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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Carnival of Computing 1.0.8

So comes a time when there must be a Carnival of Computing. Sure, it's been a while since my last, but it's kind of hard to do it every week. If you are interested in hosting just shoot me an email or leave a comment. It's been a busy few weeks in the tech world and hopefully the following posts will tide you over until version 1.0.9.

Alex Bendig of Not Just Code helps us solve the Eight Queens puzzle using python.

Bruce Eisner's Vision Thing has an interesting look at how bit torrent is affecting the internet as a whole, using Tivo as an example.

Caleb Tennis of CodeSnipers takes a look at the viability of outsourcing programming work.

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington reports that tomorrow Google will officially begin taking over the world, er, I mean integrating Google talk within Gmail.

I'd like to allow Keith Casey some time to gloat, his company Casey Software turned one. Sounds like business has been on the up and up. Congratulations.

Dave Winer offers a few suggestions for improving RSS .

Dion of Techno.Blog reminds us that integration is not always optimal .

Dion also writes for Ajaxian (which has undergone an overhaul since I've last been there) and gives us a look at Opera 9's Technical Preview. It's a wonderful thing.

JRoss of RossCode brings us his 35th weekly review.

Ed Brill writes about how it's ok to be passionate about Lotus Notes. Though since he's been working with them for 14 years, I think he may be biased, but that's fine.

Bob Wyman of As I May Think writes about privacy concerning the US's attempt at looking at Google's mass of stored personal information.

Shoe , the Linux Librarian, tells of more adventures concerning the Librarian and the Kernel .

Martin Ferretti of TipMonkies gives us a look into 30 boxes, a calendar application that has done to calendars what Gmail has done to email.

And since I failed to link to the CotC website yesterday, here's a link! The CotC will also be hosting this week's Carnival of the Vanities.


Almost there

Yesterday's Carnival of Computing today! Actually just need to vet a few more links and make sure everything works and then straight from my cardboard laptop to your golden computers!

Monday, February 06, 2006


Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome one and all to the Carnival of the Capitalists. It may be up a little late, but never you fear, the Carnival is here. Also, visit later today for the next edition of the Carnival of Computing (version 1.0.8). Without further ado, let's proceed with the show.

The Boring made dull continues to be "No Worse Than a Poke in the Eye" with this post concerning a stock pitched via fax. Actually, this is way funnier than a poke in the eye.

Martin Lindeskog gives his thoughts and comments on the Chipotle IPO and the fast food market.

JLP of AllThingsFinancial, wonders aloud whether it's wise to begin investing with only $100 to start.

In this special guest post by Joy Levin, you get practical advice on how to research your market, including valuable links to free or top notch research resources. Found over at Small Business Trends

The Five Cent Nickel reports on the BB&T's stand on eminent domain.

Gaurav Agarwal comments on Indian enterprenuerial setup and a proposal to make improvements to the sector.

Daniel Harrison exposses a very biased report on IPOs.

Matt Johnston at Going to the Mat presents SOTU and Health Care

Sarah at frugal underground presents Blingo, the search engine that pays you back?

FMF at Free Money Finance presents Make Sure Your Financial Advisor is Not a Loser. Don't put your money in the hands of someone who knows nothing about money!

Using simple examples, Marketplace Monitor examines the effects of the minimum wage.

David Porter at Pacesetter Mortgage Blog presents Bloggers: The World is Watching! 10% of his Blog Traffic is from outside the US. This article shares what a responsiblity this is and wonders about other bloggers traffic.

David Daniels writes why having your company's busines model be more like the Super Bowl than the World Cup of Soccer makes a difference.

Steve Nipper has been blogging for two years now and wanted to list the five biggest lessons he tries to teach to new bloggers (lessons he learned the hard way).

Henry Stern, LUTCF at InsureBlog presents Keeping PACE with ERISA. Until now, self-funded (ERISA) health plans have only been available to "the big boys." Now, even small employers can use them to help cut costs. An *exclusive* interview with the folks behind this unique new plan.

Jonathan at MyMoneyBlog presents 25 Reasons Why NOT To Save For Retirement. There are so many people telling us why we should save for retirement. But what about people that just want a good excuse NOT to? This resource is for them. (Humor)

Political Calculations runs the numbers to see if "Big Oil"'s record profits are really coming from gouging consumers at the pump.

Jeff Cornwall writes, "Accurate revenue forecasting is one of the single most important steps an entrepreneur takes in planning for a new venture. And yet, we find that most entrepreneurs do not spend enough time determining how much revenue will come in their front doors. Although underestimating expenses is a common mistake in business planning, missing the mark on revenues can be catastrophic." Check out the rest here.

Ilkka Kokkarinen explains why the feminist arguments for compensating housewives for housework are silly.

Nina Smith reminds us that there are soldiers who are in desparate need of financial advice.

