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Who Needs Clip Art? OffiSync 2.0 Integrates Google Image Search Into Microsoft Office
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:46 pm EDT, Jun 29, 2009

The biggest addition to the plugin is integrated text and image search. While Office comes with a directory of clip art, it leaves something to leave desired — I almost always find myself just going straight to Google Image search. Now, using OffiSync, you can search Google Images directly from within Office. The plugin supports advanced searches, like sorting by color, size, and usage rights. Once you’ve found an image you like, simply hit ‘Insert’ and the picture will appear wherever your text cursor was. There’s also an integrated browser: just navigate to the page you’d like to quote, highlight the text, and hit Insert.

This is damn helpful!

Who Needs Clip Art? OffiSync 2.0 Integrates Google Image Search Into Microsoft Office

YouTube - the best moonwalk i've seen so far
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:17 pm EDT, Jun 29, 2009


YouTube - the best moonwalk i've seen so far

Giving up my iPod for a Walkman
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:42 am EDT, Jun 29, 2009

It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.

hahaha! Awesome.

Giving up my iPod for a Walkman

RE: Your Own Private Internet -
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:25 pm EDT, Jun 28, 2009

csima wrote:
No but you would say 'Heavens to betsy!' and 'Oh! Lordy'

Acidus wrote:

"We saw what was coming out with HTML 5 and these browsers, and the question was how far can we push this?" says Hoffman, who manages HP's Web security research group. "We started digging in and said, 'Oh my goodness, this might actually be possible.'

I would never say "oh my goodness" ;-)

"Matt and I know, it's not just us presenting something and saying, 'Look how cool this is,' " Hoffman says. "The cool stuff is not going to come from us, it's going to come from everybody taking the idea and running with it."

well... maybe I'd say that after 4 or 5 girlie drinks...

RE: Your Own Private Internet -

Topic: Miscellaneous 10:06 am EDT, Jun 25, 2009

The issue isn't that insurance companies are evil. It's that they need to be profitable. They have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profit for shareholders. And as Potter explains, he's watched an insurer's stock price fall by more than 20 percent in a single day because the first-quarter medical-loss ratio had increased from 77.9 percent to 79.4 percent.

The reason we generally like markets is that the profit incentive spurs useful innovations. But in some markets, that's not the case. We don't allow a bustling market in heroin, for instance, because we don't want a lot of innovation in heroin creation, packaging and advertising. Are we really sure we want a bustling market in how to cleverly revoke the insurance of people who prove to be sickly?

I have a problem with the concept of medical insurance companies. The goal of a corporation is to maximize share-holder value. Officers and employees of the corporation are negligent if they are not pursuing that goal as rigorously as possible within the confines of the law. Only we are not talking about using market forces to drive innovation to make the best, cheapest, yet acceptable widget. We are talking about the lifespan and quality of life of a human. Can you imagine the concept of Planned Obsolescence applied to healthcare?

A more chilling (and often overlooked) point is that the entire purpose of insurance is to protect you from the effects of rarely occurring but catastrophic events. So you have in place a system whose function is to be as profitable as possible when its customers are struggling with the most damaging and life altering events that can occur. Yet the needs of the medical insurance corporation seem completely perpendicular to the needs of the patient.

I have a very difficult time reconciling this.


Technology Review: Privacy Requires Security, Not Abstinence
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:06 pm EDT, Jun 24, 2009

Gold Star!

Don't be put off by the first page as the rants of a paranoid, technical Luddite. This is a well written examination of American privacy and the laws and regulations attempting to protect it. From the creation of companies like Equifax (in 1899 to help grocery stores in Atlanta track who paid their bills and who didn't) to the 4 four distinct kinds of invasion and the legal safeguards around each (embodied today in regulations like HIPAA), to the digitization of records in the 1960s and the Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970, to the effects of 9/11 and beyond.

An excellent read to privacy advocates and the lay-person alike.

Technology Review: Privacy Requires Security, Not Abstinence

This Week In Code
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:34 pm EDT, Jun 24, 2009
  throw new Exception("Oops! I tried to process  but got a " + this.Kind + " .  I don't like that :-(");

Funniest exception I've seen all month.

Penny Arcade! - Le Twittre
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:16 pm EDT, Jun 24, 2009

Penny Arcade! - Le Twittre

msdevdays.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:44 pm EDT, Jun 23, 2009

Some interesting graphs in here about IE adoption. IE 8 is gaining at the expense of IE 7, not IE6. IE6 and IE8 now have a larger market share than IE7. This is mainly due to corporation intranet apps that require IE6.

msdevdays.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Tainted Love Cover
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:01 pm EDT, Jun 22, 2009

Not as good of a song as his cover of Sweet Dreams but good none the less...

Pretty sure that Cheerleader is the chick from My Name is Earl.

And, to paraphase Tom's wisdom about sheep I can only get off if the lingerie model is wearing a bunny head. ;-)

Tainted Love Cover

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