Hawk's Nest

Monday, March 29, 2004

Google Personalized Search

Check out the new possibilities at Google. Create a profile of preferred categories for search, do a search and use the slider to increase the relevance to your personal categories. More innovation from the big G

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

100 year Domain Name Service

Have a spare $1000 on hand? Preserve your domain name for the next century...it'll outlast you!

Monday, March 22, 2004

Looking for a job at MS? Check your Google rank...

You've googled somebody, admit it. Microsoft recruiting is going one step further, looking for a few good recruits to round out the teams.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

eMachines Support

Yesterday I worked with eMachines support to try to get a network card to access our network. I started a chat session and this is how it went. (Names have been changed to protect the innocent workers at eMachines/Gateway)

You are chatting to Sue
Contact Reason: Network card is working interm

Sue: Thank you for contacting eMachines Live Chat. My name is Sue and my badge number is ****. Please hold
while I review your issue...

Sue: You can try reloading the existing ones:
[Sue provides copied instructions on reinstalling the NIC]

Kevin: ok
Kevin: any idea where the download page is?
Kevin: ok, tried that and no change
[Several minutes go by]
Sue: Windows should automatically reload it, after you reboot.
Kevin: it did, but no change
Sue: Is it intermittent with your internet also?
Kevin: no, i actually have this pc on my network at work. i am an IT professional
Sue: So the nic is only being used to connect to the network, correct?
Kevin: the network connects to the Internet. the nic connects to the switch.
Sue: I am NOT an IT professional, so you probably know more than I do about it.
Sue: You could run a Network diagnostics, to see if it recognizes the nic and if it passes or fails.
Sue:We just want to be sure if the problem is the nic or nto.
Sue: not.
Kevin: oh, it sees the nic but refuses to maintaina connection to the switch
Sue: Could it be a faulty cable?
Kevin: tried many cables and switch ports
Sue: If the problem is the nic, and it may be, you would need to call Technical Support to have service set up. Their
ph# is 801-401-1419.
Kevin: thanks

Is this the result of outsourcing? Don't know, but these kind of experiences are more common than ever in my line of work.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

InfoWorld: Google offers new local search service: March 17, 2004

Learn about what business types are near you.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Googling Up Passwords

How the bad guys can use the most powerful tool on the net to accomplish their goals.

TREK TECH / 40 years since the Enterprise's inception, some of its science fiction gadgets are part of everyday life

I always love to see the way scifi predicts the future. And Star Trek did a great job doing it.

Astronomers find 10th planet

Adjust your science curriculum...Sedna's in the house.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

The Aerial Reconnaisance Archives
"For the first time you can access 5.5 million photographs taken over occupied Western Europe, by the Allies during World War II."

Open Source or Open for Business?

Some good questions grounded in reality.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Encyclopedias Gather Dust in Internet Age

Use a book?? I remember the World Book salesman selling my family our first set of encyclopedias. Times do change and I think the reason this particular niche is failing is because it is repackaging primary source material. That's when you should pick up a book (or e-book).

RSS feeds are almost mandatory with good blogs. The Hawk's Nest has been a little slow in this area...meaning Blogstreet and Blogmatrix were slow. I've now added the best RSS feed yet for the site, Atom RSS Feed. It is updated within a short time of posting AND the new Sharpreader uses this type of xml feed now. So update your Sharp Reader too.

How News Travels on the Internet

This is a very interesting chart reflecting the flow of information on the Internet. Where do you get your feeds?

Thursday, March 04, 2004

The Memory Hole > Inside the CIA Museum

An unofficial site with some interesting spy gear. Maxwell Smart would be jealous.

Ink-jet Printer Could Churn Out Human Organs

This is very interesting.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Top 11 Television Spinoffs for The Lord of the Rings

Just for laughs...

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Railroad Tycoon 3

If you've tired of building zoos or marine worlds, build a railroad. Check out the trailer and download the demo!

Monday, March 01, 2004

United Press International: 'Rings' makes history with 11 Oscars

What a night! Finally...at 12:10am Monday morning, Lord of the Rings get its due! The genre is king this year!!!