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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Quote #4 – Packet Switching Preferred

On the debate between packet switching and circuit switching: Generally speaking, people who do not like to hassle with restaurant reservations prefer packet switching. – Kurose & Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (5th Edition)

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Nong Shim Bowl Noodle Soup (Spicy Chicken) are strangely named, given the ingredients. They appear to be flavored by beef and beef fat, monosodium glutamate, and lots of other things, but no chicken parts or extracts. Now I wouldn’t have expected to find pristine ingredients in a bowl of instant noodles, but I guess if […]

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The last two weeks have been absolutely gorgeous, a perfect example of the best weather Maryland has to offer. It’s about letting the cool breeze flow through the house at night, without the need for a down comforter or heat. It’s the ability to wear shorts or jeans and being comfortable in either. There’s no […]

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This is not why I decided to be an IT major, but I’ll roll with it. The winners and losers in the information age will be differentiated by brainpower. It takes two percent of Americans to feed us all, and five percent to make everything we need. Everything else will be service and information technology, […]

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When the Verizon Wireless folks sold me a car charger for a phone that had a mini-USB plug, I expected it to work with any phone from Verizon that had a mini-USB jack. Not so, apparently; maybe the mini-USB standard doesn’t specify how much current is to be provided from each pin. I get the […]

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Although I’ve been to New Jersey plenty of times, this past trip I noticed a subtle difference in how things operate when you pull in to fill up with gasoline. If you pull up in a car, the attendant will ask what they can get you. Regular, you say. The attendant then takes your credit […]

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Denim as the Magic Material

Denim jeans are rugged, comfortable, versatile, easy to care for, and quite possible the greatest clothing ever. Under typical conditions, a pair of jeans will last for years. They offer good protection against the elements and seem to be able to take harsh environments just as well, be it a construction site, muddy field, or […]

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Quote #2 – Transparency

The following refers to transparency in the global currency market, but could be true of privacy as well. Just ask anyone famous… Once you have committed yourself to that level of scrutiny by the heard, there is no going back, except at a huge price. – Thomas Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree

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