PayPal’s weekly closing

(PayPal’s weekly closing, originally uploaded by mathowie)

I tried to login tonight and forgot that PayPal closes every Thursday night/Friday morn from midnight to about 2am, and I was reminded of how quaint that is.

I used to work in a computer group that took all servers offline one saturday a month to update, patch, and upgrade, back in 1997-2000. There were many late Sunday nights and weekends without email and pissed off employees.

I’m kind of surprised PayPal would continue this practice even today in 2004, with so many web services built with them as the backend.

links for 2004-11-18

Web-enabled interviewer app

I was thinking that it’d be cool if someone had a service where you could call a 1-800 number, patch in another caller, talk for a few minutes, then have the service email you a MP3 of the call after you are done. I don’t have any microphones or wacky phone attachments at home, but I knew it’d be possible with existing technology. I mentioned this to friends, asking if they’d ever heard of such a thing and no one could recall anything. Everyone seemed to think it should be a business and one of us should start it.

Thankfully, with a bit more digging, Andy found it at

It’s on the expensive side, they charge a $10 setup fee to do the recording part, and the normal conference runs 10 cents a minute, per person. So probably not something you’d want to use everyday for work, but if you wanted to grab a quick interview with someone and get it online within minutes, it seems like dropping twenty bucks and doing an interview this way would work out great. I’d love to see this used in the field, whether that’s an interview with someone on a roadtrip, notes from someone over in the iraq war, or someone out and about that runs into something truly newsworthy.

links for 2004-11-17


I’ve always wanted a sleek, modern home and will someday build one like this (which was built for only $200k). When I told a friend recently, he kind of recoiled at the thought of a cold boxy object, and I shared a quote I heard recently that went something like this:

We live in the 21st century in America, but people still build and choose to live in homes that look like they are 150 years old. Why is that? Why shouldn’t new homes look new?