Hello Again. It's Me, World.

March 30, 2006 21:00 by keithkaragan
Well, TechOui is finally back online after an extended spring vacation. It seems that our previous web host was bought by another web host, and in the process of transitioning to their new servers and staff, they managed to screw up every imaginable thing possible.
It got to the point where service tickets went unanswered, and you had to call them - then the phones would go to voice mail, then the message on the phone basically said not to bother calling anymore. Needless to say, I started shopping for a new host. It's a shame, the old host was pretty good up until then. They would occasionally have issues, but always resolved them in a reasonable and timely manner. I've moved my stuff over to GoDaddy now, and although not as developer friendly, I'm hoping the size of the company will offer some stability.
So, I was able to salvage all my web code and files from the old host, but still need to try to get my databases from them - getting my domains released was an adventure - so, I'm not looking forward to that experience. That content may be lost forever.
I took the opprotunity presented by the host problem to do a redesign of the site. It was needed since the purpose of the site has changed since I'm no longer consulting through TechOui, and have a 'legitimate' full-time job at a respectable company (oh, that sounds scary to me...) - and the look was getting old too. This new site is all CSS, no tables (although some may sneak in in the content).
The architecture is all ASP.Net 2.0 now too, with MasterPages, and a homegrown content management system that virtualizes all the page and blog content to the database, simulating a file system so I can create pages in my administrative console, and version content - kind of the way SharePoint does.
The host locks down the Trust on the server, so it was a little more challenging to get everything working than I expected - but now it seems to basically work, and I'll be tweaking out the odds and ends as I move along.
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Changes @ TechOui

February 22, 2006 03:30 by keithkaragan
TechOui Consulting will not be taking on new business for the foreseeable future. I've taken a full-time gig and will be focusing my efforts in that direction. So, the homepage has been changed to simply be the logo and link to this blog (which I hope to contribute more to from this point forward).
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Apple Stock Compared to Google ?

November 17, 2005 01:30 by keithkaragan
If you look at Apple and Google's stock prices, it may not appear that there's a great similarity, but I noticed that they seem to on similar trajectories over the last year when you look at the percentage gains of both over the last year (see for yourself, at least at the time of the post). Does this have some significance in relation to the tech industry? Are we entering a up cycle?
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THE CAR THAT MAKES ITS OWN FUEL

November 1, 2005 16:54 by keithkaragan
This is pretty wild sounding, and if true, would seem to be the ideal solution for today's energy and environmental issues concerning transportation. I hope to hear more about this one in the future.
Excerpt:

"IsraCast recently covered the idea developed at the Weizmann Institute to use pure Zinc to produce Hydrogen using solar power. Now, a different solution has been developed by an Israeli company called Engineuity. Amnon Yogev, one of the two founders of Engineuity, and a retired Professor of the Weizmann Institute, suggested a method for producing a continuous flow of Hydrogen and steam under full pressure inside a car. This method could also be used for producing hydrogen for fuel cells and other applications requiring hydrogen and/or steam..." Link
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Artist page on Music.Download.Com & Archive.Org

May 10, 2005 01:30 by keithkaragan
I applied for an artist page on Music.Download.Com, and it seems that after about a month of review, it's up and available - Yippie!
The account is limited to 50MB of material, so there are a few things up there, and I'll rotate the files occasionally unless it turns out to be a 1 month turn around again.
I've also put an item under the Creative Commons license on Archive.org. I attempted to add some more material to this because I think it's really cool in it's philosophy and implementation (they transcode the files to a variety of formats auto-magically). I'll have to see how this goes though since, when I tried to upload additional material the server was out of space - but these now appear to be available under the OuiCast podcast name.
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Movie Recommendation: What The Bleep Do We Know

April 24, 2005 03:00 by keithkaragan
What The Bleep Do We Know came out last year, and was recently released on DVD. The film addresses the issues of spirituality (did I actually type that word?) in the context of science (quantum physics). This is something I've become really interested in recently, and have had a number of really interesting conversations with some friends on this topic. The movie is a kind-of primer for this kind of thought. I can't say that I learned anything really new in viewing it, but the summarization of the items together in a single source is valuable and engaging.
The film is in a dramatized documentary style, with a narrative story that is acted out and interspersed with interviews with notable scientists working in the area. Given the astonishing amount of scientific advances and discoveries recently, and the enormity of what's not known, this is a really compelling and timely subject that is sure to have impact throughout society in our lifetimes.
Consider that the rift between those who subscribe to the myriad of mainstream religions and those who disavow those same institutions, this line of though/spirituality actually presents a common ground that validates the existence of a higher power while empowering the individual by putting the responsibility on the collective mass of humanity for it's own health, happiness, and ultimate judgment of good and evil. Very similar to a deism philosophy.
I find it very interesting that scientists working in theoretical and applied quantum physics are finding more and more that many of the 'supernatural' phenomenons that have intrigued people over the ages may be linked to principles of physics. The nature of energy, the lack of a concrete nature in time, the ability of matter to transport, the ability of matter to be in more than one location at one time, the black box experiment that reacts to shifts in local energy levels tying in to the times of great mass joy and disaster, and the fact that energy does not die - it dissipates are all truly amazing pieces of a much larger picture that has the possibility of validating many of the artifacts in the belief systems of many of the world's religion's followers - while simultaneously offering the disenchanted something concrete to hang their hats on as well. Interesting times are at hand. 
You might find these interesting:
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Make a Coin Ring ...

