Monthly Archives: September 2004

Beers with Eric Engstrom tonite

I’ve neglected this friendship for a while, but started to make amends tonite by having beers with Eric Engstrom of Wildseed. There is nothing like an evening with Eric, I highly recommend it to anyone — investors, entrepreneurs, people who just want an interesting conversation, anyone.

Comments on the buckeyes

Some good notes on Diary of a Something L:

“Lydell Ross couldn’t find a hole on a miniature golf course”

“last year, whenever when ran out of the “I” or offset “I” with a FB as a lead blocker we averaged 5.5 yards per carry…This ridiculous formation with TE, wingback, TE accomplishes nothing…You don’t run a counter as the first play of the game. The point of a counter is that it COUNTERS something”

Tech weenie items

From Life of a one-man IT department, a pointer to RSS Digest, a nice way to integrate xml feeds on your page.

One man’s password algorithm — I use a variant of this and it seems to work pretty well.

Flexwiki open sourced — I like Flexwiki, using it for some private Wikis, a lot nicer visual look than some of the other wiki tools I played with.

From Geekman, the List of Lists — nice guide to utilities.

Rich likes Maxthon, I suppose I should try tho I am getting software install fatigue — too many machines on which I have to manage the software footprint.

Good business reads

Jonathan Schwartz’s Weblog — he talks about a 32-way niagara system using only 56-60 watts. I am hungry for low power and low heat solutions, the current state of PC hardware is a little ridiculous.

Nice review of ExpertsExchange – an interesting little community and microeconomy — I should participate.

Ethan Zuckerman on systematic bias in Wikipedia, another interesting community/microeconomy. I’d be more likely to participate in either of these if I could crosspost content easily to my blog — I’d like to be building my blog at the same time as I build these other assets.

Integrating blogs into customer service — going in a different direction now, interesting thinking about how a company can harvest blog content for product reviews and problem reports.

From the J-Curve, I think steve is saying that Moore’s Law is for wussies.

Handicapping the Nobel Prize for Economics — fascinating reading, especially for an amateur economist like myself.

Airport Express

Tried to install the Airport Express last night, I’ve seen lots of bloggers talking about — Ross Mayfield’s Weblog: Airport Express.

I basically think it doesn’t work with WinXP. The install wizard died on two different laptops, in both cases complaining that I needed to let Windows manage my wireless hardware, that 3rd party tools were interfering with my hardware. Well in both cases the machines were configed to allow Windows to manage the hardware so I don’t know what the “wizard”‘s problem was. One machine was a dell laptop, one was a jvc japan import. I was finally able to connect to the airport express just using the regular windows connection software, and at that point the airport express admin utility would run. But I could never get the wizard to run, and could never reliably muck with the airport config. I gave up. Another hunk of inert silicon and plastic in the corner of my office.

Teachers' preference for private schools

Winds of Change.NET: Watch the Teachers’ Feet

“[American] public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.
In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.”

Zensys Z-Wave

Per PCMag, Zensys Z-Wave is Home Automation that Works. I’m going to order a kit and try it out — it can’t be any worse than x-10 — i generally don’t use x-10 at halloween time because the robustness and latency is just not up to snuff. But maybe this will be better.

Turn Commodity into Scarcity

A VC: Turning Commodity Into Scarcity — great insight — it is a core challenge for many businesses large or small — I remember back in the days when I worked in MSN, where the ad sales team worked hard to turn the huge inventory of unsold ad space into limited run special opportunities — “be one of our 5 Valentine’s Day partners”, “be one of our 3 premier blah-blah partners” — great work by that team to turn excess into scarcity. A great basic business lesson.