Monday, February 28, 2005

amigos at my place! Posted by Hello - Former tech executive segues to trucker: "CHICAGO � As Tim Krauskopf steers his 33-ton rig and its load of frozen bagels down an Illinois highway, he is indistinguishable from other truckers hauling loads across the nation. But the 41-year-old in his blue jeans and baseball cap isn't your average trucker. He owns his own small trucking firm, for starters. He's also a millionaire several times over.

Tim Krauskopf, once in the Spyglass, now in the looking-glass.
By Nam Y. Huh, AP

What really singles out the bespectacled man from suburban Chicago is what he did before he became a trucker: At the dawn of the Internet Age in the 1990s, he was one of the 20- and 30-something whiz kids who helped make the Internet what it is today.
His status as an Internet pioneer derived partly from Spyglass, a company he co-founded in 1990. It developed a groundbreaking browser software called Mosaic that Microsoft soon leased and then spun into its Internet Explorer � now the world's most widely used browser.
Later, Krauskopf founded or worked for a handful of other IT companies, some of which were more successful than others. He worked briefly for Divine Inc., a software firm that spent nearly $1 billion in under four years, never turned a profit and then went bankrupt in 2003.
Krauskopf's unlikely career change began as career changes often do: He lost his job."

hmmm... what would you be? I would sell pictures of cats online!
The New York Times > Fashion & Style > Six Figures? Not Enough!: "'It's the new black,' said Bill Coleman, senior vice president in charge of compensation at, an online career service based in Needham, Mass., that tracks executive pay. 'There's a lot of bunching between $100,000 and $150,000. That's the vast majority of the people who used to aspire to $100,000. Now they are aspiring to $200,000 or $250,000.'
'It's the players,' he added, echoing a common sentiment, 'who make $200,000.'"

nice link from mr. dtc. who is used to the new york lifestyle of 300k.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Opinion Column by PC Magazine: How to Kill Linux: "The long-term implications of such a scenario, I believe, would be essentially to kill Linux. Microsoft's MS-Linux would quickly become the dominant Linux and the company would begin to profit from all the open-source development work that would go into Linux. Once the developers saw that happen they'd stop working on Linux and it would die. After all, who wants to do free work that benefits Microsoft? At some point in the future Microsoft will make its move on Linux, you can be certain. I've always been convinced that Microsoft's long-term Linux strategy was why the company sued, then bought off, the Lindows folks, although I doubt that it would now use the Lindows name."

hmm what about word for linux!!! office for linux.... argh. i hate how cut and paste is completely broken in linux...

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Designs By June :: About June: "I had always loved wearing unique jewelry creations and found that I now had the time to experiment with my creative side by making my own designs. I was quickly inspired to turn my hobby into a business when I had received so many compliments on my designs from friends and strangers everywhere who wanted to buy the jewelry I was wearing. The pivotal turning point was presented to me when I met a successful business woman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who really saw talent in my handcrafted designs and complimented me on the necklace that I was wearing in the elevator that we were both on at the hotel. As the elevator opened to let us off, she took me aside and as fate would have it shared a story with me about her success as a jewelry designer in the early 1980s. She encouraged me to pursue my dream and after that I knew I had found my new purpose in life. I was so excited; I spent the next few hours in the hotel business center typing out my business plan so when I got home from my trip, I could hit the ground running! It�s been an awesome journey ever since. "

Wow! this is pretty inspirational! One of my old coworkers!

StatCVS offers a view into CVS repository activity: " been running for a few years. How do you get an understanding of the project's development history? The best way is probably to just talk to the programmers involved, but that's easier said than done. They've often moved on to other projects and can be hard to track down. You can look at the release frequency, although that may be governed by a nontechnical mandate (something along the lines of, 'We'll do a release only after the end of the fiscal year'). You can poke around the bug and feature-request trackers, dredging up discussions on bugs opened and closed. Or you can go right to the source code history and use a utility like StatCVS to see what changes have been made and who made them. I've used StatCVS for several years on various large projects, and the reports it generates have always been well received. In this article, "

