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Archive for December 2nd, 2006

*UPDATE* KATU 2 News — New Clues surface on James Kim Family

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Kim FamilyThis just came across from KATU 2 News from Portland, Oregon. Here is a bit of what the article said.

Along the way, the family stopped at a Denny’s restaurant in Roseburg about 8 p.m., authorities said. They had called the lodge to have a key left for them because they planned to arrive late.

But the family never picked up the key or checked in, police have said.

“We don’t have any indication of foul play,” said Sgt. Roger Loomis of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “They were in Roseburg, they had dinner and they left and that’s about the only information we have right now.”  

As of right now, that is the latest news on the James Kim Family who have been missing since Saturday 11/25/2006.

Anyone with information on the Kim family is asked to call 911, or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888, or the San Francisco Police Department Missing Persons Unit, (415) 558-5508.

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Portable Apps

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Portable Apps, I found a quick hit post about this here. I had to go check this out for myself, and will say I’m quite impressed. The only portable media I have right portable appsnow is my digital camera, so I figured,”What the heck, give this a go and see if it actually works.” It does. Now I have a reason to get one of those USB sticks that you see people walk around with on their ID badges (the “big shots“) .

I never really could see buying a USB memory stick for any reason. If I want a portable media player (iPod, Zune, whatever) – I will go buy one of those for the music. I mean, do you really want to carry around your spreadsheets and documents on a USB memory stick; and that’s all?

I can see the use for medical purposes IF the medics that would respond to you had a device they could plug it into that would download all your data. I think I saw a business already going that route, if not, there is another idea for you readers to run with.

Technically Speaking, I might just have to go buy one of those USB sticks now. Well after I somehow get my other laptop. Yes, still chained to this desk and the desktop computer. No one has been generous enough yet to say,”Hey Rex, I’d love to advertise on your site, and I would love to buy up 1,000 T-shirts, but instead of all of that stuff, how about I just send you a MacBook Pro as payment for say 1 year of ad time?” Yeah, that has not happened yet. I’m dreaming I know, but hey, dreams sometime do come trueit is that time of year and all!

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Chat Services revisited with a different point of view

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

I received a comment on this blog post that referenced what I thought was a decent post on the Six Biggest New Ideas in Chat. Now, when someone comments on a blog post, I usually either e-mail them back if they leave a good e-mail address, or I will reply if I want to add something.

The person that left a comment, Anders Jackson, is a Computer Science teacher at this school in Sweden called Högskolan i Gävle. He had already pointed out in his original comment of a blog post that also challenged the TechCrunch article.  I will have to agree with the author, Jean-Louis Seguineau.  The break down of the Six Biggest Ideas in Chat is done point by point, and I suggest that you give it a read. Jean-Louis goes over each of the six points, and basically debunks or challenges the “facts” of what was posted on TechCrunch.

Technically Speaking, I encourage all readers that would like to leave comments to anything I post here. If you disagree, please tell me and what your reasons are for doing so. I won’t be offended, and in fact, I will credit all that point out another view or in this case my error on taking TechCrunch on it’s word being that they are the big dogs in tech blogging. Thank you again goes to Anders Jackson, Computer Science teacher of Sweden’s Högskolan i Gävle  for pointing this out, and thank you Jean-Louis Seguineau for posting the nice break down on the TechCrunch blog post – The Six Biggest New Ideas in Chat.

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Oodle gets personal on Monday

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Oodle, the classified aggregator is planning to release the personals. Should it be unleash the personals aggregation on the world on Monday? So I guess if you really oodlereally need that online date, now is your chance. The web site currently states they “Search over 15 million classifieds from 60,000 sites“, that tells me – if you can’t get a date now, you just better figure out a better way to find one.

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*UPDATE* James Kim and Family

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Kim FamilyJust read this *Updated* CNET article – apparently they are now working on a confirmed sighting of James Kim and his family from last Saturday evening (11/25/2006) at a Denny’s restaurant in Roseburg, OR. The search has now shifted north to Douglas County. This is according to the Oregon police. Here is a link to the SFPD missing person’s flyer.

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Social Networks are not safe

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Well they can be deadly actually. This article talks about all the security holes there are within some of the bigger social networks such as MySpace, as well as videos on YouTube.

These security holes could actually help a murder take place. I feel that isn’t the biggest concern that was being pointed out, but security leaks do lead to the possibility of bad things happening.

This of course is NOT a post to discourage the use of social networks. It’s more like to provide general awareness that there are things on a social network that you need to be aware of. Technically Speaking, there is nothing wrong with posting some semi-public service announcements, right?

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Wikimatrix

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

wikimatrixWikimatrix, is an appropriate name for a site that does just that. It compares all the wiki’s out there. Technically Speaking, I still am not totally into using wiki’s but have found them to be useful sources of information from time to time on new subjects I have no clue on.

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CE “Oh No”

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Yes, I think these are quite funny. What the big dogs say or when their tongue slips. It makes you almost, if you are a CEO, have people at large gatherings sign a disclaimer stating “You will not quote me, unless I say it’s okay.” Darn, I just gave away a business idea for some new up and coming lawyer I’m sure. I need to stop giving away these Web 2.0 ideas, or ideas in general.

I would post Bill’s photo, but you know – not into lawsuits. It was a nice send up picture you did cartoon speech ballooned. Technically Speaking, we all know it’s about the porn Bill Watkins, CEO of Seagate.  😉

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Web 2.0 going to Web 2.1 metadata

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Metadata. The first time I heard that term was back in like 1997. I was working at the time as the Network Administrator, Oracle DBA, and all around PC hardware person. In other words, just like my resume, I was the jack of all trades (JOAT). Back to Metadata. We were installing a new ERP system at the time, and the system was based off of a metadata backend over Oracle with a 4th generation programming language called GEMBASE.

As the ERP system team was there, I said,”Okay, wtf is Metadata? Define it for me please?” The guy smiles and goes,”Well basically Metadata is data about data.” Nice. Thanks for using the same noun twice to describe something for me! In all truthfulness, that in a nutshell is what metadata is. Data about Data.

In this article, the person is basically stating that Web 2.0 is probably going to be Web 2.1 before it’s Web 3.0 as the NY Times thinks. Technically Speaking, I happen to have to agree with the writer.

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Bloggers just link back…

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

Give credit where credit is due. I don’t write most of what goes on here. I find it on the web, and I make sure whoever did the original article is linked back too. Simple.

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