April 23, 2005 23:00 by keithkaragan
I love old skool DIY stuff, and the Make Magazine has all kinds of DIY hacks of things. I just found their blog and this cool post on making a ring from a quarter - way cool!
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IT Conversations - Capturing the Upside

April 20, 2005 23:00 by keithkaragan
programs range from general technology topics, to software, to math, science, and marketing. Most of the programs are recorded from technology conferences, although some (Larry's Place and Moira Gunn's Tech Nation interviews) are studio or phone interview formats ranging from 30 minutes to 1-2 hours. Their stuff is also available as a podcast.
One of the programs that I listened to today was especially good - 'Capturing the Upside' by Clay Christensen. Clay talks at length (for nearly 2 hrs.) about technology business models, innovation, commoditization, modularization, and markets focusing on the important observations and trends he's seen over his career. What stuck out for me was the gluing together of core business beliefs that I have always innately had in regard to being in the emerging technology marketplace, and how this positioning is valuable in keeping my upside up (as well as keeping life interesting).
It's always amazed me when I worked with or talked in depth with people that looked at commoditization as a good thing (I had a business associate that staunchly insisted that this was a good thing - although I don't see any evidence of this in his business). Even in examining the language - commoditization has the connotation of lower value, it's generally not a complimentary thing. Mr. Christensen returns to the theme of technology advances out pacing the need of the user, and this marking the beginning of the commodity relationship - and it makes sense, these technologies had higher value to the users before that point as they represented a leap in technology that they needed for one reason or another which resulted in higher margins for the product - even if the product was imperfect in it's form (the users will still want it because there is nothing else to take it's place).
He expands this notion into the free and open source software (OSS) domain. And although this technology doesn't seem to offer any particular technological leap over their proprietary counterparts, he contends that the strength of this class of products lay with their ability to be the modular structures that are freely adaptable to the products built upon them. Again this makes good sense, and can be witnessed in the heavy use of Linux in the embedded computing markets - it's not the price of the software that is most attractive, it's the flexibility it offers the innovator building on top of it. This seems really obvious, and I've noticed the trend of embedded systems using OSS but had attributed this mostly to licensing costs - but I really missed the boat by not seeing the forest for the trees - “it's the platform stupid!”.
This is making me reconsider my thinking about Apple. I've been pretty convinced that Apple will see Huge gains in mindshare as cell processors become cheap and available in the marketplace, and that they would (or should) open their licensing and distribution to other vendors in order to capitalize on the market that will emerge for these technologies. I still think they should do that, and think that it's quite possible ... However, if they do this in a closed and proprietary manner this could be a huge mistake, as the innovators will 'need' to have a malleable platform that they can tweak to fit their solutions. Darwin is an OS that Apple has available as OSS, but without the slick Aqua/Cocoa/Carbon layer on top that gives a mac it's mac-ness will it have the same appeal - or will a Linux variant fill the void, leaving Apple to only to gain market share in the desktop and server space, missing the embedded market that will undoubtedly emerge in the cell processor world?
I like it when I find out I was wrong, and learn something in the process.
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Star Wars Fans in Line... at the Wrong Theater

April 7, 2005 00:00 by keithkaragan
Found this on SlashDot (http://slashdot.org/) "More than a month before the premiere of Revenge of the Sith, fans are already lining up. Outside Grauman's Chinese Theater, eleven diehard Star Wars fans (i.e. lifelong virgins) are waiting for tickets to go on sale. Unfortunately, it appears that the guys with girlfriends will have the last laugh as the Chinese Theater isn't even premiering the film." http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117920656?categoryid=1236&cs=1&s=h&p=0 Wow! You have to blush a bit when that happens to you ....
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Black holes 'do not exist'

April 5, 2005 02:00 by keithkaragan
According to George Chapline of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California Black holes 'do not exist', but rather are Dark Energy stars, in a news story on Nature.com (Link). For some background on Dark Energy check out the BBC's In Our Time program from March 17th (Link).
This may indeed just be a reclassification of terms for the same phenomenon, but consider that another quantum mechanics related story is in the news. There seems to be great strides being made in the understanding of this genre of science in more of an applied manner - very cool.
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