Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Monday, April 24, 2006

china

a very interesting (and quite different then most) view on what's going on in china these days.

Friday, March 31, 2006

selling "stuff"

So, in the process of moving in with Katie I have had to pare down my pile o' stuff. Part of that paring down is the elimination of a healthy amount of recorded media.

I went through all my dvd's and sorted out about 2/3 to sell. Once I had figured out what I was going to do with them I had to figure out a way to do it. The first thought about was to try selling them to a used cd/dvd store here in the city but I was only going to get $1 or $2 each for the ~ 70 DVD's that I was getting rid of. That didnt' really satisfy me I decided to see what was available online.

The first thing that I had to do was create a list of everything that I wanted to sell - these damn guys expect to know what you're selling before they will tell how much they'll pay! So one Excel spreadsheet later I was running along and looking at a number of different websites to see what they had to offer. All you need to do is Google "sell used DVD" and a veritable plethora of options will be returned.

I went through and looked at about 6 or 7 options. Some of these sites expected you to enter information via UPC codes!! Wow - those were some sites I left immeadiately. Another problem is that most of them expect you to enter title's in one at a time which is great for a small order of 10 or less but I had about 70! Their other rule is that you have to send in a list of at least 100 to be considered for "bulk pricing" - what a pain in the butt. So, the one's that had the 100 DVD minimum, I sent in my list anyway via an email attachment. There were a couple that let me copy and paste the majority if not all of my list into a bulk upload tool....did I ever fall in love with them :) The first couple responses have already come back this morning - one told me that yes, I had to use their tool since it wasn't an order of 100 DVD's or more. The other people were a little more accomadating and offered me either $198(+ $10 to cover the cost of shipping) or $281 to use on their site as a credit to buy things....me thinks that I would be going for the cash. I'll give some of the other sites a day or two before I make up my mind on who to go with.

So now that the DVD's are in process I'm starting to figure out what to do with my ~ 180 CD's. I ended up going with a friend of a friend that is running a service called Hungry Pod. She came last night and picked up two boxes of CD's to be burned to DVD's as MP3 tracks and then I'm going to have to figure out a way to sell these CD's as well. At least the sites that ask for 100 or more will accept my list as an email attachment. It's all digital from here on out baby!

I'm wondering what I'll get for the CD's when I go to sell them....

The best part is that we are, I think, on the cusp of a revolution in which we won't have to buy physical media ever again....if we don't want to. Everything that can be delivered via the 'net will be delivered that way. It's soooo much more efficient and with the price of storage dropping so quickly it will simply be a matter of choosing to store the content locally yourself, with the site that sold it, or at some 3rd party that offers advanced storage and backup capabilities. The penetration of broadband is making a real business out of some of these online storage solutions.

Back to work and waiting for some more quotes!

r.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

getting past the IVR

This website is a great resource for EVERYONE!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

shot on sight

The results of a 28 gauge shotgun blast of birdshot from 30 yards.

skippin

who in the world would have ever thought that i would enjoy an article about physics??? not i, that's for sure!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Garden of Eden

Every once in a while you hear about something like this that totally blows my mind.

ballistic rose

wonder if my fiance would find this as cool as i do??

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Redskins Sean Taylor's trial postponed

I'm just guessing but I think that this judge is either a big Hurricane or Redskins fan. I mean, who else but a pro-athlete would get their FIREARMS trial postponed THREE times just so his damn team doesn't miss him for the regular season and now the playoffs?!?! This is a farce of justice - no other way that I can put it.

FON home ET, FON home.....

I'm getting cranky about the wi-fi collective that FON is trying to toss together. Google or not - it just won't matter if you are trying to grow it from the bottom up. In the end I would be highly surprised if Google ended up being a network operator - why in the world would they want to? I don't think that locational relevance of your ad's is going to be worth the price and hassle of running a wireless network....but I've been wrong before and will likely be wrong again in the not to distant future.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

highway signs

How great is this sign?

Victory in Bowl Mania 2005!

May the lord have mercy on the souls of those that choose to take me on in College Pick 'em 2006! Another victory at the expense of my buddies ;)
 
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Thursday, January 05, 2006

IP PBX from Linksys

Andy is usually a great read but in this case I think that he has forgotten one of the most important parts about an IP-PBX and voice overhead - the ~ 80k load - is only applicable when someone is actually talking. Upwards of 50% of any phone conversation is actually silence - pay attention next time you're on the phone and see how much time there no one is actually talking...it may surprise you. There is actually so much silence in a typical phone call that Cisco had to artificially simulate "white noise" on their IP phone handsets so that people would stop saying “hello, are you there?” 

Of course, there are a number of other problems with the call going out over the wilds of the internet not the least of which is the total lack of QoS - that's a bigger problem then the limited bandwidth of a DSL circuit...and last time I checked cable modems actually had a higher penetration....though that doesn't solve the bigger problems which is most people quote DOWNLOAD speeds and it's quite common to have a significantly slower UPLOAD speed. A 1 MB downstream circuit may have an upload speed a quarter of that.

Andy did have a good point in questioning the who/what/where/when/why of deploying this solution. I’m thinking that it will be more then the typical CDW customer will be able to handle on their own. If they have 1000 VAR’s already lined up I’m guessing that they are counting every POS that currently sells Linksys gear as a VAR and that’s a recipe for disaster! These people are used to handing over a low end switch/router – not a telephony product.

Interesting concept, I’m just not to sure how it’s going to play out.

This looks like just too much fun...

have fun and torture the MTA at the same time!