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Apple’s iPhone one of the most successful marketing campaigns June 28, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Business, Information Technology, Mac, Microsoft, Windows/Microsoft.

According to this morning’s television broadcast of the Bloomberg report, Apple’s new iPhone is THE most successful product launch. It surpasses previous winners, including Windows 95 and the Ford Mustang.

Furthermore, according to Bloomberg, Apple spent about $ 100 million dollars (US), which is half of what Microsoft spent on the Windows 95 marketing campaign.

You can read the full Bloomberg article here.


Photographing Ichthus 2007 June 23, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Family, Music, Photography.

Skillet with wide shot of crowd

One week ago from right now I was tired and my body was sore.

Skillet girl with guitar

Just as I had done in past years, I once again volunteered to be an Ichthus photographer at this year’s Ichthus music festival in Wilmore, Kentucky (USA).

Skillet with crowd

This year I wasn’t able to take photos of the entire three-day event because I was out of town the first two days attending a technology conference in Pennsylvania. But, I did spend the third day out at the festival grounds taking photos for about 10 hours.

Skillet girl close up

It was more difficult to get into it this year since I missed the beginning. But, by the end I was back in the groove and ended up taking over 4,000 photographs.

Toby Mac with crowd

You can always count on Toby Mac jumping off stage and leaping into the audience. He does that every year.

Toby Mac in Crowd

After Toby Mac played then Switchfoot hit the stage. They did a great job.

Switchfoot with stage lights

And that is just a sample of seven pictures of the 4,200 pics I got. But, you get the idea.

Gettysburg – First Impressions June 17, 2007

Posted by Matsu in History.
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Last week, as part of the technology conference I was attending, I had the opportunity to visit Gettysburg, the site of a major Civil War battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA. We started at the visitors’ center and museum next to the National Cemetery.

Here is a photo that I captured at the museum. The sign points out that up to 7 million bullets were used by more than 160 thousand infantry men in the 3 days of battle in and around Gettysburg.

Gettysburg bullets

The museum also included thousands and thousands of artifacts found in the fields in and around Gettysburg after the bloodshed ended.

Next, we took a bus tour of the town with a guide to point out key battles and events. It was very interesting and sobering to hear how the battle unfolded each of the three days around the town.

Gettysburg hospital sign

A fact that I did not know was that once a soldier was injured, they would be treated by either side of the battle. According to our guide, soldiers were treated the same way, no matter the color of their uniform so all hospitals (most of them were makeshift hospitals in homes and churches).

There were thousands and thousands of Americans killed in the many battles at Gettysburg during those 3 days. In the fields below, armies of the South clashed with those of the North.

Gettysburg fields

Once back at the museum and cemetery, I took this photo of a cannon next to a memorial and Civil War graves.

Gettysburg canon

There were thousands and thousands of cannons firing. It was said that people 20 and 30 miles away could hear the cannon fire. The fields were covered in smoke and bullets, up to 7 million of them, were constantly firing. It is hard to imagine how they functioned in those conditions. As many as 8,000 soldiers died and up to 50,000 soldiers were injured. I had no idea how large this battle was, how long they fought, and how many suffered.

Who ARE these guys? June 14, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Humor, Random.

Boys at Epcot

If you can identify these two guys, let me know.

First day at the technology conference June 12, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Management, Open Source, Software, Technology.
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Today I attended pre-conference meetings and then the opening events for the technology conference I am attending in Pennsylvania. So far, there have been two surprising discoveries.

First, this past year several of the other affiliated colleges and universities have struggled with staff cuts as they experienced varying degrees of enrollment declines (or in some cases a lack of growth – flattening enrollment). This has placed a great amount of stress on the I.T. departments as they either had positions eliminated or experienced hiring freezes.

Second, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that another school is using Ruby on Rails for some application development. In fact, they used that open source development platform for three different applications they developed in-house. I can’t wait to get my programming staff in touch with that other campus’ programmers who use Ruby. I’m sure they will have much to talk about and may even be able to exchange some knowledge. It is unfortunate that I couldn’t have my programmer(s) here to attend the conference with me. But, that’s a different story…

Tomorrow I give my talk on what CFO’s need to know about CIO’s. I hope it’s well received.

Day one is good. Looking forward to the rest of the week.

Leaves cover the ground after a freak hailstorm June 6, 2007

Posted by Matsu in Family, News, Random.
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I live in one city and work in a different city about 15 miles away. Yesterday, as I was driving home, I noticed that there were millions of leaves on the ground. But, it wasn’t like in the fall when the leaves are piled up because of the wind. Instead, it looked like trees and bushes just simultaneously spontaneously shed about twenty percent of the leaves and they fell straight down. I had never seen anything like it.

Once I arrived home and heard the local news I found out the reason for the ‘leaf phenomenon.’ It turned out that while I was still a few miles from home there was a freak hailstorm that dropped large (up to golf ball sized) hail onto Lexington. The storm passed on as I drove into the city so what I saw was the aftermath of the hailstorm. The hail caused leaves to break free from the trees and fall straight down (there must not have been much wind). After I heard that I went back outside and studied some of the leaves in my front yard. Yup, many of them were cut in half, as if they were ripped from the tree.

Strange, don’t you think?