scalable enterprise marketing solution

Worthwhile: Oh why cahn’t the marketers … learn … to … speak

This sounds like the underpants gnomes:

1). Scalable Enterprise ? Solution
3). Profit!

posted at 5:44 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2005 in Links | Comments (2)
  1. Debbie says:

    That’s one scary posting title. And I can so identify. When I worked for a, my supervisor was the head of Marketing. I often felt as if we were speaking different languages.

  2. Jeff K says:

    Scalability is an important concept, however marketing is full of double-speak. Unfortunately, however, *every* technical field is loaded with evolving language. I found it funny watching a [otherwise unnotable] movie the other day where grandpa was talking about how he souped up his Dodge Charger to his grandson who had a souped up Japanese car and the grandson said, “You’re speaking a dead language grandpa”.

    There are other more sinister word meaning changes I’ve found. What is “paranoia” to a layman is now “delusion” to a psychiatrist see:
    (I checked that in 2 modern psychiatry texts, btw).

    That should be quite useful in flame wars, I’ll bet.. isn’t the evolution of language grand?

before and after


Before and after pictures, brought to you by yesterday’s snowstorm…


posted at 5:09 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2005 in Personal | Comments Off on before and after

another qotd

bq. “We can tell when a technology has truly arrived when the new problems it gives rise to approach in magnitude the problems it was designed to solve.”

– Arthur Chandler, 1997 (quoted at the end of “Morality Play”)

posted at 12:47 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2005 in Miscellaneous | Comments Off on another qotd


bq. “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

РVoltaire [Fran̤ois Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)

posted at 12:11 pm on Friday, January 21, 2005 in Miscellaneous | Comments (1)
  1. Jeff K says:

    “What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. ” Sigmund Freud


Cold enough for you?

fridge picture

(I snapped the picture this morning at dawn, generally the coldest part of the day…)

posted at 11:37 am on Friday, January 21, 2005 in Personal | Comments (4)
  1. - irving - says:

    What a sad thermometer. *Real* outdoor thermometers read down to at least -60, for the overnight lows on those -40 days…

  2. David Brake says:

    Brrr… It’s heading down to 2 degrees over here… What are you doing up at dawn anyway?

  3. Harald says:

    Getting breakfast. Dawn is pretty late at this time of year; sunrise was 07:36 local time this morning.

  4. Debbie says:

    Great pic. Makes me feel even colder, though…

They’re popular…

I’m used to getting blank stares when I answer the question “What are you doing this weekend”? It’s often somthing obscure and geeky.

The answer today is no different; I’m building a trebuchet. But the response is different! Instead of blank stares, I’m getting “Oh ya, my son built one of those for his science fair last year!”. or “Interesting; I was going to build one at the cottage last year”. or “I saw one of those on Junkyard Wars”. Or even “I read about those on the Internet”.

Cool; people have actually heard of trebuchets…

posted at 7:06 pm on Saturday, January 15, 2005 in Personal | Comments Off on They’re popular…

test post

I’m testing new processing for conditional gets for RSS feeds.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

posted at 11:53 am on Thursday, January 13, 2005 in Site News | Comments Off on test post

a fling

No, I’m not dead. I’ve been busy “doing research”: Fun!

posted at 12:54 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 in Personal | Comments (2)
  1. Jeff K says:

    “but I’d be nervous about neighbours dragging in bureaucratic city officials and / or police officers” (Harald)

    “Well officer, it’s a large weapon usually used to destroy buildings, but the dictionary just says it’s a military engine for hurling heavy missiles, so we don’t think the “Weapon’s Dangerous” part of the criminal code applies necessarily.”

    “I see. This is because you are on private property, and the property’s insurer has approved this, I take it?”

    “Oh yes, and I even told my buddy Jeff who wanted to build a metal rail-gun to shoot down the missile in flight he was nuts.”

    “Let me see, because he was going to use a laser-tracker with no IFF device?”

    “Oh, you read the regulations?”

    “Er no, we are not at war.”

    [Note: This is a fictional work]

  2. Harald says:

    (laughter) I can only imagine…


are re-enabled. I forgot to leave a note to myself to turn them back on; Irving had to remind me :)

posted at 10:32 am on Friday, January 07, 2005 in General, Site News | Comments Off on comments


With reference to “stop”:, I’m feeling a lot better now. After the chaos and stress of the week between Christmas and NYE, I got a day all to myself. I slept in, cleaned up the house (after the party), watched more Stargate, and generally recentered and regrounded.

Still not 100%, but at least functional again…

posted at 10:59 pm on Monday, January 03, 2005 in Personal | Comments Off on start

Space, Stargate, MythTV

Space is showing all 22 episodes of “Stargate:SG1”: “Season 6”: on Christmas night/Boxing Day.

With my “MythTV”: box, 22 hours is about 48Gb, which I should have free by then, since every other show will be in re-runs.

Of course, I’ll still have to find time to _watch_ them… :-)

_Update_: I made enough space by deleting old shows, and moving about eight hours of stuff to an old 20Gb harddrive. I’m exactly halfway through watching season six now. Season seven sure makes more sense when you’ve seen this stuff!

I could never have done this with the VCR, at least not without staying up all night to change tapes. Woo hoo!

posted at 10:52 pm on Monday, January 03, 2005 in Personal, TV | Comments (1)
  1. […] 5 pm After talking with Luisa last night about the Media Box, and more specifically how
    Harald was able to whip together his MythTV box so quickly,
    I bought myself a […]

The Forehead Ticket Trick

What a fabulous idea! Works for airplane tickets and passports and similar items, too…

bq. So, you’re going to a ticketed event, like a concert or a ball game. It’s out of town. You’re carpooling with four other people. How do you ensure that everyone in the car has their ticket with them?

bq. The car doesn’t move until each person takes out their ticket and holds it to their forehead.

(quoted from 43 Folders: The Forehead Ticket Trick)

posted at 10:51 pm on Monday, January 03, 2005 in Favourites, Links, Odd | Comments Off on The Forehead Ticket Trick