Over the holidays, after nearly three years at Navitor, I decided to move on to another career challenge by joining Best Buy. As Senior Product Manager on the BestBuy.com eCommerce team, I am managing the applications responsible for the customer’s account and profile information, self service, digital rights management and more.
I am thrilled to work on one of the top eCommerce sites in the United States. Best Buy is playing an important roll in helping people buy and use the wide range of technology that is so pervasive and increasingly important in our lives.
Charlie just turned ten and is finishing up the last few chapters of the last Harry Potter book. Sam is almost eight and is in the middle of book 5. Jodi and I both read all the books as they came out and have enjoyed revisiting them with the boys. We’ve been watching the movies, but only after Sam finishes each book. It will be a bittersweet day when Sam finishes the series. I would understand if J.K. Rowling doesn’t revisit her world of magic with new books, but I know I would be first in line if she does.
Todd Snider has put together a top-notch band and recorded a killer set of cover songs under the moniker Hard Working Americans. Do yourself a favor and buy this one, it’s a keeper.
Track list (with original songwriter)
“Blackland Farmer” by Frankie Miller “Another Train” by Will Kimbrough “Down to the Well” by Kevin Gordon and Lucinda Williams “The Mountain Song” by Kieran Kane “Stomp and Holler” by Hayes Carll “Straight to Hell” by Drivin’ N’ Cryin “Welfare Music” by The Bottle Rockets “Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man” by Randy Newman “Run a Mile” by Dan Herron and Chuck Mead “I Don’t Have a Gun” by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack “Wrecking Ball” by Gillian Welch
A previously unpublished video from January 30, 1984 where Steve Jobs presents the new Macintosh personal computer to the Boston Computer Society. He starts off with some jabs at IBM, then follows up with the haymaker 1984 Macintosh commercial. He then goes into Jobs mode with tech specs and abundant hyperbole about how insanely great this computer is.
Douglas Engelbart recently passed away, leaving us an amazing legacy including inventing the mouse, and this almost impossible demo of our future. At the start of this presentation, later dubbed “the mother of all demos”, Engelbart issued this challenge to future generations who waste their days flinging pissed-off birds at delinquent swine:
If, in your office, you as an intellectual worker were supplied with a computer display, backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day and was instantly responsible — responsive (hehe) to every interaction you had, how much value could you derive from that.
Here is the introduction to the demo from the title cards:
A Research Center For Augmenting Human Intellect By Douglas C. Engelbart and William R. English
December 9, 1968
Produced at Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, California
Under the joint sponsorship of: The Advanced Research Projects Agency, The National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and The Rome Air Development Center (Air Force).
The movie captures directly a technical-session presentation made at the fall joint computer conference in San Francisco, on December 9, 1968.
The movie screen will show what was projected by a high-powered TV projection onto a 22′ X 18′ screen mounted at the front of the 2000-chair convention-center arena, and the sound track will reproduce what came over the loudspeakers.
On the stage, below and to the audience’s right of the screen, was seated the main speaker (Doug Engelbart) at the controls of an on-line computer-display work station whose display output was projected on the screen (and simultaneously captured on film).
Behind the scenes, Bill English coordinated the supporting crew who manned cameras, switches, mixers, special-effects controllers, etc.. You will notice that all performers wore headsets to couple them into the intercom network that included a total of six key people located both in San Francisco and at the home laboratory in Menlo Park.
The capturing on film of the audio and video was a process subsidiary to the presentation, and the latter was not stopped for teh two times when the movie-camera operator had to load fresh film — consequently, there are noticeable gaps between reels (of the order of a minute).
Signals from auxiliary television cameras were sometimes switched to the projector — the opening scene is from such a camera, showing Engelbart’s face view, just after he was introduced.