Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

December, 2004

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  • Brian Keller

    Christmas lights Web site scam

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    Man admits Christmas lights Web site scam

    I really don't understand this at all.
    1) He went to all the trouble of building a site with pictures that made it look like you could control the Christmas lights at his house from the Web with still photos. Even went to the extra detail of adding planes and cars for realism. If he's that dedicated, though, why couldn't he also add a serial port interface to his Web server to control (what appears to be) an X10 setup?
    2) Is he really the first person to come up with this idea? I mean, years after the first vending machine Web cam it seems that plenty of other people would have setup similar, real Web-activated Christmas light decorations.
    3) Are reporters really that naive? Thankfully somebody finally asked to see how it works. But what about The Wall Street Journal?
    4) How did he get not only his wife, but his neighbors as well, in on the scam? This guy must be pretty charismatic.

  • Brian Keller

    Google amazes me again...

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    http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en

    Type slowly. Yes, it's round tripping between each keyboard stroke. Amazing.

  • Brian Keller

    A cell phone that grows into a flower - what will they think of next?

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    This is nifty.
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/12/06/cellphonecover.sunflower.reut/index.html

    Materials company Pvaxx Research & Development, at the request of U.S.-based mobile phone maker Motorola (MOT.N), has come up with a polymer that looks like any other plastic, but which degrades into soil when discarded.

    Researchers at the University of Warwick in Britain then helped to develop a phone cover that contains a sunflower seed, which will feed on the nitrates that are formed when the polyvinylalcohol polymer cover turns to waste.

    This is great timing, since I just got a new i-Mate SP3i SmartPhone today and I'm wondering what to do with my loyal, but outdated, Samsung "DumbPhone." If only I had one of the new phones discussed in the article... then I could throw it out the window on the way home and when the cop pulls me over for littering just explain that I was planting sunflowers.

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