iPod infiltrates Microsoft campus

Now this article really tickled me.  It turns out that the iPod is really popular on the Microsoft Campus, so much so that management is a little unhappy about it.  Here is a little bit to whet your appetite:

Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill

By Leander Kahney
 

Story location: http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,66460,00.html

02:00 AM Feb. 02, 2005 PT


Microsoft’s leafy corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, is beginning
to look like the streets of New York, London and just about everywhere
else: Wherever you go, white headphones dangle from peoples’ ears.

To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft’s management,
Apple Computer’s iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft’s workers.


"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music
player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked
to remain anonymous. "It’s pretty staggering."

The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music
player — that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who
work at or near Microsoft’s corporate campus. "This irks the management team no end," said the source.

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Bushwacked planet

I read in Wired that the English are pushing the Bush Administration to sign the Kyoto Accord which is intended to set limits on all of the things that we are doing to our home, Earth, to slow the global warming trend and stave off potential disaster when the Earth decides to do something about the plague we are becoming.  You may gather that I feel quite strongly about this.  It seems that Bush isn’t too keen on this initiative and I am sure it isn’t too much of a surprise given his connections to the oil industry and likely allegiance to Big Industry.  His plan appears to be as follows:

Washington’s aim is to cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions for
every dollar of economic output by 18 percent in 2012 compared to 2002.
The economy is likely to grow at a faster pace, meaning overall
emissions will rise.

That is a little pointless I think.  By reducing emissions by an amount that you know to be less than the increase consequential to the growth of the economy is paying lip service to the initiative and only delaying the inevitable.  Who is the current administration kidding anyway?

But wait, there is more!

[British Environment Minister Margaret] Beckett said extreme weather events like droughts and floods were
expected to become more frequent and worse, noting that the world had
just experienced the 10 hottest years on record.

"Nothing less than a radical change in how we generate and how we
use energy will be needed," she said, adding that the cost of action
would be far less than the cost of inaction.

Scientists have said that two degrees centigrade of warming is
already expected. They have predicted that above that level the warming
will start to fuel itself, pushing the planet into the unknown as ice
caps melt, sea levels rise and weather patterns change at accelerating
rates.

The World Wide Fund for Nature said over the weekend that disastrous
climate change could kick in within 20 years, leading to possible
species wipeout in the Arctic unless greenhouse gas emissions were cut
sharply.

A report by international experts last week described the climate as
a ticking bomb, and preliminary results of one study said temperatures
could rise by up to 11 degrees centigrade.

Scientists from 30 nations at the meeting will try to define what
constitutes "dangerous" levels of warming, but will not make any policy
recommendations.

After all the abuse we have hurled at the planet in the last few hundred years, we should know better and should take better care of her and the many many creatures we share her with.  The fact that we are liable to cause devastating climate changes and threaten the very existence of life on this planet should add to our sense of urgency.

MSN Search

While I am hardly a fan of Microsoft, their new MSN Search is a snazzy facility.  It really appeals to the minimalist in me (the same aspect of me that loves the Google site for similar reasons) and the "Search Builder" facility looks like quite a cool way to structure a search.

Nokia 6630 experience

I am really impressed with my new Nokia 6630.  I got it about a week and a bit ago and I have loved using it.  I have probably used it a bit to much and my next phone bill will probably be a bit pricey.  As promised, I have set out my thoughts on this wonderful device.  I dumped a list of features in one of my earlier posts so if you are looking for those, have a look here.  I have also come across a pretty cool review at All About Symbian so I am really not going to reinvent the wheel here.

6600_and_6630_side_by_sidejpgTo give you an idea what the 6630 looks like I have taken a photo of it alongside my ‘old’ 6600.  They are basically the same size except for the rounded lower half or so of the 6630.  The 6630 can probably be accurately described as an upgraded merger of the 6600 and the 3600 series phones.  You may recall that the 3650 and 3660 (if I am getting the model numbers right) have that rounded bottom and the round keypad.

I think the 6630 looks much sexier than the 6600 though.  The big differences are under the hood.  My 6600 used to take ages to do anything, whether it be sending a text message or opening an application.  The 6630 is much much faster and it is an absolute pleasure to use for this reason alone.  I understand that the 6630 is also using a newer version of the Series 60 platform and a newer version of the Symbian OS itself.  This has probably contributed to the operating speed of the phone and the much slicker look of the software too.

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“Through the Light”

I have bookmarked Marianne Williamson’s blog and visit it occasionally.  She is one of my favourite writers.  Her book, "A Return to Love" contains a passage that continues to inspire me daily.  She posted the following on her blog recently and when I read it my heart felt so heavy.  It is a beautiful message and I am re-posting it all here for you to read:

"Through the Light" by Mellen-Thomas Benedict

Dear Friends,
This is so amazing. Read on….
Marianne
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In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. My condition was non-operable.

I chose not to have chemotherapy. I was given six to eight months
to live. Before this time, I had become increasingly despondent over
the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth.

I came to believe that nature had made a mistake – that we were
probably a cancerous organism on the planet. And that is what
eventually killed me. Before my death, I tried all sorts of alternative
healing methods. None helped.

So I determined that this was between me and God. I had never really
considered God. Neither was I into any kind of spirituality, but my
approaching death sent me on a quest for more information about
spirituality and alternative healing. I read various religions and
philosophies. They gave hope that there was something on the other side.

I had no medical insurance, so my life savings went overnight on
tests. Unwilling to drag my family into this, I determined to handle
this myself. I ended up in hospice care and was blessed with an angel
for my hospice caretaker, whom I will call "Anne." She stayed with me
through all that was to follow. It lasted about eighteen months.

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A Christmas Card from Lawyers

This really appeals to the lawyer in me.  I am not sure about the source or even if the firm named at the end is real so if you do know, please let me know.  Thanks!

From us ("the wishors") to you ("hereinafter called the wishee"):

Please accept without obligation, explicit or implicit, our best wishes for an  environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low
stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice
holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious
persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect
for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their
choice not to practice religious or secular traditions.

Please also accept, under aforesaid waiver of obligation on your part, our
best withes for a financially successful, personally fulfilling and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of this calendar year of
the Common Era, but with due respect for the calendars of all cultures or
sects, and having regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability,
religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the
wishee.

By accepting this greeting you acknowledge that:

This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal at the
wishor’s discretion.

This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be
made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wishor
are acknowledged.

This greeting implies no warranty on the part of the wishors to fulfill
these wishes, nor any ability of the wishors to do so, merely a beneficent
hope on the part of the wishors that they in fact occur.

This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the
restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain
jurisdictions and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wishors.

This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within
the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the
issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.

The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this
wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor

Any references in this greeting to "the Lord", "Father Christmas", "Our
Saviour", or any other festive figures, whether actual or fictitious, dead
or alive, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them in respect of this
greeting, and all proprietary rights in any referenced third party names and
images are hereby acknowledged.

Sincerely,

Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe
Attorneys at Law

The Sculptor’s Attitude

Here is an email that is doing the rounds.  I am sure it has been around before.  It is a good one and worth repeating:

The Sculptor’s Attitude

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock
strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today.

I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or…
I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or…
I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases
wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or…
I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was
growing up or…
I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or…
I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or…
I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or…
I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or…
I can eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or…
I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind,
body, and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped.
And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me.
I get to choose what kind of day I will have!