eBay Amusement

It’s all about the last few seconds. I have been trying to buy a Canon L-Series f2.8 16-35mm wide-angle lens. The going price used is somewhere between $950 and $1,050. I have set a top bid at around $1,000 three times, and in the last three to seven seconds, someone…

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ARGGHH!

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/01/28/free.ride.ap/http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2571332http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2007-01-28-free-space-ride_x.htm Nothing I can say. Oracle gave him $30K in cash to pay the taxes. Which would have been enough for most people.

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Feedblitz

Another Web 2.0 experiment: Feedblitz. This blog widget should monitor my blog’s feed and, whenever I post something new, send an email of the new feed to subscribers. I’m checking it out, because I think my sister should create a Ramos-O’Neill blog featuring the adventures of Finn and Ellie, but…

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Experimenting with Wikipedia

In writing my blog entries and my manuscript, wikipedia.org has proven an incredibly useful resource. So I decided I’d try to give back a little bit. But where could I contribute? Photography? No, I don’t know enough about optics. Scooters? Even though the Vespa entry has been flagged for poor…

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TSSJS: Ted’s keynote on open-source

Ted Farrell, Oracle’s Chief Architect, gave our keynote address at TheServerSide Java Symposium today (coverage in InfoWorld). Ted’s remarks reminded me of a fourth characteristic of open-source–or at least, of successful open-source projects–that I neglected to mention in my post on what makes open-source. Whether a project makes a tedious,…

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What makes open-source?

InfoWorld reporter Matt Asay posted a column recently about Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (XE), our lightweight database product built on our commercial database engine that is completely free to develop, deploy and redistribute. In addition to saying some very complimentary things about a colleague of mine, Monica Kumar, Matt…

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