Monthly Archives: June 2003

RFID

An article on RFID chips on the Register points to this article about a new, very small RFID chip by Hitachi. [Damn, that Hitachi chip is tiny]. The Hitachi article says: “The [128-bit unique] number is written to the chip … Continue reading

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Middle Ware

This User Friendly strip only slightly captures what it was like to work at a very early dotcom, struggling for direction. One tip: If you ever start a company, make sure that it is pronounceable (“Xsyzyzfxx”) and that people can … Continue reading

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Garfield

My wife writes about Garfield. In 1984, when I was working for Atari, my office mate (Judy B) had the job of working on a “Garfield” video game cartridge. It was a side-scrolling, multi-level game in whicn you controlled Garfield … Continue reading

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More money after bad

Sun’s going to spend half a billion bucks on a “Java Inside” marketing campaign. One goal is to boost its developer mindshare from 3 million or so to 10 million. Just my opinion, but: Maybe they’d be better off spending … Continue reading

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Edge of Darkness

The made for TV miniseries Edge of Darkness was aired about fifteen years ago by KQED; it’s some of the best television I’ve seen, and it’s a shame that it’s not on DVD. (You can find it on Amazon . … Continue reading

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I can’t let this announcement by Sun go unscathed, either. “Java technology is igniting an adrenaline rush in gaming — offering developers the promise of ultra-high performance, truly cross platform gaming with massive market opportunity, and offering end users access … Continue reading

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Tossing bad money after bad

Oracle is offering $16 a share for Peoplesoft, valuing the firm at at over five billion. Do they know what they’re buying? Realllly? Then again, this would concentrate some of the worst code on the planet under one set of … Continue reading

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Peepsoft

One startup I was at for three years was bought (after I left) by company A, which was in turn bought by PeopleSoft, rendering a portion of the stock I had exercised into 27 shares of PeopleSoft. (The other portion … Continue reading

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