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Microsoft + Yahoo

A semi-random sample of anagrams of "Microsoft Yahoo": Tory fiasco homo;Mafioso Torch Yo;Chaos Fit Room Yo;Fiasco Hot Roomy;Yahoo For Sitcom;Fiasco Oh My Root;Chaos Firm Too Yo.

You'll be assimilated...

... eventually :). I actually did use IPC::MorseSignals to try a stupid idea. It worked as advertised, although it did not solve the idiotic nature of the solution. But it sure was fun.


A nice article by Bill de hÓra about Android and other Telco/Webco musings. My favorite quote: If you had to pick a company that "gets all this", it's Amazon - which is why Redmonk James is right - someone should buy them before they turn into the 21st Century's answer to General Electric. I don't like to post links without my personal comment, but I'll make and exception for this one.


44.6B is a lot of cash, and they didn't even need to go to the bank. That's nice. Google is the big winner here, me thinks. Yahoo proves that they could not solve their problems, and Microsoft admits that they cannot leverage the brains they have on the payroll (I believe Microsoft to be second best in terms of brain-per-sq-feet, only to be bested by IBM) to produce a viable product in the search wars.

Down and Up

Last week we had a server crash. And I did 400 kms to fix all the bits. And it works now. Nothing to see, move along. Unless you are a true geek... In that case: Pentium 4 motherboard (about 3 years old) with a graphics card no longer supported by the graphical installer of CentOS 5 (see below why is that important);1Gb memory: I could have bumped it to 2 Gb, but I had other more important hardware upgrades to make;Our single (I though I had two RAID1 disks, I was wrong) 80Gb disk was caving under usage.


Things have not been good this past month. My oldest kid got chicken pox, and a couple of days later I got it. And a week later the youngest got it. It hit me pretty bad, and only last week I was able to start working again, but still felling a bit strange. This week I've been on and off with fever and body aches, weird. So a lot of downtime, and given that I'm laptop-less until I can get the LCD fixed, I have "the shakes" like a good addict.

Bug of the day

In a project for a client: # remove duplicate raw lines my $dups = $self->dups; return if $dups->{raw}++; Should have been: # remove duplicate raw lines my $dups = $self->dups; return if $dups->{$raw}++; No wonder all lines except the first where dups...

Hello ICQ/AIM!

Welcome aboard! seems to work. Login with your AIM/ICQ credentials. Via Mickael and jdev. Update: the service has been on and off as expected from an unofficial test service. The AOL engineers did a pretty good job for a alpha version. So far this works: connect with both AIM and ICQ accounts, using [email protected] or [email protected];talk to any AIM, ICQ and .Mac accounts;typing notifications work fine;you can join ICQ chat-rooms.

In the past day or so, I came across with a couple of tools that are worth mentioning. First, FogBugz is now at version 6, and its better than ever. They have a small screen-cast online about the new version. If you just need to see one feature, I suggest you fast forward to 4:00 and see the part about estimates and how they use it to calculate delivery dates. If you can afford it, its worth the price.

Sun is buying MySQL

Whoa.... My first reaction was "Nooooo....", but I'm more on "Let's see how this goes" now.