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Words to live by, literally: Charles McConathy on Staying Healthy
Just back from a brief staycation (it's so lovely in Seattle this time of year) and I found an old post with a few words from the great but late Charles McConathy. Charles was one of the first people to befriend me in the CA tech industry. He founded the very successful and admired MicroNet and was one...
30 Aug 2012
Six months and Google still doesn't believe I'm me: the troubles with "real" identities
Remember when I noted that after three months, the nameless folks at Google insisted I wasn't me ? Well, I've been suspended by Google... "Your profile has been suspended. "It appears that the name you entered does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. "The Names Policy requires that...
20 Jan 2012
Top 10 little known Microsoft facts
A little fun on the shuttle today, via Twitter... Top 10 little known Microsoft facts: # 10: There is no building 7 , but Devs like to schedule meetings with new PMs there # 9: Xbox was originally "Microsoft Interactive Audio Video Multiformat Entertainment System 2000" ;) # 8: Microsoft...
12 Aug 2011
Humour: A Fun Volkswagen Commercial featuring Darth Vader
A little humour today, just before Superbowl Sunday: this commercial from Volkswagen featuring a diminutive Darth Vader on a seemingly normal Saturday afternoon. I have seen our own son pull the same head fake at the end of the commercial when faced with a reaction to his use of The Force on our cat...
5 Feb 2011
Andy Grove: On Innovation, Manufacturing
This week I discussed with associates at work how Andy Grove is right: if lose manufacturing capability & understanding and you break the chain of experience & innovation ( as posted here on BusinessWeek ). The article from Grove hit quite a chord with people in business, particularly...
16 Jul 2010
Your questions: what do I like about Windows 7? HomeGroup for managing your home network
I didn't expect the large amount of interest and feedback on my post yesterday about HomeGroup and Play To as well as codecs in Windows 7. So, let me follow that up with a look inside HomeGroup as told by the good folks from the Windows team over on Channel 10 (also available via direct link here). ...
15 May 2009
Apologies for my ode on the Day Before Christmas
The Day Before Christmas (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston) 'Twas the day before Christmas, when all down the street Not a single thing moved, no one made a peep; The snow had blanketed the entire neighbourhood, And we all knew that St. Nick soon would lighten the mood;...
24 Dec 2008
TweakRAM for Windows free today
As noted on LifeHacker... Featured Windows Download: TweakRAM Memory Optimizer Free Today Only "Instead of dropping cash on a new stick of RAM for that old computer, go grab a free license for the normally $20 memory manager TweakRAM—today only. TweakRAM speeds up your machine by optimizing Windows memory...
2 May 2008
Friday Humour: not-so-obvious M3 links on the Internet
My friend, J., sent me a funny mail today that I had to share... and with it, a return to Friday Links : "I don't know if you have looked lately, but "M3" has a whole bunch of different links around the Internet like: 2008 BMW M3 Coupe : obviously! M3 Companies : real estate developers M3 Adapter : Nintendo...
19 Apr 2008
Of interest: FastCompany's Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of
Guarded nearly as well as the passcode to the Microsoft home of the future , and the details of the Inquisition were released this week (not to be confused with The Spanish Inquisition of Monty Python fame )... here are The Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of courtesy of Chris Dannen and April Joyner...
29 Feb 2008
New York Times: The paperless office at home. In the end, it's just more stuff.
Hannah Fairfield of the New York Times reports today on the effect of a family going paperless . "Chris Uhlik's children can be found in their home computer lab almost every morning. Nicole is writing a story about her two lizards. Tony is playing an interactive spelling game, while Andy is learning...
10 Feb 2008
Friday Link: Fox's 10 Best Super Bowl commercials
It's the return of my Friday Link faourite, a humourous URL of the week for Friday viewing. But on a Saturday. ;) Fox Sports lists their 10 favourite Super Bowl commercials. .. "Super Bowl XLII will go down in history as a classic — for the nail-biting finish, for the enormity of the upset, for the history...