aaah metrics... how to get good metrics... this is a good way to get a lines of code count. but you need to add in complexity counts... since a few lines of sql is far more complex then some java code.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters: "'Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications (from Adaptive Path and via Jeffery Veen) introduces their experiences with what they are calling 'Ajax' as in 'Asynchronous JavaScript + XML' aka the XmlHttpRequest Object. It is used by Google (Google Maps, Google Suggest, Gmail), in Amazon's A9, and a few others "

hmm... interesting... so that's how they do all that fancy javascript stuff.... Broker Survey: Full-Service Broker Rankings: "White-glove service, but be ready for champagne-and-caviar prices."

oh no! I'm going to be paying champagne and caviar prices! I better get those crazy returns!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Shorter hours in software | CNET "Developers are sometimes just as much to blame for submitting themselves to extreme working conditions, adopting a macho bravado in hopes of 'proving' themselves worthy for the industry,' the professional group's board said in a statement"

PMA 2005: CNET covers the show - CNET reviews: "Armed with Canon's Digic II processing system, the PowerShot SD400 can take VGA (640x480) movies at an impressive 60fps and shoot in full-resolution burst mode at 2.1fps."

5 megapixel and 30 frames a second!!!!! gosh my new digital camera is already outdated!

Sunday, February 20, 2005

we've both been terminated once.... (blogging dude that got fired!) best of luck to him!  Posted by Hello

Friday, February 18, 2005

Gadget or plaything? Let the kids decide - page 3 | CNET "The Fly, billed by its maker, LeapFrog, as a computer in a pen, has attracted a lot of interest in the toy industry since it was introduced early last month. The gray-and-white pen, priced at $100 and scheduled for release in the fall, manages a variety of tasks, including games, music and foreign-language translation, by reading words and symbols its users write on special paper. It speaks rather than displays its data. "

Woah! what is this thing? i feel like i can use it in china!

some amigos from work!  Posted by Hello

my setup at home... with a hotpocket! Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Back-breaking bills / Uncovered medical expenses are leading to bankruptcies: "The study looked at 1,771 bankruptcies filed in 2001 in five states, including California. Almost half of those filers -- 46.2 percent -- cited illness and medical bills as a major cause of bankruptcy. More than three- quarters had insurance at the onset of illness.
The problem seems to be largely a middle-class phenomenon. Typical medical bankruptcy filers are in their early 40s and have children. Most have at least some college education and own their homes.
Even if people have health insurance to begin with, many lose coverage because they are unable to keep their jobs because of medical problems. "

this is a huge problem for the united states... it's going to be a major factor in the economy and probably is a major factor right now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Yahoo! News - Three laid-off Americans struggle to find work: "Feb. 15
McElwee has decided to put off the surgery. He can't help thinking about the financial toll job loss has taken. 'My father, when he died, left me some rings, jewelry, watches, bracelets. I pawned every single one of them. I can't reclaim them,' he says. 'I have no tangible memory of my father anymore, not even the cross he wore around his neck.'"

someday.... i might have to sell guilt dog
Yahoo! News - Three laid-off Americans struggle to find work: "Jan. 15
Rathbone has insisted that she will work only eight hours a day, but she feels her managers want more hours than she can put in. She says that, while she's thankful for work, she is still in the market for a permanent job. 'Always keep your r�sum� updated,' she says. 'You need to be ready at any moment. Nothing is for certain.'"

ack!!!! how scary! Electronics: Creative Webcam Live! Pro USB 2.0 WebCam (73VF008000000): "Want it delivered Tomorrow? Order it in the next 5 hours and 37 minutes, and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. See details."

Wow!!! i should just go buckwild and order everythign online!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

best urban clothing store in the web!!!

please help me advertise!
Yahoo! News - Nice view: Cities of all sizes embracing high-rise living: " A major demographic shift. Baby boomers are inheriting wealth at the same time that they're becoming empty nesters. 'We're retiring earlier, and we want to be able to lock and leave,' Bottfeld says. 'For people in their 50s to their 70s, their most precious commodity is time.'
People don't want to spend time mowing lawns, sitting in rush-hour traffic or getting in their cars to pick up the dry-cleaning. If they live in a downtown high-rise, there's no grass to cut, they often can walk to work and cultural events, and many high-rises have on-site concierge service to take care of life's every little need."

this sounds like my life!

