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McDonald's Egg McMuffin Inventor Dies

March 31, 2008

Egg McMuffin Tasty Goodness!

Herb Peterson, creator of the Egg McMuffin, died in Santa Barbara last Tuesday. (image: John Hayes/Associated Press)

Last week, I was listening to Mark Levin on WABC 770 AM radio when I learned that Herb Peterson, the inventor of the tasty Egg McMuffin had passed away at the age of 89.

Power Outage at Disney World

March 28, 2008

Surely Disney World would never experience a power outage, right? After all, Disney World rakes in millions of dollars each year from tourists. That includes thousands of dollars from my family visits to Disney World. Not to mention they are in Hurricane Valley, so surely their CTO and electrical engineers have backup power systems in place with tons of redundancy, right?

Yahoo Overture Keyword Selector Tool Outage

February 1, 2008

Internet Telephony Expo Draws More Countries

January 16, 2008

Last year (2007) just about a week before ITEXPO, we had 64 countries represented. This year, also just 1 week away from Internet Telephony Expo we have 74 countries represented, about a 15.6% increase. If the number of countries registered is any indication, then I expect the show down in sunny Miami taking place Jan 23-25th to be even better than last year.

Check out who is represented:
Argentina Australia Bahamas Belgium Belize Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina Brazil Burundi Cameroon Canada Chile China Peoples Rep Colombia Costa Rica Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Republic Dubai Ecuador Egypt (Arab Rep of) El Salvador Finland France Germany Ghana Guadeloupe Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Iran Israel Italy Ivory Coast Jamaica Japan Kazakhstan Liberia Malaysia Mexico Morocco Nepal Netherlands Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Pakistan Panama Peru Philippines Qatar Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saudi Arabia Sierra Leone Singapore Slovenia Spain Sri Lanka St Kitts-Nevis Sweden Switzerland Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay USA Venezuela Yugoslavia Zimbabwe

CopperGate Communications CG3210 HomePNA 3.1

January 7, 2008

Today at CES, CopperGate Communications, a provider of home networking technology for triple play IPTV and MDU access over existing wiring, announced its CopperStream CG3210, the highest speed solution for networking entertainment data over existing coax and telephone wires. The CG3210 is the latest of CopperGate's HomePNA 3.1 compatible solutions and supports data rates of 320 Megabits per second enabling distribution of digital content in buildings and homes driven by emerging applications from satellite and telco service providers such as multi-room IPTV PVRs. Wow, with 320 Megabits per second, who needs fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)? Scratch that, since this is an in-home networking solution. You still need a fat pipe to the home.

Yahoo Messenger for Vista

December 6, 2007

According to the Yahoo! Messenger blog, the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista has arrived - well at least the preview release anyway. Yahoo! Messenger for Vista, is built from the ground up for the Windows Vista operating system.

No more Phone Pretexting!

December 5, 2007

Due to a new FCC regulation requirement, you won't be able to perform pretexting (pretend to be someone else) to gain access to Paris Hilton's phone or other celebs for that matter. Damn, just when I was having fun too! Not to mention the whole HP pretexting debacle.

In any event, the FCC recently issued a new Customer Proprietary Network Information (or “CPNI”) order back in April that is intended to safeguard your calling records and/or billing information from unauthorized third parties who might try to acquire this information by impersonating customers, i.e. 'pretexting".

Christmas Catalogs Waste Trees

November 28, 2007

Ok, we all know that millions of Christmas trees are cut each year to celebrate the Christian holiday, but did you know that millions of trees are also cut down and used in catalogs used to promote products for the Christmas shopping sprees. Now I'm sure the Big J can doesn't mind the cutting down of Christmas trees to commemorate his birth. After all, if he can turn water into wine, and turned a few loaves of bread into hundreds, I'm sure he can turn easily replace those trees with a flick of his hand. Ok, I know it takes years for trees to grow, just go with me here, will ya?

Now, I'm no tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination, however, I love the environment just as much as the next guy and hate to see waste.

MyBlogLog outage - lookup failed

November 13, 2007

It must be outage week, since I not only discovered Skype had a brief outage but now MyBlogLog is making my blog load unbearably sloooooooooow. My blog uses the MyBlogLog code to display fellow MyBlogLog users thumbnail pictures on my right nav-bar.

This morning I noticed that trying load a page on my blog on Firefox was giving me an hour glass while trying to look up The page was only partially loaded while it tried to load At first I was like, what the heck is

Google Phone Mania

October 31, 2007

There is so much hype and hysteria surrounding the Google Phone that I can't keep up with all the various rumors and speculative articles. There's so much to read and so little time. Fortunately, I have a "proxy" to filter through the noise. Rich has a deep interest in the Google Phone so he's been reading up on all the various articles and making brief summaries of what the experts say the Google Phone will and won't be.
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