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Saturday, September 17, 2005

New Potter Resource - [9:59 AM]

Dumbledore is not dead: "This is Dumbledore Is Not Dead .com, a site created to help Harry Potter fans cope with the shocking revelations in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - Potter freaks beware! This is an excellent, well written, resource dedicated to digging out the true facts surrounding the death of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Hogwarts esteemed Headmaster.

The site is beautifully designed, and the artwork is unrivaled, not to mention the writing is superb.

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Unrest at Microsoft - [9:37 AM]

BusinessWeek: "Lucovsky said in a sworn statement that after he told Ballmer about his plans to move to Google, the beefy CEO threw a chair and cursed Google's chief executive." - Microsoft Cash Cow.As Microsoft matures, and grows, it's experiencing the same troubles that have countless companies before it have experienced. IBM and GE are two perfect examples of companies that grew from great ideas into American icons and have had to reinvent themselves from time to time to make things work in our ever changing world. Microsoft has reached a mid-life crisis. They'll change in the years to come because the market will demand it. They'll probably always be around in some shape or form just as IBM and GE have, but who knows what shape they'll take? Maybe they'll become two or three different companies, maybe Steve will step down and let a new fresh thinking take the helm(doubtfull if the stories about Balmer are true), maybe Bill will realize his days as a visionary are long since past, or maybe they're about to pull a real trick out of their bag-o-tricks and shock the world?

Microsoft is the new IBM, Google is the new Microsoft. Things could get real interesting over the next few years.
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Friday, September 16, 2005

Movie line of the week answer - [11:22 AM]

Good morning y'all.

This weeks big winner is none other than Mr. Tommy Williams, give a nice round of applause to Tommy who correctly guessed...

Thanks for playing!
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Movie line of the week - [9:46 AM]

And.... ACTION!Good morning y'all. This morning's line was inspired by my boss man, not the exact line he quoted but it's from the same movie.

It's an easy one, you'll know it even if you don't know what movie it's from, good luck!

Actor #1: How do you write women so well?
Actor #2: I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

RawSugar - [10:22 AM]

I've know Bill Lazar for a few years now, he's a very smart, extremely nice guy. Why do I mention that? Well Mr. Bill is working on a new product called RawSugar[I love the name BTW.] RawSugar is free search tool that allows you to tag, or apply keywords, to items you're interested in. So, for instance, I can create a customized search wrapped around my obsession with Harry Potter and movies! It's very nice and easy to use, just create an account, it's free! Once you've done that you'll want to add the RawSugar Tagging 'tool' to your browser toolbar so you can single-click your way to tagging blog posts and articles that are of interest to you, and create a nice tagged, or key worded, search based on the keywords relevant to you.

I'm getting it now Bill, at least I think I am!

Here's a link to my humble RawSugar beginnings.
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Office 12 - [10:02 AM]

Scoble: "Jeremy says Office 12 rocks" - The new Office 12 UI is very nice, task oriented. It was nice to see some of my old Visio'ites work being used across products. During the Powerpoint bit[~16:30 in] there's mention of IGX. Before I left the Visio folks were embarking on the creation of that component. It's nice to see it come to fruition.

Hey Scoble, please, please, please do a video with the Visio folks. I'm dying to see it.
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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Fun function description - [11:52 AM]

Something funny from the Linux man page for the gettimeofday function.

Of course it turned out that the period in which Daylight Saving Time is in force cannot be given by a simple algorithm, one per country; indeed, this period is determined by unpredictable political decisions. So this method of representing time zones has been abandoned. Under Linux, in a call to settimeofday the tz_dsttime field should be zero.

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09.11.2001 - [9:53 AM]

My feelings on that horrible day.

It's been four years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was struck, and a small group of hero's forced a flight into the ground to avoid more death and destruction. So where are we now? We're in worse shape than ever. Our administration has failed miserably. We still haven't found our intended target[NY Times, free subscription required]. Will removing that one man from the face of the planet(not literally, but figuratively) make a difference, probably not, but it's a start.

But enough of that. There are still people in New Orleans, and surrounding areas, that need help.
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