Archive for January, 2008

Now You Just Have To FEEL Old To Join

January 31, 2008

Saw this on TechCrunch. I mention it because I remember seeing ads for eons.com a year ago on cable, some guy going “Boom boom boom” trying to get people 50 years and older (the AARP age group) to sign up for his social site designed for, people 50 years and older. I thought featuring an “Memorials” section right on the home page was either just a great big downer or there was some tie in to a mortuary industry trade group or something.

 http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/31/eons-now-you-just-have-to-feel-old-to-join/

Seems that the site is a big failure, so the founder, who was too young himself to join his own site, is now allowing 13 year olds and up to join. Can Eons take on MySpace and Facebook and grab a chunk of their market share? Time will tell, as much time as one could have before winding up on the site’s obits.

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Don’t mess with Tom Cruise

January 31, 2008

http://www.scmagazineus.com/DDoS-hack-attack-targets-Church-of-Scientology/article/104588/

Meme of the day – recession good for some people

January 30, 2008

Apparently recession will also be good for Web 2.0:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/25/belt-tightening-in-corporate-it-spending-will-be-good-for-web-20/

Links for the billion dollar house

January 30, 2008

Mukesh Ambani’s house links

http://www.smartmoneydaily.com/personalfinance/billion-dollar-house-ultimate-luxury-or-living-hell.aspx

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ambani-overtakes-gates-to-become-worlds-richest-man-395553.html

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?Page=article§id=15&contentid=20070530022210718d7460de5

http://www.forbes.com/2007/06/02/india-mumbai-palace-faces-markets-cx_rd_0602ambani.html

If you need more, just google it

Reactions to the house boil down to this:

  •    It’s his money and he can do what the f**k he wants with it
  •    He’s pissing on the 100’s of millions of poor people in India – he should give the money away
  •    He’s a symbol of national pride who will inspire the 100s of millions to have a house like that of their own
  •    Holy sh*t, what an ugly house

US recession could be good news for Indian IT firms

January 30, 2008

Boom times in the US were great for Indian IT companies, bad times in the US are going to be great for Indian IT companies.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Wipro_Info_plans_foray_into_cloud_computing/articleshow/2736574.cms

Spoilt by Choice, or What do I need to learn for 2008?

January 30, 2008

Rick Hightower solicited comments from his LinkedIn network with the question, which Java web framework will “win,” or at least place, in 2009. Spend too much time with the wrong framework, and you won’t be able to get a job.. Spend time with the right one, and you will be able to command $$$ as a project smokejumper, at least for the next 9 – 12 months.

http://java.dzone.com/news/what-serverside-java-web-framework-will-be-next-2008

Do you have 10 lbs of shit stuck in your gut?

January 30, 2008

Now for the exciting topic of colonic irrigation, also called colonic hydrotherapy, also called hydrocolonotherpy, or simply otherwise known as an enema. I’ve been hit with Yahoo-spam-blocker-defeating spam wanting to know if I want my colon washed out with water. When I was younger, I had my mouth washed out with soap and water for being dirty, so why shouldn’t my other orifice be any different?

According to my health insurance provider’s website,

Colonic irrigation, also called colonic hydrotherapy, is a variant of enema treatment, which involves flushing the bowel with water in different quantities, temperatures and pressures. Through a tube inserted via the rectum, water may be introduced alone or with added enzymes, coffee, probiotics or herbs. Treatment sessions usually last about one hour. During a “high colonic,” water goes in through one tube in the colon and is removed along with debris through another tube called an obturator.

Coffee, eh? Ask your barista next time would dark or light roast be best for this. 

I’ve been told by someone who had gone to a colon irrigation seminar that we have an average of 10 pounds of shit clogging our colon at any given time. Unfortunately John Wayne had 40 pounds of shit in him when he died, and think of how thin he looked in his last public appearance. You think it was cigarettes that got him? The next time somebody says “You’re full of shit!” it may only be a concern for your health.

Why do proponents say you need one? OK say you have 10 lbs of shit laying around inside of you. Shit stinks, and is full of nasty germs. Vegetarians should be proud to have better colon health and meat eaters since the digested byproducts of meat stick around for a long time. Imagine the Atkins dieters. This is what it means to have 10 lbs of shit laying around:

Addiction
Allergy
Altered blood pH balance
Altered eating habits
Arthritis
Asthma
Back pain
Bad breath
Bloating
Bowel cleansing
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Colds
Colitis
Constipation
Cough
Detection of parasites
Diarrhea
Digestive disorders
Distended abdomen
Diverticulosis
Eczema
Epstein-Barr virus
Fatigue
Food cravings
Foul body odor
Gas
Gastrointestinal disorders
General health maintenance
Gout
Headache
High blood pressure
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Improved mental state
Influenza
Insomnia
Irritability
Irritable bowel syndrome
Lupus
Menstrual problems
Pancreatitis
Promotion of regular bowel movements
Prostate conditions
Psoriasis
Screening for colorectal cancer
Shingles
Skin problems
Strengthening colon muscle contraction (peristalsis)

There is another side to this. Some warn, including quack hunters, M. D.’s and other urban legend busters, that having your colon cleaned is unnecessary, that its proponents are full of more shit than The Duke. Indeed the procedure is often dangerous, and yes it could even kill you. You have to decide if it’s worth your life to cure B.O. or eczema.

WWJD? Would He Spam?

January 30, 2008

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Computer literacy test example

January 29, 2008

The State of Georgia has a vetting process for new teachers that includes subject matter tests and general knowledge tests, including a computer literacy test. I was curious, is this a good measure of computer literacy (albeit with a slant toward the education profession). And, could an IT professional “pass” the test?

Do you know how to use a spreadsheet? (assuming Excel is “The Spreadsheet”) Can you plan a multimedia presentation?

According to their website:”The GACE are criterion-referenced, objective-based assessments designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests were developed in consultation with committees of Georgia educators, educator preparation faculty, and other content and assessment specialists. Test questions were reviewed and approved by committees of Georgia educators. The passing score for each test is established by the PSC and is based on the professional judgments and recommendations of Georgia educators.”

The computer literacy test guide (PDF):

http://www.gace.nesinc.com/PDFs/GA_PG_fld178_complete.pdf

“The GACE Computer Skill Competency assessment is an Internet-based test (IBT) that is designed to enable individuals and school districts to satisfy the legislated computer competency requirement for educators. Registration and testing for this assessment is provided by authorized Georgia schools, school districts, Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), and Educational Technology Training Centers (ETTCs). The Computer Skill Competency assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions.”

Windows 7

January 29, 2008

Just pass Vista, go to this??

http://shippingseven.blogspot.com/