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if you use IE, run as fast as you can and grab IE7 January 31, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Search.
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IE7 beta 2 was just released and it is a winner. FAST, Stable, some sort of ‘feed’ discovery button that I am guessing Winer won’t be happy with but may get a few more users to subscribe to RSS feeds. Maybe not.

PROS
It also has some really cool Memory usage technology that reduces overall PC Memory usage when minimized. 130 Megs of memory when up, dropped down to less than 15 megs when minimized. I LIKE THAT.

CONS
It presents Gmail a *little* incorrectly (probably a MS feature:-)

Otherwise IE7 beta 2 is a Well Overdue Update. Nothing Earth Shattering but waaaaay better that IE6.

I will keep updating over the next few days of use

I will continue using Firefox because of Performancing 1.1 Get it Performancing if you like to blog and you don’t have it! ASAP.

UPDATE 1: The Newsreader(which is in the Favorites area) has some *promise*. Of course there should be some kind of integration between browsing and web page RSS feeds. This is an obvious presentation that kind of reminds of Usenet views in the old Netscape Navigator. It needs to forget feeds after you see them.

 Update 2: OK, Mozilla better get busy. This browser is Very Nice. IE doesn’t choke on java applets anymore. It loads into memory 2-3x faster Firefox 1.5. It has some cool Ajax-y touches like Quick Tabs (which isn’t quick) that window panes your tabbed pages in one window which is pretty cool….I can see maximizing the window, Quick Tabbing it with Video, Email, Meebo running at once. ESpecially with a second monitor. Second cool Ajax-y thing is a page magnifier in the bottom right hand corner which will magnify (or shrink) Everything in the window . Pretty cool if your eyesight is off or you want to look at some pr0n and all you have access to is thumbnails. This browser is growing on me.

Sellout.com ??? January 31, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Search.
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Andy Kessler nails it. If China ever does open up, won’t

” a billion soon-to-be-online Chinese will forever associate Google with lame and censored search results?”

I think so.

update: I hope you guys acted like Google and sold out during market hours. Ouch.

GOOGLE (RT-ECN)
Symbol: GOOG
Last Trade: 359.98 4:58PM ET
After Hours Change: Down 72.6801 (16.80%)
Today’s Change: Down 66.84 (15.66%)
Bid: 359.60
Ask: 360.00

It’ll be back…it was just a bit ahead of itself.

Win – Win January 30, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Charitable Activities.
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Who else wants to give to the World’s Poor???…This is the good stuff that comes from America, Competition & errr… Ego….

Quote of Today January 30, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Words to Live By.
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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Firefox 1.5 vs IE w/ MSN Toolbar (Tabs) January 30, 2006

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Well I have been giving IE6 a chance now that I loaded the MSN toolbar with tabs and after 2 weeks of testing I have come to the opinion that: IE 6 w/ MSN tabbed browsing BLOWS CHUNKS. This has got to be the slowest browsing experience on earth. If you have more than a couple tabs open, it start choking everytime to swith back and forth. IE 6 users, Why o Why have you not switch to Firefox? Do it Now for you sanity.

360: Firefox 1.5
180: IE 6 w/ MSN toolbar and tabbed browsing

James Frey : “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Oprah” January 29, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Search.
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I was out at Typhoon Friday night having some cocktails and shooting the breeze when I decided to bring up Thursdays Oprah. A show where Oprah loses it, puts on one of the most ungenuine personas ever, and bullys James Frey like only a billionaire with low self esteem can.

It was a mixed crowd –equally women and men- but, (to a person) EVERYONE felt Oprah was completely and utterly out of line in her attack. Everyone at the table thought it was completely scripted and most had lost significant respect for the worlds most popular talk show host. Everyone (I keep using that word) agreed that the book was about addiction and recovery. Fabricated jail stays or the *method* (highly innapropriate when the tradgedy is the death – You owe an apology for that Oprah) of suicide had no effect on the story.

Lastly the panel of suckups Oprah’s producers had assembled (Never know when your next book may need a boost, Frank?) were in such utter awe of BigO they probably would have all agreed (and held him down) if Oprah decided to beat Frey with a high heel.

In the End, James Frey’s books sales have actually increased since the show and the movies is being coproduced by Brad Pitt.

This brings me to my first installment of pov360’s “360 or 180” which is my version of Wired/Tired, Hot/Not, Winner/Losers for the Week.

ShowBiz
360: James Frey
180: Oprah Winfrey

Technology:
360: Google
180: Google is Evil

Meebo – $100 Million for a good cause January 16, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Web 2.0.
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Do you guys love meebo like I do?

