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The Girls of EBay and Their Playstation 3s

Posted in Games, Humor, Technology by engtech on November 25, 2006

I’ve been purposely skipping the ridiculous supply and demand story of the Playstation 3. Customers have been having a horrible time because the supply is so much lower than the demand, especially with the muggings and shootings. No one needs a console for Christmas that badly. What I find craziest about the situation is the E-bay PS3 Grey Market. One of the guys at Gizmodo crunches the numbers and comes up with the figure that 10% of shipped Playstation 3’s have ended up on E-Bay.

When you consider the opportunity for 100%-1000% profit almost guaranteed (provided you don’t accidently put the price at $9.99), it’s no surprise that this kind of activity is happening. What’s even more interesting is the marketing ploys that are being used in the now crowded E-Bay PS3 resale market. Dave Zatz has a video of the “Girls of E-Bay” with their PS3s.

(Link to video for RSS readers)


programmers vs biologists vs evolution (hello world)

Posted in Humor, Programming and Software Development, Technology by engtech on November 24, 2006

Some geek grab bag. I’ve talked about programmers vs developers, but what about programmers vs biologists? Bill Walker explains why there’s no cure for the common cold by comparing the biotech industry to the software industry. It may be funnier because I have a cold right now.

Mike has 10 signs your new programming language / framework is doomed.

And straight out of Usenet,

The Evolution of Programmers

evolution of programmers

(image by YoPoLey, CC licensed)

High School/Jr.High

  20 END

First year in College

  program Hello(input, output)
      writeln('Hello World')


Peace at Last – The Joy of Telecommuting from Home

Posted in Humor, Links, Technology, Workhacks and High Tech Life by engtech on November 08, 2006

AndyC has a funny piece on the joys of telecommuting from home. I’ll must warn you that he’s British, so he might not actually be funny — just British.

engtech on reading/watching anything British: “hahahhahaha, omg he said tea instead of coffee!! this is z0 funny! He’s typing/talking in an accent!”

That isn’t a horrible slag that Brits aren’t funny, it’s a horrible slag that I find dry wit to be the ultimate form of humour. Your millage(sic) may vary.

I never used to work from home much. When the kids were younger, my wife was at home and without a office, quiet room or even a shed, I found it difficult to concentrate. Accessing the work network over dial-up also was a significant constraint.

Now things are different. My children are both at secondary school and leave the house before I do. My wife also works and I have a broadband connection and VPN access to the office network. So, occasionally, I can save two hours commuting, sit down with a decent cup of tea, be productive and still be back home in time for tea.

>> on hamsters, headhunters, hampers and false religion

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Top Ten Things I Hate About Crunch Time at a Startup

Posted in Humor, Programming and Software Development, Technology by engtech on October 04, 2006

This is the evil twin of Getting to Deadline – Programmer Productivity Tips

Working for a startup can be interesting, challenging, and a great learning experience. But it can also be very, very frustrating and require humorous rants like the following just to keep you from pulling out your hair and the hair of anyone who has the misfortune to sit beside you.

The Internet is rapidly devolving into a Cosmo-like collection of top ten fluff pieces about nothing, and I know I’m part of the problem, not part of the solution, but that didn’t stop me.

Top Ten Things I Hate About Crunch Time


Code Monkey

Posted in Geeking Out, Humor, Programming and Software Development, Technology by engtech on September 28, 2006

code monkey loves you

Code Monkey get up get coffee
Code Monkey go to job
Code Monkey have boring meeting
With boring manager Rob
Rob say Code Monkey very dilligent
But his output stink
His code not “functional” or “elegant”
What do Code Monkey think?
Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write god damned login page himself
Code Monkey not say it out loud
Code Monkey not crazy, just proud

Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
Code Monkey like you


My theme song :)

Posted in Geeking Out, Humor, Links, Technology by engtech on September 23, 2006

Reasons why Steve Jobs isn’t the next Bill Gates – a photo essay

Posted in Geeking Out, Humor, Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, Technology by engtech on September 13, 2006

GigaOM has some hype about how Mr. Jobs looks like a contender for the role of Evil Overload formerly played by Mr. Gates. I’d like to present a photo essay of why that is not the case.

Are you prepared for the machismo that is BillG?

WARNING: This post is sexier than usual.

