Archive for November, 2005

Google Analytics: Two weeks and counting

November 30, 2005

I know.  They’ve had a greater response than they anticipated.  I understand.

But no report data for TWO WEEKS?  Not a drop?  Not one report to show me?

I’ve been patient.  And I appreciate that this is a free service.  But really, two weeks?  Sumpthin’s up….

If FARK.com were a TV channel

November 30, 2005

I’d watch it.

What’s the point? The FCC has just come out with an opinion that cable television consumers may be better off if they were allowed to purchase a la carte programming from their providers. The providers insist that programming diversity is fostered by being able to bundle smaller, less-well-known programming with things like NASCAR, championship wrestling, and OLN.

I can see the argument. But is there any way to stop the a la carte system from eventually being implemented? It just makes too much sense and has too much positive consumer sentiment behind it to not make its way into standard practice, by hook or by crook. Sooner or later some cable provider is going to succumb to consumer demand and offer up programming packages tailored to the individual whims of a household.

And why shouldn’t a TV programming guide work like a favorites file in your Web browser? Indeed, why shouldn’t TV programming work exactly like the WWW, where people seek out and subscribe to what they like, and the news about good “shows” is spread by word of mouth from one trusted friend or acquaintance to another? Television shows want to work like this. And someday, they will.

Apple enters list of world’s most respected firms

November 18, 2005

Well well well well well. Long time coming. And so obvious. For all this “business moving at the speed of light” talk, you’d think that Apple would’ve gotten a lot more respect a lot sooner.

Were I in business, I know what it is about Apple that would earn my respect. Three things: A charismatic CEO who can sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves; A massive pile of cash; a strong commitment to progress through innovation (REAL innovation, not MSFT-style innovation).

Here’s to the crazy ones….

Four IT vendors are among the top 10 firms in this year’s World’s Most Respected Companies list from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The new entrants to the top 10 are Apple, the highest climber at ninth from 42nd…..IBM and Apple were also placed in the ‘best turnaround’ category.

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Borrowing

November 17, 2005

So I’m reading my alma mater’s student newspaper today, and I see a familiar logo in a sidebar on the front page.

bonour logo

This is the logo Apple uses for its Bonjour (zeroconf) technology.

daily iowan

This is the sidebar from The Daily Iowan.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  At least they took the time to rotate the image and change the colors. 

The Intel iBook To Be Announced At Macworld 2006

November 17, 2005

I’ve been using iBooks now since the Key Lime iBook SE, and they’re great little machines. My current one, a 933MHz G3, does everything I need it to and more, including act as a wireless head for my server at home. I can’t wait to see what Steve & Co. come up with for a new iBook design. I only wish I needed a new computer! Not the PowerBook, the iMac, the Mac minis, or the PowerMac, but the iBook will receive Apple’s first Intel chips in January!

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Final piece in place

November 14, 2005

Today I finally got an SSH tunnel set up for VNC between my work machine and my server at home.  It’s nice to have access to my desktop at home when I need it.

Software involved, for future reference:

PuTTY and UltraVNC on the Windows side, and OSXVNC on the mini at home.  My del.icio.us links contain a couple links for instructions on setting things up.

Not since TiVo

November 10, 2005

Have I seen a company try so hard to piss off its customers. Sony is really going all out!

I guess the $64K question here is whether this is all going to hurt Sony at all. The people most likely to be offended / damaged by this are the folks who already know how to circumvent Sony’s rootkits to get to their music. Everyone else is just going to plod along in oblivion, as they always have.

Now, if the virus writers get too carried away creating trojans using Sony’s kits, this is all going to really blow up. Being a stupid, out-of-touch corporate pig is one thing; being responsible — directly or otherwise — for damaging someone’s system is another matter altogether. That’s a difficult smear to rub off. Just ask MSFT.

I know I’m not going to be buying any Sony CDs from now on. They probably won’t miss my business. But I’ll be damned if I’ll have a CD installing unwanted apps on my computer.

Nerd Vittles » ISP-In-A-Box: The $500 Mac mini (Skype = Free Phone Service)

November 10, 2005

Nerd Vittles » ISP-In-A-Box: The $500 Mac mini (Skype = Free Phone Service) I really should start using Skype more. There’s just one problem: I never talk on the phone. At least never any longer than it takes to say, “Hello? Yes, she’s right here.” If I talked on the phone as much as my wife did, and over and over to the same people every day, I’d use Skype for sure. What I really ought to do is get an Asterisk server up and running on my PC.

My Hero

November 9, 2005

Ballmer

I mean, really.  Kickin’ ass and takin’ names, baby!  That’s what it’s all about!  I-N-N-O-V-A-T-E!  Git ‘er done!  Blaaaaaahhhhh!  Can you see my tonsils?  No?  That’s because I had ’em removed! 

Magic # = $4162.00

November 9, 2005

Up, up, and away!

Had to stop by the garage yesterday to have them drop in the new blinker relay the ordered last time the Volvo was in the shop.  All they had at that time was a working used unit that they dropped in to get me around town until the new part arrived.  They told me just to drop by sometime, and they’d install the new relay in a minute and get me on my way.

So I did.  And they did.  And I was. 

You know, if they’re going to charge me $84, the least they could do is fool around under the hood or put the car up on a jack or something that takes longer than one minute to do.  That just hurts.