Big Blue strikes again, and after all of the wonderful things they did for us all (IBM PC, Bankrolling Linux, Employing my godmother for many years) it pains me to gripe about it.
Of course, I'm going to gripe anyway. ;) Read on to find out about "Presentation Director" and how not to make software.
I turned a quarter of a century old yesterday. I generally don't get around to writing about something until at least a day after it's happened. At my birthday party, we were discussing briefly what has happened in the past 25 years, and it occurred to me that, of all of the historical events that I get to be a witness to, mine are mostly about things blowing up...
First Peter Ueberroth spammed me for his ill fated campaign. Now Arianna Huffington is spamming me. Sorry to be filling up a blog that should be full of silly stories and geekishness with politics, but some things just get to me!
I've never solved a Rubik's Cube in my life.
Well, that's actually a lie. I did. I took the sucker apart, and reassembled it into the correct configuration. That's how an Engineer should solve those things.
As a geek and engineer, I love disruptive technologies. Disruptive technologies are what makes being
an engineer worthwhile, at least for me, because they are the ones that change society forever. That,
and often the repercussions are quite interesting. Nobody thinks of the wild and crazy things that will
happen because of technology until much later.
Lately, I realized just how interesting of a disruptive technology digital cameras were.
Last year, AOL/Time-Warner lost a hundred billion dollars.
Coincidentally, Gulf Wars Episode II (Clone of the Attack)
will also probably cost about a hundred billion dollars,
paid for by your taxes.
That's six NASAs (total budget $15B/year.)