I like “The Coolest Part”. Very interesting post!
Ok, so I was doing some housework last night. The sequence went as follows:
1. Picked up laundry hamper from upstairs.
2. Noticed that the cordless phone was also up stairs. Threw it on the top of the laundry so I wouldn’t forget to return it to its base.
3. Helped with my daughter’s bath.
4. Took laundry basket down to laundry. On the way noticed some more laundry and threw it in the basket.
5. Started the washer and….
Ok, here’s the point in the movie where the entire audience is yelling “don’t go in there!!”.
6. Dumped the entire basket into the washer.
About 5 minutes later I noticed some more laundry in the family room, so I went to toss that in the washer. As luck would have it, the phone bobbed to the surface just as I was about to close the lid. I retrieved the phone, did a full disassembly. I cut the plastic cover off the 3-cell rechargable battery pack, and patted everything dry.
I reassembled the phone this morning. It turns on and the display appears to function, but I didn’t have time to do a full check before work today. Will do a full functional check this evening. I’m optimistic about all the components except the speaker, microphone, and the ringer piezo.
Aaron Boodman points to an interesting puzzle: Look for the post titled ‘Traitor’.
Solved in a couple of hours. Gave me a good excuse to try out the C# Express Beta. Refactoring is pretty cool for reorganizing code…
I finally bit the bullet and took Microsoft Exams 70-292 and 70-296 today, upgrading my MCSE credential to Windows Server 2003. I’ve been experimenting with 2003 since the Beta days, and using it regularly since a couple days post-RTM. Didn’t manage to find any time to actually study, so I probably could’ve done better, but I came away with 2 “Pass” printouts.
The list now stands as:
MCSE Microsoft Windows 2003 15-Jul-04
MCSA Microsoft Windows 2003 15-Jul-04
MCSD For Microsoft .NET 23-Sep-03
MCAD For Microsoft .NET 5-Sep-03
MCSA Microsoft Windows 2000 16-May-03
MCSE Microsoft Windows 2000 31-Aug-01
MCDBA Microsoft SQL Server 2000 31-Aug-01
I go for certifications mostly as a personal challenge. They help motivate me to learn new things, and I’ve found studying for certs to be a good way to fill in the knowledge gaps that occur through OJT (i.e. you learn _one_ way to do things and never learn the other three that might be better in certain situations…)
Seth Godin asks: So, when did you last visit Hotbot?
It’s a nagging bit of perspective on the un-popularity of blogs and blogging. He also asks “I wonder when this tips?”, and I’ll point out that he can find the answer in his own book! In the box on page 34, Godin describes “Smoothness”.
Smoothness within the blogosphere is automatic, but to reach out of blog space into the rest of the internet isn’t very easy at all. Yes there are services like Typepad and Radio Userland available, but the general public isn’t going to pay to try out this blog fad. Even most free sites have a bit of a setup hurdle before the user begins to see some benefit.
So when will we get there? It’s got to be easy.. Dead-simple like IM or email. I should be able to right-click on a name in my contact list, and if that person has a blog, I should be able to preview/subscribe, two clicks max.
Here’s my prediction on the tipping point: It’ll happen when the free email services (Hotmail, Yahoo!, and GMail) integrate an aggregator into their interface, and provide free blogging capability with every account. I’d even bet that Google is already working on it. It’s only a matter of time…
From Bink.nu, URL: Microsoft will make new exam for Windows XP mcp
From LonghornBlogs, URL: The PC designed with Longhorn in mind
Now I’m starting to notice these ideas picking up steam and showing up on blogs that I read. The latest is from Cameron Rielly (Crumpler bags have a Purple Cow)
I started digging a bit and found that Seth Godin actually has a blog as well. Subscribed, check!
It’s going to be an interesting couple of years as businesses try to change their marketing, and more importantly, their advertising models. Consumers are tired of all the noise, and traditional advertising is losing its effectiveness.
Ok, I’m a big Microsoft fan, and I build most of my customer solutions with Microsft technology (except for the occasional Linux box), so I’m not quite sure what to think of this. My first thought was, “Apple doesn’t do servers well, this won’t be a problem”. Of course the reality bug bit me and reminded me that is what people used to say about Microsoft before Windows NT was born.
Microsoft: Consider this your Call To Action… Differentiate yourself! Call all those heavy-brained folks that you’re hiding over in Microsoft Research and see what useful technologies you can fast-track to the server product. Don’t sit idly by as OS and Apple chip away at your market share…
In an effort to grossly oversimplify the blogosphere, I’ve come up with an analogy. Blog posts that point to other blogs are toothpicks. Posts that point out of the blogosphere (to non-syndicated news articles or other websites) or that are originally authored are gumdrops.
With this post, Blobservations has hit a toothpick:gumdrop ratio of 11:6. This is close to my 2:1 target. Scoble seems to run about 1:1 most days, whereas one of my other favorite bloggers, Josh Legard, is running at 3:2 for the posts that are currently on his front page.
What’s the point? Gumdrops are the gooey goodness of the blogosphere. They are what we actually care about. If I had time to read every news article and original blog post on the internet, then I would acquire all of the information that I need (and then some!) But I don’t have time, and that’s where the toothpicks come in. Toothpicks are the glue, they give shape to the blogosphere, and they’re effectively an organic search that we use to find the information that we desire. Some of the blogs on my blogroll are there because they provide good quality toothpicks. They lower the signal-to-noise ratio and allow me to find what I need. Others are there because they produce lots of gooey gumdrops. I would consider most RSS syndicated news sites to be 100% gumdrop sites. Many of the bloggers in the “MS Bloggers” category on my blogroll are heavily biased towards gumdrops as well. The Moon Gals almost always post gumdrops.
What does it all mean? Blogs are useful because they allow us to find relevant information.. Your toothpick:gumdrop ratio describes how you contribute. Gumdrops add to the content available on the blogosphere. Toothpicks contribute to the organization of the blogosphere. Both contribute to the usefulness of blogs.