Minding the kids at home

It’s pretty hard to get much done when chasing the kids around the house. My big achivement, apart from playing with klife a little is to rediscover frozen yoghurt… It’s yummy.

I’m writing this whilst listening to MP3’s in an effort to avoid having to be in the same room as Seventh Heaven. It’s just way too cutsey for me. I’m listening to Du Hast. I don’t speak German, so I had to surf to find out what on earth I was listening to.

Lots of interesting things seem to be happening at the moment:

  • The free trade agreement that the Australian government entered into without considering open source at all seems to suck, but there are things you can do about it.
  • There are Microsoft employee blogs popping up all over the place. It makes me wonder if there was an official edict to start blogging, or if a blanket ban was just lifted or something. An example is the Channel 9 blog, which seems to be trying to make Microsoft seem a little more caring and personal. To whit:
      Channel 9 started as a personal story from one of us about fear of flying. Lenn realized after years of dealing with it, that it was actually a fear of the unknown. The fear was conquered through learning. The more transparency into what it took to fly a plane, the more the fear went away. Lenn got to know pilots who flew planes everyday, and every time he flew he turned on Channel 9 on the in-flight audio system to listen in to the cockpit.
      We think developers need their own Channel 9, a way to listen in to the cockpit at Microsoft, an opportunity to learn how we fly, a chance to get to know our pilots. Five of us in Redmond are crazy enough to think we just might learn something from getting to know each other. Were we wrong? Time will tell.
      Join in, and have a look inside our cockpit and help us fly the plane.
      Welcome to Channel 9.

    It’s a pity about all that video on the site. The site seems to have happened because of the how to hate Microsoft from Robert Scoble.

  • Some analysis of what Google appears to be up to. A couple of things occur to me here. I’m told that Google keeps their web search database basically in RAM (cause that was it’s nice and fast), and that they have 100,000 machines. The smallest disc you can get these days is around a 20gb, and a Linux install takes around a gig (probably less for a secure machine with everything turned off, but this is back of an envelope maths). That means Google must have around 1,900,000
    gig of spare storage to throw at the email storage problem. Wow.