Interesting unemployment statistics

It would be interesting to see the numbers normailzed for other factors, like all the years spent as indentured grad students. 

Sci/tech doctorate protects you from unemployment – in the US • The Register

Among science/engineering/health doctorate holders, the lowest unemployment rate was among specialists in mathematics and statistics, just 1 per cent of whom were unemployed. The next best field to be in was computing and IT, whose PhDs saw just 1.1 per cent unemployment. The highest sci/eng/health unemployment was seen among US physical-sciences PhDs, 2.4 per cent of whom were jobless.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thank God its Beta 10


Beta 9 had so many rendering bugs.  Lets see if that’s fixed ….

Firefox 4 beta 10 now available, fixes 500 bugs and nears completion

Just a few days after the release of beta 9, there is a new build to sink your teeth into. Beta 10 has no new features — it simply squashes about 500 bugs, thus improving stability across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yahoo shopping Delicious to Digg?


First generation social media are falling by the wayside.

Kevin Rose: Yahoo Contacted Digg To See If We Wanted To Take Over Delicious

It looks like Yahoo has been looking for a home for Delicious for some time now. On his Diggnation web show this week, Digg founder Kevin Rose said that Yahoo contacted Digg to see if the company would be interested in taking over Delicious prior to when an internal slide leaked indicating Yahoo wanted to get rid if it and before the December layoffs (which would put the time period at early December/late November). In the video, Rose addresses this around the 36 minute mark.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Schmidt being replaced as CEO

No more Squirrel Boy?

Google’s Huge Earnings Overshadowed By Leadership Change


Google just announced Q4 and full year 2010 earnings. They also dropped the bombshell that Larry Page would be taking over as CEO, with Eric Schmidt becoming “executive chairman.” Danny Sullivan has more on that development.



Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Comcast Borgs NBC

It seems like Hulu is part of the deal as well.  This creates a multi-tenticled beastie like Warner-AOL once threatened to be, or like what Apple might become if they gobbled up Disney and started producing their own content. 

FCC approves Comcast’s purchase of NBC (Update: Justice Department too, it’s done) — Engadget

So far details include a promise of a “focused mechanism for online video providers to obtain access to certain NBC Universal content,” and that the newly formed entity will retain its economic stake in Hulu, while giving up its voting and board representation rights.

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

OpenStack to arrive with Natty Narwhal

OpenStack is the NASA/RackSpace cloud computing infrastructure that aims to be more scalable than Eucalyptus.

Ubuntu’s Narwhal rides OpenStack cloud • The Register

Now it’s just a question of which version of OpenStack will be implemented in Ubuntu 11.04: Austin is the codename for the current release, but Bexar is due in early February, with plans for a new release every three months.

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Get rid of the “on behalf of …” when using GMail


This is a problem if you use Gmail to send email using another account.  Outlook in particular displays your GMail account together with the email address  you intend the reader to see.  Here is a clever suggestion on how to avoid the problem using a Google Apps account.


Use a Google Apps Account To Authenticate Outgoing Mail From Your Regular Gmail Account

Gmail’s been able to send emails from other email addresses you own for a long time, but it was never perfect. Here’s a simple step-by-step for getting rid of the all-too-annoying “on behalf of” message.

Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

The correct way to end every sentence

A period and one space.  In my defense, I have to say that I chose Courier font for my dissertation.  Old habits die hard.

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. – By Farhad Manjoo – Slate Magazine


When I pointed out that they were doing it wrong—that, in fact, the correct way to end a sentence is with a period followed by a single, proud, beautiful space—the table balked. “Who says two spaces is wrong?” they wanted to know.

Typographers, that’s who. The people who study and design the typewritten word decided long ago that we should use one space, not two, between sentences.


Published in: on January 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Java 7 for Mac OS X Project at OpenJDK

This is the future of Java on Mac.  Learn to love it.

Open source Java 7 for Mac code appears • The Register


The OpenJDK project has released the first code for the Apple-backed open source version of Java Development Kit 7 for Mac OS X.

The initial code – a BSD port – is now available from the new Mac OS X Port Project on the OpenJDK website. The project already offers a mailing list and project wiki, and a bug reporter in on the way. The latest developments are available from the project status page.


Published in: on January 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tech Refresh Path for EMC CLARiiON Customers

A nice summary of the hardware line that will supplant the CX4.

EMC follows NetApp’s lead with VNX line • The Register

The VNX products are the migration path for current CLARiiON and Celerra products, which will continue to be sold and supported. The VNX7500 is the migration product for Celerra NS960 and CLARiiON CX4-960 requirements. The 5700 and 5500 take over from the NS-480 Celerra systems and CX4-480 and 240 arrays. The 5300 and 52100 will eventually replace the NS-120 and CLARiiON CX4-120 and AX4 products. There will be non-disruptive upgrades through the VNX5000 range from the 5100 to the 5700.

Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm  Leave a Comment