Archive for date: January 5, 2006

Fascinating glimpse into the past

January 5, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Wow.  You find some interesting things on the web when you look.  Here’s dozen years of internal email for Atari, providing a fascinating glimpse into one of the companies which helped fuel innovation in the Silicon Valley.   Some amazingly candid emails, fascinating to read, even though I only skimmed ’em.

God to Robertson: You don’t speak for me…

January 5, 2006 | General, Rants and Raves, Stupidity | By: Mark VandeWettering

I think Pat Robertson deserves a Dumbass Lifetime Achievement Award. Robertson Links Sharon Stroke, God’s Wrath I can’t imagine any God worth worshipping has Robertson as a spokesman.

In Digital Music, Its Gates Vs Jobs

January 5, 2006 | General, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Om Malik writes about what he sees as an inevitable collision of industry juggernauts, Microsoft vs. Apple, Gates vs. Jobs in a battle for downloadable music supremacy. But I’m confused by one of his comments: The MTV’s Microsoft-powered Urge online music service will be selling to the ultimate demographic: the teen set. I’m left wondering […]

Live coverage of Bill Gates CES keynote

January 5, 2006 | General, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Engadget blogged with Live coverage of Bill Gates CES keynote, and I’m left with a couple of questions/remarks: Is this really what a keynote is supposed to be? It seemed like little more than a presentation of a particular company’s product plans. That is normally not what I think a keynote is for: even at […]


January 5, 2006 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last night, I upgraded my Linksys WRT-54GS router to DD-WRT, a more flexible set of firmware with greater capabilities.  It seems to work just fine, and includes many neat additions, such as the ability to adjust the router output power, new security measures, telnet and ssh access, improved QoS routing, and all sorts of other […]

All your bricks are belong to us!

January 5, 2006 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

As Tom Duff put it: Finally, after years of sitting on their robotic asses, Lego is showing Lego Mindstorms NXT this week at the Consumer Electronics Show. Check out the announcement. Pretty neat! I could arrange for this guy and my Robosapien to battle to the death!

Christmas 1980

January 5, 2006 | My Diary | By: Mark VandeWettering

While i was home visiting my mom, we spent some time going through my mom’s collection of old photographs. We ran across this old Polaroid of myself (left) and my brother Kevin in Christmas of 1980. I was sixteen years old, and had saved for the better part of a year to get about three […]