It’s now December? Seriously? I haven’t been having that much fun, so where, precisely did the time go? While you’re answering that, a few more questions for you:
- Why do few, if any, of the mainstream backup options (Bingodisk, S3, etc) appear to support rsync?
I’m not the only one who uses it for a variety of my backup needs. Thank the great spirit for rsync.net, but I can’t afford them for some of my higher volume storage needs (read: music), so currently they’re limited to work backups.
- Why does my cat eat tortilla chips but not crabmeat?
Honestly, what kind of cat will not eat crabmeat? And likes to sleep in my briefcase? I live with the strangest animal alive.
- Why do cellphones no longer handle memory properly?
For a variety of reasons, including the fact that I’m using the camera functionality a lot more, my LG CU 320 is constantly short on memory. This means that occasionally I can’t send or receive text and picture messages because it’s full. I’ve hunted around for an option that says “delete old content when necessary to make room for new messages,” but no luck so far. None of my old Nokias had this problem; when new stuff came in, it pushed out the old with no input from me.
- Why do broadcasters still bother with in-game interviews of coaches and managers?
The only thing that’s guaranteed in such interactions is that the coach will tell you nothing. And why would they? There’s no incentive whatsoever for them to cooperate. Whether we’re talking about baseball or football, in-game commentary is a complete waste of everyone’s time.
- Why are some enterprises so terrified by the GPL?
Spoke with a client last week who reported that the mere mention of the GPL in conjunction with their project caused some users to threaten ripping out the software wholesale. It would be one thing if the GPL had actual implications for their software, but in this case the product would be dual-licensed and thus not applicable to them anyway. I thought we were beyond the GPL is evil and will destroy your business mindset, but apparently not.
- Why do wireless carriers have to continue to try and provide every service imaginable rather than monetize the bandwidth?
Do Cingular or Verizon really believe that I’m going to purchase tons of music from them? Ringtones are one thing, b/c they’re an impulse buy, cheap and can be considered more or less disposable in nature (even then, I’ve always used Audacity&Bluetooth). But music? Why do they always feel a need to provide everything themselves? The ISPs tried this. It didn’t work. And yet here we are again. Guess what guys? If you make it easy for me to get bandwidth, I’ll use a lot of it. And pay you for it. And if you make it easy for third parties to work with your networks, so will everyone else.
- How is Second Life different from Prodigy?
Not my question, but David’s. I was thinking something similar, however, when rereading Stephenson’s Snow Crash. In the novel, there’s a Second Life analogue called the Metaverse, and Stephenson’s vision of this does have a lot of promise. But I really would have a difficult time investing substantial money into a “world” that’s controlled by a single vendor. Nothing against Linden Labs, it’s more the principle. It may seem difficult to conceive of a world not controlled by a single vendor, but I’m sure people said that about the internet(s).
Answers for any or all of the above are appreciated, but not likely to be rewarding in any immediate financial sense.