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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates talk about past, present, and future May 31, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Information Technology, Mac, Microsoft.
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If you haven’t already read about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sharing the stage at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital then you should read this Engadget post about that historic event. Very interesting.

Update (June 4th): Apple just posted the audio and video recordings (podcast and vodcast) of this historic exchange between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. You can see it here (it is a link to the iTunes store, so you need iTunes installed to get it).

Zooomr receives a little help from some friends May 31, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Business, Information Technology, Mac, News and politics, Technology, Web, Weblog.
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Zooomr Admin

A few minutes ago Robert Scoble posted this story about how Zooomr is getting help from some big tech industry friends (aka Zoho and Sun Microsystems). What’s especially interesting is that they have a live video feed of them working on restoring their servers and database systems.

You talk about working under pressure! They are down and are working frantically to get everything back online AND they are being watched by Internet users around the globe. They actually look like they are keeping their wits about them during this crisis.

Oh, and I couldn’t help but notice they were using a Mac to configure things.

Zooomr Mac

 

Two fun presentation topics… May 30, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Business, Education, Information Technology, Management.
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The second full week of June I am planning to give a couple of presentations at a technology conference that I think will turn out to be a lot of fun. The first presentation is titled, “Ten Things Every CIO Should Know About CFO’s.” The subtitle of that talk could be, “What it takes for CIO’s to successfully work with CFO’s.”

(For those readers who are not familiar with the acronyms CIO and CFO, they stand for Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.)

The second talk is the same thing from the opposite perspective. Yup, you guessed it, “Ten Things Every CFO Should Know About CIO’s.” If you have not figured it out, I work as a CIO and I report to the CFO. He will be helping me with the second ‘top ten’ list of things to know.

The particular conference I am attending is a joint conference of higher education CFO’s and CIO’s (and other IT managers), so the topics seemed especially appropriate. I’ll let you all know how it turns out. And, after the conference, I’ll post my two lists of ten things.

Memorial Day – Remembering Those Who Served May 28, 2007

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Memorial Day – remembering those who served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice.


Tomb of the Unknown SoldierToday is Memorial Day in the United States. We set aside this day to remember those who died in military service to our country.

One symbol of those who died and never got recognition for their sacrifice is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Several years ago I was in Washington, DC and had the opportunity to once again visit Arlington Cemetery. I was able to witness the changing of the guard, which is done with great honor and reverence.

As the day ends here in the United States I find this picture to be a powerful image.

Gas prices reach all-time highs in America May 21, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Business, News and politics, Random.
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At the risk of being flamed by my readers living outside of the United States, let me say that the recent jump in the cost of gasoline is going to be a significant drain on the US economy. And to make matters worse, while the price at the pump goes up past record levels the cost of crude oil in April was $7 per barrel less than a year ago. At the same time the price per gallon is 50 cents more than it was last year. Something just doesn’t add up, the raw material (crude oil) price is down and the finished product (gasoline) is up, significantly. Oh, and did I mention that the oil companies are making record profits? The biggest profits in the history of not just the fuel industry, but of any industry, ever. WOW! I wonder who is in control of the price and profits. Hmmmmm.

To read more about the current state of gas prices, read this MSN Money article. Along with a good review of the current state of oil and gasoline prices it also provides a breakdown of the average price of gas in every state. I don’t know why, but New Jersey has one of the lowest prices right now.

Obviously, while I may be getting my facts from a reliable source (actually, several sources), the rest of the statements are all mine. I don’t usually rant in my blog posts, but this time I’m making an exception. I understand the concept of a free market economy and forces of supply and demand, but this is getting ridiculous.

I don’t like the idea of more government controls or intervention, but it seems that something has to be done by someone. All of the goods and services are affected by the price of transportation (which is dependent on fuel). So, such a sharp rise in costs can really cause havoc on the economy. Just as fast as the gas company profits go up, all other businesses’ profits will drop. In the end, we will all suffer.

Bert, oh great and all-knowing crude oil connoisseur, help me out here. What is one to do? How is this going to turn out? Speak, oh great oracle of the crude!

Choosing the best operating system May 21, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Information Technology, Mac, Microsoft, Open Source, Windows/Microsoft.
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The Knight guarding the Holy Grail told Indiana Jones (and those with him) to, “Choose wisely.” That is good advice, not only when trying to pick a holy cup from among dozens of cups, but also when picking an operating system.

To help people ‘choose wisely’ the magazine, PC Advisor, recently published this article which includes a comparison chart of the three desktop (as opposed to server) operating systems.