Monday, September 29, 2008
Hmmm, let me get this straight. In 1999, the government pushed to ease loan requirements to enable people WHO COULD NOT AFFORD THE LOANS, TO GET LOANS.
And now we're all surprised that there's trouble?
And who's writing the so-called "bailout plan"?? The SAME MORONS WHO CREATED THE MESS BACK IN 1999!?? Heck, better yet, the architect of the whole thing has been tapped by the Obama campaign for financial/economic advice.
You gotta be kidding me.
You think the presidential election is important? I'd almost worry more about the House and the Senate. Please, please, don't vote for incumbents. They (both sides) want to give us change? No, its is US who should make the change. Send them all packing. Hell, a whole group of freshmen can't do much worse.
Imagine a company run this way ... Oh yeah, remember Enron?
They keep rolling in.... While putting someone else out of business isn't a reason to go into business, it does make for a good guerrilla marketing program....
What's amazing is that we're pulling NEW units off of their subscriptions.. Its like the customers get 2-3 months into the purchase and are just looking for a way out.
And there we are ... with a program that they just love. ;-)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The TMobile G1 is the first in what should be a long line of Android powered phones. However, I have to warn you about jumping to comparing it to Apple's iPhone. Why? Because the G1 is a phone and the iPhone isn't.
What I mean is that the G1 is meant to be a phone first, and the iPhone is meant to be a handheld computer with phone capabilities. On the iPhone, the phone isn't primary. Huh?
Take a look at the G1 - it has physical buttons for phone, calendar, etc. (ala the Treo and other "smartphones") The iPhone doesn't. Some call this an oversight on Apple's part, but you need to think longer term than the current (and even new) crops of smartphones.
Apple isn't interested in phones - they're interested in ubiquitous computing. This is why the G1 is going to miss the boat long term. Of course, I expect other phones to emerge that are more handheld computer and less phone powered by Android to take on Apple's rising dominance in the space. That's a given.
But then again, we all know Apple's got more small form factor computers en route. The blogspshere has been alight with rumblings the past 30 days.... not that I've been talking about this for a while, but really, the industry doesn't get it the way Apple does.
Trust me on this.
Ps - to be honest, I'm slightly jealous of the keyboard on the G1. ;-)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Actually, four planes in your back pocket as Austin Meyer, the creator of my favorite flight simulator, X-Plane, just released the iPhone version of his amazing software.
Austin's app needs a lot of CPU power on the desktop/laptop to play, and the fact that he's got it running on the iPhone says a lot of the platform's capabilities. I had no idea this was coming from him - though someone HAD joked about it at EAA this summer. Know I know why Austin was grinning.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I'm sure United Airlines appreciates Google's BETA software after the $1B run on their stock after the news postings.
Hey guys, BETA code has repercussions in the real world.
It goes back to my review of Google from 4 years ago, "Google? Yeah, its like a college campus, only less productive."
True then, truer today.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sorry for all the political crap, but I can't pass this by.
In response to a question from Stephanopoulos about if he ever thought about serving in the military, Obama said, "And I actually always thought of the military as an ennobling and, you know, honourable option. But keep in mind that I graduated in 1979. The Vietnam War had come to an end. We weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point. And so, it's not an option that I ever decided to pursue."
Aside from the blaring bullsh*t alarm, I think Obama fully articulated his complete lack of understanding for the motivation for our servicemen and women in THEIR PURSUIT TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY. Obama says he didn't join cause there was no ongoing war.
You don't join to fight, you join to serve.
In retrospect, I think Obama did the military a favor for not enlisting. I'm sure my military friends would agree.
(I picked a naval officer for this shot since my father served in the Navy)
Friday, September 5, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Since the late 80's I've driven some sort of SUV. First it was my four speed, 4 cylinder Isuzu Trooper II (no air, no cruise, no radio - no frills period!) and I drove that thing all over the country until the motor crapped out at 140k miles. Still, it got decent milage and could drive through anything. After that, I got a Ford Explorer and drove that for another 100k+ miles until the transmission ate itself. Two more Explorers - both V8's and those things got terrible MPG (around 12) for such a small truck, but with that 5.0 liter V8 and all wheel drive - they were really fun to drive. Still, hauling all sorts of sailing crap around and the purchase of a 4,700lbs sailboat necessitated a larger vehicle that could tow.
So it began - I got my first Excursion. V10 powered with the storage capacity of an airplane hangar and a dismal 11MPG. My second Excursion that I got in 2002 was more refined, quieter and even with the same V10 monster engine, gets around 14mpg. Pretty amazing with that kind of vehicle. Since Ford killed the truck, there's no replacement for it and at 120k miles, I'm gonna drive this thing into the ground.
Still, as a daily driver its not the most fun thing to drive around in. Enter my 2002 Porsche 911 C4S. This thing is all performance and fun, but thing really gets great gas milage! Sure when you jump on the gas the milage is gonna go into the tank, but driven "normally", it gets anywhere from 28.5 to 31.2mpg. Pretty sweet for an all wheel drive sports car that goes like the wind. ;-)