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Archive for May 2007

Geek Factor : This One Goes To 11

Although I try and curtail an over abundance of ‘pure geek fodder‘ on this website, this interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates is not only a wonderful look back at the evolution of the industry, but it’s frickin’ hilarious. Seriously, these guys are having a great time talking about their history, competition, marketing and more. If you’re even the slightest bit of a geek, this will be worth watching. And if you’re heavily tapped into the industry and, like myself and many of my friends, you’ve actually lived through much of this, it’s priceless.

A great quote from Gates about Job’s return to power at Apple:

I was calling Gil Amelio on weekends and trying to get things moving. And then one day, Steve called me and said, ‘Don’t worry about those Amelio negotiations anymore.’

VIDEO: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together

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Written by gsm

05/31/2007 at 4:11 pm

Posted in  Computing 

Bidders Remorse

I really have only myself to blame, at least initially, for getting into this situation. But I do have the seller to blame, heavily, for a pretty galling lack of integritiy and honor. Now, due to the combination of my own folly and, sadly, my trust in my fellow man combined with somebody who’s ethics are not quite fully developed, I’m stuck with the unsavory experience of being put into a losing situation.

And I’m extremely bothered by it.
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Written by gsm

05/30/2007 at 11:29 pm

Rocky Balboa (2 stars)

Rocky Balboa image“Though long retired from boxing, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns to the ring for one last hurrah in this drama featuring the iconic action star. Now widowed, Rocky’s settled into middle age running a restaurant. But the former champ misses the sparring life, and he’s drawn back into the ring after suffering a personal tragedy. When he’s offered a shot at the title, he’ll have to go all out to prove he’s still got what it takes.”

Geoff’s Comments: OK, as a disclaimer, let me just state up front that some of the movies I watch are not ‘rented’ per se, but are borrowed from co-workers. So when you see a movie reviewed here, it’s not like I sought it out at the Blockbuster or paid full price for it. This is a great case study in that: I’d have not paid to see this, but got to watch it anyway, and it was more for nostalgia then anything else. Although I was a kid when the first Rocky came out, I was swept up in Rocky fever and can name that tune in 2 notes, Bob. This was a pleasant enough film and definitely ‘cleaned up’ the mess left by the other less successful sequels. Great story? Eh. Plausible? Eh. Acting? Eh. But it was entertaining enough to merit 2 stars.

[ rent Rocky Balboa via netflix.com]

Written by gsm

05/30/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Video 

This or That?

Something tickled loose a piece of mental lint recently, and I started thinking about the numerous “X” or “Y” questions that occasionally come up in casual conversations. Coke or Pepsi. Mac or Windows. Boxers or Briefs. You know the drill. So for grins and giggles I thought I’d capture those I can remember and have an opinion on. Let me know if I missed any classics.

Coke Pepsi
Windows Mac
Ginger Mary Anne
Boxers Briefs
Family Guy The Simpsons
Beer Wine
The Beatles The Rolling Stones

Written by gsm

05/30/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Miscellaneous 

Passing Thought: Fake Walls and Visible Booms

There’s something fun about catching a glimpse of the boom mike in a sitcom or TV show. It always makes me feel like I found a hidden easter egg. But more so, I find it oddly entertaining to watch an exit or entrance through a door way, and catching the wobbling of the fake wall/set when it closes.

It’s the little things.

Written by gsm

05/30/2007 at 8:08 am

Rocky Balboa (2 stars)

Rocky Balboa image“Though long retired from boxing, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns to the ring for one last hurrah in this drama featuring the iconic action star. Now widowed, Rocky’s settled into middle age running a restaurant. But the former champ misses the sparring life, and he’s drawn back into the ring after suffering a personal tragedy. When he’s offered a shot at the title, he’ll have to go all out to prove he’s still got what it takes.”

Geoff’s Comments: OK, as a disclaimer, let me just state up front that some of the movies I watch are not ‘rented’ per se, but are borrowed from co-workers. So when you see a movie reviewed here, it’s not like I sought it out at the Blockbuster or paid full price for it. This is a great case study in that: I’d have not paid to see this, but got to watch it anyway, and it was more for nostalgia then anything else. Although I was a kid when the first Rocky came out, I was swept up in Rocky fever and can name that tune in 2 notes, Bob. This was a pleasant enough film and definitely ‘cleaned up’ the mess left by the other less successful sequels. Great story? Eh. Plausible? Eh. Acting? Eh. But it was entertaining enough to merit 2 stars.

[ rent Rocky Balboa via netflix.com]

Written by gsm

05/30/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Video 

Turkey On A Full Plate

Until this morning, the only things I’ve thought I share with Tony Soprano have been my waistline and my temperament. That may be an exaggeration on one or both points, but this long weekend has been an active one and I’m in serious need of a break. Much of my weekend was spent unsuccessfully trying to tackle home projects of one kind or another, with new ‘to do tasks’ creeping up throughout the efforts, and the demands of the kids every 5 minutes to boot. I’ve felt moderately stressed. Enough so that, when I heard a rustling and odd sound outside our bedroom window this morning, I was less then interested in checking out what was going on.

When I saw a large turkey right outside our window, I was stunned, but less excited and more concerned about ‘yet another thing to tend to’. I could not help but be reminded of the premier episode of the Sopranos, where Tony finds geese or ducks in his swimming pool, and reflects on the serenity and simplicity of the moment.

I didn’t have time to grab the ‘real’ camera so I used my Treo 650 to snap this image as he sauntered away and towards the other side of the lawn.

How the hell he got in our yard is beyond me. I don’t know jack about turkey’s beyond the fact that eating them makes me sleepy. But after I’d laid back down and tried to comprehend how and why this was happening, a couple of minutes later my son came in, eager to start his day.

I typically love to immerse the kids into experiences. I’ve done things at every opportunity to give them a sense of delight and wonder. So when he came in I said “Guess what was just in our backyard? A real, real Turkey!”.

“Can we see it?” he asked, as one would expect.

“Let’s go try” I replied, not knowing if it would still be there or not.

We went into the backyard, and there was no turkey in sight. As we were talking about it, I glanced up onto the roof of the neighbor’s house and there was a turkey standing right at the apex of the roof, walking along it like a tight rope walker between two buildings.

“Look!” I said to my son, and his face beamed with delight and curiosity. No sooner had I said that, though, then a rustling sound above us gave us cause to look up, and see, atop our own roof, a second turkey, less then 10ft away. He walked to the edge, took flight and landed with the other on the neighbors roof, where they disappeared over the edge.

This might be nothing unique to some folks living in areas where this is more common, but we’re on the outskirts of Silicon Valley. We’re not used to such occurrences, so it’s something to write about and capture.

Written by gsm

05/29/2007 at 9:03 am

Posted in  Journal