Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Well, you may have noticed you got redirected to blog.mateli.ch when you visited. I've been thinking about getting a domain name for a good while now. I was going to do matelich.com, but then came up with mateli.ch. The dorkiness of it makes me happy, though matelly-dot-c-h doesn't quite roll off the tongue. I probably should get matelich.com too and have it redirect to mateli.ch or vice versa, but I'm too much of a spendthrift.

Then google has a free Google Apps for Domains setup where you get gmail to handle your email, and localized calendar, docs, etc. for your domain name. Fun stuff. The kids like getting to pick whatever email aliases they feel like in addition to their own names. Sara's holding out on using her account, but she'll break one of these days :)

If you're a matelich and want an account, let me know. I get up to a hundred. I won't be able to read your email, nor would I. I guess as administrator, I could reset your password, and get in, but you'd at least know I'd broken your trust when you went to login. Oh, and if you have any bright ideas for something to put at http://mateli.ch that would be peachy.

The other move is a bit down the line, but we're in the market for some land to build a house on in the future. Looking for 10ish acres north of Spokane. Put a long-shot offer on a site we really love today, but its contingent on them installing a well. We'll see.

Friday, June 06, 2008

ugly and distracting

Official Google Blog: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

I, for one of many, hate the new google favicon. I do not associate a lowercase blue g with google in the least. Every time I see it, I wonder what site I'm on. Bring back the big G, put it in a circle, cube, whatever. I'm find with colored backgrounds.

I even don't get all that riled up at the lack of American patriotic google images on important dates like Memorial Day and D-Day. But an ugly favicon? inconceivable!

pretty graphs

I guess I'm a sucker for interactive pie charts and line graphs. I can't get enough of my mint.com account. It makes me want to open more accounts in more places just so I can track them!

Now I got in on their Inventment account beta, and they have support for my ira, and my 401k's sites, so I can watch expectantly for the day I stop losing money in the stock market :) So, if you like wasting time finding out how much you spent on gas this month versus last month (huh, spent $50 less in may than april, wierd), try out mint.com. Too bad financial information is so personal, it'd be great fun to get some social networking going on there.

I kinda feel bad though. They look at things like how much you've got on your cards and try and hook you up with better deals, which I assume they would get a commission on. I always check them out, but ugh, too much work for too little gain. Well, I'm sure I'll find a way to financially support them at some point. Heck, I might even pay a couple bucks a month for the service.