Who would have guessed Mads is into performance optimization? Mads Kristensen is speaking at the Copenhagen .NET User Group on advanced ASP.NET performance optimizations. (Inside BlogEngine.NET user joke. HEE! HEE!)
New England Code Camp 10 has a name! I was SO worried that New England Code Camp 10 would not be crowned with a cool name as was each and every one of its predecessors. No, Chris, no!!!! But the Bowmaster came through again: "Code Camp 10: Dev InTENsity!"
Change This! I've been subscribing to Change This! for years. Great PDFs on topics of Geek Interest. Here's a capsulated marketing success story for you. Some guy writes a book called "Tuned In." They create a small PDF and give it to ChangeThis for free. People read the free PDF and check out Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities That Lead to Business Breakthroughs at Amazon. Some schmo writes an Everyman bit about it and links to it with his Amazon Associate ID. The book sells like hot cakes! Thus ends the lesson. (What movie?)
Buy before midnight or the PDF gets waxed. For good! The SEO Ninja PDF being promoted here on CopyBlogger and being pulled from availability on midnight, August 8th was just too weird for me. I've been looking for a good SEO book and almost, almost bought this one before midnight on 08/08/08. There are many good SEO books out there and while this certainly looked like a good one, I couldn't be sucked into the whole "buy before midnight or else" bit.
Call me an AntiPoditutionalist. (I've got John Adams on the brain.) Interesting NYTimes.com article on why people (like me) buy Zunes. I've got a Zune, which I use every day as my primary MP3 device and love it, but I also have two iPods so I don't exactly fit the stereotype. Apparently the iPod owns 70 percent of the MP3-player market and the Zune, 3 percent. The gist of the article was that people buy the Zune because "the most salient feature of the Zune seems to be that it’s not an iPod."
John Edwards Monday Morning Quarterbacking. This chick was definitely bad news. Some Edwards campaign manager confesses to being the kid's father? And the woman refuses to do a DNA test for paternity? Dang! Monday Morning best quotes, "His credibility is shot. His political career is over," Wicker said. "I don't know what causes one to cross a bright line like this one, but it's probably going to haunt him for the rest of his life ... it's colossal." "The first time he kissed her, he should have been thinking, 'Goodbye to my political career,'" said Jon Krosnick, a professor of political science and psychology at Stanford University. If you asked me, Edwards forgot rules #1 and #2 in behavior management with women. #1, While Nickelback might sing "I like your pants around your feet," woman have all the power, and #2, all guys are pigs (to which a friend of my wife's would add, "and then you marry one." That always cracks me up!)
Why doesn't simply geek wisdom rule the day when it comes to AOL? The longevity of America Online has always intrigued me, with the latest news being Google believes its 1 billion investment in AOL might not be paying off. Hello??? It's America Online! AOL was only a viable business when it was fighting for the dial-up market with CompuServe in the mid-90's. Us geeks always knew AOL sucked, a dead stick not worth anyone's attention, yet the geniuses at Time Warner, Google and Microsoft kept showering them with money. It's not the eyeballs, dudes, it's the intelligence behind the eyeballs.
An express expresso. My little girl and I were burning through a Father's Day gift certificate at a local Barnes and Noble yesterday, so we decided to zip our card at the in-store Starbucks cafe. I ordered an Espresso and I'm telling you, there were like 3 sips in it. $1.60 for 3 sips of espresso? I don't like it when The Everyman has to go negative, but Starbucks, you suck.