Friday, October 21, 2005

John W. Scherer VIDEO PROFESSOR BLOG - October 21, 2005

Let’s talk tech and computing!

A day at the races or, how I learned how to advertise at 200 MPH

If you haven’t heard of Danica Patrick, you soon will, regardless of whether or not you’re a racing fan. I got to know Danica through her fiancé, who is my personal trainer. After watching Danica race, I was hooked and knew I had to partner with her to promote Video Professor. About the only spot on Danica or her car that had any space left for a logo was on top of her helmet. So the last two races of the season, race fans got to see the logo from her onboard camera.

Danica wrapped up the season Oct 16 at Fontana, CA and while she was taken out by a wreck late in the race, (It was the other driver’s fault, who must have been upset to be driving a pink car and getting passed by a girl) Danica still took Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year honors, was 2005Indianapolis 500 Rookie of Year, won several poles, led a bunch of laps and I do believe she’ll win a checkered flag or two next season.

Here are some pictures from the California race.

The United Savvy States of America
When it comes to all things tech, all parts of the country have what are called “early adaptors.” These are folks most likely to try something new when it comes out, bugs and all. And no matter where you live, one is likely living right next door!
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It seemed like a good idea at the time
Google continues to rock the publishing world with its library search engine. Handy for scholars and researchers, but resented by authors.
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Gucci Pocket Protectors?
While some associate tech with geek and vice-versa, the times and the styles are indeed changing. For many, tech can mean high fashion!
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United Nations Alert!
How do you feel about the United Nations controlling the Internet instead of the United States? Freedom loving countries like Cuba and China are behind a move to take away control of a distinctly American innovation. No, Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet. The Pentagon did. The issue has caught the attention of Brit Hume of Fox News. Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview:
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AOL on the move
A few tech pundits, ok, more than a few, have been preparing obits for AOL. The pioneering company has had a few zigs and zags along the way, ok, more than a few, the past several years. But the folks running the show have had their focus firmly on the future. And they’re succeeding.
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E-Mail Pet Peeves
If you’re like me, you get a ton of e-mail at the office. Some of them actually have to do with business! So what’s your biggest pet peeve of the e-mail variety? A staffing firm just did some research and I’m going to hazard a guess you might agree with some of the findings!
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The folks who founded this country were a pretty smart bunch. One of their best ideas was the separation of powers into Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. All independent of each other. The idea was to keep one person or group from grabbing too much power. It’s one of the reasons they told old King George to take a hike.

With the nomination of Harriet Miers causing such a stir in the news, it’s important to remember how the system works. The President of the United States gets to pick someone to join the Supreme Court. But the Senate in its ‘advise and consent” rule has to approve it. Before they vote yes or no, the nominee gets to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, made up of members of both parties, so the committee can fairly ascertain if the nominee is suitable. Granted, politics enters the process, but after a few hundred years it continues to work pretty well.

But the hue and cry of politicos and pundits is deafening. And the voracious appetites of the 24-hour news channels give everyone with an opinion (and you know what they say about opinions!) far more than their fifteen minutes of fame.

Miers may, or may not be qualified to serve on the court. But can we tone down the rhetoric and political grandstanding and let the process work instead? You, me, we, can all put in our two cents. E-mail, write or call your Senators and tell them how you feel. It’s a grand system, tried and true, but it’s getting short shrift to name calling, half-truths and just plain baloney. The last time I checked, it’s still government of, by and for the people. And that’s us.

Would you like fries with that Mr. Hussein?
Saddam Hussein went on trial this week. And while further proceedings have been delayed until next month, there is something very satisfying about seeing Hussein in the docket. Of course he’s being offered every right his own victims never received. Let’s hope justice prevails, and quickly.

Astros vs Sox (no, the other ones)
Houston has never been. And it’s almost been a century for Chicago, and that one involved some legal issues. Pitching will be the key.

Quote o’ the week
“ I think Bill Romanowski is a self-promoting fraud. He has no credibility. I don't care, nobody cares, what he has to say ever on any subject, and he should never talk again. And stop putting him on television. It's not compelling. It's pathetic.”-Adam Shein,

Site o’ the week
Jim Croce sang about time in a bottle. Here’s what the view is like!
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