Please keep this away from the eyes of women and young children, they may find it stimulating and confusing. Keep your eyes directly ahead, turn the volume off on your speakers, and move any coffee mugs or glasses of water away from the keyboard.


The War on Terror As viewed from the Bourne shell

Posted in Humor, Technology by engtech on August 23, 2006

The War on Terror, as reenacted by the unix commandline.

$ ls
$ cd bin
$ ls
$ cd ..
$ rm -r bin/laden
bin/laden: No such file or directory
$ find / -name laden

>> Sun Ray Blog

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Signs of the Upcoming Blogamageddon and 20 Things Every Blogger Should Know to Prevent It *

Posted in Becoming a Better Blogger, Humor, Technology by engtech on August 15, 2006
  1. People judge a book by its cover. Titles are very important.
  2. Blogging about blogging is like masturbation**.
    • Everybody does it, but only a select few obsessively think about it all the time.
    • But they’re the ones who sit beside you on the bus.
  3. Blogging takes more time then you might think. Seriously consider collaboratively working with partners.
    • Inferior, weak-willed partners whose posts you can edit and change with no fear of retaliation, because they know that you have the kahuna’s to release those pictures from that tequila-ridden time with the llamas. Pictures that should never have been taken.
    • llamas are sexy when you make them wear high heels
    • Yes, I am talking to you Robert Scoble.
  4. People won’t dig through old posts unless you are writing a blog about your experience as a London call girl. Present your content in a way that it is easy for new readers to find the older posts they might find interesting.
  5. Categories are how you logically organize posts. It’s like having different drawers for white socks, black socks, and women’s lacy underwear. Each post should have one category.
  6. Tagging is an essential way to add semantic information to help people find similar posts. They aren’t the same as categories, although you can use the same tools to do both. Each post should have multiple tags.
    • Tagging is like putting a Post-It note on your favorite socks to remind you that they have pictures of Superman, so that you’d be able to find them if you couldn’t see the sock but you could still see the Post-It.
    • That’s a really bad analogy.
  7. There is someone out there writing about the exact same subject. Find a way to keep your posts interesting.
    • If that means transcribing your blog into a word balloons above naked pictures of Yasmine Bleeth cavorting with Kermit the Frog then who am I to judge?
  8. A picture is worth a thousand words.
    • Especially if it involves naked Yasmine Bleeth cavorting with Kermit the Frog.
  9. Cut out the chaff. Less is more. This list should have stopped at #6.
  10. Re-read the damn think. Copy editing is a full time job.
  11. Getting dugg, redd, scaped or slashdotted won’t drastically increase your audience. Don’t be a one hit wonder.
  12. Or maybe one popular post is a big enough gateway for you to pick up regular readers and get the whole shebang on the road..
  13. Do search engine optimization to help people find (your) relevant content, not to increase your page views. It’s a sad day indeed when the only hits are from Google spiders and your mom.
  14. Using WordPress (especially wordpress.com) will drastically increase your ranking in search results. It’s Magic with a capital M.
  15. Page views, unique visitors, inbound links, page rank, number of comments and Technorati ranking have as much meaning as you give them. Stats are addictive, but they come second to having fun.
    • Give up SiteMeter and switch to heroin. At least proper drug addiction has support groups. Who is going to listen to you whine about how you got fired for looking at your page views every minute of every day instead of working? No one.
  16. Pick a subject, and stick with it. The only person interested in every random thought going through your head is your mother (and even then she’s faking it).
  17. Commenting on another person’s blog is a good way to get their attention.
    • Sending them illicit pictures of yourself dressed up as a Teletubby covered with whip cream and licorice is a better way.
  18. Keep a list of everyone who ever says something disparaging about you. When you reach the Technorati Top 100 you can look down from green leafy nirvana and mock them as nubile slaves feed you succulent grapes.
  19. The Internet is full of cats. One more won’t hurt.
  20. Not only is ignoring your super-hot girlfriend while writing blog entries a bad idea, it’s liable to get you castrated in your sleep. She baked you cookies for ******’s sake. Stop reading this and go pay attention to her.

Yeah, the title wasn’t an accurate representation of the article. It got you to read it though, dinnit? Actually, blogging as we know it is on the cusp of great change.

** I might be doing it, but you’re the one who’s still reading it.

Inspired by problogger.net List Group Writing Project.

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Bug 95849 and Bug 330884

Posted in Humor, Programming and Software Development, Technology by engtech on July 25, 2006

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