My VW Golf died!!!

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I got my car back. It was the battery. They changed it and I had to pay only $3. If I had bought a new battery and tried it, it would had cost me about $70 so I'm glad I used the road side assistance! You would not expect the battery to be part of the 4 years / 50.000 miles guaranty… sweet!

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Yesterday, I borrowed my Golf to Paulina, because she had a medical appointment in south Austin. At 6:30pm she picked me up at NI, and parked in the visitor's parking lot. When I tried to start the car, it made a really odd noise, and the engine never started. It seemed to be an electrical problem, because the clock and the mileage (the one you can reset) went to 12:00 and zero respectively.

I called the VW road assistance number and they sent a guy with a towing truck (is that how you call it?). He first tried to use cables to see if we could start my car with his battery, but it didn't worked. So he towed my Golf to the VW service center and I left the car there. They have envelopes where you can write down your contact information and leave the car keys, so they can work in the car the next morning.

I'm still waiting for their phone call and I'm very curious to know what happened to my baby.

Muleiro gave me a ride this morning. It sucks to live in North Austin and not have a car!

By the way, if you own a VW TDI, check this great website: TDI Club

Photos added!

I did some research trying to find a good host to store my photos, since the space I have with HostRave is about 50MB. I found this one called Fotopic.net that gives you 250 MB of space and allows you to hot-link your pictures (which means anyone can see your pictures without signing up for anything). They have a really decent user interface to manage your collections and allow you to upload pictures through a web interface, FTP or even email. They also have a CGI API to manage your pictures, which I would like to figure out to dynamically create my picture links on the right of simple blog.

Right now there is only one collection and it only has a few pictures. I'll have a good set of albums pretty soon.

Buying a Drum set…

I want to buy a drum set. This is a dream that I have since I was a kid. And finally I made up my mind and I'm buying one. I'm thinking of getting a used one. And I want it to be normal (acoustic?) not electrical.

Daniel Elizalde told me that he can even give me lessons, so I really want to do it. Besides I have plenty of space at home.

The first step is to get the money, by retuning this widget that I bought a few weeks ago. It is a Half Keyboard, designed to be use with one hand. The company that produces them is called FrogPad and I purchased the KB with the intention of trying it. But right now, I don't have either the time or the patience to learn how to type in this KB, so I'm returning it before the 30 day returning period expires. With that money, and some extra, I'm getting my drum set!

Finally!!!

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Chichipanguanorrea is back!!!

After a few months of pain, trying to find a good/reliable/flexible/powerful/free webhost, I finally found HostRave which only requirement was for you to have an email address from an internet provider in the US. I use RoadRunner from TimeWarner but I never configured an email account with them. Finally I did, and sent my application to HostRave… and you can guess the rest of the story, since you are reading this!

HostRave supports SimplePHPBlog. Sadly I couldn't upload the old Chichipanguanorrea site, because it creates in the content folder, some subfolders which are very long and contain numbers and symbols, and the UI for managing the site don't allow you to create those. Once the page is created, it does allows you to do it, but not manually. So I lost all the nice comments people left the day of my birthday. Anyway, it doesn't really matters now, the important thing is that Chichinea es back, and is here to stay!

– Daniel

Daniel Jaramillo's personal blog