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.
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.
And straight out of Usenet,
The Evolution of Programmers
10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD" 20 END
First year in College
program Hello(input, output) begin writeln('Hello World') end.
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 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
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 reenacted by the unix commandline.
$ cd bin
$ cd ..
$ rm -r bin/laden
bin/laden: No such file or directory
$ find / -name laden
>> Sun Ray Blog
- People judge a book by its cover. Titles are very important.
- 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.
- Blogging takes more time then you might think. Seriously consider collaboratively working with partners.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Especially if it involves naked Yasmine Bleeth cavorting with Kermit the Frog.
- Cut out the chaff. Less is more. This list should have stopped at #6.
- Re-read the damn think. Copy editing is a full time job.
- If you don’t know the difference between your/you’re/there/their/they’re and you can’t type out ‘you’ or ‘for’ as full words, then maybe you should stick to putting revealing pictures of yourself on the Internet and give this whole ‘blogging’ thing a pass.
- Especially if you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
- Getting dugg, redd, scaped or slashdotted won’t drastically increase your audience. Don’t be a one hit wonder.
- When was the last time you listened to U Can’t Touch This?
- 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..
- 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.
- Using WordPress (especially wordpress.com) will drastically increase your ranking in search results. It’s Magic with a capital M.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- The Internet is full of cats. One more won’t hurt.
- 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.
Unrelated, but interesting posts:
- Getting to Deadline – Programmer Productivity Tips At Work (Getting to Done)
- Understanding Tagging Folksonomy – How it Relates to Improving PageRank
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These are some of my favorite bugs from the Bugzilla project. Bug #95849 is obviously a farce, but #330884 is a real issue that reads rather humourously.
- Bug 95849 – Lack of Sex is interfering with my ability to triage bugs
- Bug 330884 – When different users on one system choose to save or not save passwords for sites, any other user can see sites they not only saved passwords for but can also see what other users have been saving/never saving passwords for.