Archive for January, 2010

Back from the land of the rising sun

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Just back from a week in Kyoto. More on geisha watching and copious soba ingestion once I get time to sift and edit gigabytes of photos.

Marketing Speak

Friday, January 15th, 2010
Cisco Marketing Speak

Like Newspeak [] marketing speak is often silly. In this example the subject of the email is:

“Leading Analyst Determines That Collaboration Improves Business”

D’oh! Did someone pay for that research? If so maybe they should get their money back… Of course the inside copy is, while still a bit silly, much less head-smack inducing:

New Research: The Right Collaboration Architecture Drives Business Transformation

That’s not so bad… but the subject is so “no shit Sherlock,” that I only opened this email to make the screen-shot for this post.

New server

Monday, January 11th, 2010 is now running on a new server. It’s been… oh, I don’t know, 4 years since I last upgraded the core server. I was running FC2 (I migrated to FC2 in 2005 because someone hacked the sendmail on my RH9 install). Anyways; all is back up now. More ram, more space, more bandwidth. Looks like everything works. Let me know if you find something FUBARed.

The Age of Choices

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Beyond the age of information is the age of choice.

Charles Eames

I got this quote from this TED talk [] by Eames Demitrious. Apparently the quote is from 1978. That in and of itself says the speaker had extraordinary vision or luck.

Those of us who live in the Age of Information (assuming that this is it) are bombarded with massive amounts of passive information, and have a functionally infinite amount of informational easily available for our consumption if we actively seek it out. More information than any human can consume and use. There have been libraries and universities for along time, but the internet has removed the barreors to knowledge for far more people. What we struggle with is how to choose what information to focus on, and how to use that information.

Now for the choice: What information to consume? What information to believe?

Shipping Error

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
A simple shipping mistake

A simple mistake in shipping…

I also note that almost twice as many people like free drugs over legal drugs. Interesting.