I read a postÂ in TechCrunch today that really drove me nuts.Â They were commenting on an absurdÂ postÂ in CNET’s News Blog regarding possible liability Apple might face because the iPhone has the ability to play YouTube videos.Â Like TechCrunch, I feel there is no way Apple will ever be found liable of anything relating to YouTube.Â Really, how in the world did CNET think this was worth posting?Â If you take the same logic and relate it to web browsers, every software vendor that has ever shipped a browser capable of playing embedded YouTube videos is liable for the content of the videos.Â Now that just doesn’t make any sense, does it.Â Surely CNET has something more interesting to write about than this.Â I really used to rely on CNET to help me decide what electronics to buy, but they’ve really gone down hill.Â There are so manyÂ better options now for technology news and reviews.
Going along with my Live Earth post a couple weeks ago, an article in the New York Times caught my eye regarding the melting glaciers in the Himalayas.Â Although there is not a lot of historical data to indicate whether or not the glaciers are retreating more than normal, the data that we do have is very scary.Â For example, the Chorabari glacier has retreated 860 feet since 1962.Â That’s almost 3 football fields!Â That’s pretty crazy when you think about it.Â Unfortunately, the same thing is happening to the other glaciers in the Himalayas.
My parents recently went to Alaska, and before they left, I kept saying that it’s a good thing they’re going up there because the glaciers might not be there during their next visit.Â I never really meant it, but now that I’ve learned more, I’m thinking I might not be too far from being right.Â At this rate, I may never have the chance to see a glacier, and my kids may not ever know that glaciers even existed.Â What I really want to know is what happens when all of this fresh water hits the ocean.
We all just need to do something to stop global warming.Â Even something as small as changing the light bulbs in your house can make a difference.Â It’s time for use to make a change.
It’s been a lot of fun lately watching the Cubs play ball.Â They’ve been doing all of the right things at the right times, and they have so much more confidence than they did earlier in the season.Â I guess all it really took was a little tantrum from Sweet Lou to provide the spark the Cubbie’s needed.
The second half of the season started out in the right direction today with another win by Carlos Zambrano.Â Big Z is really starting to look like the ace everyone expected him to be.Â He has to be the hottest pitcher in baseball right now.Â Whenever he’s on the mound, the Cubs have a chance to win, and it looks like the team really believe in him.
It should be an exciting second half of the season.
I’ve been checking out the Live Earth website and all of the different video feeds from all over the world. Like they said on the Live Earth Blog, it’s almost impossible to choose which concert to watch. Everything is so good! I’ve been flipping back and forth between all of the different concerts and have been enjoying every minute. A couple bands that I’d never heard of really impressed me: Paolo Nutini at the UK show and Blues Nation at the DC show.
If you haven’t checked out the website or tuned in on television, you really need to see what you’re missing. This event is for all of us, and if we can all do something small to help the environment, it will add up to a lot.
My good friend, Scott Driza, from DocBuilder.com Incorporated recently wrote about password policy considerations.Â I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand changing my passwords at work.Â I’ve already run through all of my usual strong passwords, and I can’t go back to them until I’ve created 10 more passwords that I’ll never remember.Â What’s worse is that every single system at my current employer has its own password and password policy.
I am a big proponent of single sign on technologies because of all of the pain and suffering I have endured while trying to come up with a new password for a bazillion applications every 60 to 90 days.Â To avoid causing pain and suffering for your users, the first thing you should think about doing is tying all of your network and web applications together under one user name and password.Â I know this takes a bit of work when building or configuring the applications, but it is worth it in the long run.Â Secondly, make it easy for the users to come up with new passwords.Â Having a password at least 7 characters long with at least 1 capitalized letter and 1 number is strong enough for most businesses.Â Most of the applications are buried behind corporate firewalls anyway.
One user name, one password, one simple policy – Three things that will make your users happier and your network safer.
