By Sami Samhuri

January 2012

→ Fujitsu has lost their mind

Does this even warrant any comments on why it's already a massive failure? The many, many drawbacks seem so apparent I cannot believe this escaped from their drawing board.

→ SOPA lives - and MPAA calls protests an "abuse of power"

rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that allnow seem to agree is very real and damaging.

No. All most certainly do not agree.

It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy inthe marketplace today. It's a dangerous and troubling development when theplatforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew thefacts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.

This must be a joke. It's a joke, right? Please tell me this joker is joking. The hypocrisy is too much.

stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts tocombat piracy.

There is absolutely nothing reasonable that anyone can do to "combat piracy". Digital copies are cheap. Adapt or die.

The VCR did not kill media industries. Nor the cassette, CD, DVD. Why should anyone believe that computers and the Internet are going to kill music and movies?

If the MPAA displayed even a shred of sanity maybe they would be taken seriously in their efforts to curb piracy. The biggest problem I can see is that studies have given us evidence that they are not hurt by it at all. Their tactic of choice seems to be to loudly decry "Nuh-uh! Piracy does hurt us!" and then strong arming everyone worldwide while suing anyone and everyone. If times are so tough maybe they should cut some of their budgets for lawyers and lobbyists.

→ Recovering From a Computer Science Education

Something to keep in mind.

→ The $40 Standup Desk

Ultimately, I decided I might as well just do something cheap for now. So I built my own. I had thinking about doing it for a while when my coworker Steve Smith built his desk. After seeing his, I was convinced this was what I wanted to do. It turns out, the cheap option is pretty awesome.

This looks great. Might have to consider it when or if I get a desk.

→ Yak shaving

The best plain-english explanation of yak shaving I have seen.