Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stuff In My Drawers Day: Mail Edition

Ten years ago today, on January 15, 2004, I was...

...fighting with WebLogic Portal Server

Subject: Analysis of Partial Search
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 07:40:43

Joe and Tammy,

The constant "*" which is defined in weblogic to represent "Match all search terms" is actually just a standard wildcard. So we can get partial search functionality by throwing one at the beginning and end of the search term.

The only caveat is that you cannot have two next to each other or WebLogic will crash.

BU

...house hunting with my realtor

Subject: House information
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 14:45:30

Hello Marion,

Here are some more particulars concerning the type of house I am interested in:

Location:
A house in the triangle of Herndon-Reston-Chantilly preferred, or as close as possible
Northern border: as far south towards the Dulles Toll Road as possible (definitely south of Rte 7)
Eastern border: west of Hunter Mill Rd strongly preferred (definitely outside Beltway)
Southern border: north of I-66 preferred
Western border: east of Rte 28 preferred, but I'm willing to look in Centreville too

Characteristics:
S-F detached: required
basement: required
bedrooms: 3-4, bathrooms: 1.5+
garage: not required (carport might be nice but not required)
stories: 2 floors nice, but 1 is fine. split level is also fine

Other:
Cost: under $310,000 (or as close as possible)
HOA: not preferred, but would like low HOA fees if necessary
Quality: I don't mind a fixer-upper, as long as it's structurally sound

Of the houses we printed out on Tuesday, I am interested in seeing the following next Tuesday at 2:30:
MLS# FX4708378, Carlbern Dr, Centreville, VA
MLS# FX4715354, Dulles Ct, Herndon, VA
MLS# FX4718350, Shadbush Ct, Reston, VA
MLS# LO4657272, Hanford Ct, Sterling, VA

...saying no to pyramid schemes from former classmates

Subject: Re: Quixtar
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 23:13:31 -0600

Brian,

Good morning, thanks for your message. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you...ironically, I was in a weekend seminar with about 5,000 IBOs with Quixtar.

Your a computer guy, I respect that...unfortunately, the "quixtarsucks" genre of tried-to-be-ibos and their pontification got you. I realize most tech people do all of their research online...I prefer real relationships and first hand in the field research. When I saw this business, I read what all the people who put those sites up had to say...but I had a relationship, a friendship with Greg and I trusted his experience. Additionally, I never really looked for advice on anything in my life from people who werent successful...I always wanted to be on the winning team...not the whining team. That said, you are correct, people can use "logical arguments" to mislead people who dont really understand how it works...in fact, they can be down right convincing. Funny thing is that 95% of it is bunk...our (my wife & I)incomes with this business prove that. The quixtarsucks generation would right that off to me having gotten started early, and Im sure hard work and integrity would not be mentioned. Not trying to be curt, I respect your opinion and Im just sharing mine.

You definitely seem like a great guy and I enjoyed meeting you. From the outset, if you recall, I didnt really feel like there would be a good fit from a business standpoint anyway...you seemed happy with your current level of achievment and not looking to change that and I respect that. So, no big deal...perhaps we can connect in the future if our paths cross again. In the meantime, best of luck with what your doing and to all of your future plans. I enjoyed taking the time to meet with you.

Best regards,
Todd

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