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Tuesday,  10/21/08  09:39 PM

More work, more kid taxiing, and still blech although I did get in a ride today, so it was better.  And I was able to get some code running "in production" that I've been working on, so that was nice.  I can't complain but sometimes I still do.  And meanwhile, it's all happening...

Lala rocksSo I must tell you, I like Lala.  To early to tell if it is a fad or a keeper, but I've spent more time listening to music there than on any other online music site so far...  and they don't even have much of a "sounds like this" capability.  Basically I already know all this music, but I don't have it, and there it all is...  I haven't downloaded anything yet, I guess that will be the proof of the pudding.  Stay tuned...

Remember Mississippi Queen?  Can you name the band?  ... Mountain ...

India's moon mission blasts offIndia have launched their first moon mission!  "The unmanned Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft blasted off smoothly from a launch pad in southern Andhra Pradesh to embark on a two-year mission of exploration.  The robotic probe will orbit the Moon, compiling a 3-D atlas of the lunar surface and mapping the distribution of elements and minerals.  The launch is regarded as a major step for India as it seeks to keep pace with other space-faring nations in Asia."  Wow, how excellent.  Good for them.

Microsoft's sidesight technologyThis is an amazingly innovative idea: Microsoft's Sidesight.  Technology that detects gestures you make with your fingers at the sides of a mobile device, that can be used for controlling it.  No touchscreen required, multitouch or otherwise.  A great idea...

Matt Haughey notes Tivo's rebound.  "Off and on for the past six years I've been an armchair quarterback for TiVo telling them they should do anything and everything to become profitable... What I realized this week is that TiVo has spent the past couple years starting battles on all these fronts, and it looks like (at least to this outside observer) like TiVo is winning on all fronts."  I'm a huge fan, of course, even more so after my ill-fated flirtations with Moxi and other DVRs.

BW has an interesting interview with Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent.  They play up Bram's Asperger's Syndrome angle, but neglect the more interesting question of how you take a successful program like BitTorrent and turn it into a successful business.  So far it is an unanswered question...



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