Firefox makes me feel warm and fuzzy...
This is what I love about capitalism. The little guy who has innovative product and passion can effectively take on the complacent giant. eWeek writes:
One extension being included by default in the Firefox alpha is called Reporter. It lets testers report to Mozilla Web pages that don't render correctly in Firefox.
I don't remember hearing ANYTHING EVER about MS wanting to make sure I have a good web browsing experience. The Mozilla folks actually care about what I'm seeing! Mucho customer service points to the Mozilla folks. Not only is the little guy's product better (IMHO), but they actually have a desire to satisfy my needs as a customer. Firefox, you make me feel warm and fuzzy.
Mark Pincus Blog: This Man is a Spammer
Mark Pincus strikes a heavy blog blow to Michael Luckman, exposing Michael as a dirty dirty spammer. Not only is this monkey a dirty dirty spammer, he's acquiring emails in a completely filthy way. Here's a snip of Mark's post:
i did call him a dickhead and he seemed to think that was conduct unbecoming a 'ceo of a progressive san francisco company'. i will say that i find it a bit ironic that he is asking me to extend to him higher civil respect than he has shown the hundreds of poor, unsuspecting people who have unknowlingly given him their cards.
Thanks Mark for outing Luckman. You know, the name Luckman reminds me of the name Lumberg.
Google GAS maps
These days, we're all looking for Cheap Gas to fill up our vehicles. Why? Well because oil prices are hovering near $50 a barrell and along with usual seasonal price gouging, we're going broke at the pump. /rant.
Anyway, this a sweet web app that'll show you --using google maps-- where the local cheap gas is in your town. In San Jose, the closest one to my office here is Costco on Senter road at $2.29/gal.
Many-to-Many: Fear, Greed and Social Software by Ross Mayfield
This article has some great commentary on Social Software. Ross explores the delicate balance between employee blogs and corporate response. Check it out.
DRM - Continued coverage of DMB - Stand Up
A co-worker just informed me that she too bought the new offering from Dave Matthews Band. Unlike me, she purchased the standard cd version of the disc. If you'll remember, I bought the dual disc version. So her disc has a couple of warning stickers on it about DRM. Both stickers (one on the front and one on the back) contain a link to Media Max Customer Care for questions about the new CD. Take a look for yourself. This is just ridiculous.
After I accept the end user license agreement, I am told my computer is not appropriately configured and requires an Internet connection. Why do I need an Internet connection to listen to the CD on my computer?:
Oh that's just rich!
MSN Virtual Earth To Take On Google Earth
Good luck MSN... Hrmph. Google Earth has quickly become one of my most used web apps. It's fast rendering (especially in FF) and driving direction overlays on actual satellite photos are AMAZING. Just the other day Jill (my wife) and I wanted some good Chinese food, so I pecked in Google Earth and did a local search for Chinese Restaurant. To our delight, we found a place really close by that had EXCELLENT food. Thanks to Google, we found Union Chinese Restaurant. Google earth has a great interface. It's super intuitive and well refined. I do have to admit that from time to time I have to hit Yahoo Yellowpages to find an obscure number, but nine times out of ten Google earth meets my needs.
Good luck MSN, you'll need it.
CNN.com - Brain downloads 'possible by 2050' - May 23, 2005
Ok, now hasn't the Terminator Trilogy taught us anything? I mean come on! Check out this quote:
...it would be possible to build a fully conscious computer with superhuman levels of intelligence as early as 2020.
IBM's BlueGene computer can already perform 70.72 trillion calculations a second and Pearson said the next computing goal was to replicate consciousness.
We're in serious trouble here.
Fujitsu, Sun Team on SPARC Processors
Niagara chips will hold eight cores on each piece of silicon, and each core will be able to process four instruction threads simultaneously. The systems with the chips could start appearing by late this year or early next year.
Eight cores? Wow.
Now McNealy and the rest of the crew at Sun have to chuck Solaris and stick with what they're good at. Hardware.
As applications still remained a key driver, which was evidenced in interviews with 23 of the top Wall Street companies last year, where Big Blue identified a total of 24 ISVs and 58 applications most critical to target for Solaris to Linux porting, IBM convinced all but two to port their applications to Linux.
Report: Apple Explores Use of Intel Chips - Yahoo! News
I can hear the MS/MAC hardcores starting to grumble already...
A VC: How Not To Treat Customers
I'm not the only one giving DMB some grief for their media choices. This isn't a slam on DualDisc, but a slam on the DRM on "Stand Up." Check out the blog post. He's got some good things to say.