June 24, 2002

Iron Chef!

That's right. I can finally get the Iron Chef. After resetting my Tivo and configuring the channels, it turns out that I can get the Food Network. I don't pay for it and it's a little fuzzy, but the audio is good and my Tivo is smart enough to record it for me. Woohoo!

Posted by jzawodn at 11:40 PM

Things I didn't expect to see...

Okay, here are a few things I didn't expect to see. First off, we have a tennis picture that makes you wonder what the photographer was thinking. Then we have something completely different. It seems that some folks in Korea have decided to nab a picture of mytop from my site. It appears to be a discussion of the tool. I just hope they like it. It's always interesting to see what turns up in my server logs.

Posted by jzawodn at 09:44 PM

American Airlines going All E-Ticket

As noted in Dave's weblog, American Airlines is getting serious about E-Tickets. That's great. I've recently become a big fan of AA anyway. Not only do they have the "more room in coach" (you really can tell), they have laptop power at the seat in most of their large jets.

Now if I could only find a way to transfer my 60,000 miles on the Northwest, Continental, America West plan over to AA. Hmm.

Posted by jzawodn at 05:47 PM

Expensive Messenger Bills

According to a Reuters story,

Users of Instant Messenger can keep receiving messages, even when they are not logged on to their personal computer, as Microsoft and eight European mobile operators expanded the service to cellphones. A message sent from a PC to a user who is 'off-line' will automatically be forwarded to his mobile phone in the form of a short SMS text message. Replies from a mobile phone will land back in the Instant Messenger dialog box on the computer. Mobile phone users will be charged per message received or sent.

I can imagine people just trying to jack up each others bills by spamming their phones. I sure hope there are some good filterting options.

Posted by jzawodn at 05:20 PM

The Motivation for .NET?

There is an interesting discussion going on at K5 about Microsoft's real motivation for .NET. The author derives some of his ideas from Joel's latest column, Strategy Letter V.

In his latest strategy letter Joel Spolsky describes a general principle, Smart companies try to commoditize their product's complements. It's interesting to try and apply this to Microsoft's .NET efforts. In programming the best way to learn a language is to try to write programs in it. With these sorts of ideas the best way to understand them is to try and apply them.

I'm not sure if I buy it or not. They may be on to something. But a part of me really thinks that .NET is Microsoft's answer to the threat of Java and things like Java--the thought that they'd lose control of part of the development foundation.

Posted by jzawodn at 03:16 AM

Over the Edge

Props to Ye Olde Phart for pointing out Over the Edge. It looks like a weblog to watch. I think that the Phart is right about Dan's weblog. It does feel rather journalistic. I like what I've read so far.

This is certainly isn't helping me get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Posted by jzawodn at 03:11 AM