Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Damaka: Another SIP Player?

Damaka. No OS X Client! Pshah! In any case, the more players in the SIP field, the merrier!

Friday, September 23, 2005

.Mac Upgrade

I just received this from Apple:
Dear .Mac Member,.Mac membership now comes with 1 GB of combined .Mac Mail and iDisk storage. Because you purchased additional storage for this membership year, we've increased your total storage to 2 GB (and increased your monthly data transfer limit to 25 GB) for the duration of your current membership. This update has already taken place. You can use your Account Settings to take advantage of .Mac's storage flexibility and reallocate storage to best fit the way you use the service.In addition, .Mac is now available in French and German as well as in English and Japanese. You'll also find that .Mac now includes new Backup 3 software and the ability to create .Mac Groups.We value your membership and hope you enjoy these enhancements to your .Mac service.

\o/ :D

Monday, September 19, 2005

Why Phone and Cable Companies are Evil

As Philly is getting close to finally ink a deal with private businesses to develop a city-wide WiFi network to help bridge the digital divide, the phone and cable companies lobby and scare machines are in full-force. Once again, "studies" are "emerging" advising against the project:
His firm's analysis, which was funded by cable and phone companies that stand to lose customers to the Wi-Fi initiative, shows that providing Internet access wirelessly over 100 square miles would cost $31 million over five years. [ Read the Article from ]
Of course phone companies are just a little bit scared. I can't say they didn't have it coming. Once residents start realizing that they can pay $10-$20/month for Internet connectivity and perhaps another $20-$25/month to a company such as Vonage, ( my favorite so-far ), or even EarthLink for Internet-powered phone service, allowing them to make unlimited calls to anybody in the U.S., while preserving their current normal phone number, suddenly, paying phone companies $20/month just to have a phone line (no voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, or any of the stuff you get for free from VoIP providers), an extra $10-$20/month in metered long-distance charges, and $50/month for basic broadband will no-longer make that much sense.

See also: Video Prodcasting, Broadband, and You

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Place du Tertre

Place du Tertre
Originally uploaded by chrisholland.

Om Malik is Mr. 5000

Mad congrats to Om Malik for finally reaching the 5000th posts mark. He manages to juggle a very busy day job contributing insightful columns to Business 2.0 Magazine, while bringing the tech community a constant flurry of scoops and ever thoughtful commentaries.

Speaking of Business 2.0 Magazine. I recently subscribed, received my first issue, and was very impressed by the quality of its content. Subscription right now is only $10 for the whole year. With that cheap a price, I was expecting the magazine to just be a collection of ads. But it isn't!

I've also recently subscribed to the quarterly Make magazine
I've heard good things about it, and their online journal posts are always interesting. And free! I haven't yet received my first issue, but will try to report back when I do get it.


It's a ... MILLAN!

Ernest and Josie are so cool. :D

Friday, September 09, 2005

Vote for Om Malik!

Om Malik says:
Okay vanity takes over - Business Week is having best of the web poll and I am against some heavy hitters in the tech-sites @ Work Category. I mean up against, Slashdot, Digg, and O’Reilly Radar. Not even have a prayer, but hopefully all of you can at least help me put up a decent showing. Here is the link to cast your vote.

Verizon Fiber is Here

Verizon Fiber is Here
Originally uploaded by chrisholland.

Daryll, who lives right up the street from me, is among the lucky first in my area to be eligible for Verizon FIOS. He had me plug his phone number on the VZ site, and this image shows you what they're offering.

Here's an interesting disclaimer from the fine print: "The Verizon Online version of MSN® Premium is not Macintosh® compatible".

This is pretty consistent with MSN's overall message to Mac Users: "Eat Sh*t and Die". That's because they don't know how to build applications.

Whatever. Who uses MSN anyway?

If you care about online services such as 8 email addresses, free online calling, web space, spam blocking, scam blocking, spyware blocking, ubiquitous address book synchronization all nicely packaged, on Mac and PC, 10 hours of free dial-up with dial-up accelerator (convenient when you're traveling), just buy the "EarthLink Experience" for $10/month. You'll get everything other members get. It's not advertised, but if you call'em up and ask for it, they'll know. I just switched my DSL account to it.

With the above VZ $35/month package, you're still only out $45/month.

I've seen the Verizon trucks install fiber on poles around my neighborhood, so I would expect we're not far behind.

