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New WiFi standards causing me upgraditis

August 8, 2004

Years ago I was ribbed by my fellow IT friends and coworkers for always wanting to have the latest and greatest technology - whether it was the latest 3dFx Voodoo video card (now defunct) or the latest PC, or the latest software and patches, I had a serious case of upgraditis - an incurable condition that causes you to want to upgrade and have the best technology out there.

My upgraditis went into "remission" for a few years. My PC was fast enough, the video card did what I needed it to do, i was happy. But then along came Wifi wireless access to the Internet which caused my upgraditis to come back with a vengeance.

Is Firefox hotter than Britney Spears and Paris Hilton

August 1, 2004

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have probably heard about Firefox. No, this is not a plug for the 1982 Firefox movie starring Clint Eastwood.

Speaking of Clint Eastwood, if I may sidetrack for a moment; I read recently in a Forbes article titled "How Clint Eastwood Rouses Guys' Love Hormone" that watching a Clint Eastwood movie can actually raise your testosterone levels. (Bridges of Madison County excluded) Don't believe me?

Bootleg DVD Drive-In Theater

July 31, 2004

Currently, I'm 33 years old, so unfortunately due to my age, I have only gone to a drive-in theater maybe 4 times my entire life before they pretty much disappeared - but not before making an impact on my psyche. I remember the terrible quality mono speakers that you rested on your car window sill. In fact, I remember my parents having to drive to 3 different parking spots once just to find one that actually worked. I remember intermissions and the opportunity to get a refill of my drink or popcorn and hanging out with friends.

Pac Manhattan - Pacman on the streets of Manhattan

July 29, 2004

I've been meaning to blog "Pac Manhattan" for some time now. Since i grew up in the 80's, Pacman was one of my favorite video games. No other video game (in my opinion) has matched the hype and has had the cultural impact that Pacman had. (Yes, that includes Legend of Zelda)

This game was played by kids and parents alike.

Shunra network tools and Sony Playstation 2

July 28, 2004

I love Shunra’s emulator and network tools! In fact, we have Shunra\Cloud 4.0 in TMC Labs which we use to inject latency and packet loss when testing VoIP products. They also have another product called Shunra/Storm which enables users to emulate any network behavior including latency, jitter, packet loss, duplication, fragmentation, bit error rate, frame relay flow control, and more, giving users a true picture of application functionality under any network condition.

Apparently Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has also learned about Shunra’s powerful network emulator tools and is using Shunra\Storm to proactively ensure that multi-player PlayStation 2 games are optimized for network gaming, including the Internet.

Great Blogging tip for bloggers

July 27, 2004

Here's my great blogging tip of the day. It seems to me that pinging weblogs.com fails more often than not, which means people won't find my new blog posts as easily. I recently learned about a better site to ping.

Here's a link to a suggested "ping aggregator". It pings several of the top blog ping sites.



Cisco Anti-spam breakthrough rumors

July 27, 2004

I've seen a few news stories claiming that Cisco in on the verge of a breakthrough to block spam at the router level. You know, for the technically unsavvy, it's the place where all the IP packets get routed across the Internet? For those even less technically inclined, it's those magical little boxes that send & deliver data across the Internet. Ok, for the really technically challenged stone-agers who still pay their bills with envelopes and stamps (and not online like any sane person), think of routers as kind of like the postman that routes mail to you.

Hilarious Bush Kerry "This Land" Shockwave video from JibJab

July 20, 2004

I was watching NBC News and heard about JibJab's hilarious political cartoon that makes some really funny jabs at both of them. So whether you are in the Bush camp or Kerry camp, you'll find this pretty fun due to it's even-handed ribbing of both.

I could not stop laughing. Good stuff!

The War on Terror (and spam and viruses)

July 19, 2004

We all know that terrorists make money via drug trafficking, prostitution and other shady dealings. I now have to wonder if terrorists are using the Internet to make money. There is a lot of money to be had on the Internet and the anonymity that it provides is the perfect shield for terrorists.

I have no doubt that they are making money on the Internet.

Geolocation data - Good for Internet or Satan incarnate?

July 13, 2004

I was reading this CNN article about geolocation data and found it very intriguing for both the good and evil it can spawn.

Google and other search engines are getting more creative with the way their search engines work. Many are now using geolocation data (based on IP address) to determine your approximate whereabouts to tailor search results to your location. For example, if you do a search on "dentist" on Google, you'll probably see some ad results that are tailored to your location.

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