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Thanks, Universal Sports

on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 13:17

The Grand Tours - the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, etc. - are the big dogs in cycling, and I'm sure TV rights are hard-fought.  And while the Tour will always get good TV coverage, the Giro nearly didn't get <em>any</em> coverage in the US this year because <a href="http://versus.com">Versus</a> network (who broadcasts most of the cycling we get to see here in the US) didn't agree to the Giro's deal terms.

But in stepped Universal Sports, and at the last minute rescued coverage for us here.

And boy, what a rescue.

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Via Velogogo

on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 00:17

Note the bamboo frame. Was this fixie rider after the lightweight, the stiffness, or the green-ness? I think none of the above; even with baskets (vs. clips), those shoes aren't shoes to ride in. She had to be just a model for the photo shoot. We'll never know....

But a hot skinny chick on a bamboo bike? I just had to blog about that. ;-)

Thanks velogogo.com. (Great "blog" you should subscribe to.)

Marten Mickos departure expected IMHO

on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 16:59

Looks like Marten Mickos, one-time CEO of MySQL is leaving Sun.  Matt Asay talked to Mickos, and had a sense that they key motivating factor was "(Mickos') frustration at Sun's bureaucracy."

I have no doubt this was a strong contributing factor.  I've had my own experiences with Sun over the years, and while I love the technology they produce (which apparently enough other people like to keep them a big company), the <em>business side</em> of Sun can be maddening.  Getting something done with Sun is typically a big exercise in patience.

But in contrast to Matt, I don't think the bureaucracy

Daily airplane flight activity simulation video

on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 22:10

This is just so cool that I have to put it here simply so I can remember to come look at it again in the future....

Pay attention to the sunlight curves, and watch the patterns of where the planes stream over the course of the rhythm of a day.

Thanks to the Zurich School of Applied Sciences.

Open source WCM vs. Interwoven

on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 21:15

Ahhhh.... In the cycling world, when you catch up to a group riding ahead of you, and pass them with ease, you feel sooooo happy about the the fact that you're strong enough to pass them. (Am I competitive? Nah... ;-)

The same thing happens in tech, too. The latest example? When closed source vendors start to get defensive about open source alternatives, you know the open source is starting to affect their business, and the open source project is pulling up to - and passing - the closed-source products.

Witness the blog post by Annie Weinberger from Interwoven, where she tries to

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