Friday, December 24, 2004

Skype Santa your X-mas List - Happy Festivus

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Festivus, in true Festivus style I hope you have all purchased your aluminum pole and are preparing for feats of strength and the airing of your grievances.

If you click here callto://santasworkshop or enter skype username: santasworkshop in your Skype window you can leave Santa a quick message to let him know any toys you have forgotten to put on your X-mas list.

Safe and happy Holidays...

PS - I could use some more SkypeOut Minutes, if any staff are feeling generous around the holidays towards a loyal beta tester. :)

Thursday, December 23, 2004

The only thing IE is good for is downloading Firefox.

I am a huge fan of Mozilla Firefox, honestly if you still use IE, immediately proceed to and install Firefox.

This tweak, really sped up my overall Firefox experience, which was already great - props to the author..

Basically (the way I understand it - please correct me if I am way off) it changes the way Ffox pings a web server.. instead of sending individual requests it sends 30 - a little tougher on the webserver but much better for you...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

What's in the Water in Estonia?

Josh Levine (Forbes), wrote a really good piece on the Skype guys, and the general IT climate in Estonia. Being small, smart and driven has its advantages, but combining that with a driven entrepreneurial 'I've got something to prove' attitude, seems to be a winning combination. The talent pool in this country seems endless, some of the most clever programmers I have had the pleasure of working with, all seem to have roots in this E-Baltic wifi prodigious nation.

Might be time for a visit, I am one hell of a paintballer - so I might fit right in at the next office party. Got a spare bed Jaanus?

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Extreme Skype

This is undoubtedly the coolest use of Skype I have seen yet. I often joke that with a satellite connection you could talk from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to another guy at the top of Mt. Everest, but looks like these guys are actually doing it.

One of the neat things I have been working on is the ability to audioblog using Skype, so remotely on a PDA, say hanging by your fingertips to the rock on the North Face of some mountain :) you could take a moment and audioblog your experiences if you had a Sat. connection, through an RBGAN.

Unfortunately you could end up audioblogging your screaming death plunge if you fall off during your session. Although you would go out with a bang, your blog would get more traffic than you could imagine.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Peace Up, A town down.. west side Aiee..

I have no idea what it is about this clip, but it completely cracks me up.

Need Quicktime.

Peace Up

Credit to the author, whomever you might be.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

10 Cheesiest Movie Lines of All Time.

These are hard to argue with, cept' for the Top gun reference - that scene brings a tear to my eye everytime.

Did they miss any?

The list of big cheese moments:

1. "Titanic": Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm the king of the world!"

2. "Dirty Dancing": Patrick Swayze's "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."

3. "Four Weddings And A Funeral": Andie McDowell's "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed."

3. "Ghost": Demi Moore's "Ditto," to Patrick Swayze's "I love you."

5. "Top Gun": Val Kilmer to Tom Cruise : "You can be my wingman anytime"

6. "Notting Hill": Julia Roberts' "I'm just a girl ... standing in front of a boy ... asking him to love her."

7. "Independence Day": Bill Pullman's "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

8. "Braveheart": Mel Gibson "They may take our lives, but they will not take our freedom!"

9. "Jerry Maguire": Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise: "You had me at hello."

10. "The Postman": A blind woman says to Kevin Costner : "You're a godsend, a savior." He replies: "No, I'm a postman."

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Microsoft Blogging - preview

It looks like MSN is adding a blogging feature - integrated to Media Player and the new Messenger 7.0. I would imagine that this will be similiar to the integration between Blogger and Hello, but as with everything with M$ - it will be non-Firefox friendly. I am not a Software prophet but it would seem the Microsoft has been very reactive (G-mail, Blogging) as opposed to being proactive, and coming out with something innovative and exciting.