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eBay, other online auctions, and the offline auction requirements

C|NET is reporting today on moves by U.S. states to apply regular auctioneering laws to companies who facilitate selling your stuff on eBay (or other online auctions). These companies act on consignment, where they take your items, put it on an ebay auction, handle all the fees and shipping, and send you the resulting money minus a little for their commission. This is a good service, though I've never tried to use it myself.

Microsoft's attempt to unseat Google's AdWords

Google has struck a home run with Adwords and Adsense, so much so that Adsense is now a cornerstone of many a business plan. It is certainly a cornerstone of MY business plan, and you can view examples of Adsense advertising on this very page. You can learn more about Adsense on my web site building and promotion site.

Windoze is still stupid

I 'inherited' a Sony Viao laptop computer from a coworker who left for greener pastures. At my job (Sun Microsystems) we use a lot of Windows machines. Yes, we really do, and don't be so surprised. That's partly because I work in the team that makes Java, and since we don't get any cooperation from Microsoft in having Java on Windows, we have to do it ourselves. So, in any case, I have this Windows laptop and I thought it would be a good opportunity to give Windows another shot. Especially since I'd been hearing good things about Windows XP (which is on the computer).

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.


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