Monthly Archives: January 2003

The internet is important

News.com reports that people rank the internet as the most important source for information. No surprise there. But interestingly for us, is that they ranked magazines as least important. I’d hate to be in the recipe magazine business!: 61.1 percent ranked the the most important; 60.3 percent ranked books second important; 57.8 percent ranked newspapers third; 50.2 percent ranked television fourth; 40 percent ranked radio fifth; and 28.7 percent ranked magazines last

It’s also interesting that timeliness of information is not important to people, given the rankings. And reliability is not important, either, as the is probably most prone to bogus info. It seems that importance is simply a mix of timeliness and accuracy.

Importance:
1. Internet
2. Books
3. Newspapers
4. Television
5. Radio
6. Magazines

Timeliness:
1. Internet
2. Radio
3. Television
4. Newspapers
5. Magazines
6. Books

Reliability:
1. Books
2. Magazines
3. Newspapers
4. Television
5. Radio
6. Internet

Are there other ways to rank these that I’m overlooking?

Get up often

The Australian: Sitting in front of a computer all day can be deadly. To prevent DVT, doctors suggest flexing one’s toes and ankles, drinking water and avoiding alcohol, and getting up to stretch one’s legs at least once an hour. An aspirin, which helps to thin the blood, can also help.

Free phone calls!

GnomeMeeting makes it possible to use your Linux PC and a QuickNet card to dial phone calls from your PC to any regular phone for free long distance!

Ellison thinks MySQL is great for recipes

Linux Magazine interviews Larry Ellison where he proclaims what we knew years ago: MySQL is great for managing recipes. When asked about MySQL as a threat to Oracle: If this is being used for something that’s tiny — to keep track of your recipes.

Linux is doing to Sun what MySQL is going to do to Oracle. If he can’t see that, he’s a clueless nitwit. MySQL is adequate for 95% of all database tasks today and it’s getting better. MySQL & Postgres can let Oracle have the 0.01% of the industry that actually needs the super high-end features.

But he’s right about the web services hype: It’s a little bit as if I said, “I called this guy in France yesterday, and the phone rang. He picked up the phone. We started talking. I had no idea what the hell he was saying. But it made the connection.” And this guy says, “but you’re not using his latest technology. You should have called him on your Web services phone.” It doesn’t solve the problem. And people don’t understand it. It’s actually incredible. People are writing these articles as if this problem is solved, and they clearly have no idea what the problem even is. They’re just clueless.

Toronto Star

The Toronto Star mentioned us in a list of dieting web sites. Under recipes, it lists only Epicurious and ! Unfortunately, they pointed out an errant low-cal recipe and they called us “Recipe Zaar”. But press is good.

Super Sunday

The Super Bowl is today. Adam Blum, of all people, is coming over with this 2 kids. I haven’t seen him in 5 years or so. Biff may come over. Gary Sipple is coming over too (Nancy is out of town in Oregon).

Update: Game was boring, Tampa Bay blew the Raiders out. Adam and his daughter, Liz, came out and Gary came over. Biff opted out as Renuka had to write a paper or something. We had beers, wine, chips, a great 7-layer dip, wings and ribs for dinner.

Gary showed me how to chop wood so I can finish the tree in the backyard! Adam & Liz had to go after the game but Gary stayed and had ribs with us.

Putty & Kelly

Mark & Kelly came over for dinner last night. We had lamb, cous cous and salad and lots of wine.

NetNewsWire has categories!

NetNewsWire beta 13 supports categories for weblog posting!

SQ Hell: DOS Attack

Dedicatednet’s customers running Microsot SQL server suffered a denial of service attack from 9:30-11:30p last night, and by extension Recipezaar suffered an outage too. Couldn’t be luckier about the timing — so late on a friday night — but scary nonetheless when we couldn’t even figure out what was going on. Blame .

Hilary Rosen resigns

Wow, Hilary Rosen resigned from the RIAA. We know she was frustrated with the idiots at the head of the big 5 record companies who fought electronic distribution of music, but could this be the beginning of the turnaround for the RIAA? Don’t fight progress, you’ll always lose.

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