Archive for ◊ May, 2008 ◊

It was interesting last summer to see gasoline prices hovering around $3 and observe hardly a change in American driving habits.  Now, as prices sit around $4 per gallon, we’re actually starting to see a change in consumer behavior.   A posting in the Wisdom Journal claims that there are 12 good reasons that the high prices are actually good for America.   Among the list of reasons:

High gas prices are causing America to rethink it’s dependency on foreign oil.

High gas prices are helping fuel the online economy.

High gas prices are causing local governments to tighten up and become more efficient.

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One-Minute Business Lesson – 4
Monday, May 19th, 2008 | Author:

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’ The eagle answered: ‘Sure , why not.’

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

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Picking the Penguins
Sunday, May 18th, 2008 | Author:

Not those Penguins… I’m talking about the hockey team.  I’m picking the Penguins over the Red Wings in six games for the Stanley Cup…

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Hockey is Still Happening…
Sunday, May 18th, 2008 | Author:

A great semifinal series between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xer26VfOyMo[/youtube]

1 min 10 sec

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaepLZDFHuI[/youtube]

1 min 23 sec

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Modern Warfare & Computer Games
Saturday, May 17th, 2008 | Author:

An interesting description of modern warfare in the Wall Street Journal:

The sniper never knew what hit him. The Marines patrolling the street below were taking fire, but did not have a clear shot at the third-story window that the sniper was shooting from. They were pinned down and called for reinforcements.

Help came from a Predator drone circling the skies 20 miles away. As the unmanned plane closed in, the infrared camera underneath its nose picked up the muzzle flashes from the window. The sniper was still firing when the Predator’s 100-pound Hellfire missile came through the window and eliminated the threat.

The airman who fired that missile was 8,000 miles away, here at Creech Air Force Base, home of the 432nd air wing. The 432nd officially “stood up,” in the jargon of the Air Force, on May 1, 2007. One year later, two dozen of its drones patrol the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan every hour of every day. And almost all of them are flown by two-man crews sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of a “ground control station” (GCS) in the Nevada desert.

Shark Surfing
Friday, May 16th, 2008 | Author:

It’s hard to tell if this is just some fancy computer-generated graphics, but it’s exciting to watch a surfer hanging on to a shark near the pier…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJnxYsZNzwM[/youtube]

1 min 36 sec

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Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, May 15th, 2008 | Author:

This is a good one sent to me by my buddy, Todd Imwalle

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One-Minute Business Lesson – 3
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 | Author:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’

‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’… Puff! She’s gone.

‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’… Puff! He’s gone.

‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.

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Recent History of Computer Operating Systems
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 | Author:

I found an interesting web site that provides all sorts of histories and screen shots from operating systems over the last 25 years.  I recapped some of the significant operating systems that shaped my career since the release of the original Mac computer back in 1984:

Jan 84 – Macintosh System 1 is released

Mar 86 – DOS GEM/2 is released

Sep 87 – Unix X Window 11 is released

Apr 92 – DOS Windows 3.1 is released

Oct 94 – OS/2 Warp 3 is released

Aug 96 – Windows NT 4.0 is released

Jul 98 – Linux KDE 1.0 is released

Oct 01 – Windows XP is released

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This Jott is very cool….
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 | Author:

This Jott is very cool. listen

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