5 May 2009

How to be a CEO

In case you haven’t been paying attention to the Chrysler saga, here’s a brief summary of some recent events. March 17: Chrysler Chief Executive Bob Nardelli today called for a second round of funding for the company’s financial arm that would enable sales to customers who otherwise can’t qualify for loans. In an interview with CNBC, Nardelli also said he wants “some kind of decision” from the president’s task force on the auto industry by March 31 on Chrysler’s request for an additional $5 billion to fund operations. ... Read more

3 May 2009

Kindle 2 review

I bought an Amazon Kindle 2 earlier this year. I’ve now read several novels and a bunch of short stories on it, as well as two magazines and a newspaper. I feel I know the device well enough to be able to review it. Mobile phones are all about bling. Fancy cases, custom screensavers, custom ringtones, and so on. The iPhone has upped the ante as far as bright candy-colored animated buttons, slick animations, and throwaway gimmick applications. ... Read more

23 April 2009

Sheikh, rattle, roll over, and set on fire

After a recent Independent article on the dark side of Dubai, there were a few people who thought the article was unfairly bashing the jewel of the United Arab Emirates. Well, now the US’s ABC news has gone public with video recordings from neighboring Abu Dhabi. They show a UAE police officer torturing someone: A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV. ... Read more

20 April 2009

The wisdom of Slashdot

User rho explaining why case-sensitivity is the right default: IMO it’s preferable for software to not assume that “Helped my uncle Jack off a horse.” and “Helped my uncle jack off a horse.” are the same thing. I must remember to include that in my unit tests.

20 April 2009

2 wheels good, 3 wheels better

For years now, I’ve been curious about recumbent trikes. It turns out that Austin has a recumbent store, Easy Street Recumbents, and they had a mini show today. We went along and took a look. I tried out three trikes: the Catrike Villager, the TerraTrike Path, and the Scarab 2026. The Catrike was first. Setting off I was immediately struck by how comfortable it was compared to a regular bike, probably because of the relatively upright seating. ... Read more

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