A Review of a Kindle

Six months ago I purchased a Kindle 2.  I originally bought the Kindle to make travelling easier.  I tend to carry a lot of books with me when I take a trip and those books get heavy.  With the Kindle, I could carry just this one device instead of 5 books.  The Kindle didn’t disappoint. …

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Be Intentional

My old manager used to always say, “Be intentional.”  It took me a long time to comprehend exactly what he meant by this, but eventually I did and have come to appreciate the advice.  What he meant was to always make active, conscious decisions rather than just letting things happen.  It also means to verify…

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Inbox Zero, Take Two

A year and a half ago I tried to get to “Inbox Zero” and failed.  This is the idea that you get your inbox down to zero mails every day.  I’m making another run at it and this time have been a little more successful.  I’m not perfect, but I haven’t fallen off the horse…

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Some useful traveling gear

I just returned from a trip to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  I brought some items with me that turned out to be very useful so I thought I’d pass along the tips in case you are in the market for such items. Headphones – I brought several pairs along, but I really enjoyed my…

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22,500 Paper Airplanes

Rainn Wilson (Dwight K. Schrute from the Office) was the MC at this year’s Microsoft company meeting.  Ever since they tore down the Kingdome, the meeting has taken place at SafeCo field.  Sitting up in the 300-level seats, it is tempting to throw paper airplanes.  Each year some people do.  This causes some strange moments when…

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Loving My Eee 1000H

I was attracted to the “netbook” market with the release of the initial Eee PC from Asus.  The laptop was cheap and very small.  Unfortunately, it had a really small screen and an even smaller keyboard.  Then the next generation of netbooks was announced including the MSI Wind and the Eee 1000.  These are a…

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A Microsoft-Yahoo Takeover Primer

Marc Andreessen has a great blog post today laying out the possibilities in the Microsoft-Yahoo talks.  Unlike most posts on the subject, this one isn’t trying to guess what might happen.  Instead, it lays out the options and the forces affecting those options.  What is a proxy battle?  How would it take place?  Who are…

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Your Hard Drive Probably Isn’t Running At Full Speed

Here’s a little known fact that could speed up your life.  Most SATA hard drives in the market today ship in 1.5 Gb/s mode instead of the 3.0 Gb/s mode they are capable of.  I know for sure that Seagate and Maxtor both ship retail drives with jumpers set to the slower mode.  I can…

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Is That A Wiki In Your Pocket?

Here’s a cool little tool I discovered recently.  It’s called DokuWiki on a Stick.  DokuWiki is a PHP-based wiki that stores its data in text files instead of a database.  This makes configuration and backup a little simpler.  DokuWiki on a Stick takes MicroApache and marries it with PHP and DokuWiki in a small, 6MB…

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Modularization vs. Integration – Which Is Best?

Clayton Christensen’s second book, The Innovator’s Solution, produces several important theories in the realm of innovation.  Like his first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, the second book should be required reading for anyone in technology and especially managers of technology.  Among the theories, one stands out as the most important and, I think, most applicable to…

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