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Top Five Things About Living in Seattle

Space Needle - photo by zoonabarI moved to Seattle a little over two months ago for a new job. I’m quite happy to be living here and I figured I’d share some reasons why.

The rain isn’t that bad. — Seattle has a bad rap for being rainy all the time. Most of the time when it rains here, it’s just a drizzly mist. Very rarely does it pour like it does back East. It is overcast a lot, but it was overcast a lot in Providence too. Chalk it up as part of living by the water.

Everything takes credit/debit cards — You can seriously live a cashless existence here. Parking meters, vending machines, transit pass machines; you name it, it takes a credit card. Now when I tell the homeless people that I don’t have any cash on me, more often than not, I’m telling the truth.

Everything is online — Every business here has an online presence. Pizza shops? Check! Restaurants? Check! Hardware store? Check! Picture Framing Shop? Check! It’s the way it should be.

Best Garbage Collection — Here you get three cans: recycling, compostables and garbage. Since I can compost all my food waste, I’m down to making only one half of one kitchen bag of garbage a week. The garbage men are also very neat; there’s never any garbage on the street after garbage day. We do directly pay for garbage collection, as opposed to through property taxes. I think that’s what gets us that level of service.

Awesome public transportation — For first month I was here, my car hadn’t caught up to me yet. I didn’t miss it. Now that it’s here, it sits parked on the street all week. The only thing I use it for is the occasional grocery trip. I’ve used a quarter of a tank of gas in five weeks. I’ll be lucky to put 1000 miles on my car this year.

I’m walking everywhere — This is probably a corollary to the previous item and also a function of where I chose to live, but I’m walking everywhere. Home to the office. Home to the grocery store for small items. Around town to go out for dinner and or drinks. There are a bunch of good restaurants and a couple of decent bars within ten blocks of the house. It rocks to be back in a walkable city.

Ok, that’s six things. I got carried away. Needless to say I’m enjoying the change of venue.

Photo by zoonabar on Flickr, because I haven’t gotten around to taking my own picture of the Space Needle yet.

Found Objects

It’s funny what you find when you’re doing renovations on your house. This morning, we were cleaning up the old baseboard heat covers upstairs in preparation to give them a coat of spray paint to freshen them up. As we were cleaning them, these betting slips from Lincoln Downs slid out from behind. Looks like the previous owners had spent New Year’s Eve 1982 betting on the horses or dogs. Obviously, they weren’t a winner.

Hide Solved ArcSight Support Tickets With GreaseMonkey

Since I work for an MSSP managing ArcSight devices for our clients, I open a lot of support tickets with ArcSight. Their support website leaves much to be desired, especially the fact that you can’t filter out closed tickets from your view of your support cases. The following GreaseMonkey script does just that.

// ==UserScript==
// @name           Hide ArcSight Solved Tickets
// @namespace      http://duksta.org/userscripts/hideArcSightSolvedTickets
// @include        https://arcsight.custhelp.com/
// ==/UserScript==

// Instructions: 
// Install GreaseMonkey - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748/
// Install this script
// Apply it to "https://arcsight.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/arcsight.cfg/php/enduser/myq_ilp.php*"

tdc = document.evaluate('./descendant::tr/td[5][contains(.,"Solved")]', document, null, 7, null);

for (I=0; I<tdc.snapshotLength; I++) {
    tdc.snapshotItem(I).parentNode.style.display = "none";

Firefox 3.6 - Opening New Tabs Where They Should Be

[Oops. Looks like I drafted this back in February and forgot to post it. Here it is now.]

If any of you have upgraded to Firefox 3.6, you may have noticed an annoying change to how new tabs get opened. Instead of opening as the rightmost tab in your tab bar, they get opened just to the right of the page you’re on. If this new feature annoys the hell out of you like it does me you can restore the old behavior like this:

  • Enter ‘about:config’ in your location bar.
  • Accept the warning about possibly breaking stuff
  • Filter for ‘browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent’
  • Double click that entry to set it to ‘false’

Done. Tab open where you’ve come to expect them to open, all the way on the right.