9 Feb 2008
Friday Humour: Spinal Tap's set from Live Earth
Yes, I am a Spinal Tap fan for many years. I've had the pleasure of seeing the band perform live in concert and (!) met them in person. Now here's their clip from Live Earth on MSN: http://entimg.msn.com/i/ExperienceData/p1-7/us/x.htm?sh=LiveEarth&ep=le_london&ch=56&ocid=T001MSN43A03001...
27 Jul 2007
Friday Humour: TechWeb's Friday ITch
Of interest, Sian Welby on TechWeb's "Friday ITch" ... view at your own risk, with this week offering the latest in taxidermy-meets-PC-modding, email bankruptcy and a look at a super-secret enterprise security centre.
8 Jun 2007
Friday Humour: a comparison of iTunes old and new audio formats
Ever wonder what you get for the additional 30 cents? Gotta love Slate, and their article today " Sound to blow your mind " with a link to an in-depth audio analysis. "This week, Apple's iTunes Music Store began selling some songs in a new audio format that the company says has two advantages...
1 Jun 2007
Ever wonder how MacGyver would fix something? Check out LifeHacker's collection
Just in time for the long weekend... LifeHacker's collection of cool MacGyver Tips ... Pack your bagel sandwich with a CD spindle Clean your keyboard with Scotch tape Clean the dishwasher with lemonade Kool-Aid Fix a dent with canned air and a hair dryer Re-thread a drawstring with...
25 May 2007
Holiday Humour: Even Santa Claus shops retail sometimes
I ran into my local CompUSA to pick up some networking items for the holiday week, and who did I run into? None other than the jolly old elf himself, weaving up and down the video game aisles. I snapped this photo of Santa Claus picking up a few things for the good little boys and girls, shopping around...
26 Dec 2006
Friday Humour: Create your own holiday cards, or just go elf yourself
It's still not to late... the US Postal Service will deliver Express Mail overnight! The Office Online site has more tips on creating your own holiday and special occasion greeting cards ... "Holidays and special occasions are the perfect excuse for getting crafty and creating your own greeting...
22 Dec 2006
Of interest: Being Thankful
Update 12/31/2010: If you're visiting here for the first time and interested in helping the less fortunate, please see this information on The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy . "Since 1979, the Fund For The Needy has helped support some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including children...
23 Nov 2006
Of interest: Jack Palance and the "one thing"
Jack Palance passed away, and that is a real passing on many levels. Briefly, I'll mention one anedote that I recall more often to people, one item that I think mention most often. Yes, it's the "one thing" from City Slickers . OK, sounds trivial, but stick with me for a second. In the movie, Mr...
10 Nov 2006
Friday Humour: kids & computers
This says it all... my kids have been using computers, DVR and the Web long before they were able to read. By the talented Dick Locher . Tags: Friday Link , humour .
3 Nov 2006
Friday Humour: Hero Dog Fills Out Hospital Paperwork
From the wonder of the onion today ... "Ginger, a four-year-old golden retriever, saved the life of her owner Megan Walsh, 37, Monday by quickly and efficiently filling out Walsh’s copious emergency-room paperwork.... Ginger could not be reached for comment, as she was reportedly on hold with a...
20 Oct 2006
Friday humour: the guy the virus writers count on
Flash to a conversation overheard in a checkout line: when one person asks another why they hadn't responded to an email, the resopnse comes: "there was an attachment in your last email, and I heard that attachments could be bad... so I didn't open it." That reminded me of a past cartoon... ...
14 Oct 2006
Friday Humour: Fake crosswalk signs
Thanks to BoingBoing for today's item on fake crosswalk signs. The creator of the Total Crisis Panic Button is Jason Eppink, who has a bunch of other good stuff on his website: - Total Crisis Panic Button - Start Running -- Danger is Imminent - Don't Think -- Stay Fearful and Alert - Obey Orders...
6 Oct 2006
Old news: luggable Xbox 360 laptop
Thanks to Reeve's blog, I found this lovely item which has absolutely nothing to do with customer satisfaction, save the fact that when my son sees this luggable Xbox 360 laptop, he'll be quite satisfied in adding this item to his Christmas list... If you have more time on your hands than you know...
30 Sep 2006
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