AT&T is whining about the iPhone

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal that has AT&T whining about the cost of supporting the data plans for the iPhone.  Seems that with all of the really cool apps that the iPhone has, they tend to load up on the data!  No surprise, the quality of the apps is excellent (check out this site that reviews iPhone apps)

Too bad!  The iPhone is by far the coolest product in the mobile world. It has also set the standard for all other phone developers and networks to aspire to.  Because of this, there is no way that we are going to roll back time and start to use a less flexible and featured product.

AT&T may not like it but Apple and it’s iPhone have given them first mover advantage in mobile computers.  Everyone else is trying to play catch up.  If AT&T screws it up, the competition will be all over them.

My secret for Mother’s Day buying

Actually my secret is gift giving in general for my wife of over 2 decades.

While I love her dearly, the sad fact is that after this much time and gravity (and her birthing 3 wonderful kids), neither of us can fit into the clothes that we wore on the big day in 1985.

I also suck at picking out clothes for her as gifts!

So what am i to do?  Simple, I have never stopped buying my bride of many years the same sizes that she wore on our first honeymoon.  That way, even though I know she hates the color and style of the blouse that I just bought her, she has a great reason to return it.  She also thinks that I compliment her on her size.  When she says “You know I can’t wear that size anymore”, I simply reply “But you have been working out and dieting. It looked like you were back to your old size again!”

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-10

  • Going to Louisville the Monday after Derby. Seems like everythng is backwards. #
  • Why can’t Ceveland fix potholes? No wonder it is called the mistake on the lake. #
  • Congratulations to Bill Edwards and Penn State. #
  • RT @dansewell: RT @jboyle1970: Middletown’s Bill Edwards chooses Penn State over C. Florida, Miami http://bit.ly/HPWI1 #
  • RT @tibco: Nice Piece on Vivek/ TIBCO by Malcom Gladwell (New Yorker) – “When underdogs break the rules” http://tinyurl.com/cgusej #
  • Today I am reminded of the old Rush proverb of wisdom “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice” #
  • Maybe it will stay dry long enough for my son to have a baseball game. #
  • Edmund Burke: Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. #
  • Great day for knothole baseball. Team won and youngest son got a really good hit. #

Obama administration idiot is fired for flyover

I am happy to see that the idiot that approved the photo opp flyover over New York City has been fired!  This is from the Wall Street Journal:

The White House said Friday that President Obama has accepted the resignation of Louis Caldera as Director of the White House Military Office, effective May 22. Mr. Caldera wrote in a letter that the controversy created by the flight of one of the presidential planes over lower Manhattan had made it impossible for him to effectively lead the office. The unannounced flight briefly panicked office workers near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks. The White House also released a photograph taken during the flyover.

The administration also released an image from the flyover. I still contend that this could have been easily recreated in Photoshop!

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Polaroid – a testimony to bad management

Is there a brand name that is better than Polaroid?

I am sure that there is but not too many.  Coke and Pepsi come to mind.  Mac is probably more popular.  Perhaps Levi’s and Mercedes.  There may be a dozen or two others but to be honest, if someone says Polaroid you instantly know what it is: a camera that takes a picture and spits it out immediately to be enjoyed by you and others.  What a perfect idea for the US where we are known for our lack of patience and need for instant gratification.

Today, multimedia dominates the Internet and the computer industry.  The ability to interact with and use images and movies drives the sale of most computers.  In fact, a recent Apple v. PC discusses the ability of the Mac to manage volumes of digital images.

Qumana for Linux doesn’t work on Ubuntu

I enjoy using Ubuntu rather than the trash that Microsoft puts out.  I have a dual boot computer so I can always go back to the evil empire if I need to but my default OS is Ubuntu.

Sadly, the tools for managing blogs in Ubuntu are a bit slim so I was excited that Qumana was putting out a version for Linux.  I tried several times to get it working and have come to the conclusion that it is not ready for prime-time.  It simply doesn’t work well in my environment.  So I am still creating posts with Scribefire or the built-in tools that WordPress provides.

Hopefully, Qumana can get this working but for now it looks like it is DOA.