Apple PowerBook G4 Bliss

Indexsuperdrive20050131I know this is old news already in Internet terms but Apple has a new PowerBook G4 range out and this range is even sexier than the last one, basically because it is new and has a couple sexy features.  Some of these new features include a trackpad with scrolling capability as well as Apple’s "Sudden Motion Sensor" which "senses change in axis position and accelerated movement. In the event
of a drop or fall, the Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks the hard
drive heads so they won’t scratch the disks on impact, lessening the
risk of damage and improving your chances of retrieving valuable data.
When the Sudden Motion Sensor senses your PowerBook is once again
level, it unlocks the hard drive heads automatically.
"  Now that is a cool feature and a very handy one too.

In terms of its connectivity, the G4 PowerBook supports the 802.11g Wi-Fi standard that enables it to connect at speeds of up to 54Mbps.  It also comes with Bluetooth 2.0 with enhanced data rate connectivity built in (nice change from the iBooks which you have to add Bluetooth too – although as far as I am aware, PowerBooks usually come with integrated Bluetooth).  If you want the rest of the technical specifications, take a look here.

As with the previous range, you can buy a 12-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models.  My preference is for the 15-inch.  It is a nice size for me.  The 12-inch is a little too small and the 17-inch is too big.  Battery life is between 4.5 hours and 5 hours depending on the model.  I would love to have a laptop that will go for a good 8 hours without needing to recharge.  I am not sure anything out there will last that long, at least as far as laptops are concerned.

Here is another look with an indication of the various ports:

Business Blogging Basic Resources

I was browsing Debbie Weil’s blog and came across this link to a page titled Business Blogging Basic Resources on "Duct Tape Marketing, a site aimed at small business.  This is a page work bookmarking.  It has a host of info on different blogging services, advertising options (AdSense and BlogAds to name two), search engines and even aggregators and news feeders.

Tips for Consultants

I came across this list of consulting tips on "the [non]billable hour" which lead me to the original post by a guy known as ‘Joe’ on Google Groups.  The original post made for really interesting reading and came at just the right time for me (as things often do) as I was considering handling some of my activities as a consultant.

Here are some of the highlights for me:

So, what do I do to get this fast growth?

First, I’m not your typical computer geek.  In our town which is
predominately NASA and tech companies, most out of work geeks are just
that – geeks.  Very little social skills.  I worked retail
management for 6 years and business to business sales for 7 so I’ve been
forced to interact with people every day, and I have sales experience.

I always take the approach that no problem or question is stupid.  And I
make sure the client knows this.

I always give a verbal summary of everything I’ve done in as plain of
English as I can when I finish a job.

I always leave two more business cards with a client when I finish, and
explain that I’d appreciate any referrals they could give me.

I do NOT do cold-calls.  I don’t do cold-visits.  I DO targeted customized
letters to business owners, but that only accounts for about 15% of my
business.  The rest is referrals and repeats.

I particularly like the last one.  I have a block against cold calling (mainly because I am unsure of myself and my ability to do something other than the work I have been doing the last 6 years – a habit I intend breaking).

The list goes on:


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Mardi Gras

2017562803gaI have been fascinated by Mardi Gras since I found out about the practice of flashing guys for beads.  It turns out that the Mardi Gras in New Orleans isn’t quite the most explicit one around.  Rather the Mardi Gras in Rio is the place to be if you are looking for bare chested women and other fascinating people, that is the place to be.

For one thing, just take a look at the artwork on this woman.  Impressive stuff!

This isn’t to say that the New Orleans Mardi Gras is no fun, simply take a look at This Is Mardi Gras and you will quickly see that this is not the case at all.  It must be quite a lot of fun being there, especially if you are the lucky sod with armfuls of beads!!

Excesses in a Starving Nation

Well, he is at it again.  King Mswati of Swaziland has just bought ten BMWs for his wives at a cost his poverty stricken nation can hardly afford.  IOL reported on this yesterday afternoon:

Swazi king buys 10 BMWs for his wives


Mbabane – Swazi King Mswati III has purchased 10 new BMWs for
the royal household – two months after buying a super-expensive sedan
for himself while his subjects continue living in abject poverty, a
newspaper reported on Sunday.

Africa’s last absolute monarch spent some five million emalangeni
(R5-million) on BMWs for his wives, the Mbabane-based Times Sunday

"It is true that new cars have been purchased for emakhosikati (queens)
to his majesty… This is basically an upgrade of the ones they have
been using," the chief executive officer of the king’s office, Roy
Fanourakis, told the newspaper.

This comes after it emerged in December that Mswati had bought himself
a $500 000 (about R3-million) Daimler Chrysler flagship Maybach 62 as
his debt-ridden country continues battling Aids and crippling poverty.

It just blows my mind that a king can be so blind to the suffering of his own people.  If ever there was a reason for an intervention, this is it.  Is King Mswati’s behaviour any better than Saddam Hussein?  Perhaps when the motivation for such interventions is to safeguard human life and not oil and economic benefit we will see a stronger response (or any response, for that matter) to such a flagrant disregard for human life.

The article does continue …
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Wow! Thank you!

Wow!  I am really impressed.  It has been about four days since I discovered that I had reached the 2000 hits mark.  Tonight that jumped another 1000 hits to over 3000 hits since I launched this blog in January 2005.

Thank you to everyone who visits this site!!!

Mark Jen Saga Continues

In the aftermath of the Mark Jen Saga, a couple people have some advice for our famous ex-Google employee and blogger.  Scobleizer offers the following advice for bloggers now looking for work and to Jen in particular:

I told Mark pretty much the same thing. He has quite a bit of fame
now and everyone is watching to see what he’ll do. I’d translate that
interest into a media thing.

If I were Mark I’d focus on a niche. And own it. Talk about it 15
times a day. Link to everyone in that niche. Demonstrate that he can be
professional (hint: that means proper capitalization on sentences Mark!
Seriously, that really is hurting your image. I’d fire you just for
communicating that way). Demonstrate that he can be passionate.
Positive. Helpful. Accurate. Informative. Friendly.

Think about the attribute you want in your coworkers. And live that.
I want to hang around geeks. People who love building things. I’ve made
my entire career about just that.

The proprietor of Make You Go Hmmm had the following to say:
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“Dear Führer Hitler”

Now here is an interesting news titbit.  I always understood that Germans are generally pretty efficient people.  The Telegraph has reported on a story that really takes it a step or two further:

Post office goes by rules and delivers Hitler card

By Kate Connolly in Berlin
(Filed: 11/02/2005)

German post office has displayed its adherence to the rulebook by
delivering a card addressed "Adolf Hitler, Reichstag" to the current
seat of government in Berlin.

postcard – sent from Britain and addressed to "Führer Adolf Hitler,
Reichstag, German Parliament, Berlin" – was forwarded to the Bundestag
this week.

The post office had efficiently stamped it with the remark: "mail corrected due to wrong address, please alert the sender".

It had printed the "correct address", Deutscher Bundestag, 11011 Berlin, on the base of the card.

mail sorting office of the Bundestag, which is housed in the revamped
Reichstag building, once the seat of Hitler’s government, thought that
it was on the receiving end of a poor post office joke.

a spokesman for the Deutsche Post said he thought post office staff had
acted correctly. "We are under obligation to deliver every piece of
mail if possible, but we are not moral arbiters concerning who a letter
is from or addressed to," said a spokesman, Dirk Klasen.


It does get better …
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