Archive for January, 2005



$350 Million for 42 Hours

Like the post of Frank Boosman on pseudorandom:
"According to this story in the Chicago Sun-Times, the war in Iraq has cost $130 billion to date (per the Office of Management and Budget). Given that we invaded Iraq 20 March 2003, that comes to 656 days since the invasion, which in turn equals $198,730,732 per day.
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How Nike figured out China

I am just reading this good Time’s article.
Extract: "Nike swung into action even before most Chinese knew they had a new hero. The moment hurdler Liu Xiang became the country’s first Olympic medalist in a short-distance speed event — he claimed the gold with a new Olympic record in the 110-m hurdles on Aug. 28–Nike […]

Skype 1.1 available

It’s out. Few changes from my perspective except maybe new text chat with up to 50 (sic) users, and the updated look&feel (looks great!).
Nice to see as well that there is people out there that leverage the platform and APIs to create new way to communicate or new add-ons like the Skype Answering Machine.

Good NYC pictures

The Red Librarian takes a walk along New York’s Highline.
via Wooster Collective.

Following Ubisoft…

French video games maker Ubisoft Entertainment (chart) surged over 5% percent in Paris trade on a report in L’Agefi that Vivendi Universal may make a white night offer for the company. The report said the companies have held preliminary talks. Electronics Arts bought almost 20 percent of Ubisoft last month, which the French company called […]

How craigslist is reshaping ads market

In the Mercury News:
"Cauthorn estimates that with job listings alone, craigslist has taken $50 million to $60 million a year away from Bay Area newspapers." Full article. I think craigslist (Wikipedia article) is a very good concept and did get all the basic right. Not surprising that eBay bought a 25% stake in last August.
This […]

Currently listening to … Bloc Party

Banquet is quite a good single. Bloc Party is supposed to be one of the new big group in 2005. Their album is due early this year, and I am eagerly waiting for it. Their web site features some free song downloads and you can listen to a session they add on Xfm radio here.
Update: […]

Wired: the BitTorrent effect

"You could think of BitTorrent as Napster redux — another rumble in the endless copyright wars. But BitTorrent is something deeper and more subtle. It’s a technology that is changing the landscape of broadcast media.
[…] One example of how the world has already changed: Gary Lerhaupt, a graduate student in computer science at Stanford, became […]

Nvidia overclocking

When people want additional performance from their machines, they often undertake a procedure called overclocking ‐ so what exactly does this involve? Overclocking is in short the process of increasing the clock speed of a component in your PC. Wikipedia definition here for those wanting to know more. I didn’t know but this is possible […]

blogs in Fortune

Fortune Magazine’s David Kirkpatrick and Daniel Roth have just posted an excellent article about blogging.
via Joi Ito.