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July 28, 2006

Minimalism in Windows: The Run Command Redux

Filed under: technology — Tags: , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 6:03 pm

I’m a firm believer that somewhere deep inside the bowels of Windows is a great operating system waiting to be discovered. It just takes a little poking and prodding around to get a pretty rewarding experience out of this aging system, but once you do, you’ll find this old dog was able to do a lot of “new” tricks all along–it just wasn’t in the documentation.

Enter “The Quicker Run Cheat” post from last year at Webby’s World (rediscovered by
earlier today).


July 14, 2006

Decentralized Identity Building

Filed under: technology,thoughts — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 5:13 pm

Can you build a brand or forge an identity across many disjointed pieces of content and references across the Internet?

Anyone for whom the Internet has been a major part of life over the years surely has numerous posts and references immortalized throughout the Internet, and yet, what good is any of it if you can’t quickly refer to it? A single comment on a forum or someone’s blog might be inconsequential by itself, but after years of putting time and effort into writing good comments and posts, it develops into a body of work that could fill a book, or many books, and yet, it all disappears into the ether. Don’t you want to take that writing with you?


July 8, 2006

Artwork: Burning

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 5:18 pm

Burning posted in my Flickr photostream. (more…)

July 6, 2006

IE7 Beta 3 No Longer Copying Flock

Filed under: business,technology — Tags: , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:20 pm

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who noticed that Internet Explorer Betas 1 and 2 were using a favorites icon which flat-out rips off Flock‘s Flockater icon. I downloaded Internet Exlporer 7 Beta 3 last night and this icon was nowhere to be seen.


July 2, 2006

Keep the Penny

Filed under: business — Tags: , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 7:16 pm

If we stop circulating the penny (as discussed in this news story)we can expect merchants to round-up their prices. Yes, proponents claim otherwise, but history does not agree.

After the introduction of the Euro currency, it was commonplace for merchants in Euro area countries to round-up their prices across the board to retain “attractive” numbers such as .99 in their prices. Although it had only a minor effect across the board, this caused a decrease in consumer spending that put a slight damper on economic growth related to the introduction of the new currency.

Mark my words, despite claims, prices will increase slightly across the board, causing slight price inflation that will hit the “working class” average Joe. For example, if a product currently costs 2.91, expect it to go up to 2.95, not 2.90.

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