When I come across an update such as this:
The question is: should one "like" it? I certainly don't like the fact of loosing Ted to Cancer, but I do like the fact that someone shared it on FaceBook so I could find out.
I just didn't feel comfortable enough "liking" this.
I tried IntenseDebate for a couple of months. It Sucks. Badly. I've seen comments vanish, disappear, make all sorts of odd things.
I've seen comments going to ID but not to the blog and viceversa.
As a result I decided to deactivate the doomed thing today. And I lost a lot of comments thanks to that dreaded 2 decisions.
I'm really pissed. But, what can you do. I'll look at ways of recovering those comments.
I am seriously time constrained this days. I promise a good post later today or tomorrow (read that: tomorrow).
In the time being the infamous unordered list of random thoughts with no connection with reality whatsoever.
- Being having musings about crisis and leadership lately. Discussed some of that with "da Boss". Food for post. Not right now, but expect it soon.
- I have hosed my system. Rendered it unusable. IT was of no help, so I did what any nerd would do. Grabbed a copy of windows 7 beta and installed it. Corporate IT should be pissed if they find out. But let's just keep it a secret for the time being. (more first impressions on Windows 7 after the end of the list)
- I am very distracted. The fact that I might become a parent any time now might have a lot to do with that. Lots of doctor appointments and stuff like that.
- Starting to feel excitement and inspiration in relation with work again. I have one person to thank. He knows who he is. He thinks he is no good at motivation. I say BS.
- I have written 5 drafts in the past 2 days. Lots of good "starting ideas", but I'm procrastinating on giving those posts the tie and attention they require.
So... what has this linux-evangelist-wannabe have to say about with Windows 7?
I'll be doomed, but I like what I see. It is still not there (it is a beta after all), but it is a good improvement from Vista and from XP. I have encountered some bugs and quircks and there are some behaviours that one should get the choice to remove alltogether (for instance all the confirmations you get when installing software!). But the OS behaves quite well, quite stable and fairly nice.
I have also noticed some stuff which might be inspired on things I've seen on Linux for a long time (look and feel, placement of user profiles, application data).
Finally I also got rid of Lotus Notes 7 and installed 8.5 beta. That is also a fairly good improvement that will make my life easier.
The only memory hog left on my system is TweetDeck. 250MB on Ram for a program that retrieves images and texts from the web is unacceptable.
Not too much to say and too enough time to say it anyways. Going through some changes ate work. Massive changes. More on that in the near future.List of unordered thoughts (which should have the <ut></ut> HTML tag)
- It is rather crazy at work. Which I think is the scenario on most companies. After some very grim weeks there might be light at the end of the tunnel.
- I hate IT. I truly, honestly hate IT. I could make a huge list of IT related -and easily solvable- issues. Of those on IT support department of various different places were not such idiots life would be a much better place.
- I have barely used twitter lately. I feel happy about that. I think I'm a better person now
- I am reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond. It is an amazingly interesting history book. A tad too abridged (even with 500+pages) but takes a novel but natural-feeling approach on how Human Societies evolved.
I promise I'll write with more substance soon.
I should be pissed, but I'm not. Truth is that if a door is left open something of this sort is ought to happen. Mr. ASEROH was kind enough to deface the site but left the Databases unharmed. He proved his point, caused no major harm and I'm humbled.
I will take some precautionary actions, but that might require a new host (this one does not have some of the apache modules that I need).
I leave you with a screenshot of such historic moment:
There was a great Douglas Adams paragraph I wanted to cite, but I don't know where I left the hitch-hickers guide.
Kudos to the developers
PrintWhatYouLike.com was created by Jonathan Koomjian and Cassie Schmitz, two web developers in Des Moines, Iowa who were frustrated that there was no way to print web pages without wasting reams of paper.
Sitting here right by John Bell, about to start twittering and live blogging about WeMedia.
I'll let you all know how my presentation goes (due in about 2 hours) and post more substantially after I'm done.
I have very seldom display my thoughts outside the social media / web / marketing world lately. The sheer amount of stupidity that I have been reading lately has called for an intervention.
The world is in recession. Forget about being politically correct and trying to avoid panic by not using terms that sound "so very negative" about the economic situation. Things are screwed, not looking good and policy makers are as lost as they usually are.
I had a professor that once stated: "Economists are the only professionals who see their theories being grounded on a daily basis and still abide to their discourse". The concept proves to be right now more than ever.
According to wikitionary Orthodox means:
Adhering to whatever is traditional, customary or generally accepted.
Well, if economy was written in stone "Orthodox Economy" would make some sense as a general concept, but people would hardly make any money. But that's not the case.
Economy, as a general (and almost abstract) entity is always changing. People and companies find new ways to make and loose money on a daily basis. Markets adapt, laws change, conditions get altered. Prices rise and fall. It is a living and breathing animal.
This does not mean that crisis such as the one that's currently underway can't be foreseen; but rather that what has proven to be traditional, customary or generally accepted in the past might not be so as the world evolves.
I expect that as readers go through the previous paragraph I'll make a statement for the bailout.
The proposed bailout is too little, too late. The usual band-aid on a broken leg stuff. It will (if passed this Thursday) create little relief on the very short term and a big problem in the medium to long term.
Something must be done in the short term. Trust must be restored, credit must flow again. "Bailing Out" does not restore trust. Or would you trust the plane you just bailed out off?
A money injection into the financial system is just a minor thing, 700 billion can be sucked up almost overnight. But what's required is not a rescue, but a reform. Life without credit is not a nice thing, trust me. (Over Argentina mortgages have ~24% interest rates)
Over my 29 years I have witnessed 3 serious economic crises. To be honest I only have recollection of the last 2. The last time the banking system was so screwed up that the infamous "corralito" was imposed over all of us. People could not withdraw more than X amount of money per month. Things went down the drain, we had devaluation and now we live with inflation.
Things here weren't solved, just fixed enough to get going and sooner or later Argentina will be facing another economic crisis.
Final word is: timing for this crisis couldn't be worst. No politic wants to put out his head for chopping with less than a month left until the general election. But I'm afraid some serious and not-so-popular decision making must happen. And it can't wait 29 days, much less until Inauguration Day. Hopefully real leadership will surface as it has done in the past.