Login to MSN, AIM, GoogleTalk, ICQ & YahooIM in one screen. No Ads (yet). I am glad those guy got like 100 million dollars. Sequoia prolly invested just to thank them for not have to receive dumb-ass non-targeted ads in AIM or MSN Messenger anymore. They are nice like that because they are rich…
If I had 100 Million, and didn’t need it, I would give it to the Meebo folks too.

update: Meebo didn’t receive $100 Million

😉

Hello World! January 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings.
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This is my first personal (quasi-professional) opinion blog. I will discuss technology, politics, culture, travel, money, and my wonderful family(every once in a while).

Let’s converse!

Glengarry Glen Ross written by David Mamet “Coffee’s for Closers” January 1, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, General Musings, To Read, Words to Live By.
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Glengarry Glen Ross written by David Mamet "Coffee's for Closers"

Blake: Let me have your attention for a moment! So you're talking about what? You're talking about…(puts out his
cigarette)
…bitching
about that sale you shot, some son of a bitch that doesn't want to buy,
somebody that doesn't want what you're selling, some broad you're
trying to screw and so forth. Let's talk about something important. Are
they all here?
Williamson: All but one.
Blake: Well, I'm going anyway. Let's talk about something important! (to Levene) Put that coffee down!! Coffee's for closers only. (Levene scoffs)
Do you think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here
from downtown. I'm here from Mitch and Murray. And I'm here on a
mission of mercy. Your name's Levene?
Levene: Yeah.
Blake: You call yourself a salesman, you son of a bitch?
Moss: I don't have to listen to this shit.
Blake: You certainly don't pal. 'Cause the good news is —
you're fired. The bad news is you've got, all you got, just one week to
regain your jobs, starting tonight. Starting with tonights sit. Oh,
have I got your attention now? Good. 'Cause we're adding a little
something to this months sales contest. As you all know, first prize is
a Cadillac Eldorado. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize's a
set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. You get the picture?
You're laughing now? You got leads. Mitch and Murray paid good money.
Get their names to sell them! You can't close the leads you're given,
you can't close shit, you ARE shit, hit the bricks pal and beat it
'cause you are going out!!!
Levene: The leads are weak.
Blake: 'The leads are weak.' Fucking leads are weak? You're weak. I've been in this business fifteen years.
Moss: What's your name?
Blake: FUCK YOU, that's my name!! You know why, Mister? 'Cause
you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove a eighty thousand
dollar BMW. That's my name!! (to Levene) And your name is "you're wanting." And you can't play in a man's game. You can't close them. (at a near whisper) And you go home and tell your wife your troubles. (to everyone again) Because only one thing counts in this life! Get them to sign on the line which is dotted! You hear me, you fucking faggots?
(Blake flips over a blackboard which has two sets of letters on it: ABC, and AIDA.)
Blake: A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing!
Always be closing!! A-I-D-A. Attention, interest, decision, action.
Attention — do I have your attention? Interest — are you interested?
I know you are because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the
bricks! Decision — have you made your decision for Christ?!! And
action. A-I-D-A; get out there!! You got the prospects comin' in; you
think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn't walk on the lot
unless he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their
money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it? (to Moss) What's the problem pal? You. Moss.
Moss: You're such a hero, you're so rich. Why you coming down here and waste your time on a bunch of bums?
(Blake sits and takes off his gold watch)
Blake: You see this watch? You see this watch?

Moss: Yeah.
Blake: That watch cost more than your car. I made $970,000 last
year. How much you make? You see, pal, that's who I am. And you're
nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you — go
home and play with your kids!! (to everyone) You wanna work here? Close!! (to Aaronow)
You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You
can't take this — how can you take the abuse you get on a sit?! You
don't like it — leave. I can go out there tonight with the materials
you got, make myself fifteen thousand dollars! Tonight! In two hours!
Can you? Can you? Go and do likewise! A-I-D-A!! Get mad! You sons of
bitches! Get mad!! You know what it takes to sell real estate?
(He pulls something out of his briefcase)

Blake: It takes brass balls to sell real estate.
(He's holding two brass balls on string, over the appropriate "area"–he puts them away after a pause)
Blake: Go and do likewise, gents. The money's out there, you
pick it up, it's yours. You don't–I have no sympathy for you. You
wanna go out on those sits tonight and close, close, it's yours. If not
you're going to be shining my shoes. Bunch of losers sitting around in
a bar. (in a mocking weak voice) "Oh yeah, I used to be a salesman, it's a tough racket." (he takes out large stack of red index cards tied together with string from his briefcase)
These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you,
they're gold. And you don't get them. Because to give them to you is
just throwing them away. (he hands the stack to Williamson) They're for closers.
I'd wish you good luck but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it. (to Moss as he puts on his watch again)
And to answer your question, pal: why am I here? I came here because
Mitch and Murray asked me to, they asked me for a favor. I said, the
real favor, follow my advice and fire your fucking ass because a loser
is a loser.