Con's Web Soapbox. A bit sci-fi. Sometimes hi-fi.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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Friday, October 14, 2005
Photo: pulling into Nassau
This is what the picture came out to be when photographing from the cruise ship pulliing into Nassau (Bahamas) harbor.
This picture firmly belongs in the "Family album". The almost wide-angle lense does a reasonable job with the sky, but editing in Picasa is not very precise. Obviously the sea needs to be isolated and adjusted for brightness and contrast.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Who Has Time For This?: The Best Startup Advice I Have: "Likewise, technology companies shouldn't expect to sell their 1.0 product without undergoing a learning curve around the needed feature set, the competitive response, the right type of channel and sales rep, optimal pricing, etc. And yet, nearly every business plan I have seen shifts gears directly from Development to Sales, staffed by a growing number of experienced sales reps charged to sell their regular quota of product. "
read the whole thing. I often am not in total agreement with Mr. Cowan, but in this case I would be foolish to disagree. Underestimating the difficulty of making the first sale, or the second; the amount of time it will take and resources to achieve is a classic mistake. Often we do not hear about this problem because it hides under the guise of "and then our company ran out of money." Duh.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
News You Can Lose, Part 2 - The readers give their gripes about cable news. By Jack Shafer: "This being Labor Day, I shall undertake no labor except to clip and paste comments from my readers. Yesterday, I invited them to expand upon the subject of my column, 'News You Can Lose: What I hate about cable TV journalism.'
read the whole thing.
Take it away, readers."
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Wired 13.09: The Dream Factory: "The concept is simple: Boot up your computer and design whatever object you can imagine, press a button to send the CAD file to Lewis' headquarters in New Jersey, and two or three weeks later he'll FedEx you the physical object. Lewis launched eMachineShop a year and a half ago, and customers are using his service to create engine-block parts for hot rods, gears for home-brew robots, telescope mounts - even special soles for tap dance shoes. 'Designing stuff used to be just for experts,' Lewis says. 'We're bringing it to the masses.'"
read the whole thing