Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lotus Notes For Mac: Should It Look & Feel Like Mac?

IBM is asking if Mac users want their Lotus Notes client for Mac to actually look and feel like a Mac application. Weigh in for yourselves.

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Rockin' Your Roadtrip

My good comrade Mister Falcon has posted a fun read about a song that gets him going while he's going.  He's provoked me now to dig through my iTunes library and find some great driving tunes.  I'll post my playlist here when compiled.  

Mister Falcon says:

Why does Superchunk rock so hard after all of this time? I am not talking about post "Foolish" Superchunk. I am talking about rockin' out, good times Superchunk. I'm talking about the seminal Slack Motherfucker. I'm talking about Precision Auto. I'm talking about Tower. Always good for a pick-me-up while driving to work, or otherwise.

True Innovation

A japanese grocer has solved a problem that found them without enough room for all of their watermelons. What did the farmers do to move more inventory? Why the created square watermelons of course. This is a prime example of completely disconnecting yourself from convention and coming up with a new and better was to do things. Innovation, folks. Enjoy.

This from Financial Hack:

“Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than their US counterparts and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it. That is how I would assume the vast majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, “How can we provide one?” It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.


The solution to the problem of round watermelons wasn’t nearly as difficult to solve for those who didn’t assume the problem was impossible to begin with and simply asked how it could be done. It turns out that all you need to do is place them into a square box when they are growing and the watermelon will take on the shape of the box.


This made the grocery stores happy and had the added benefit that it was much easier and cost effective to ship the watermelons. Consumers also loved them because they took less space in their refrigerators which are much smaller than those in the US meaning that the growers could charge a premium price for them.

Monday, February 25, 2008

and we're back...

I decided last night to completely start from scratch.  My thoughts had been reduced to a trickle due to some nagging life issues that I'm slowly but surely dealing with.  Hopefully as I put them behind me, I can once again begin to offer up my unfiltered thoughts on tech pop culture.  

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