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September 2006 Archives

This week SAP's TechED 2006 is going on in Las Vegas. Roberet Scoble of PodTech.com got an nice interview with Shai Agassi of SAP. They talk about the future of SAP, the growing developer community and why Shai is proud of SAP.

Give it a listen.

Posted September 13, 2006 1:44 PM
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I was born and raised in and around Milwaukee Wisconsin and while I have since moved away for the better weather and mountains of Boulder Colorado I still miss certain things about my home town. I received an email from a friend back home that reminded me of what I miss and a few of the reasons I moved.

In the spirt of Jeff Foxworthy:

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 38
inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might
live in Wisconsin.

If you may not have actually eaten it, but you have heard of "head
cheese", you might live in Wisconsin.

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in

If you know how to say Oconomowoc, Waukesha , Menomonee, Manitowoc ,
and lac du flambeau, you might live in Wisconsin.

If you can drive 65 mph. Through 2 feet of snow during a raging
blizzard, without flinching, you might live in Wisconsin.

If you see people wearing camouflage at social events
(including weddings and funerals), you might live in Wisconsin.

If you think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and venison, you
might live in Wisconsin.

If you design your kid's halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you
might live in Wisconsin.

If you refer to the packers as "we", you might live in wisconsin .

If you know how to polka, you might live in Wisconsin

If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your
blue spruce, you might live in Wisconsin.

If you were unaware that there is a legal drinking age, you might live
in Wisconsin.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you might live
in Wisconsin.

If you find minus twenty degrees "a little chilly", you might live in

If you actually understand these jokes,
and you forward them to all your Wisconsin friends, you do live in

Posted September 11, 2006 9:20 AM
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Get rid of long distance bills!!! Nope I'm not doing an infomercial. I am however using my Friday Gadget column to talk about VoIP phones. I ran accross the one below at ThinkGeek, it's a wireless Skype™ phone manufactured by Linksys that allows you to make and recieve phone calls over your PC without the hassle of paying the phone company for the privilage. If you have'nt already tried Skype™ you should, its free and all you need is a pc microphone and headphones.

Phone Features:

  • Complete cordless Internet phone solution for Skype™
  • Connects Skype™ to Skype™
  • Connects Skype™ to regular phone lines (with Skype™Out service)
  • Connects regular phone lines to Skype™ (with Skype™In service)
  • Plug and dial—easy to install and easy to use
  • Expandable up to 4 handsets with a single base station Intercom support allows talk between multiple handsets
  • Built-in speakerphone in handset
  • Graphical color LCD display with status indicators
  • Display your Skype™ Contact list on the handset screen
  • Superior sound quality
  • Voice encryption for maximum security
  • 120 hours standby time, 10 hours talk time
  • Base station with USB connection to connect to your PC

Give it a try and give me a call I'm "shawnrog" in Colorado

Posted September 8, 2006 7:35 AM
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UPDATE 09/08/06: VallyWag the Silcon Valley publication adds fuel to the fire with the announced departure of John Doerr influential Sun board member.

It could happen??? Well at least according to John Dvorak who wrote in his MarketWatch column this week that the recent appointment of Goggle CEO Eric Schmidt to the board of Apple is a big indication that a merger is in the works. Here are the conspiricy "facts"

  • Schmidt chooses boards seats carefully
  • His executive training began at Sun
  • Eric could bridge the gap between Steve Jobs and Jonathan Schwartz
  • Apple is looking to move into the server market and lacks the credibility
  • Sun has made recent advances thanks to Andy Bechtolsheim's awesome designs
  • Andy is an original investor in Google and a personal frined of Schmidt's
  • Apple has the marketing experience to drive the "new company"
  • The product lines are very complimentary with only low-end servers having any conflicts.

"Things that make you go hmmmmmm. Or hasn't this rumor been around for like 15 years?"

Posted September 7, 2006 1:40 PM
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It funny how so many people don't understand the mechanics of websites and search. Privacy is becoming an almost non-stop topic of discussion online. Google just this week was forced to provide IP addresses and access time stamps to the Brazilian government to assist in legal issues. AOL recently published the search records of 600,000 AOL users and within 2 days a New York Times reporter was able to identify a customer just by her search patterns. And perhaps my favorite example of privacy failure is the ability of Google or any search engine to help you find confidential documents online. Try this search and see what comes up: "Confidential do not distribute". Here's a note for the 61,000 websites that have exposed documents........just because you have it on the corporate web server doesn't mean its private.

Posted September 7, 2006 9:28 AM
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