Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
My first attempt was disastrous resulting in several members of my party drowning during a poorly planned river crossing and ending with my own untimely demise out on the prairie. My wife joined me on my second attempt to make it to the West Coast and together we were far more successful. This time we only lost two members of our party and almost made it. But a sudden blizzard, we encountered while crossing yet another mountain range, caused the computer to freeze bringing our misadventure to a sudden end.
Despite the hardships we encountered on our journey, we have not been deterred from another attempt to cross this great nation of ours in a wagon pulled by a team of oxen. If the pioneering spirit strikes you as well, you can play The Oregon Trail at: http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
My wife and I had every intention of joining millions of Americans in the joyful preparation for the first Spring celebration, but after a brief Easter egg hunt at the Town Park in the near freezing wind and brunch at Panera Bread we have succumb to laziness. Eventually we will get this place shipshape and buy the ingredients to make tomorrow's feast in honor of a rabbit who brings chocolate eggs. But for now my wife is playing with Lili in the living room and I am catching up on e-mail and the History Channel.
The Easter egg hunt at the Town Park was organized by a local chapter of the American Legion. People, along with their children, gathered by a low fence that separates the parking area from the park until the siren sounded and everybody stampeded. If it weren't for the bitterly cold wind, this might have been mildly enjoyable.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
If you think about it, a lesson about responsible use of computers at a time when computers were the size of apartments and had the computing power of a modern calculator was a brilliant move on Clarke's part. Even though 2001 came and went without a manned mission to Jupiter or an artificial inteligence of any kind, Clarke's contribution to science fiction and the world in general still remains valuable. And at the end of one's life that is all anybody can hope for.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This, I belive, is not so with team blogs. A team blog is first and formost a colluboration between co-authors and collaboration breeds conflict. Conflict can be good because sometimes conflict creates content, but conflict can also bring the machinery of a team blog grinding to a halt faster than a well aimed sabot. Another issue is who controls the posts on the blog. Do all team members vote on a post or is there an Editor-In-Chief who decideds if a post doesn't fit the format?
In my opinion, a team blog has to be run like a newspaper in order to provide its readers with a consistent message and quality content. Chaos, which spices up individual blogs, could ruin a good team blog if left unchecked. These are some late night thoughts that I had on this topic. Feel free to tell me what you think.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
After all the grief I went through with the old computer I am a big fan of the web based software and storage. This would have solved the data retrieval problems I now face. In the past, I thought that the idea of a computer which does not have a hard drive and stores all of its files on the web was impractical since without an Internet connection you are left with a glorified calculator.
But the upside of such a device would be the ability to pour tea onto your computer and still have all the necessary data readily available once a new computer was acquired. Data, after all, is far more valuable than the microchips that store it.