Magnum’s back!

October 30, 2007

Access Hollywood | NBC's 'Las Vegas' Makes a 'Magnum P.I.' Reunion | Latest TV Show NewsMagnum P.I. is back, bitches!

NBC’s ‘Las Vegas’ Makes a ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reunion
http://www.accesshollywood.com/television/ah6536.shtml 

I was born in Hawaii and I grew up with Magnum P.I. so don’t hate!  All throughout college, when I was kickin’ back in my apartment or my dorm room, I’d watch reruns of Magnum P.I. every afternoon like clockwork.  And now, here I am watching Las Vegas and the show opens up with a verrrry familiar voice.

I think to myself, "Hey.  That sounds like T.C. but that can’t be because…" and then I realized I was watching a show that had just added Tom Selleck to the cast and looked up and stared at Larry Mannetti, Tom Selleck, and Roger Mosley:  The original cast of Magnum P.I..

YES.  I’M A CLOSET MAGNUM FAN
Magnum P.I. taught me the difference between man-to-man and floating zone defense in basketball.  Magnum P.I. taught me that the Ferrari was a really bad ass kickin’ ride and that every man should aspire to own one in their lifetime.  (I still do and as god is my witness, I will buy a Modena from the Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Hotel is Las Vegas when I retire.) Magnum P.I. taught me that guns, helicopters, and friends-that-can-hook-you-up-when-you-need-to-call-in-a-favor are really cool.

Also, Magnum P.I. taught me that being shorter-in-stature than "the rest of the team" yet smart & well-hooked-up could take you a long way like it did Rick, Larry Manetti’s weapons specialist character.  Larry – if you’re out there, thanks for helping to give a short kid someone to aspire to.

I’M STILL PISSED OFF
And yes, I’m still pissed off that they killed Magnum at the end.  I remember yelling, "NOOOOOOO!  WHHHHY??!?" 

ENOUGH ALREADY.  WHO ARE THE NEW CHARACTERS?
Larry
Ryan, Roger Hartley, and "some British billionaire".  God, I love this show.  This has totally reinvigorated my interest in NBC’s Las Vegas, which was frankly going downhill with all the silliness that was going on that wasn’t Vegas related… until this little twist in the characters.

Check this out: (taken from Access Hollywood)

In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Manetti says Selleck came up with the idea for the reunion, “Tom plays this ranch guy in Nevada. The script first called for his two cowboy buddies to come in, but he changed it to where Roger and I replaced the cowboys. We were all in the Marines together. I play a multimillionaire who wears tailor-made suits and owns 250 nightclubs and restaurants around the country, and Roger owns this mega-aviation company, helicopters.”

In the ‘Magnum’ series Manetti played a nightclub owner and Mosley played a helicopter pilot. He told the Las Vegas Sun it seems like old times, “It’s great. The dialogue is the same as it was on ‘Magnum,‘ the same kind of banter. It was just like old times, except when we were taping I turned around and instead of seeing palm trees, I saw slot machines.”

John Hillerman, the fourth star of the series is not featured in the episode. According to Manetti he thinks Hillerman is retired. Manetti also tells the Las Vegas Sun that he and Mosley will have recurring roles in the series.

Oh, I so hope John Hillerman comes out of retirement to play the "British billionaire".

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HIGH DEFINITION DVD PLAYERS: $197 vs $429?

October 29, 2007

Are you kidding me?  Look at the price difference between HD DVD players and BluRay DVD players:

I mean it’s not even close.  HD DVD Players are HALF the cost of BluRay Players.  And what’s even more amazing is the fact that HD DVD is a functionally superior format.  With it’s amazing overlaying capabilities and advanced technologies like:

  • having gorgeous "floating" interactive menus
  • picture-in-picture videos with director’s expressions overlaying the movie
  • side-by-side movie comparisons like before & after shots
  • dynamic Internet downloaded content displayed at-play-time
  • dual format discs with both standard definition & high definition on a single disc
  • quick disc boot up time
  • universal compatibility
  • availability of ‘managed copy’ providing copies to be made to home video servers

…HD DVD continues to be the superior format.  And with the emergence of "holiday pricing", it now look much more affordable as well.


HUMOR: Have I mentioned recently how much I love Ctrl-Alt-Del?

October 28, 2007

I find it so difficult to understand how Penny Arcade is lavished more praise upon than Ctrl-Alt-Del.  I laugh my ass off every time I read CAD.  I mean, Tim Buckley is a genius… GENIUS!  Why aren’t you reading his comic, dammit!  Do it now!

<taken from http://ctrlaltdel-online.com/comic.php?d=20070914>


VIDEO: “Putting Cruelty Out of Business” – Best Friends & the Virginia puppy mill rescue

October 26, 2007

Best Friends & local humane groups rescued 200 dogs from a large puppy mill in southern Virginia that was shut down by the authorities recently. 

A "puppy mill" is is a business that churns out puppies for sale & profit, despite the fact that:

  • 4,000,000~5,000,000 animals die in animal shelters every year.
    (For those interested in the math, this is roughly 11,000 deaths every day.)
  • 20% of all animals in shelters are pure bred – mostly from puppy mill breeders with "overstock" or poorly raised animals that are surrendered by those that buy them.
  • It’s estimated that 500,000 dogs are bred in puppy mills every year.
  • There are more than 6000 licensed commercial kennels in the US. (and untold number unlicensed)

puppies_donate A video was created to commemorate the rescue of these animals and the great work that Best Friends and other non-profit animal rescue organizations perform.  Under the heading of "Putting Cruelty Out of Business", Best Friends has a campaign to help rescue and rehabilitate puppy mill dogs.

