So, I just finished my first cut at my slides for my OpenWorld Unconference session, which I’m tentatively calling, “Are you insulting me? Essential geek-speak, FTW!”. If you’re interested, check them out and give me feedback, comments, keeping in mind my goal is to educate by example, not give a comprehensive history. And to have… Read More
The Unconference at OpenWorld continues to fill up; Tuesdays advance slot are all full, and Wednesday is quickly filling up too. I noticed Raimonds added a session last week called “Using Ruby on Rails with legacy Oracle databases” on Thursday at 10 AM. If you’re still at the conference on Thursday, I highly recommend checking… Read More
First off, everyone knows I’m not Rich. I wonder if Rich (and people who share his name) get this app for free or at least for a discount. I’ll back up; so by now, you’ve probably heard about the “I Am Rich” iPhone app that popped up briefly a couple days ago in the App… Read More
I read xkcd and actually get about 75% of the jokes, I think. Anyway, this one popped up in Reader this morning, and it made me laugh, especially in light of our recent discussions about O/S, a.k.a. the “which O/S would win in a fight” thread. Enjoy, and read xkcd if you don’t already, and… Read More
It’s funny how micro-focused I can get. I am continually reminded of how much I live in a bubble world, and it’s always nice to have that bubble popped. Working in technology, I tend to assume that other people are geeky like me. They have Tivo, broadband, Macs, iPhones, blogs, hundreds of “friends” on Facebook/Twitter/network… Read More
I guess we’ll see. Steve Jobs joined Mix on Wednesday. No kidding, here’s his profile. Is it the man himself? Or perhaps Dan Lyons in character? Maybe some dude named Steve Jobs who is neither the founder and CEO of Apple nor the editor guy at Forbes who used to be funny and currently is… Read More
This tweet from friend of the ‘Lab Michael Krigsman triggered my inner economist. Even though I’m essentially a geek, I studied economics in college and have always been fascinated by supply, demand, utility and especially modeling that stuff with a nice tidy graph. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of Chris Anderson and his… Read More
Matt Topper, a friend of the AppsLab, apparently has way too much free time. He has elfed us using the Office Max ElfYourself doodad. My wife was messing around with this application a few weeks ago, and it took her about half an hour to do one elf. So, kudos to Matt for his patience… Read More
For some reason, every day this week has felt like Friday. Did anyone notice the either of the following articles? Merriam-Webster names w00t word of the year for 2007. Facebook came in second, which does not bode well as the Year of Facebook winds to a close. I wonder if the Project Beacon fiasco had… Read More
Steve Chan sent me a note today asking me if I’d seen this blog, called Oracle Applications DBA APPSLab. Apparently, the blog’s owner, Famy Rasheed, was asking Steve to list his new blog on Steve’s blogroll. Steve is a very conscientious (and popular) blogger, who has been plagiarized in the past, so he was doing… Read More
This post from Mashable got me thinking about something that’s eaten at me ever since I got into tech many moons ago. Watch the clip from “CSI”, observe the Twitter plug, chuckle at the pithy dialog. Some people just don’t value privacy. They don’t expect privacy; they value openness. Whatever. The best part, aside from… Read More
All this talk about social software and swimming pools is making me crazy. We need more stupid pet postings on this blog. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but today is Friday and it’s time to lighten it up a bit. I was looking through the numerous junk mail catalogs we got yesterday… Read More
I need to share this right before I sit on the couch watching NFL goodness for the rest of the day. You’ll probably have 10 or so other references to this by the end of next week. Click through for the answer(s). Enjoy. Update: By way of O’Reilly Radar, I realized that the T&C prohibit… Read More
We all know what spam is by now, the digital variety, not the gelatin-coated mystery meat in a tin. The attendees of PodCamp2 in Pittsburgh have coined the term bacn to describe “email you want, but not right now”. Examples of bacn: Social network alerts Electronic bill pay alerts Basically anything you solicited by providing… Read More
This has been a humor-free zone for way too long. Aside from a lackluster Spot the Hoax, I haven’t posted anything intentionally funny lately. But today, I ran into two gems that I think will make you smile or laugh.
After slogging through a full week’s worth of feeds and fighting the urge to use the Mark All as Read button several times, I have a fun idea. Despite this being a no-fun zone for a while, I want to play a round of spot the hoax. The game is simple. I’ve listed a handful… Read More
I was so sad to hear the news that FSJ had been outed by Brad Stone of the NYT. Apparently, Daniel Lyons, a writer for Forbes, no less, has been moonlighting as FSJ. Why does this make me sad? Let me count the ways: I have to assume you read FSJ. If you don’t, you… Read More
This is classic Onion. I saw this weeks ago, but it took Lifehacker to remind me how funny it is. Enjoy the Internet Crash of 2007.
First, it was Steve Ballmer. Now, Eric Schmidt? What is going on here? I’m surprised Eric would want to befriend me, since I called him coy in this space not once, but twice. Maybe he wants to hire me and doesn’t know I have no PhD, or even masters. D’oh. Seriously, can anyone shed some… Read More
Mashable reported yesterday that MySpace was blocking the letter “i” in all MySpace blogs and replacing all the i’s with “..”. Courtesy of I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?