Monday, February 14, 2005

DHL - Tracking Number Detail: "2/14/057:19 amArrived at DHL facility. San Francisco, CA

2/12/058:20 pmDeparting origin. Fresno, CA

2/9/055:20 pmPicked Up by DHL.Shipper's Door"

Dood it's almost here!!! i'm so excited... hopefully they'll deliver it today!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

stylish thread in the last two weeks. notice the orange stripe on the side Posted by Hello

Friday, February 11, 2005 jTDS JDBC Driver 1.0.1 released: "The jTDS Project has released version 1.0.1 of the jTDS JDBC driver for SQL Server and Sybase. jTDS 1.0.1 is a minor release, containing fixes to all the bugs reported aginst release 1.0.

phew... so it looks like i can connect and get sql data from my microsoft sql server from java. the driver is finally past 1.0!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Electronic Arts endows a faculty chair at USC - Feb. 8, 2005: "Bing Gordon, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Electronic Arts (Research), was named the first holder of the Electronic Arts endowed faculty chair at the USC School of Cinema-Television, according to a statement from the company, the biggest video game publisher. "

hmm... drats i studied the wrong stuff at school. circuit design... bah... video games! well i did spend more time playing video games.
The Mercedes Wrangler is riding the eco-range: "Straight veggie oil, or SVO, as it is known in the biz, needs to be heated before it will run with any kind of predictability, so all conversions involve some device to heat the oil before it hits the injectors. But once you've licked that problem, you can back up to the oil Dumpster at any restaurant and fill up your tank with free fuel. (OK, it's more complicated than that. You've got to pour the stuff through filters to reduce the amount of french fry debris, water and drowned rodents that get sucked through your fuel system. And you've got to get the permission of the restaurant owner and avoid the renderer. But you won't have to lay out any hard currency for a tankful.) "

I wish my scoobie ran on ice cream. then i could get a snack while I drive.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Real cash for virtual goods - page 3 | CNET "He's now one of the game's leading sellers of 'skins,' files that allow players to customize the basic appearance of their character. He makes up to $2,000 a month selling skins. "

geez. I should employ some people off craiglist to staff my sims house.
Real cash for virtual goods | CNET "'EverQuest' publisher Sony Online Entertainment has sued sites specializing in the barter of in-game goods and convinced auction giant eBay to reject auctions of 'EverQuest' items. Yet game trade remains a brisk underground business, giving 'EverQuest' a more vigorous economy than several European nations, according to one economic study. "

My new goods to sell on eBay!

Made in lower-cost America - page 3 | CNET "Carter, Marshall and others in smaller-town America may be benefiting from newfound opportunities in technology, but clients might wonder if their tech tasks can safely go there. Rural Sourcing, for example, is drawing on talent from little-known regional universities rather than working closely with prestigious universities like Harvard, Stanford or Carnegie Mellon. "

Carnegie mellon grads are expensive!
Sourcing in China not a sure bet | CNET "Enticed by attractive price quotes, the manufacturer failed to make completely sure that its Chinese partners could live up to its technical and logistical requirements. When the Chinese suppliers struggled to meet production schedules, the manufacturer was forced to use expensive airfreight. Quality issues also surfaced; the suppliers lacked the skills to maintain process control and implement engineering changes. The combination of problems eroded the expected cost savings. Ultimately, the automotive supplier reduced its Chinese procurement effort. "

import export woes!

Someone have some goods for me to sell on eBay.


Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Kids' SOS falls on deaf parental ears: "Bug-eyed from lack of sleep and stressed as they wait to hear if they've been accepted into a top college, many Bay Area high school seniors are trudging into semester finals this week."

Dood this is so sad. I don't remember hs been so stressful. but then i went to private school, where the competition wasn't as fierce.