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Is oil exploration getting safer?

Posted in Analysis, Geek, Sustainability on June 20th, 2010 by leodirac – 2 Comments

Recently one of my friends asked whether or not there was a general trend towards improved safety in oil exploration.  Coming from a mechanical engineering background, he noted that things like bridges and buildings have gotten safer over time through failures.  Every new structure is built with the collective wisdom of the many failures before […]

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Choosing a web framework: Python, Django vs. Ruby on Rails

Posted in Geek, Python, Ruby on Rails, Software Engineering on May 23rd, 2010 by leodirac – 28 Comments

One of my responsibilities in my new job is to lay the groundwork for development of the company’s technology.  One decision that was pretty easy to make is that we’ll be building tools that you can use from a web browser, that is to say, a web application.  Next comes the choice of what language […]

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How Social Media will change Marketing

Posted in Analysis, Business, Geek, Marketing, Personal Growth, Societal Values on May 20th, 2010 by leodirac – 7 Comments

A number of years ago, a bunch of my friends were reading Naomi Klein’s book No Logo and getting really riled up by it.  The book is certainly written to make you angry, describing how brands and logos have become more and more prominent in our society as the marketing industry has become more sophisticated at […]

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Apple and Wal-Mart: Bargaining on your behalf for lower prices

Posted in Analysis, Apple, Business, Economics, Gadgets, Geek on April 20th, 2010 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Even though Apple products are expensive, there’s a surprising similarity between Apple and Wal-Mart: both companies push hard on other parts of the value chain to deliver lower prices for consumers. In Walmart’s case, it’s generally suppliers who get squeezed.  Walmart demands that manufacturers of goods produce them at the lowest possible price so that Walmart can […]

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How Apple Segments the Market

Posted in Analysis, Apple, Business, Gadgets, Geek, Marketing on April 19th, 2010 by leodirac – 2 Comments

Apple has done a fabulous job in recent years of asserting itself as a major player in the computer industry.  One of their tools for accomplishing this has been a fanatical commitment to high-quality products.  They strive to make every product they offer to be the best in its class, and they’ve largely succeeded at […]

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Space Weather

Posted in Geek, Physics, Science on April 16th, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on Space Weather

Recently some of my friends were discussing solar activity, and I learned that there’s a system for rating geomagnetic storms.  This recent one was a G3, which is fairly common and not that serious.  But about once per month on average there will be a G4 storm which can interfere with GPS navigation and even […]

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Omnipotent Self-Aware Botnets

Posted in Geek, Humor, Seattle, Uploading on April 11th, 2010 by leodirac – 1 Comment

My buddy Scotto wrote a play titled “When I come to my senses, I’m alive!” which will be performed at Annex Theater on April 23 –  May 22.  I read an early draft of the script and am quite excited to see it performed. I don’t want to give too much away, but from watching […]

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iPad pre-launch security

Posted in Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, Geek, Humor on April 3rd, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on iPad pre-launch security

Arrington managed to get his hands on an iPad for a test drive before launch day, presumably from a company that had been given one to build apps for it. His description of the security under which these devices were loaned out is so funny I just have to share it with y’all… Scores of […]

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Good April Fool’s Jokes

Posted in Geek, Google, Humor, Microsoft on April 1st, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on Good April Fool’s Jokes

Nothing exciting here to report, but I thought I’d share pointers to some of the jokes I’ve stumbled upon that I like. UniXKCD command line console My favorite webcomic, Randall Monroe’s brilliant XKCD, is running a command-line version of itself today.  A few commands you might want to try include: find wget http://xkcd.com/ Make me […]

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Google chat adds web-based file transfer

Posted in Geek, Google, Social Computing, XMPP on March 31st, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on Google chat adds web-based file transfer

I’d like to extend congratulations out to all my friends over on the Google chat team.  They just announced a set of improvements to the web based chat clients in both iGoogle and Orkut.  If you haven’t been there in a while, Orkut is Google’s original social networking site that was born around the time […]

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