September 30, 2003

Reason #213 to Shop At

Man bitten by rattler while shopping at Wal-Mart
Posted by Pedraum at 04:49 PM |

DVD Rentals

Regular readers know about the DVD Rentals Service my team was responsible for launching some time back. The following article does a good job of describing what our chief competitor does better...for now. Favorite quote:

"Kerry Echols, a Netflix user who has the longest personal queue of requested movies on record, at over 1,700 films, says that Netflix's policy [of not charging late fees] is particularly good for saving money during bouts of what he calls "video guilt." A former video store worker and now a journalist in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Echols said video guilt occurred when someone "rents an early Ingrid Bergman film because he thinks he should; but he really wants to watch 'Gilligan's Island' reruns, so he just keeps the Bergman film and racks up late fees." (Thanks for the link Sean)

Posted by Pedraum at 10:07 AM |

September 29, 2003


I had the opportunity to ride one of them Segways recently and let me just say that the $100 Million dollars in development costs shows. The thing is very fun to ride once you get the swing of leaning forward to move and turning your left wrist to navigate left or right. Stopping on a dime also proved a challenge--but nothing a bit of practice can't fix. Well, I'd love to tell you why we were looking at it but I can't. Not yet anyway. In the meantime, take a look at this dude's Segway for the masses.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:53 PM |

Enterprising Monks

As far as I can tell these pious pushers of printer paraphernalia are the real deal. Every time I think I've seen it all...

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September 27, 2003

Is Nice, I hope You Will Like. I Like.


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September 26, 2003

Remember a while back we

Remember a while back we observed a [ahem] devoted flight simulation junkie. Well, he's not the only "flight" enthusiast out there. Nor is he the winner of the "Takes This Stuff Way Too Seriously It's Only A Game" prize. The winner of that illustrious award probably is to be found here.

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September 23, 2003

Can You Hear Me Now?

We've talked about Wireless Number Portability (WNP) before. As I'd feared, it looks like the lobbyists are getting to Congress and our elected officials are waffling. If you use a cell phone, click here and write to your representatives (it takes about one minute).
Posted by Pedraum at 08:23 AM |

Flight Simulator

Calling this game a flight simulator is like calling The National Enquirer "the paper". I was able to land the little bugger once. A couple of things to remember: 1) use the cursor keys to navigate and 2) it's hard to get the plane back in view once it flies off the screen...tight turns worked for me.

Posted by Pedraum at 07:37 AM |

Car Mods

I have to thank the folks who spend more money on the modifications for their car than the car itself. I get a big kick out of this and it makes my morning commute that much more fun. Thanks for being you.

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September 22, 2003

One of these things is not like the other one...

Actually five things are different between pictures. I wonder if playing this game will help wih attention to detail. Please report your findings below; I need a statistically valid sample.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:17 PM |

September 16, 2003

Cellular Interference

It turns out my earlier rant about the FCC strong-arming the FAA to ban cellphone usage on planes for purely economic reasons was not completely founded. This according to new research that shows that, yes, cellular phones may interfere with aviation systems aboard commercial flights. Thanks to Mark for setting us straight.
Posted by Pedraum at 01:29 PM |

Sleep Position

What position do you sleep in? Who cares? Well, if you're interested in finding insights into your psyche then you'd better read on. (Thanks Gil)
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September 14, 2003


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September 05, 2003

Another new business

We talked about this business a bit ago but now it's official...I'm proud of the efforts my team made to launch the new contact lense business.
Posted by Pedraum at 01:59 PM |

Guerilla Methods

George W. Bush is not popular in the U.K. He may be visiting the 'old country' in the Fall and there's a group that's dedicated to making that visit less than welcoming*. Read more about it here. *The authors of this website do not condone the display of body parts to heads of state.
Posted by Pedraum at 01:08 PM |

Are You Rich?

You're probably thinking you're not. Try this little fact-based test though. It's an eye-opener to say the least.
Posted by Pedraum at 01:03 PM |

Conspiracy Theory

With the recent increase in viruses making their way into systems everywhere, the only companies seeming to benefit from them are the security firms. That's all I'm saying.
Posted by Pedraum at 12:59 PM |

September 04, 2003

Museum of Bytes

On our way to go for a bike ride at the infamously stinky Shoreline Park in Mountain View this weekend, we drove by a building I hadn't noted before. The sign in front said it was the "Computer Museum". I thought to myself, "I like computers. I like museums" and that was that. Well, today I read more about the history of the place and come to find it's been there since 1996? Jerry and I probably rollerbladed right in front of the darned place if memory serves. Note to self: checka checka check it out.
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