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Wednesday, May 29, 2002


The Cellular Search

The field narrows to four with the top two most likely to get the business:

  1. Cingular
  2. Verizon
  3. Sprint
  4. Nextel

And just in case I failed to mention it

Please Avoid VoiceStream


11:47:05 PM     Comments[]


Writers' Resource

Writers Write: "An all-purpose writers' resource and searchable database.  [From the Desktop of Dane Carlson]


11:42:22 PM     Comments[]


First suggestion:

Tell the MCI reps to stop calling the house!

WorldCom attempts to clean up its image. The company is trying to dispel misperceptions about itself and to mend ties with the industry. "We know that we have not always been easy to deal with," its CEO says. [CNET News.com]


5:37:31 PM     Comments[]


Germany: Bin Laden likely alive [USA Today : Front Page]


5:27:27 PM     Comments[]


It works great, Rob!

RSS feed now available! [Rob Fahrni, at the core.]


5:21:29 PM     Comments[]


Well done, Jon

Personal RSS aggregators, and a personal note about BYTE. Here's my final column for BYTE.com, on personal RSS aggregators. Pardon me while I wax sentimental for a moment. It has been a long and meaningful relationship. ... [Jon's Radio]


2:10:44 PM     Comments[]


Ever since I was adopted

by Dane Carlson, I've sought his advice. "Hey, Dane, what's a good host for my weblog when I get ready to move it to a different server and its own domain name?"

Dane's normally prompt reply came, "Check out www.4ph.com."

"Thanks!" Thus ended the discussion that hooked me up with ProHosters as well!

First Ammendement: I just realized that my ISP, ProHosters, is the one that the FBI is trying to stop from making the Daniel Pearl video available. [From the Desktop of Dane Carlson]


2:06:49 PM     Comments[]


Can I get a comment?

I'm way out on the edge of all that has been said about the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA). Can someone give me a link or two that will catch me up? I'm not nearly as interested in the propaganda as I am some unbiased description of what this really means. Are the letters at the Electronic Frontiers Foundation accurate? Is this as simple as a battle between content owners and technology providers?

Content owners believe that if any ability to "copy" their work is allowed, then revenues suffer. Technology providers believe that any inhibition of "copy" technology is government intrusion. Is that the ultimate debate?

FULL DISCLOSURE: I truly am in the dark about a lot of this. I don't mean to slant my portrayal of the issues. Let me know what to read!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, tell all your friends about the CBDTPA!! [Scripting News]


12:30:28 PM     Comments[]


Berkshire Hathaway issues first ever-negative coupon security

For those who missed the announcement last week.


12:16:11 PM     Comments[]


Did the other shoe ever drop?

In all my travels, I may have missed this one. Was the dance partner ever revealed?

From May 9th Scripting News - Why is Dave happy this afternoon? We just closed another deal like the one with the NY Times. Yes we can dance with the BigCo's. Details next week, Murphy-willing. More great content for the Radio aggregator. Yehi!! 


10:34:01 AM     Comments[]


BOOK RECOMMENDATION

The Accounting Game - Basic Accounting Fresh From the Lemonade Stand
by Darrell Mullis & Judith Orloff

Basic and intermediate accounting courses at a graduate school level cannot illuminate the books of a business as well as this small book does! Judith Orloff has conducted her seminar called The Accounting Game enough times to have well over 100,000 graduates.

If you own a business, run a business, head a division, department or subsidiary of a business or if you have ever thought about investing in a business - public or private - you should take a long weekend and go through this book. It will change what you are able to see in the financial reports you get! This advice is as sound for an MBA as it is for a high school drop-out. In fact, if you have a checkbook, you should go through this book!


10:13:27 AM     Comments[]


Right/Wrong Trump Legal/Illegal

The Internet service provider bullied by the FBI last week has put the Daniel Pearl video back online, saying it won't be pressured about content that isn't illegal. By Declan McCullagh. [Wired News]

The only fitting response:

The Constitutionís First Amendment allows the media
to print or say almost anything.
Journalismís First Principle should require
that the media be scrupulous
in deciding what that will be.

[from Warren Buffett's 2000 letter to shareholders]


9:30:21 AM     Comments[]


Why?

A Broadband in Every Pot. Former vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman previews his National Broadband Strategy Act, an act that wouldn't mandate much of anything. Farhad Manjoo reports from Alameda, California. [Wired News]

Please Avoid VoiceStream


9:08:55 AM     Comments[]


No, really, they lost twenty four billion dollars!

Vodafone Posts Huge Loss for Year. Once the unchallenged spearhead of the global wireless business, the Vodafone Group announced that it had a net loss of almost $24 billion in the year ended in March. By Alan Cowell. [New York Times: Business]


9:05:18 AM     Comments[]


$24 Billion Lost - A loss of $24 billion

They lost $24,000,000,000 trying to operate a cell phone company!

Vodafone reported a loss of $23.56 billion for its latest fiscal year, but predicted double-digit revenue growth this fiscal year. [Wall Street Journal]


8:57:38 AM     Comments[]


Just How Elastic Was That Bubble?

ExciteAtHome to Auction Off Remains. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Bankrupt ExciteAtHome will auction off the last pieces of its defunct high-speed Internet access service Wednesday, putting the finishing touches on a fire sale that has extracted about $60 million from a business valued at $28 billion three years ago. By The Associated Press. [New York Times: Technology]


8:52:21 AM     Comments[]


A multi-hour spreadsheet

built to "show the bigwigs" smacks of an organization that isn't quite committed yet! I'm not being critical of Meryl at all. I've just seen so many instances where work is being done in organizations that no customer is concerned about or would pay to have done. Those tasks often smack of bureacracy.

If the exec's are committed to 'training,' a spreadsheet showing the class schedule should be sufficient. Questions like, "what is not getting done while folks are in training?" and "why have we agreed that this training is needed?" might help.

Excel Blackhole. I've literally been buried in Excel trying to create tracking metrics for a training program. The problem is that there are too many variables to create a pivot table or... [meryl's notes]


8:48:50 AM     Comments[]


New Cameras

Nikon Coolpix 5700 and previewed!. 15:00 JST: Part three of the 'Coolpix³' trio is the new five megapixel, eight times optical zoom Coolpix 5700. The 5700 is based heavily on the 5000, yet there are some obvious and distinct differences.... [Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)]


8:40:28 AM     Comments[]


George Bernard Shaw. "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." [Quotes of the Day]


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