Brent Strange's thoughts on Software Quality Assurance and technology

Thursday, 22 December 2005

Using the Web to keep in touch with and track Santa


Oops, I forgot to send my list off to Santa year. Actually it's not really a list, it's a simple 2 item request: I want "an official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time..." and an XBox 360. I know, I know.. "You'll shoot your eye out kid" (if Santa only knew what kind of weapons these console games have now days). With two more days left until Christmas I'm pretty sure if I sent off my request via snail-mail it's not going to make it in time. Thank God for technology, I've found a few links that will get the list off quickly through email or instant messages:

If you get this post in time you can email and get a reply within 2 days from here.

You can email and get an INSTANT reply from Ol' Saint Nick here.

You can "Instant Message" Santa here.

Not sure if your request will be granted? Check the naughty and nice list.

What? You sent your list already? If you're bored and waiting for your special delivery you can waste some time out at They have a ton of Christmasy things to do to help pass the time:

*Send holiday postcards
*Stories to read & color
*Santa's Birthday Cards
*Games to play
*Christmas Karaoke
*Holiday recipes
*Northpole Wallpaper
*Puzzles & Activities
*Good Deed Calendar
*Visit Elf Pal Academy
*Educational Activities
*Q&A with Santa
*Find the hidden stories
*Naughty or Nice List

Before you know it, Santa and his elves will be packing the big gift bag Christmas Eve day. As Christmas Eve draws in on us make sure and track Santa's progress as he makes his way around the world using NORAD and CONAD. Even better, track him with more precision (within a few feet) using GPS and Google Earth. Don't get too caught up in the tracking, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to set out those cookies & milk and crawl into bed to ensure you're asleep before he arrives.

When it's all said and done you'll need to write a Thank You letter to Santa. Now, if we could only do that online... Does anybody know a site I can do that on?

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