August 29th, 2005

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I'm curious about the Neilson Ratings... Did MTV make a mistake by going with the VMA's inspite of the hurricane? I'm guessing they did and the Katrina got far more viewership than Diddy.

Which one did you watch?
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First rain of note in weeks. Which is good, as we could use the rain, but...

Have you ever noticed how people forget how to drive in the rain? That first rain, in addition to be extra slick from all the oil on the road that's built up since the last rain coming up to the surface of the road making things extra slick, you have the people who don't react to the weather and speed just as much as on a dry day and then the people who over react and drive well beneith the speed limit. It's a bad mix. Usually a couple days into rain them average out, but that first day or two are awful.

Hurricane update... So far the dykes have held, though the Superdome has lost part of it's roof.
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Has Google lost its mind? There are rumors that Google is looking to purchase a telco. Google rides almost totally on the cool vibe of it's name. Now let me ask you, does anyone like their phone company? Anyone at all?In fact, I'll bet most of you curse your telephone companies name. Now Google wants to get into this and it will only tarnish their golden image.

The telco industry is also a very different business from what they are used too for a couple reasons. First, google's current offerings need little in the way of direct customer support. They don't need banks of people to answer phones and calm down irrate customers. In fact, many of their services are free, so if it's down, "oh well." That is very different from a phone company where they always need a plethora of support staff just to placate the irrate calls of their customers.

The telco's also have stringent restrictions because they have to meet FCC rules and they are public utilities so they have to meet the restrictions of cities, counties, and states or face stiff fines. There is a lot of liability there.

If the rumors are true, while there is a lot of money to be made in the phone industery, I really doubt the industry is a good fit for Google and that peoples bad feelings for telco's might rub off on Googles other products.

The only thing I think that might be cool out of this is the possible merging of technologies. Imagine having an password protected webpage with your contact info for friends. Like normal you could click on the e-mail address and and your mail client pops up. Or an IM link. But now you could have a phone number link, where people click on the phone number and their phone rings, they pick it up, and then it automatically dials that friends number they clicked. Possibly with the ability to do this from home with your hope phone or from your cell phone. You would just need to work out osme way for the Google webserver to relate where you are connecting from to what phone to access.
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I got home yesterday to a Good-News/Bad-News letter.

The bad news, all the streeting in my neighborhood are going to be dug up. the good new is it's being done to install fiber to the door step. 30Mb internet connection!!!! Aw Yeah!!!!
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The Portland area weather report as of 12:15pm today:

At 1205 PM PDT National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a large area of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms over northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Some of these showers have the capability of dropping rain at the rate of 1 inch per hour...and some isolated locations have already reported over an inch of rain so far this morning. The embedded isolated thunderstorms also have the possibility of producing very small hail...extremely deadly lightning...as well as producing short lived funnel clouds. Expect these showers to continue through the afternoon and create ponding of water on roadways...as well as sharp rises on smaller creeks and streams in the area. Motorists are urged to slow down...not only due to deeper water on roadways...but also due to slippery Road conditions from accumulated oil buildup from the long period of dry weather.


Damn, it's nice to have some weather again!!! :-)