Words to live by, literally: Charles McConathy on Staying Healthy

Just back from a brief staycation (it’s so lovely in Seattle this time of year) and I found an old post with a few words from the great but late Charles McConathy. Charles was one of the first people to befriend me in the CA tech industry. He founded the very successful and admired MicroNet and…

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Six months and Google still doesn’t believe I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities

Remember when I noted that after three months, the nameless folks at Google insisted I wasn’t me ? Well, I’ve been suspended by Google… “Your profile has been suspended. “It appears that the name you entered does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. “The Names Policy requires that you use the name that you…

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Top 10 little known Microsoft facts

A little fun on the shuttle today, via Twitter… Top 10 little known Microsoft facts: # 10: There is no building 7, but Devs like to schedule meetings with new PMs there # 9: Xbox was originally “Microsoft Interactive Audio Video Multiformat Entertainment System 2000” 😉 # 8: Microsoft’s leadership in tech slogan, code-named t-shirts…

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Humour: A Fun Volkswagen Commercial featuring Darth Vader

A little humour today, just before Superbowl Sunday: this commercial from Volkswagen featuring a diminutive Darth Vader on a seemingly normal Saturday afternoon. I have seen our own son pull the same head fake at the end of the commercial when faced with a reaction to his use of The Force on our cat and…

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Andy Grove: On Innovation, Manufacturing

  This week I discussed with associates at work how Andy Grove is right: if lose manufacturing capability & understanding and you break the chain of experience & innovation (as posted here on BusinessWeek).  The article from Grove hit quite a chord with people in business, particularly tech. So much is gleaned from the act…

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Apologies for my ode on the Day Before Christmas

The Day Before Christmas (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston)   ‘Twas the day before Christmas, when all down the street Not a single thing moved, no one made a peep; The snow had blanketed the entire neighbourhood, And we all knew that St. Nick soon would lighten the mood; The boys…

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TweakRAM for Windows free today

As noted on LifeHacker… Featured Windows Download: TweakRAM Memory Optimizer Free Today Only “Instead of dropping cash on a new stick of RAM for that old computer, go grab a free license for the normally $20 memory manager TweakRAM—today only. TweakRAM speeds up your machine by optimizing Windows memory management, and when your computer slows…

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Friday Humour: not-so-obvious M3 links on the Internet

My friend, J., sent me a funny mail today that I had to share… and with it, a return to Friday Links: “I don’t know if you have looked lately, but “M3” has a whole bunch of different links around the Internet like: 2008 BMW M3 Coupe: obviously! M3 Companies: real estate developers M3 Adapter:…

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Of interest: FastCompany’s Top 10 Web Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

Guarded nearly as well as the passcode to the Microsoft home of the future, and the details of the Inquisition were released this week (not to be confused with The Spanish Inquisition of Monty Python fame)… here are The Top 10 Web Sites You’ve Never Heard Of courtesy of Chris Dannen and April Joyner at…

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