Thursday, December 29, 2005

Consumer-Generated Justice: Blogger Sidelines E-Commerce Site

This is a bit old, but it is of note because people doing business on the web should be mindful of a "new age" in consumer relations.

MediaPost Publications - Consumer-Generated Justice: Blogger Sidelines E-Commerce Site - 12/02/2005

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Cell Phone Reception and Tower Search

Now this is useful, in case you've wanted to know where those towers are...
Cell Phone Reception and Tower Search

David Pogues Top 10 Gadget List

From http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/29/technology/circuits/29pogue.html?pagewanted=all

  1. The Folding Memory Card – from SanDisk – fold it, it fits into the USB port – look Ma, no cables!

  2. VoiceMail VCR controls on the Treo 700 w – people don’t know what keys to hit – other people have it, Visual VoiceMail is what it’s starting to be called

  3. The Front-Side TV Connector – a tunnel to snake the cable to the front, a light to see what your doing and a door to hide it all when your done – thank you HP

  4. Bigger-Than-TV Movie – Canon’s Powershot S80 takes higher resolution video

  5. TV à La Carte – iPod video replays of old shows – 2 bucks each

  6. The Outer-Button Flip Phone – look who’s calling, press the button to send ‘em to voicemail – wow… took them long enough

  7. The Free Domain Name – http://www.yournamehere.com/ – from Microsoft, no less

  8. The Modular DVD Screen – hang it from driver seat, car-ceiling mount, under the kitchen cabinet, wherever… from Audiovox

  9. The Family-Portrait Burst Mode – from Casio – 3 pics a fraction of sec apart, has to be a picture there with everyone’s eye open

  10. The Hybrid High-Definition Tape – JVC and Sony get accolades for keeping high-def on the $4 drug store video tape, instead of some new proprietary format, thank you, thank you, thank you

Sunday, December 25, 2005

I found the work, time formula's

Engineers and scientists will never make as much money as business executives.

Now we have mathmatical proof that explains why this is true:

Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power. Postulate 2: Time is Money.

As every engineer knows,

Work
-------- = Power
Time

Since Knowledge = Power, and Time = Money, we have:

Work
-------- = Knowledge
Money

Solving for Money we get:

Work
------------ = Money
Knowledge

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity regardless of the Work done.

Conclusion: The less you Know, the More you Make. "


Friday, December 23, 2005

The eBay Myth. Moore's Lore:

The eBay myth.

Think you're safe? Continue to use caution, that's my advise...

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

Attitude is Everything

I ran across this "internet story" today and I felt I should publish it here for any of my readers...

--Author unknown

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!" He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business, he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gun point by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he said, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man. " I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything.

"Yes," I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Bullets!"

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.