NASCAR vs the Space Program

I went to my first NASCAR race last weekend. It was cool, but I’m not sure I liked it enough to be an avid fan. It seems like a whole lot of time, money, risk and energy to end up where you started.

I was struck by something while I was there. What if we were that enthusiastic about Space exploration? My father’s generation (he was born in 1950) witnessed his parents generation spend a huge amount of time, money, risk and energy getting into space, to the moon, and sending spacecraft all over the solar system. All with computers and technology many of us have in our homes today.

Somewhere between my fathers childhood and my children’s childhood, the enthusiasm has been replaced completely by other things. NASCAR is cool, but it’s about going in a circle REALLY REALLY fast. Sounds an awful lot like our current space program.

What can we do to channel some of that enthusiasm and energy into getting somewhere? Maybe sometime in my lifetime even…

This just in: Being the current industry leader doesn’t mean you’ll stay there

I had the strangest conversation this morning with some people at a large subscription based software company. They were astounded that a longtime customer found a cheaper solution that did what they needed.”But we’re the 900 pound gorilla” they seemed to say. “Why would anyone want anything but us?”

The customer left because the “900 pound gorilla” was offering the same product and service as they were 2 years ago and several competitors are coming up with innovative solutions to the same problem for 25% of the cost.

They have the industry clout and funding to do a million innovative things and instead they sit back and complain that they are on the top and they shouldn’t need any reason to be afraid that they wont always be there.

A crisis of faith?

Those of you who know me well may be scared by this screenshot:

I’m doing some work on testing a SSL vpn solution and need to understand the Vista user experience.

The install was pretty simple and my first impression is that Vista seems fine, not sure what the fuss is all about. Of course, I don’t have things like non-working video drivers or anything like that.

Being naked on the wrong day is awkward

One of those funny things someone created when they were probably in a boring meeting, or drunk, is Naked CSS Day.
Yes, this is the day when you’re supposed to switch off your CSS on your sites and let them roam around in the buff.

Alas, I have missed this day once again (it was yesterday), so I’m off in search of something else to make naked and create my own naked day.