In these times of distrust & lack of accountability, if you can’t reach out to help your fellow man, try to at least find it in your heart to help those who have no one to turn to and are in dire straits through no fault of their own.

Help balance the failings of our society by helping those that not only can’t help themselves but were never there of their own accord.


The Rise of the Blue Monster

October 26, 2007

BlueMonster Huh?  What is this?

I don’t know if you’ve seen this logo before, (it’s been around for almost a year now) but it’s kind of the symbol of something that started in Microsoft UK.  A guy I know, Steve Clayton, created with cartoonist Hugh MacLeod, this thing they called "The Blue Monster". 

It’s a symbol of the resurgence of the driving renegade mentality amongst some of the more "independent thinking" employees to stop letting everyone else (particularly our own Marketing & PR departments) talk about what we think is cool and start doing the talking ourselves.

I have to admit, it does symbolize a lot of the reasons I myself blog.  I’m tired of the ungodly spin that "others" put on our products.  I would simply prefer to interpret the products myself in the context of my customer’s business needs and make my thoughts public. 

I mean, the proof is in the pudding:  From a corporate marketing perspective, no one ever reads our product datasheets any more.  Why?  Because they aren’t clear, to the point, and there’s too many words to describe what should otherwise be a few sentences and some screen snapshots.

Then there’s people like Walt Mossberg who believe they’re the face of reality.  The fact is, I haven’t read an article from him that reflects either my own opinions or those of my customers in YEARS.  But unfortunately, he’s in the Wall Street Journal which makes him an unavoidable force to be reckoned with because those who make decisions often don’t know any better and form their opinions on the basis of his own … err… questionable views.

BlueMonsterspritzed No, I prefer to talk about our technologies and identify what’s cool on my own.   I think that’s the power of the blogosphere.  And if you don’t agree, it’s not like I’m published in every issue of WSJ:  Simply, switch off and don’t read.  It’s that easy.

EXAMPLE:  SOFTGRID
Take for instance, Softgrid – the technology we acquired from Softricity:
This is some of the coolest stuff we’ve ever gotten our hands on. 

However the spin on the product is COMPLETELY WRONG:

  1. APPLICATION VIRTUALIZATION?
    There’s nothing "virtual" about the applications when you use SoftGrid.  What SoftGrid does is it virtualizes the Windows operating system and provides a synthetic interface to all of Windows APIs and libraries.  What SoftGrid ultimately is, is OS VIRTUALIZATION, in the same way that Virtual Server is MACHINE VIRTUALIZATION by presenting synthetic hardware to Windows operating systems.
  2. STREAMING & MOBILE DELIVERY?
    I’m so tired of people (mostly ex-Softricity) trying to pitch Softgrid as a mobile delivery framework for laptop users that streams applications to machines first and foremost.  Folks – NO ONE USES IT THIS WAY.  At least none of the customers I know of. 

    SoftGrid’s primary selling point is as a means for eliminating compatibility issues between applications.  Every application runs in it’s own memory space as if it were the only application running in Windows.  You can have Word 2000, Word 2001, and Word 2003 all running at the same time, and run a couple JavaVMs while you’re at it.  This mechanism reduces the cost of ownership of applications in a dramatic fashion that is readily obvious to customers.

    …the value of streaming applications to laptop users is arguable when most customers already have existing desktop management solutions in place.  Why would you want to incorporate a completely new management framework into your organization?  (We are in fact making the SoftGrid streaming capabilities a part of System Center Configuration Manager so in the future, these features will be available to existing SCCM customers, but that’s a ways away)

All I can say is that the more bloggers we have from Microsoft coming out of the woodwork, talking about our stuff and talking about it with the verve and passion that our products and strategies deserve, then the better off Microsoft will be.  Breaking down the barriers of monolithic culture will be what carries Microsoft forward in the future.

Vive la Revolution!


Randy Pausch – A CMU Professor’s “Last Lecture”

October 26, 2007

This was forwarded to me by one of my account executives. 

Randy Pausch is a CS professor at Carnegie Mellon. He’s 47, a father of three, and he’s dying of cancer. There’s a tradition at CMU, where professors are honored at their last lecture, and are free to pass on whatever message they see fit. Randy’s is an entertaining and insightful talk about chasing your childhood dreams and he does it through anecdotes that are near and dear to our nerdy hearts. It’ll really hit you emotionally, though, when his speech is done and you realize that this man will likely die in a few months and this speech is his parting message.

http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/multimedia/randy-pausch-lecture.shtml


Larry Ellison sells off 1 Million shares of ORCL everyday this month

October 25, 2007

Check this out.  The AP wrote an article about Larry Ellison selling 1,000,000 shares of Oracle stock today:
http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/ticker/article.aspx?Feed=AP&Date=20071025&ID=7566697&Symbol=ORCL

What’s much more interesting that apparently slipped the eyes of the AP is that he actually sold 1,000,000 shares of Oracle stock EVERYDAY over the last month – so far that’s been 20 Million shares.
http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/invsub/insider/trans.asp?Symbol=ORCL

This equates to a liquidation of 2% of his entire Oracle stock holdings in a single month.  Larry Ellison has about 1 billion shares remaining.

What do you make of that?