ad Silicon Tails: February 2005

Friday, February 25, 2005

10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time

10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time / by Jonathan J. Harris
This is an interesting idea - a visual representation of "now" as measured through a number of top news sites. Try it out, although be careful if you're on a slow connection. Wired news also has a discussion of this site.

"Blink" Boiled Down Into 9 Words

peterme.com: Everything You Need to Know About "Blink" Boiled Down Into 9 Words.
Peter Merholz gives us this succinct abstract of the latest literary fad, "Blink": "Snap judgments are valuable. Except when they are not." I shouldn't be hard on Blink though, I haven't even read it, but from all the talk, it just seems to me to be old wine on new bottles. Especially, if you have dealt with the science(s) of human decision making at more than a rudimentary level.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Why do I now have Amazon ads on my site?

I have slowly begun to include ads from Amazon as well - same reason and purpose as stated below in post from Feb 22. I will only post Amazon ads for books and CD's that I consider particularly good. I also plan to include more descriptions/reviews on this site about books that I am reading and music that I am listening to. I will link to Amazon if I find the books or the music recommendable. Part of the proceeds from CD's or books you buy via such links will go to me. But as in the case of Google ads, I am donating all such income to the CCF.

Vimeo - Automatic Movies

Vimeo - Automatic Movies
I have already mentioned that - like so many others - I love Flickr. Now it looks like Vimeo is trying to do for video what Flickr has done for photos - building on the concept/the idea of "folksonomy" - the creation of rich meta-data by people themselves. This is the internet by the people for the people.....

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Google thinks I'm a born-again Christian

Judging from the ads served since I started using AdSense yesterday , Google thinks I am a born-again Christian (a music interested born-again Christian even)- and by using that word once again in this post, that belief will only be confirmed. But I am sure that any automated crawler of this site will understand if I just state it clearly: I only used the word christian (oops, I did it again) to refer to the organization to which any income will be donated. Please don't serve any more ads related to christianity (oops - darn).

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Why do I have Ads on my page?

Yes, I have added ads served by Google to the right side bar. Why, you ask, would he inundate his page with ads voluntarily? Well, for one, it's a way for me to experience Google's AdSense product first-hand. Obviously relevant in my line of work. Secondly, although I probably won't make a lot of $$ on this, everything will be donated to the Christian Children's Fund. I won't keep a dime myself. Tinna and I already donate monthly to CCF, it's a good and necessary cause, as you will witness every time you turn on the news. Don't let the name fool you: it is not an organization that supports only children of the Christian faith. Neither is it an organization that teaches Christianity as a required part of its program. Founded by a Presbyterian minister who had witnessed first-hand the devastation arising out of events leading to World War II, Christian Children's Fund began helping the children of China in 1938. CCF currently assists more than 7.6 million children and families in 32 countries, including the United States, regardless of race, creed, or gender. Its mission is "to create an environment of hope and respect for needy children of all cultures and beliefs in which they have opportunities to achieve their full potential, and provides practical tools for positive change - to children, families and communities."

Anyway, you can read more on their web site - and/or you can just support them by clicking the ads on my site.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

At flight museum with aidan and ashley


At flight museum with aidan and ashley
Originally uploaded by Klaus Kaasgaard.

Ashley and I hanging out with the kids - where else but a flight museum?!

Friday, February 18, 2005

I love Yahoo! Desktop Search

Yahoo! Desktop Search review by PC Magazine

.....and I dont say that just because I work at Yahoo (but it will prevent me from going into any details here obviously). I'm not the only one either, see the review by PC Magazine. I know it's old news in the tech world, but I have to say that now that I have used it for a couple of weeks, I have a hard time living without it. If you admit, like me, that you are not a very organized person - my local machine is a mess of files - desktop search is a heavenly sent gift.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Underperform, miss targets - and receive a bonus

Nvidia to pay execs about $1 million in bonuses
According to a statement by Nvidia last week the company's compensation committee awarded bonuses exceeding $1 million to 5 top executives. However, they did not award the bonuses based on corporate performance, as Nvidia did not achieve the previously established revenue and gross margin targets for fiscal 2005. The statement does not state on what grounds the bonuses were awarded if not on performance.

Wonder if underperforming individual contributors at Nvidia receive year-end bonuses too? I doubt it......

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Deifying coffee?


Deifying coffee?
Originally uploaded by Klaus Kaasgaard.

Starbucks, where else?

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Noooo......! Wrong choice!


He-he, I find this one pretty funny. Apologies to all Danes of course! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Buying a new TV

Yahoo! News - PluggedIn: New TVs Gain Following -- But Complexity a Worry

Tinna and I are considering buying a new TV for our new home when we move on March 1. But a tv is not just a tv anymore.....it's turned into quite a puzzle of technical details. We probably won't get a new TV because we will be weighing pros and cons for the next 3 years. Kind of fun though......

Self-portrait in office (taken with my treo 600)


Self-portrait in office, originally uploaded by Klaus Kaasgaard.

Ok, I gotta start using this a bit more. Promise you all, I will be more active. Also to you photography freaks out there - check out flickr.com. Above picture is taken with my treo, checking out the quality, it sucks as expected.