# Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I hate unions. They have outlived their usefulness. All the transit workers have to do is listen to their international union that's urged them to go back to work, listen to the judge who ordered them back to work, and look at their families and their own economic interests. If they are not back to work tomorrow they should be fired.
posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 4:20:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Thursday, November 24, 2005

On this day of thanks, especially right after Veterans Day, please take a minute between your turkey and football to give thanks to all the men and women in our armed services stationed overseas this holiday-as well as the families of the fallen soldiers.

 

While you are at it, take some time to remember the Tsunami victims, Katrina and Rita as well our friends in Pakistan.

posted on Thursday, November 24, 2005 11:24:06 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [4] Trackback
# Monday, August 01, 2005
July was a crazy month. Too much work and major deadlines, but the end is near. Just wanted to pop in and say hi, will be back shortly.
posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 11:05:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, January 03, 2005

When you want to view a web site that has a Quick Time video and you go to Apple.com to download the free Quick Time player for Windows 2000 or XP, you HAVE to install iTunes. What does iTunes have to do with QuickTime? So many move previews are done in QuickTime and Apple knows this. So they are using their dominance in one area to force something else on us. Somebody call the US Justice Department.

Anyway Apple owns the iPod market, but a years worth of iPod sales is equal to 2 weeks of Dell shipments…

posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 4:42:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Thursday, December 16, 2004

Clemens arrives tomorrow and this can't be good....

posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 4:04:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [10] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 08, 2004

In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing
companies and you will start to receive sales calls on cell phones.
Call this number from your cell phone 888-382-1222. It is the national Do
Not Call list. It blocks your number for 5 years. Please pass on,
Here is online form:

posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2004 12:34:05 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [18] Trackback
# Monday, November 15, 2004

2004 will be remembered for many things. History will show us that it is the year the entertainment industry went to the wall in an all-out bid to wipe out internet file sharing. It will also mark the beginning of the end for the RIAA and MPAA.

 

The very evil RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has been hammering file sharers since September, 2003, and has so far sued 6,191 people. Learning from their comrades in arms,  the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the equally evil MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has just mounted its own RIAA-style sue 'em all attack.

 

The entertainment industry finds it highly cost effective to sue normal people (like old ladies and students) with no financial or legal resources. They have no choice but to accept the entertainment industry's offer to 'settle'. (Where is David Bois now?)

 

Now, instead of running separate actions, the RIAA and MPAA will merge their resources and staffs to become the World Recording and Motion Picture Industry Association (WRAMPIA, pronounced 'wrampia').

 

Look at iTunes and MSN Music and the newest formation of Napster. THAT is a business model. Why did the RIAA reject this business model in the late 1990s? Now they are afraid of being left out and exposed for the expensive middle men that they are.

 

The movies are afraid that now with broadband the same thing will happen to them. They can’t fight the technology so they decided to merge. The last act of desperation by dying industry trade organizations.

 

Instead of suing your customers, figure out a way to make money with file sharing. It is easy. Apple figured it out. Microsoft figured it out. Napster figured it out. But you are too greedy.

 

posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 12:37:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Legondary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel died today, the music industry has lost a great man.

I remember as a teenager listening to The Smiths, The Cure and New Order on the “Peel Sessions”.

RIP John, you will be missed.

posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 1:58:18 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [13] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Yup, huge in Japan.

posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 11:09:16 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] Trackback
# Thursday, July 01, 2004

Oh what a day it was yesterday. First the Fed raised interest rates. This is an important event that basically affects everyone in the world. The interest rates in the United States were way too low. The US Dollar fell 27% against the Euro and 18% against the Japanese Yen since January 2002 and a mortgage boom was created in the USA. The US was in danger to experience inflation and an overheating economy. Countries like China that have their currency pegged to the US Dollar were starting to experience inflation.  Other central banks like Canada may follow suit. But not Europe. They can’t raise rates, the Euro zone is only expected to grow around 1.8% this year compared to the estimates for 4.5% for the US Economy.

 

What does this have to do with anything important you ask? For starters my buddy Clemens Vasters can finally shut the fuck up! Every time I see him he tells me how strong the Euro is and how it is a real currency and that the dollar is nothing and on its way down. And proof that the US is on its way down as world leader is show by the declining dollar. Soon all world transactions will be done in Euro, including oil. Well crazy talk ends today, thank you Alan Greenspan. The only reason why the Euro was so strong was that in the USA interest rates were effectively zero, with the US raising rates and a stronger economy and the Euro zone keeping rates the same, the US currency begins a years long resurgence against the Euro. (But I will still love you my humbled German friend)

 

Next Spider Man 2 opened and trounced the anti-Bush propaganda film Fahrenheit 9/11. Spider Man made more in its first 15 minutes than Fahrenheit 9/11 did in its first weekend. Ok cool, I am not one of those crazies who think that the film should not be shown, but as long as we all know that Moore cherry picked the issues, used sensationalism, and out of context clips to help enhance his point. No big deal, I am just glad to see Spidey back on the big screen and left wing propaganda defeated by computerized special effects. (Maybe I will make my own movie called bad men flew planes into buildings that I worked in and I am now pissed off.) *This section of today’s blog sponsored by Progressive Systems Consulting. Just kidding Andrew.. :)

 

NASA also flew a satellite into Saturn’s rings, which apparently sent back photos showing sharp edges and ripples of energy in the rings. As a kid I thought I could ride my bike on those rings, I guess I am mistaken.

 

Yesterday also saw Mono released! So now we have .NET for Linux. This is so cool. Also it is proof that Microsoft is Borg.

 

Microsoft launched a new search engine to compete with Google today. Most importantly, they spent a year improving the algorithms used to search the web doing super cool stuff like Google and preview the technology here. This is quite important, there has not been any new innovation in the search technology since Google came on the scene a number of years ago. Google and Yahoo will compete, and this is good. I don’t personally like it since if you search the new MSN for me, the first site to come up is some other crackhead named Stephen Forte, not me! Google brings me up and only me for like 20 pages. Fix that Bill! I will do a comparison one day and blog it here.

 

Ok and the big news of the day. Speaking of Microsoft, the DOJ case is finally over! An appeals court threw out the states last appeal against the company. Basically yesterday’s ruling struck down Massachusetts' appeal of a 2001 settlement between Microsoft. and the DOJ. Massachusetts was seeking stronger remedies against MS. Ok now they get nothing. Good. I went to DC a few times to testify, lobby and complain in the late 90s on this trial. Ok, so now they have to deal with the EU and Media Player, but let’s saver this one. It is the final nail in the anti-trust coffin here in the United States. So I am happy. Microsoft's (and other companies') right to decide the design and engineering of their products was upheld - which bodes well for all industry companies. Meaning the frigging government won’t decide how I write my next piece of software. How 1984 is that?

 

Ok so it was a good day yesterday. I guess someone will break into my house today. :)

posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 11:41:09 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [13] Trackback