Today wasn't as nice weather-wise as yesterday - although one must admit it was nice - but I got a lot done and so it felt much nicer. Squeezed in a nice ride too, and then took my kids out for dinner, and that was nice... (okay, too much niceness, I know!) And hopefully after a bit of blogging I can spend some time on Project Q, poor stepchild that it is...
Today was Earth Day, and Iowahawk celebrated with a wonderful virtual cruise-in, with readers submitting photos of their gas guzzlers in action. I particularly enjoyed the various "hot rods"; a great blast from the past... The giant two-cycle diesel engine was pretty amazing, too (check out the footholds so people can climb into the cylinders).
I'm linking this for the gratuitous Creedence Clearwater reference: and I wonder, still I wonder, who owns the rain... You need to know that Cosmo's Factory was the first record I ever bought with my own money, and I listened to every song a million times... at a volume which distressed my parents. Note Fogerty on the bike. I love it. It might not be the best rock album of all time, but it belongs in the conversation...
Apple announced blowout second quarter results - congratulations to them, and in a recession, too - and Apple COO Tim Cook talked about Netbooks. This was reported as "Apple to Netbooks, drop dead", but that's a terrible headline; what Cook actually said was "if we can find a way to deliver an innovative product that really makes a contribution, then we’ll do that". That's the key. Apple doesn't do anything if they can't deliver innovation and make a contribution. That's why they had a blowout second quarter!
This Windows 7 Starter Edition stuff is kind of weird, isn't it? A cheap version of Windows ($15) which only runs three apps. Seems like Microsoft is doing exactly what Apple won't: they're releasing an inferior product at a low price. Linux is going to rule this category, and maybe it will be a launching point for a Christensenian "attack from below"... remember, poor customers make poor customers.
So, there's a new Jawbone headset out, which makes me wonder: when will bluetooth headsets work? You know, like, really work? Everybody I know tried them for a while, and just about everybody I know doesn't use them anymore. Bluetooth kits in the car, yeah, they work, bluetooth headsets, no. Maybe Jawbone will break the code with this one.
ZooBorns of the day: baby Capybaras. The world's largest rodent, but their babies are still cute :)