One of the cardinal rules of running a large scale Internet business is that you want to have a production network and an R&D network that are independent. You test on the R&D network, then push it out for production. Every once in a while you have to roll back the updates due to errors, but that should not happen very often or at all. I guess Facebook didn't get this memo. Maybe I should write something on their Wall.
It looks as if the One Laptop Per Child program has partnered up with Amazon to administer the Give One Get One (G1G1) program in November. This program allows interested parties to purchase a laptop for a child in a developing country as well as getting one of the same models for themselves. With the G1G1 program started up again, interested parties (like the author) won't have to scour eBay for used units anymore.
If you grew up watching TV in the 1980's, you'll remember infomercial sensation Tom Vu. His whole deal was buying distressed properties and turning them around for a profit. This guy had big brass ones and perfected the William Hung act before he was even born.
While Tom is now a professional poker player, he will always be remembered as the guy that said:
"Do you think these girls like me? NO, they like my money!"
Tom Vu with his babes
God Bless you Tom Vu!
The big buzz for the last few days has been the newly released Chrome browser from Google. In a nutshell it is pretty slick. On Windows XP it renders pages as fast as Firefox 3.0 and performs 2 or 3x faster than Safari. All the normal websites I go to render just fine and work like a charm. The only issue I ran into was with Flash video playback not working as well as it should (chunky like a monkey).
On teh interwebs, they are saying that there might be security issues in regards to the WebKit that Google used to develop Chrome. Specifically, a bad guy could run JAR files on your system withour asking for your permission. It doesn't pay to be a first adopter I guess. You can guess that Chrome would be the future browser of choice if you are a Google suite user.