At the sports economist — “A plan approved on Thursday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Board of Directors would pay colleges up to $100,000 each if their athletes do particularly well in the classroom and a high percentage of them graduate every year.” Great, let’s set a higher bar for these kids, and continue to funnel money not to the kids but to the adults and institutions riding on their back.
Phil on tagging and search history — “The race is on to push more and more browser state out into the cloud from the PC, and to more seamlessly blur browsing, tagging, and authoring.”
It shouldn’t be just browser state. All PC state should be moving into the cloud. Increasingly this is one of the top criteria I use to eval software.
- Phil makes the switch to a mac. I like my mac mini. don’t love it, but like it. wish it networked better with all my pcs — the fact that it doesn’t automount remote shares on reboot is sucky.
- Rich likes the Medusa headphones for gaming.
- 200 cd sony media center pc.
- intel cache technology to speed up boots — “The new cache utilizes NAND flash memory and boots from that instead of the hard drive.”
Via scoble, charles’ blog. Brilliant guy. One of the people at MSFT I really miss working with. Wish your blog didn’t look like crap in firefox, charles. Other great MSFTees I see leaving via minimsft — hadi partovi and don gagne. Also great guys and also wish i had the chance to work with them again.
Minor meltdown over the last 6 days. My DMX512 system became inhabited by gremlins. Really teh gear is not supposed to be used outdoors so the fact that it survived 5-6 years is amazing. But I was using it to control every effect and so the s$%t hit the fan. Over the past 6 days I have ripped DMX control out of most of the system and gone to simpler, cheaper x10 and Zwave. Much more durable signalling (wireless and powerline) but much higher latency. I have kept DMX only for my lightning effects, as latency matters and I don’t have the time to build a bunch of color organs (tho next year).
Anyway nearly everything is working again. I have a major air leak in my pneumatics which I will fix tomorrow.
Oh and a rant — why so many fricking plug types for 220V service? The circular locking type, the regular 3 prong with a 90-degree twist on one of the prongs, and the bigger 3 prong? And this is all for 20A service. Getting things to plug together is a major PITA. Some electrician out there probably knows the answer and can probably tell me why converting from circular locking plugs to the 3 prong type is a major no-no.
One is online — from the President of Reed College — concerning Reed’s withdrawal from the US News ranking system. Another only in print or paid sub — The Best Class Money Can Buy. Great discussions about how the ranking systems corrupt behaviour, and how colleges are using sophisticated yield management thinking to buff up their rankings and their revenues. Depressing in many ways but anyone who is working through the college decision process should read.
I blog for myself. The site is my annotated bookmarks and my longterm memory. I search it regularly to find that certain halloween prop idea, that book I read, that software I tried. I don’t care much about my readership, though I have gotten a lot of value from readers — software suggestions, reconnects from old friends, business proposals.
I originally intended to use my blog to communicate with family but the lack of simple privacy solutions killed that.
Prior to Ignition I worked at Microsoft, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Marion Power Shovel (no longer operating), and L&K Restaurants (no longer operating). While at Microsoft, I worked at various times on MSN, Internet Explorer, Windows, Windows for Workgroups, and LAN Manager, along with a host of other things.
Also I am glad I’ve been on an Outward Bound trip.
We support a variety of charities through the Seattle Foundation.
My interests include books, hiking, extreme Halloween decorating, and college football.
- Via furrygoat, MSFT’s virtual WIFI software. I’m not sure this will actually make my life any better — now I’ll be able to connect to several crappy buggy wifi hotspots at a time instead of just one — but looks like fun to play with.
- A nice review of RocketPost. I am also using and have been very impressed with. And the dev team has been super supportive.
- A request to make FrontRow available for legacy Macs. Hear hear.
- Portforward.com. Pure networks guys take note