Windows 7

June 30, 2009 at 1:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I attended the Southern California Code Camp last weekend. They were handing out free Windows 7 beta discs out, so I decided to put it on my laptop to play with it.

Initial impressions:
– Seems much faster than Windows Vista. The more I used Vista, the more I didn’t like it. Couldn’t Microsoft have made the damn thing faster? Subjectively, 7 seems faster than Vista
– The interface resembles that of Vista, which is a good thing. Seems more mac-ish and more modern. There are a few things that make things a bit slicker. Certain icons kind of glow when you hover over them. It just looks more modern.
– Release Candidate 1 seems remarkably stable. It was compatible with all my drivers, except my virus checker (AVG)
– 7 seems to be an incremental upgrade over vista in the same way that xp was an incremental upgrade over 2000. This is my impression anyway.

I’ve only used the OS for a few hours, so my review isn’t very in-depth, but i’ll write more on it as I learn more. So far, it’s a thumbs up.

bailouts

June 18, 2009 at 9:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To put things in perspective, this is our bailout costs vs historical large investments. To the readers of my blog, I would start investing in physical commodities (gold), or anti-inflation hedge funds (Universa’s Black Swan Protection Protocol). Taken from someone else’s blog (I forgot which). Here:

bailouts

Dominant ideas

June 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dominant ideas are “obvious” ideas that polarize thought. Classic dominant ideas are “the earth is flat” and “the earth is the center of the universe”. Once dominant ideas are in place, additional evidence is interpreted in such a way that supports the dominant idea. For example, a paranoid schizophrenic views a person’s nice act as yet another piece of evidence that he is out to get him. While it’s easy for us to be critical of those that perceive things backwards, I guarantee that we are all captives of the same philosophy. One of the ideas of lateral thinking is to identify what the dominant ideas even are. Once the dominant idea is identified, it becomes easier to break out of it.

So just remember, there are breakthrough ideas all around us, but most of us don’t do them because they look wrong.

Samuel Johnson

June 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good”

– Samuel Johnson

Lateral Thinking talks

June 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been practicing giving talks in my room lately. I’ve even gone so far as recording myself speaking and playing the file back. I’m thinking about giving maybe a 20 minute “lateral thinking” talk, then recruiting a few hackers for a weekend-long hack-a-thon. Each hack-a-thon will focus on creating a quick-and-dirty website that won’t necessarily do something useful, but can later lead to breakthrough ideas. Sure, most ideas will fail, but if you aren’t failing at least 90% of the time, you’re not trying hard enough. Eventually, I will stumble upon a unique, different, and even breakthrough idea.

Give me a few months of practice and maybe I can start small (at my monthly 2600 meeting, perhaps). My dad’s going to have two more vacancies in Lankershim in the next few months and maybe I can take advantage of it.

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