Thanks Wake!

Its too bad but I wish him well. He was a stalwart in the dugout for as long as I can remember. It was always thrilling to watch him pitch. Some nights that ball danced, others it didn’t. But it was always exciting. Thanks Wake for a solid 17 years.

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GOTCHA!

One year ago today, I adopted this adorable little American Staffordshire Terrier mix puppy.

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Google Handwrite

Whoa. Google just launched a writing feature implemented in all HTML5/CSS3. Its called Handwrite. It allows you to write anywhere on the screen and it inputs into the search box on Google’s home page.

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Well, I guess I'm a psychopath then...

…guilty as charged. I pulled the plug on my Facebook account almost a year ago. I had come to find that Facebook was a big time suck. I’d sit down to do something productive - say, work on this site - and find myself looking up an hour later without having accomplished anything. I wanted to actually do something. What I’ve come to find is that it didn’t really help a whole lot in that respect as I’ve managed to find other time wasters. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely waste less time, but I wouldn’t say that I got most of that time back. Instead, I’ve found I’ve forged more meaningful relationships with those I do keep in touch with. I don’t need to get every detail about your life, and if I did, I’d seek you out for it. If I don’t, next time we catch up, you’ll give me the good parts - hopefully.

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Well, I guess I'm a psychopath then...

I loved Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma. This is simply brilliant. I’d kill to take him out for lunch some day. This is further motivation to get myself back to school. Hear that HBS? I’m coming.

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Lawsuits filed over Zynga exec stock selloff - price will bounce back

When I put the Zynga and Facebook stock scandals side-by-side and compared them, I realized they couldn’t be more different. Zynga is accused of manipulating its underwriters to allow top-level executives, who supposedly saw a potentially poor earnings statement in the works, to SELL off large amounts of stock while all other employees had their shares frozen. Facebook on the other hand, manipulated their underwriters into BUYING more stock in an effort to keep the price above the initial offering price and attempt to create an artificial “pop” for their early investors.

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Facebook charging for ad clicks from bots

This news isn’t going to help their currently-nose-diving-faster-than-amelia-earhart stock price any. Ignoring the fact that Limited Run hasn’t provided any evidence of what’s going on yet, it sucks that Facebook is leaving it up to their customers to figure this out, then dispute after they get hit with a bill. In their updated IPO filing, they guesstimated that 5-6% - or approximately 40-50MM - of their Monthly Active Users (MAUs) at the time were fake accounts. But I wonder how much of Facebook’s overall traffic is a direct result of bots and click fraud?

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Diamonds In The Rough

Hi Rob,

Recently, we came across your information and wanted to introduce our firm and an opportunity we are working on.

[Company Name Redacted] is a technical recruiting firm based in Chicago. Our client is a cloud-based solutions company who is passionate about cutting edge technology that delivers industry-leading enterprise solutions. Their team of super smart engineers with focus on cloud computing, is tackling the world’s most challenging tasks building highly scalable and available products.

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Purchasing lower quality hardware for your competitors

We told HP we needed better displays [for the Pre 3]. They’d come back and say, ‘Apple bought them all. Our suppliers tell us we need to build them a factory if we want the displays’ and they weren’t willing to put the billion dollars upfront to do that,” one source said. “The same thing happened with cameras. We’d pick a part, turns out Apple picked the same part. We were screwed left and right.

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Framing competition

An interesting exchange took place on Thursday, March 22, at the Yamaha press conference in Jerez after the presentation of the freshly painted, new Yamaha M1s. Lorenzo was asked if he still believed, as he had said several times earlier, that the 1000cc bikes were too fast.

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