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Earliest: March 17, 2003Latest: June 10, 2017Total: 125

February 27, 2007

Andy Grove

Not only is Andy Grove right in 2003, but this quote is right today:
"E-commerce is happening the way all the hype said it would. Internet deployment is happening. Broadband is happening. Everything we ever said about the Internet is happening. And it is very, very early. We can't even glimpse IT's potential in changing the way people work and live."
-Andy Grove (BusinessWeek/August 2003)

There is so much areas of the internet that has yet to be explored.

Get Excited! Remember, please keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times!

November 10, 2006

Google Advisory

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Look like Google has now gone into the censorship business. They have teamed up with StopBadware.org to warn people before visiting certain sites that the website may contain programs that could harm your computer.

Now there's nothing wrong with educating the public about Spyware programs, but I don't think that is the job of a search engine. The responsibility lies within the browser to warn you before you download something, such as downloading programs that you didn't request and the responsibility lies with the OS, to prevent programs from hijacking the computer.

If your running Windows and have been hit with a lot of spyware in the past and are experiencing problems with popups, you really should look into changing your computer's operating system. Its clearly not doing its job. Are you really being productive? Why is Norton Anti-Virus the #1 Utility software on Windows?

So what's the solution? Change your Operating System! I would recommend going to an Apple Store and checking out the latest computers. You'll be surprise what the latest Apple computers can do and what you won't be missing by switching. Talk to the people at the Apple Store, play around with the computers. Checkout the software that's available at the store and online.

May 17, 2005

The Charlie Card

This morning Fox Morning News covered the new Charlie Card, that will replace the tokens that the MBTA is currently using.

One of the disadvantages of the Charlie card is that it will be a lot easier for the MBTA to change prices on different routes.

All you have to do is look at the chart at any Washington METRO station to see how much it cost to go between stations. That chart is coming to a T station near you....

April 19, 2005

HOW DOES PURCHASING A HOME COMPARE WITH RENTING?

The two don't really compare at all. The one advantage of renting is being generally free of most maintenance responsibilities. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity, take advantage of tax benefits, and protect yourself against rent increases. Also, you may not be free to decorate without permission and may be at the mercy of the landlord for housing. Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity. And that's an investment. Owning a home also qualifies you for tax breaks that assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities- like insurance, real estate taxes, and upkeep- which can be substantial. But given the freedom, stability, and security of owning your own home, they are worth it.

March 29, 2005

Boston Globe Registration

The Boston Globe will soon be requiring registration on their website. This is a major disappointment since I use the online version of the globe to check the latest newswires.
We?re now asking the readers of Boston.com to register for two reasons. We?d like to:
  1. Understand more about you, so we can offer more content and features tailored to your interests. We want to improve your experience on the site.
  2. Target the advertising messages you receive to make them more relevant, and deliver a better value for our advertisers.
I would suspect that the second reason is the primary reason.

September 14, 2004

iPod Docking Station

Today I purchased an iPod docking station so that it would be easier to connect my iPod to my computer.

However, the docking station does not come with an iPod cable! So, you still need to purchase an extra iPod cable if you use your iPod between different computers! At $40 for the docking station, this seems to be an excessive price since it doesn't include a cable.

May 11, 2004

Phone Book

I moved to a new place in Boston about ten days ago. Yesterday I got my first local phone book, and was surprised to find that it was the Latino edition!

The Latino edition contains all the important phone numbers for Latinos. Which isn't that much considering its about 1/4th the size of major metropolitan yellow pages.

I lived in San Jose, California for 6 years, and I never received a Latino phone book.

April 22, 2004

Gmail Controversy

Google has taken a lot of slack about their new email service called Gmail. Privacy activist have been issuing press releases over the past few weeks about Google posting ads in the email based on the content of the email.

The thing is, Google's new email service is free! Do you really expect privacy from something that you don't pay for? Do people expect Government level email security at no cost? If you do require some form of privacy in your email communications, then pay for an email account.

At some point Google will probably come out with a low cost email service that will be ad free. Until then, privacy groups will continue to hound Google on reading personal emails, that people didn't pay for...

April 21, 2004

iPod most popular gift

According to Filene's website the Apple iPod is the first and second most popular gifts.

I don't know if this is a marketing ploy by Apple computer, as I would suspect most people wouldn't buy technology from a non technical store. I would guess most people would want to buy technology from Best Buy or similar type of store.

Apple Computer has a standard pricing, so it doesn't matter where you buy Apple products, they are the same everyplace. Maybe Filene's has some type of value add.

April 8, 2004

Office Move

Recently my company relocated from Chelmsford, Mass to Waltham, Mass. While the move was fairly smooth there are some lessons that some companies can learn from it.
  • Mark all items before moving them. This way you know who's chair belongs to whom.
  • Tape down loose parts, like the cover for the fax machine or the laser printer. (Our fax machine cover came loose in the move and several pieces fell out. We ended up buying a new fax machine.)
  • Mark the outside of all boxes. This will help movers identify where the boxes should go in the new location.
  • Throw things away. Too many companies move unused furniture and end up throwing them away with a couple of weeks after the move. Keep what you need, and throw out the rest.
These seem simple tips, but I have seen several moves become more challenging because they didn't pay attention to the fundamentals.