Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Seriously - why do I do this to myself?

If you read this blog you know I have sworn off the Denver Broncos in 2007. I was doing good with my fasting - I had not watched a single minute of any of their games nor did I even know where they stood in the standings. But, when they played last night on Monday Night Football, it was hard to resist settling in to watch them play. I mean come on - a re-match of Elway's SuperBowl victory over Favre and the Packers?!? What football fan could resist?

But, I did resist. I did not listen to the game on the way home from work on ESPN. I did not come home early to watch the game and I declined a few invitations to go to a local bar and watch the game with friends. I was feeling good about my abstinence.

I came home, did some errands, ate some dinner and did some work. I was doing just fine.... And then, I decided to sit down and relax in front of the tube. The tube came on to ESPN and I saw the score: Denver 13, Green Bay 13, start of overtime. I actually said aloud, "Well, this may be worth watching!" I felt a little guilty for breaking my promise, but seriously, what could it hurt?

And then came the shock therapy. Denver kicks off and on the first play from scrimmage Favre throws an 82-yard touchdown pass (I think it was some sort of Monday Night Football record) to end the game. In literally 16 seconds of my time spent watching the game it was over. At least I did not waste 4 hours watching the Denver Donkeys - I got the same treatment in an efficient 16 seconds.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Cross-post: GigaOm - How Network Statistics Can Make Search Better And More Relevant

Here's another cross-post on a piece I wrote for Om on using network traffic statistics to produce more relevant search results. This post was inspired by an excellent paper by Joe Weinman of AT&T that you can find here. I really thought this post would spark some major concerns over privacy, but since it did not I guess everyone knows that whatever you do on the Internet (email, IM, VoIP, web browsing, etc.) is public knowledge.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Day the Routers Died...

If you have not seen this video from the RIPE 55 Meeting last week in Amsterdam at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky (great place - been there a few times) then you're missing out. Classic networking geek video - try to see how many of the technical references you can catch.

My favorite verse: "And now we've all lost our purpose.. my cisco shares completely worthless..." Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cross-post: NewTeeVee post on infinite bandwidth

Today NewTeeVee (part of the GigaOm network) posted a blog I wrote about how the Internet would change if bandwidth was infinite. It's good that I have a fairly thick skin as some of the comments on the post were less than constructive - and it got even worse on digg.

If you're up for joining the fray, I'd welcome your comments and thoughts on the topic!