as their search engine exposes, see here.

Anyone else seeing this today?

August 12, 2008 –> UPDATE!!!
Well as you can see several of you ran across this post.  Still waiting to hear if Google has anything to say about it.  Especially since it has been happening on and off as of late.  Is it a “planned upgrade”, “scheduled maintenance”, “unplanned outage”, etc etc.  All I know is as of this moment I was able to log on, approve everyone’s comments and read my daily email funnys! 😉 

Seriously though, I was able to get in and read mail.  Please note that I have several people that commented here as well as while out last night; if you have this error again try using the HTML link found in the comments of this posting.  Seems that “backdoor” worked for those desperately needing access during this “down” time.

BBQ Ribs

Posted in Recipes, Taz with tags , , on August 8, 2008 by tazspaz

What you’ll need to get started:
6 pounds pork spareribs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
3 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 tablespoons garlic powder

Later in the process you will need:
5 tablespoons pan drippings
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cups ketchup
3 cups hot water
4 tablespoons brown sugar
cayenne pepper to taste salt and pepper to taste
1 cup wood chips, soaked


What to do:

  1. If I have to tell you how to prep the meat, stop. Go to your local restaurant; one that truly slow cooks their ribs. You’ll be happier. J

    Now, in a medium to large sized bowl mix together the sugar, salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Coat the ribs with spice mix and place the ribs in two 10×15 inch roasting pans, piling two racks of ribs per pan. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I usually suggest you do this the morning you actually want to cook up the ribs. The longer the rub gets a chance to work over the ribs the better. I’ve done the rub as early as the night before cooking them up.2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (this is for a “normal” altitude, if you live in a higher altitude you will have to adjust this a bit). Bake uncovered for 3 to 4 hours. You will know the ribs are ready to transfer to the grill when they tender and nearly fall apart when trying to pick them up.

    3. Remove at least 5 tablespoons of drippings from the bottom of the roasting pans the ribs were in and place in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion in the pan drippings until lightly browned and tender. At this point you will add the ketchup and heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Mix in water and brown sugar, and season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, adding water as necessary to achieve desired thickness.

    4. Preheat grill your CHARCOAL grill. 😉 (okay fine, you can use propane it’s just not going to taste the same!)

    5. When you are ready to grill add soaked wood chips to the coals (or to the smoker box of a gas grill *sigh). Lightly oil grill grate; seeing as your ribs should already be falling apart you don’t want them sticking to the grill. Place the ribs on the grill two racks at a time so they are not crowded. Cook for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste ribs with sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling. This will keep the sauce from burning. If you want you can do it from the beginning just ensure the fire isn’t burning to hot if that is the case.

So if you add all this up, this process can take anywhere from 8-15 or more hours. The longest part is waiting for the rub on the ribs. After that this process really is about 3-5 hours.

Tip: I also add garlic powder to my BBQ sauce and/or honey depending on how I’m feeling. Those of you that have had my ribs complain you can’t seem to get the same flavor(s) as I do. That’s because my BBQ sauce is “my” sauce. The above is the basics for you. J

Hope you enjoy!

Travel at DFW

Posted in Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2008 by tazspaz


Here’s an insider’s tip to traveling at DFW.  Specifically for American.  If you have an early morning flight and you think you’ll have fun “queuing up” like the British in a government line be my guest and go check in for your A19 and lower gate flight at the regular desk.  If you could use a walk or at least don’t mind the walk ask to be dropped off at gate A29.  Why you might ask.

Watch everyone queue up at the lower number gate.  It’s fun to watch the frustration and see the long wrapped around lines.  Walk your happy butt down to A29, see maybe 1 person in front of you and next to no one in line for TSA check-in.  You sail through.   Not only that, I have (in order to ensure I’m doing the right thing) in the past marked (spotted) a person at the lower gate and after walking to A29, getting through TSA and walking back to A19, sat and watched as the other person was still in line.  I have done this several times.

Typically I travel a minimum of 3 weeks out of every month during my travel season.  Hope this tip helps someone in a rush.  Those of you with a short “fuse” should always listen to the recommendation; “arrive 2-3 hours before your flight” and err on the long side.  3 hours is a small price to pay verse you losing your anger and having TSA play “footsie” with your travel plans.  :-p