Monthly Archives: January 2008

Blist – databases for the lay person

Blist is a flash based application that allows a user to easily create a database through drag and dropping. I just got in on a beta and I have to say that initially it is a slick interface with a lot of potential. I plan on digging into it more in the future and seeing if how it integrates into my sites.

Amazon is giving me a heart attack at 8:00am

So I received an email this morning when I turned on my computer that says someone bought me a gift from Amazon. I was like “Cool…good start to my day”. I opened the email and saw it was a gift bought on my baby registry at Amazon. Let me set something straight here: We don’t have any kids and are not expecting. This is very elaborate Spam as it had the appropriate email address and the headers were accurate plus it had my full name and my wife’s full name on it. Anyhoo I thought I’d include the image to share with you.

Grocery shopping helping me get fatter by ordering online

In lieu of ZipCar, I’ve been looking for alternatives to grocery shopping. The other day I found it! Vons, the local grocery shopping chain, allows you to purchase groceries online and they deliver it to you. Now I’m not one to be lazy…wait…I’m totally one to be lazy 🙂 This it the best thing since the remote control. The delivery fee if only $10 if you want it delivered in 2 hours or $8 if you want it delivered in 4 hours. Also they have online specials for free delivery. It was so easy. So now I’m trying to find other ways to be very lazy…maybe I’ll cut back on my 2 block walk to work and work from home…only time will tell.

Order from Vons online today and be lazy like me!

Everex Cloud: Walmart Linux Laptop release on Feb 25th

Everex, the makers of the ultra cheap and Linux based desktop at Walmart, will be releasing a laptop version on Feb 25th according to Computer World. The laptop was supposed to come out today but because of some reported glitches that needed to be fixed, they put off the launch. I think that this is great that Linux is in the spotlight for distribution and hopefully will become even more of a household name. The laptop is said to be priced at $399 and includes a 30 GB hard drive. A lot of users may still hesitate to pickup this cheap laptop as they can get more specs out of a Dell laptop for around $500.

ZipCar denying downtown San Diego residents

I have been an avid supporter and user of FlexCar which recently merged with ZipCar. I was hesitent when I first heard of the merger, but the promise of better customer support and the chance for more cars encouraged me to wait it out. Today I received the following email from ZipCar announcing that they are removing cars from downtown and surrounding areas and keeping them at the college. This meaning if I want to rent a car I have to take the trolley/bus to SDSU and then rent a car(which is crazy).

Car sharing is an evolving category of transportation, and we are working hard to pioneer the industry. We are constantly learning more about the best way to operate our service, and sometimes what we learn results in a tough decision.

In Southern California, we have decided to remove our vehicles from areas outside of the universities we serve (cars will remain at UCLA, USC, Pomona, UCSB, UCSD and UCI).

This was a difficult decision for us, and we understand it may present significant inconvenience for you. We apologize for that.

Reservations for all affected locations have been canceled and fully credited. Further, we have refunded annual membership fees for all members who paid an annual fee within the past nine months. Your refund will appear in your account automatically. If you have questions about your refund, please contact us at [email protected].

We realize that you recently activated your Zipcard. We’d like to encourage you to use it by placing a *new* $25 driving credit into your account. Hopefully, you’ll reserve a vehicle at one of our university locations in Southern California or in any other city where we provide service. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

The team at Zipcar

I’m outraged by this decision of ZipCar to do this and encourage anyone with a FlexCar Acocunt/ZipCar Acocunt/ or anyone that was thinking about it to email: [email protected] letting them know how this is a gross misjudgment on their behalf.

Help support Car sharing and the environment.

Shocked about Heath Ledger…

I’m not one that typically follows celebrity news but today I found out about Heath Ledger’s death and it caught me off guard. He was really young and was in a couple of movies that I enjoy. It is sad to see celebrities die at a young age.

Restaurant.com is not a good deal

I redeemed some air miles last night for restaurant.com to get some gift certificates. I’m disappointed that I did because it isn’t a good deal at all. A normal user pays $10 for a $25 gift certificate. Sounds like a good deal until you read the fine print:

Purchase must be a minimum of $35-$50 depending on restaurant and also has an 18-17% gratuity included automatically. Also some didn’t allow you to use them on a Wednesday or Friday.

I know this deal hinders on the restaurant but when I go to buy a gift certificate, I assume that the money I get is good towards my meal without restrictions.

It surprises me that there are sites out there like this that can still make a profit.

Sun Microsystems to Acquire MySQL…

It looks like Sun is making a huge move and acquiring MySQL. Here a portion from MySQL:

“…on January 16, 2008, MySQL and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced an agreement for Sun to acquire MySQL. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is anticipated to close in late Q1 or early Q2 of 2008.”

This kind of surprises me but at the same time I see it as a good strategic move on behalf of both parties.

SharePoint is Cumbersome…Why not use a Wiki?

I had the displeasure of trying out SharePoint the past couple of days to get an understanding of why people like it…I left the experience still having no idea why someone would choose SharePoint over a wiki, especially Deki Wiki. With Deki Wiki you can easily integrate dynamic web services along with easily add content and attachments. It is so intuitive whereas SharePoint requires someone who is Trained in it and a large $xx,000 license.