The life and death of "radio"

I suppose it's inevitable, since all things in this world are impermanent. Radio as we know it is likely to die relatively soon. Zillions of people are hooked up to their iPod's (and other MP3 players), digital radio is looming on the horizon, satellite radio is here now, etc. On the other hand I don't really care about any of it, since I don't listen to any of the mass market stuff anyway. National Public Radio is more to my liking, and I hardly ever listen to that service now.

Cell phone radiation chart

Cell phones are great, no doubt about it. It's oh-so-very-convenient to carry one all the time, so much so that I do not have a regular phone line at home any longer, and use my cell phone as my sole-solitary phone.

At the same time there's this worry of damage due to the radiation. I've been seeing articles discussing DNA effects and more. So obviously it would help to keep the signal strength low on ones cell phone, to minimize whatever risk is there.

C|NET's Blogging-on-the-job FAQ

C|NET is blowing this out of proportion, but they have an interesting article discussing known facts about the status and safety of blogging and the potential effects on your employment. Why do I say they're blowing this out of proportion? Why, because of a) the small number of people who've been threatened by their employer over their blogging, versus b) the huge number of people who are employeed and who blog.

=== S T A R W A R S ===

Okay, this is written for those many who have May 19, 2005 circled on their calendar. Who are scheduling the rest of their lives around this event. What event? Why, the presentation of the "final" episode of Star Wars, a movie event that has been unfolding over the last almost 20 years. The rest of you, go read the New York Times or something.

My fiancee and I have been preparing in the best of geek ways. We're watching all the movies and going over fine plot details.

Re: GnomeMeeting: It's not just for video conferencing

I avidly use open source software and have done so for over 20 years. If you're attentive you'll realize this was well before the term, "Open Source", had been invented, for in the old-time Internet we all just shared stuff with each other. Today the computing world is a bit different, and Richard Stallman was very prescient to start this movement.

C|NET: Shorter hours in software

As a Silicon Valley Software Engineer I've seen my share of burnout cases, and had my own as well, due to the typical long work hours. What's typical for these long work hours? 60-70 hours per week, and in some cases you'll be spending all your waking hours at the office.

A tale of two women

There are two brain-damaged women who are coincidentally both in the news at the same time. Each have very different stories, and it is an interesting quandry to consider.

I never thought I would be a mac user

I used to make fun of the Mac, calling it mickeytosh, and deriding the bad design for the OS. See, I'm a hardcore Unix bigot and I truly demand stability from my computing environment, and the old-style Mac OS (OS 9 and before) just was incapable of doing it. The incapability is based in the design, as there was no barrier between applications and the lack of proper multitasking.

But here I am, now into my fourth year of using Mac. I am dearly happy with this computer and having switched.

In Silicon Valley, help not wanted

In Silicon Valley there is a curious event happening, there's lots of investment, but still the area is losing technology jobs. Why?

C|NET has an interview with Stephen Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy about this strange trend in Silicon Valley. Many of the things he has to say, I find myself in agreement with from my vantage point of being here on the ground working in the tech industry.

Re: Blogs don't get people fired

Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Using guns.

In this case I agree with the sentiment, it wasn't blogging that got Mark Jens fired, but blabbing.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to read the particular Jens post that caused the ruckus. If it was truly about employee benefits, I don't know what he has to complain about. I've been on Google's campus, and it's very nicely appointed, and they have the creme de la creme of employee benefits: Free Drinks.


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