Thanksgiving: Whims

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I’ve been thinking whims lately, which seems like something I shouldn’t be allowed to do. It seems counterintuitive to ponder whims, but so does putting two silent letters in your domain name and that didn’t stop me from registering KnightKnetwork.com. I believe in the power of whims, the human mind is always working and sometimes it’s processing things on a subconscious level that bubble to the surface in what seems like a totally random fashion. Ignoring your whims can lead to missed opportunities, don’t dismiss them immediately because some of them might be gems or at the very least lead you to learn something.

I guess I should include a disclaimer that blindly following whims is a bad idea too, but with a little bit of thought and self awareness you’ll be able to tell if your whim to start a social networking site for the Amish is likely to be a success. Actually, I think this could pay for itself in ads if it was funny enough. I’m actually tempted to do this… the power of the whim! Most of my whims have flopped, but some succeed in one way or another and I still haven’t given up on others. My most successful whim, and the one I’m most thankful that I followed was launching ProgrammerDay.info. I had written the date down in my calender at work so I wouldn’t forget it again and I realized that there wasn’t a good place to go for information, even the wikipedia article had been deleted. So being the whimsical person that I am, I registered a cheap .info domain that was available and threw up a quick site. The results were amazing and it really made me appreciate my fellow programmers and how much we have in common no matter where we’re from, more on that in a later Thanksgiving post.

What I hadn’t really anticipated and another reason I’m so thankful that I’ve followed this whim, is that I’m getting to interact with some very helpful and interesting people as I try and prepare for next year. Finding sponsors and getting advice from those more knowledgeable and more successful has been enlightening and very fun for me. I need to write some thank you e-mails to go along with these posts!

Thanksgiving: New Beginnings

First nap in the cribThe thing that I’m most thankful for this year is new beginnings and I’ve had some successful ones this year.   There’s something wonderful about starting on something new and full of potential, the anticipation of making something happen and influencing the future is one of man’s greatest joys and there’s always something to be thankful for.

The first and most successful of these new beginnings was the birth of my beautiful son, our first child.  He is an endless source of joy and I am thankful for him everyday.  Fatherhood is one of the greatest beginnings in any man’s life and one that has been inspiring for me, pushing me to be a better person and to take opportunities that come my way.

The second new beginning that I’m thankful for is this site, one of the opportunities that I decided to take.   I started it as an experiment and a way to learn and play.  My goal was simple, to create a site that was useful and interesting enough to pay for itself, and for the past few months I’ve met that goal.  At least in theory I’ve earned enough to pay for the domain name and the past several months of hosting,  I actually need to make enough for Google to cut me a check for this to turn into a reality.  It’s been interesting, and I’ve still got a lot of work ahead of me make this a better site and keep visitors coming.  I still have a lot to learn, but I pick up new knowledge and new skills everyday and posting is still fun and doesn’t seem like a job.  That’s really good as the money I am “bringing” in certainly isn’t enough to pay for the time I put in.

The third new beginning that I’m thankful for is the ProgrammerDay.info site.  I’ll talk more about that in my next Thankful post, I started it on a whim and it grew to something that amazed me.

Walmart Has Gone Too Far!

   Everyone that has worked retail knows that after the discounted Halloween candy has all been sold off, you start pulling out the Christmas stock.  The music on the store radio will start mixing in holiday music and all your customers will complain about these things until Thanksgiving (rightfully).  On Thanksgiving you get together with your family and the conversation always drifts to possible gifts and leads to Black Friday battle plans that would make Napoleon proud.

These are our proud American Traditions, we will complain about and avoid all attempts to make us start shopping early until those drool inducing deals call to us in our overstuffed Thanksgiving stupor.  At that point in time we throw ourselves full force into the marketing machine that is the Holiday Season!

Does Walmart care about our traditions? No.  Does Walmart care about the little guy?  No.  Does Walmart understand anything about the American Family except that we want everything cheap and in one place?  No.

What have they done?  They are trying to move Black Friday to the Friday after Halloween!  Jerks!  You can’t mess with an American Tradition like Black Friday and hope to get away with it!  Boycott these deals!  Do not let this stand! I for one will not stand in line and fight for your anti-American deals!

There’s no such thing as an iPhone killer


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It seems that any product that hits the market with a “killer” buzz is doomed to live it’s life in the shadows as the second rate version of the product it’s supposed to have taken down. You see this all the time, a new product is announced and it might even have a few extra features but as soon as someone starts slinging around the killer buzz you can go ahead and invest in the other company and know your money is safe.

I think the biggest target for assassination is Apple. There have been an endless parade of ipod killers that have hit the market with trumpeted fanfare only to have the market hit them right back. I don’t know that we’ll see the same thing in the phone market, Apple has it’s work cut out there, but if rumors of a nano version of the iPhone are true then they might have a shot. Still, even though the iPhone doesn’t have the market share advantage that the ipod does, there are products that are getting buzz as iPhone “killers”. Two in particular that seem to be in the pipeline are google’s phone which we’ll call the gPhone and several Linux based phones, the one I’ve followed the most is the Openmoko FIC Neo1973(more…)