Dan Melson at Searchlight Crusade presents Should I Buy A Home? Part 3: Consequences.

Adam at Sophistpundit presents The Long Tail of Moviemaking. A new business model for the movie industry.

Blog Business World supports sponsorship of blog events, but there's a catch.

Barry Welford at The Other Bloke's Blog presents Hot Topics. Economics seems no longer to be the dismal science since some say our financial behaviour may be governed by our brain's pleasure centres, just like sex.

Adrian Savage writes that mediocrity and frustration are the true price of conforming. Only those with the courage openly to live their dreams can ever find lasting success.

Luxury retailers love Japan and Japan loves luxury retailers. Read about Coach, the American luxury handbag and accessory retailer that is generating a lot of buzz and a lot of sales versus its European rivals in the Land of the Rising Sun. Courtesy of the Japan Stock Blog.

Barry Ritholtz gives us a look on the "Uncertainty" discount.

Mark at SportsBiz writes that NASCAR attempts to deepen ties to its female market through romance novels - good marketing or crazy stunt?

Starling David Hunter at The Business of America Is Business presents Will the Boycott of Danish Goods Work? With all the apologies and recriminations and warnings flying back and forth, scant attention has been devoted to the question of whether boycotts even work and if so, how well.

Jack Yoest at Jack Yoest presents Managing Expectations; Managing Exits. A senior manager committed a firing offense. He was counseled. Talked to. But then nothing happened. The employee thought the event was placed behind us all. He was wrong....

Tom Hanna at Financial Options presents TThe Week Ahead: Your Financial Roadmap for February 6-10, 2006. Each of the upcoming financial items with the exception of Treasury auctions and announcements will be posted here in the Economic Indicators category and linked directly from this post as it becomes available

Rob at Businesspundit looks at the flawed research used in the book "Good to Great."

Econbrowser puts a happy face (literally) on the latest employment data.

Joe Kristan writes how a tax law provision that helps owners of condemned properties may complicate efforts to limit the Kelo decision.

Does ten percent of your overhead go to problems with one percent of your customers? Could you redesign your business to exclude a whole class of service problems? Bob Pritchett has the answers.

On one hand they’re just tricks, boarder-line ethical techniques to get suspects to respond. On the other hand they’re proven tricks, border-line ethical techniques to get suspects to respond. Jim Logan has more here.

Bizinformer writes that visions seem to be process driven, the outcome of a structured brainstorming session where you nit pick the definition and meaning of words until everyone’s so confused nobody knows what the whole thing is about anymore.

Big Picture Guy at Big Picture, Small Office presents Hard to Swallow. Beware the fury of a patient man, wrote John Dryden. The owner of this upstate distributor, seething because we wouldn’t hire his son, planned the set-up well. But for once, our otherwise defensive CEO was up to the challenge.

Mike Landfair at Mover Mike presents Gibson's Paradox. Don Luskin points out the mistake that prompted Greenspan to abandon his "virtual gold standard".

The Daily Dose of Optimism has had a hard time getting concerned about internet censorship in China by companies like Yahoo, Google and Microsoft. In this post, he walks through his reasons why.

The Library Girl at The Library Girl presents Becoming 'Bait'. The Library Girl continues her astonishing odyssey through a four-book-a-week challenge by wading into ‘guru’-written self-help books. Bait and Switch (depressing), Who Moved My Cheese? (more accurately, who stole my wallet?), and Covey’s The Eighth Habit (a habit no longer) are all reviewed. This a capitalist readers’ must-read.

TT at Retire at 30 presents Million Dollar Idea - Pixels for Sale. Analysis of how one kid in england turned a hairbrained idea into $1,000,000 for college.

Even in 2006, people are still trying to argue that socialism is good for the environment. Here's plenty of strong evidence why they're dead wrong. Check out this post from Brian Gongol.

Anika Therapeutics has appeared on Joel Greenblatt's Magic Formula list recently. George of Fat Pitch Financials examines whether this company has a wide moat.

Will Kirby at Kirby on Finance presents Does giving to charity hurt your bottom line?. This post looks at some of the "negative" aspects of charitable giving and ponders why so many financial planners promote giving.

Junelle Caravana at Business Ethics presents Internet Censorship by US Companies in China. The article points out that Google is not the first global Internet company to cave in to pressure from the Chinese government.

Also I'd like to send you towards Robert May, who asked that I include the editors picks from Jotzel (here and here).

It's been a pleasure as always, and I would have had this up much earlier had I not had to do so much housework. But that's life I guess. Hope you all have a great week and visit Frugal Underground for next weeks (duhm duhm duhm!) Carnival of the Capitalists.
I'm about to take a quick lunch break, finish working on the Carnival of the Capitalists, and the public's hunger for the CotC will be sate.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


browser fun

Seamonkey 1.0 is out, and I'm playing around with the Opera 9 preview as well as IE7b1. Reviews will be coming.

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