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Wordpress to Hugo

Upgrades might be the bane of modern life. Everything needs upgrades, reboots and changes. Sometimes it’s under your control and sometimes it’s not. My linux box is reporting 948 days of uptime and still running version 3.7 of the kernel (4.4 is curently out). So it might be time for an upgrade, that’s about 2 years and 7 months since the last upgrade. In the process I got to upgrade PHP and that’s always fun to make sure all of the web servers, FPM modules and other things still continue to work.

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Skiing Tahoe

A friend asked me the other day about skiing in the Tahoe area. This was for him and his wife getting back into skiing after being out of it for a few years. Note: I will update this page, but for now I thought this table was really useful. Destination Resorts These are all resorts that are higher priced and have lots of acreage to choose from. They will have more village options for apres ski and lodging options at the base of the mountain.

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How to destroy brand value

As most of us know there is that (Y!) branding at the bottom of your iPhone Weather app. What’s funny is that fundamentally this is eroding the brand value of Yahoo! The other day pulled up the weather on my phone, saw the forecast and said flatly “_That’s is not the weather for today”._ So, the (Y!) branded experience says that you do not provide correct or accurate information. Think about this for a minute, the next time I need weather, or any other piece of information I personally am going to dis-trust Yahoo!

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Los Altos has changed it’s name – according to Google

Los Altos has changed it’s name to Morgan Hill…

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Is modern learning a dis-service to our youth?

Quick background — one of my day jobs is being a ski instructor in the winter and in the process of getting my certifications have learned a bit about the teaching model and ways people learn. Thus ended up having this interesting realization the other day while chatting with my brother. People learn in three primary ways (the Fleming VAK model): Visual — see it written, slides Auditory — lecture, discussion Kinesthetic — move it, touch it, do it Without going into blending, or some other theories of learning, since I’m preferential to VAK and how it relates to ski instruction (another topic another day).

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Looking at spam with google maps

Got an interesting email the other day… David, I want to take this opportunity to personally introduce myself to you. While going through our database, I came across your information and thought you might have mutual interest in what we are currently working on. Just so you know… this email is not an attempt to try and sell you anything. I am looking to partner with serious minded individuals in the View and surrounding areas to work with us while we expand this amazing opportunity.

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Honor Role … or Killer …

I was driving down the road the other day and saw this bumper sticker on a car…  We’ve all see “Proud Parent of a XYZ School Honor Role” bumper stickers.  This was the first time that I saw a bumper sticker that somebody was proud that their child was a professional killer. While fundamentally I understand there is a need, is this the right message to be sending to the world?

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The Silicon Valley is hostile to startups

Not technology startups, but human startups (aka small business).  At one level you can look around the Silicon Valley and see strip malls full of stores, but if you look closely you’ll see that there is very little variety.  Here’s two examples: Furniture Outdoor Gear In the furniture case, there is almost no variety of stores in the area.  You either have Ikea, Ethan Allen, or some other chain retailer or you have a strip mall store that’s importing some low cost furniture from the pacific rim (almost all of these stores have the same selection).

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Delightful Matt

Over the years I’ve had the chance to work with my friend Matt twice — once at Excite@Home (via blue mountain arts) a second time at Yahoo on Mail.  He has to be one of the more upbeat people I’ve worked with through the years, one thing he’s said so many times that it’s almost comical (ok, maybe it’s just me snickering under my breath) is:      “How can we delight our users”

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Forgotten demo from Microsoft Research Road Show

My spouse pointed me at an appliance product the other day that is pretty much a package of network probing tools (Qualys).  Their niche is having a product that probes a network of vulnerabilities before somebody else can exploit them.  Good idea, simple product, easy updates, etc. etc.   Makes total sense since many “technical” people don’t like dealing with software updates and upgrades, it provides an appliances computer that somebody else “manages” … “updates” that can reside on your network.

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