Will the real terrorists please step forward?

Apparently, U.S. immigration officials incite more terror than the terrorists themselves. Here’s some interesting commentary by Bruce Schneier regarding the terrorism “tax” that honest people pay. I found this quote particularly interesting: “More respondents were worried about U.S. immigration officials (70 percent) than about crime or terrorism (54 percent) when considering a trip to the… Continue reading Will the real terrorists please step forward?

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Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share

In a deal worth $44.6 billion in cash and stock.  Microsoft has made an unsolicited offer for Yahoo!  In my opinion, Microsoft has always struggled in the online world.  Yahoo! has done well in the online world, but has had decreasing earnings.  Maybe they will combine their best attributes and give Google a run for… Continue reading Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share

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Sun Microsystems to acquire MySQL

Sun announced today that they will acquire MySQL AB for approx $1 billion. I think this will do great things for MySQL.  It seems that MySQL outsiders have often considered it a “toy” database.  I couldn’t disagree more.  I know of one huge site that uses MySQL extensively, you might have heard of them, its… Continue reading Sun Microsystems to acquire MySQL

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Credit Card – Declined

I recently made a laptop purchase from Circuit City online. During the checkout process, my business American Express (AmEx) card was declined. I tried my personal AmEx card and got the same result. I actually tried each of them a few times just to be sure I didn’t make a mistake when I entered the… Continue reading Credit Card – Declined

Why you won’t see a “more” link in my posts anymore

In the past, I’ve put a brief teaser in my posts followed by a “more” link. I did this so that my main page (htttp://alt-j.com) wouldn’t be a mile long and also so that the search engines wouldn’t see a ton of duplicate content on my blog. Now I say, “To heck with search engines.”… Continue reading Why you won’t see a “more” link in my posts anymore

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Mozy acquired by EMC for $76 million

I really like to see good things happen to good companies. I’ve been testing out mozy for personal and business use recently and am glad to see things go well for the company. Here’s the original news story.

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Google has full control of your content

I’m not sure I like this at all. I’m a fan of Google Apps. It’s nice to have central access to email, calendaring and some office apps. I’ll admit I’m on the paranoid side and don’t use the office apps for anything that contains sensitive information. It looks like my paranoia may actually pay off:

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Your customers are right

Recently, Dell launched a website where they could get ideas and feedback from their customers. It’s an interesting method of gathering information. I’ve worked for some companies that feel that they know better than their customers when it comes to what customers want. When certain problems or suggestions have been brought up, it has been… Continue reading Your customers are right

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