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville
Originally uploaded by chrisholland.

Place de l'Hotel de Ville. Christmas. Paris, France.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

AWLA 2005: Team Lesser Weevils is Recruiting

My good friend Oakley is recruiting members for her Aids Walk L.A. 2005 Team:

Team Lesser Weevils

I've known Oakley for about a decade. She was one of the first life-forms i got acquainted with when i first moved here. She's a fun chick who packs 10 times more energy by herself than an entire Trojan Cheerleading Squad. Taz meets Pinky, if you will.

Here's to pain!

hermosa beach sunset

hermosa beach sunset
Originally uploaded by chrisholland.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Coordinating Katrina Survivor Information

We've joined a team of developers and an army of volunteers to help organize and consolidate information related to hurricane survivors. David Geilhufe sent out this very useful e-mail outlining the various efforts in progress, asking to pass-on the information. So I'm doing just that. Feel free to copy/paste what's below and e-mail it to as many people as you can. update 9/12: duh, i just realized i had messed-up the links. sorry about that. fixed.


Refugees can search 20 web sites for lost relatives and still miss their entry on the 21st web site. There is a need to combine all the refugee data from big databases like Red Cross, large posting forums like Craigslist and many other sources on the web. The Katrina PeopleFinder Project seeks to create a single repository combining as many sources of refugee data as possible from all over the web without interrupting existing momentum.

We need help for both regular people and software engineers. Everybody is critical to building a central repository of ALL the refugee records we can find on the web. The Social Source Foundation, CivicSpace Labs and Foundation are coordinating hundreds of people and organizations, including Craigslist and Earthlink.

Please consider giving us just an hour of you your time to do volunteer data entry. The PeopleFinder Project is seeking volunteers in four primary areas:

(1) Creating a technology specification for easily exchanging refugee information. A volunteer effort is working to assist online databases in implementing the specification.
Volunteer here (techies):

(2) Coordinating volunteers that are writing software that takes information from online databases and putting it into a central database provided by Foundation.
Volunteer here (software engineers):

(3) Organizing a massively parallel volunteer data entry project to enter refugee data posted to online bullitin boards into a central database by hand.
Volunteer here (regular people):

(4) Market the Katrina PeopleFinder Project and recruit volunteers.
Volunteer here (marketing folks):
Josh and Scott updated today with key building blocks for interoperability with the other sites, testing is still underway.

Additionally, I'm trying to get my hands on a Google Search Appliance, which I want to point at some or all of the Survivor Search Sites and Forums listed here. But those are typically hard to come-by.

There's a lot of very valuable unstructured information in many ad-hoc forums put-up by industrious developers. Volunteers are already working around the clock to get the information in a structured database (see above). Having a search appliance should add a very effective fall-back/catch-up layer: One "free-form" search box, with access to both structured and unstructured data.

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans Mayor Interview

And right now, they don't have anything to take the edge off. And they've probably found guns. So what you're seeing is drug-starving crazy addicts, drug addicts, that are wrecking havoc. And we don't have the manpower to adequately deal with it. We can only target certain sections of the city and form a perimeter around them and hope to God that we're not overrun. [Read]
Another Interview Transcript of Mayor Nagin.

Hurricane Survivor Search Site

A few engineers here at EarthLink have gathered into a task force to quickly deploy a website, enabling disaster survivors to inform the world of their whereabouts and for their friends and relatives to find them in our database. We're also actively seeking and linking to other sites undertaking a similar effort to maximize chances for people to find one-another. The website can be found here:

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina: Survivor and Relatives Search Sites

I'm gathering this list for a project at work. update: 09/02/2005 0:05:00 AM: it's live:

Katrina Survivor Search Site

Patrick Connors Missing/Found (via BoingBoing)
CNN Safe List

More sites listed at:
Katrina Covered at Wikipedia

If you know of more sites, or run a site of your own, by all means, list it in comments.

After the Deluge / by Rick Wilking/Reuters

After the deluge
Originally uploaded by Newsblogpicture.

Photograph by Rick Wilking/Reuters. Some amazing Katrina Hurricane Pictures are showing-up on Flickr. It must be horrible :(

Announcing Google Purge

"Book burning is just the beginning," said Google co-founder Larry Page. "This fall, we'll unveil Google Sound, which will record and index all the noise on Earth. [Read the Scoop]
I knew it!@!. Those Google Guys. So hot right now.