I use a web conferencing product at work called iLinc to do demonstrations and training from remote locations.Â iLinc makes it possible to provide visualÂ presentations instead of boring old audio conference calls.Â Like most applications made specifically for business communications, iLinc has not been available for the Mac.Â Until now, that is.Â With iLinc 9, meeting presenters and attendees will be able to use Windows or Macintosh computers to connect to meetings.
I don’t really expect to be able to use my Mac for work meetings very often, but I would love to be able to use Apple’s Keynote to show slide presentations.Â It knocks the socks off of PowerPoint any day of the week.Â I also have coworkers that need help with their Macs on occasion so it will be nice to be able to see the problems they’re having instead of just guessing what might be wrong.
I have been very impressed with the Windows versions of iLinc.Â Let’s see how good they are at making software for the Mac.
Last night, on the eve of our Independence Day, Keith Olbermann wrote a wonderful article for MSNBC stating all of the ways President Bush has failed us all in the last six and a half years. The final straw for Olbermann was Bush’s recent commuting of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence. In his article, he calls on Bush and Cheney to help Americans to regain the trust of the government by resigning a la Richard Nixon.
When I first heard the news of what Bush had done, I was speechless. I just didn’t know what to say. It has been so hard to be hopeful since the day of the Coup of 2000, and Bush continued to disappoint me and most of the nation by making sure his buddy didn’t spend any time in prison. I know it is every President’s right to issue pardons, and I fully expect Bush to issue his fair share prior to leaving office, but the Libby case was still going through the appeals process. The case hadn’t even made it through the court system yet, and here was Bush completely overruling the judicial system by saying that he thought the sentence was too harsh. What a slap in the face of everyone involved, and when I say everyone, I mean every citizen of this country. Every citizen that performs jury duty because it’s an important part of being an American. Every citizen that follows the laws because it is the right thing to do, and every citizen that pays their fines or spends time in prison because they didn’t follow the laws. Bush just told all of us that following the rules is not all that important as long as you have friends in the right places.
I am seconding Olbermann’s call for Bush and Cheney to resign. We’ve all had enough, and I think the rest of the world will appreciate it as well.
Well, it’s finally come down to this.Â I have been trying to motivate myself to write more in my blog about everything that is going on around me, but my posts continue to be few and far between.Â Now I am putting my intentions out here for all to see.Â I plan to write at least 31 posts in July.Â That’s one post a day, and I’m already a few days behind.Â Now, I may not post every single day, but I expect myself to have added 31 new posts by the end of the month.Â The reason I’m writing this is so people out there can keep me honest.Â If you see me slipping, send me a comment and let me know about it.Â I’m going to need your help to make this happen.Â Maybe by the end of the month, I will have hit my groove with this writing thing.Â Wish me luck!
My wife surprised me with a nice evening out for dinner and a movie for Father’s Day Saturday night. It was fun just hanging out and having a good time without the kids.
We saw Knocked Up, and let me tell you; it was a great movie. We’ll probably have to add it to our collection when it comes out on DVD. A lot of the same people that were in Anchorman and 40 Year Old Virgin were in this movie so if you found those two movies entertaining, you’ll really like Knocked Up.
If you have the means, check it out before it leaves the theaters.
While reading TechCrunch earlier today, I was reminded that Yahoo was closing down Yahoo Photos in favor of Flickr. I personally like Flickr so much that I paid for the pro account and try to post photos as time permits.
Just for kicks, I logged into Yahoo Photos to see if I had ever posted anything in there, and sure enough, I found a great photo of my brother playing guitar back in 2001. Jeff was an incredible musician and played guitar and tenor sax from a very early age all the way through his 20s. Just like me, he’s kind of gotten away from playing as other priorities have taken over, but I’m hoping we’ll play together again some day. There’s nothing quite like jamming with your brother on stage while the crowd goes crazy. Good times!
Anyway, when I logged into Yahoo Photos, I was asked to transition my photos to Flickr or another service, and the whole process went very smoothly. Of course, I only had one photo to move so I guess it would be tough to mess that up. Now that Yahoo has finally decided that having two photo services doesn’t make a lot of sense, I hope they continue to put resources into Flickr to improve an already great service.