Monday, January 23, 2006

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Apple Boosts Primetime

Well, it's happening as predicted, podcasting has now become video casting and now as per the bean counters, this is actually having an impact on mainstream TV.

Apparently, according to this news article downloads on Apple's Itunes site has had a positive impact on ratings for shows available for download.

We are definitely on the forefront of the convergence of digital media.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Intel Drops the Pentium Brand

Say it isn't so! (Fake sniff here), I actually like the name Pentium, and it is one of those nonsense words that actually alludes to a certain meaning of being at the top. After spending a gazillion of dollars promoting such a name why would a company drop such a branded name?

What are those Blue Guys gonna do now?

Saturday, January 14, 2006

The possibility to take 25 dollars and hit it big...

Normally, I don't go for these types of ads...but this one struck me as a little different.

This story begins with a chap known as Alex Tew who resides in the United Kingdom (see how I used the word "chap" quite appropriately, my creative writing teacher in college would be proud).

Anway, Mr. Tew needed money to pay for college, so he came up with a crazy idea, to split a web page into a million pieces and sell those pieces for a dollar ( I guess he thought if he used his native currency of Pounds that would not have as much appeal). He called his page the "Million Dollar Home Page" and started selling adspace. Sales were very slow for a while, but slowly here and there, people started buying these little tiles for a hundred bucks a piece. Once he had a few customers, he wrote up a press release, and let it out into the wild. The rest is history. After only a few months of web presence, after news stories, and tv interviews, the page actually sold out. In fact he sold the last 1000 pixels for appx $38,000 on Ebay. The interesting thing is that the page has become a bonafide advertisement aggregator and actually drives traffic to those that bought those little boxes.

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to do a similar site and then monetize it by way of viral/affiliate marketing. Essentially, much like pays webmasters commisions to place links to products for sale on their site, the folks at this site,
are paying people commisions on adspace that is sold through refferal.

This particular project, combines a lot of high tech ideas and marketing strategies and rolls it all up in to one. Enough to get me thinking that I want to tbe a part of it now before this thing snowballs into something incredibly huge...After all it's only 25 bucks, (not like the $100 that Mr. Tew was charging), what does one really have to loose? The tiny pixel that I bought has already sent considerable traffic to my long distance site.

Read and hear more about it, here.

Today was a special day.

Friday the 13th and it feels very lucky indeed. I got to spend the afternoon taking my son to a series of events. The first one was his Karate class. My son is currently a blue belt, at eight years old, he was one of the youngest in this particular class, however since he enjoys karate and actually practices on his own, he was the most senior student being a blue belt and also have his yellow, green, and blue forms. He was to test for his red form. I normally do not stay for his testing since I don't want to make him nervous by my presence, but seeing this little tiger at the head of the class displaying what I can only describe as "humble expertise" got me captivated and I ended up staying.

The magic moment of the evening came when I looked at him and gave him a reassuring smile, he without missing a beat, looked back at me and returned an even more reassuring wink. Boy, was I happy to be there.

A few hours later, I am now at his school being subjected to booming sounds and beats, waiting in the hallway while he attends a school dance. We at first entered the gymnasium together where the dance was held. I then thought that perhaps he may want a bit of space , so I retreated to where I'm currently positioned in the hallway. The music hasn't gotten any quieter, but, I am simply happy to be here.

The next stop will be Cub scouts, tonight is pinewood derby night We spent a few moments earlier tonight decorating it with murals and stickers. I cut it on a miter saw and painted it with some left over paint that I had in the house. It actually came out pretty good. I missed his last two races, as I am an Army officer who found myself soldiering for a year in the Mideast last year. Simple events of a night with my son. I'm just happy to be here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Sometimes it's not about the money.

This story is a favorite of mine. I'm actually using it in another one of my blogs, but thought I should place it here as well:

The American businessman was at the pier of a small South Pacific Island village when an island fisherman docked his small outrigger canoe. The fisherman had a dorado and several large grouper in the canoe. The American complimented the Islander on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Islander replied, "Only a little while." The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Islander said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a late afternoon nap with my wife, Helia, stroll into the village each evening where I sip rum and play guitar with my friends, I have a full and busy life."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.You would need to leave this small fishing village and move to Australia, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The South Seas fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?" To which the American replied, "15-20 years."
"But what then?"
The American laughed and said, "That's the best part.When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
"Millions, really? Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a late afternoon nap with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip rum and play your guitar with your friends."

Friday, January 06, 2006

Microsoft WMF Patch Release

Microsoft has come out with a Windows Metafile (WMF) patch release on an "off cycle release". More info available here.

MP3 Sunglasses

Has the world gone crazy? Or do I just not understand how The Patent Office (USPTO) actually works....

Apparently there is this guy who is now suing Motorola and Oakly over his supposed patent over MP3 SunGlasses almost a humorous turn of events, he claims he had a patent, then lost it, because he didn't pay the maintenance fees associated with keeping the patent, petitioned the USPTO to accept back fees, they denied him, but he claims he still sent in a check which was cashed...

All this over musical sunglasses? Go figure....

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Monday, January 02, 2006

Broccoli and Mushroom Scallops

Made this recipe tonight, it was delectable!

Broccoli and Mushroom Scallops

1 lb medium Scallops
1 1/2 cups sliced Mushrooms
2 Tbsp Margarine or Butter
2 cups cut Broccoli
2 oz sliced Pimientos
1 can condensed Chicken Broth
3 Tbsp Cornstarch
2 tsp Soy Sauce
cooked Rice or Pasta

Cut the scallops into halves. In a 3 quart saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms in margarine over medium heat until tender for about 5 minutes. Stir in scallops, broccoli, and pimientos. Cook, stirring frequently, until scallops are white for 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually stir chicken broth into cornstarch until smooth. Stir broth mixture and soy sauce into scallop mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, simmer and stir 1 minute. Serve over rice. 2 servings.