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Seek 1.0 extension to Mozilla Thunderbird from David Huynh on Vimeo.
I've been renovating Casa Klein over the last year, slowly moving from room to room installing hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and in general moving the rooms into the 21st century style wise. Welcome to the pleasures associated with owning a 1960's house. I find the physical labor cathartic after working in an office all week.
I love electrical work, but I hate installing recessed lighting. I'll tear open a wall with pleasure and do limited time in the attic, but you've got to have skill and patience in the attic to get recessed cans in. I've got a killer electrician who does this work for me. He put standard bulbs in all the new recessed lighting, and I noticed how much my electrical bills have gone up over time even though we haven't made any other significant changes to the house or changed our electrical consumption patterns. We know about those patterns and our big electrical consumption items due to a school project Gabi did on the topic!
This weekend we installed CFL bulbs in the living room and dining room. I still have to remove a dimmer in the dining room to optimize this change, but the net effect was brighter lighting at a fraction of the energy consumption. I'm researching recessed, dimmable CFLs for my man room, as I need the dimming capable for movies and video games! LED lighting would be amazing, but the technology needs to mature some. I'm going to order and install a few LED lights just as a test.
We also completely replaced our pool hardware due to a catastrophic failure a couple of weeks back, and while the failure sucked from an operational perspective, it gave us the chance to install a new energy efficient two stage pump for the pool. We also plumbed the new system for solar heating, which we'll add in the next month or so. Our pool is going to kick ass this summer, and it will be way more energy efficient.
Still want to get my Prius, but I have to wait to see what the tax bill is going to be this year. AMT is evil. Designed to tax the wealthy and now it taxes people it was never intended for. So my Prius waits to see if Uncle Sam is going to screw me for working hard and investing in small companies on the side.
Premium gas is now consistently over $4/gallon here. I love my current car, but it's time to do the right thing given the number of miles I drive for work. Besides, it will cosmically balance out the sports car I really want ;-)
Green but fun, that's my motto!
April 13, 2008
We shot my iPhone JVM announcement in the Sun video studio. It was fun, but the vibe was too formal for me. I decided my next video would be in the comfort of my office...
We've been shooting short clips of the teams as they make the mad rush for JavaOne. Can't wait to compile them as a memento of this crazy couple of months. Everyone is working their butts off, but it is really fun to be part of the team making JavaOne happen. We're going much more personal this year, and the new stage and keynote is going to rock! Better get back to work on that keynote soon, eh?
Next video will be shot in my new office, and I should have the place tricked out. Will have to shoot it like an episode of Cribs. Still need to get a frig for the drinks and snacks, though mine won't be as large as Param's ice cream capable unit he just installed. I'm going to get a flat panel and a PS3 there for drop-in fragging, plus all sorts of other Java powered toys. I've already hung up my Macintosh Duo poster (first hardware project @ Apple) and my Chicago skyline shot (my homage to the Bungie days). The Dash folks gave me the most amazing signed goodbye poster with images of the hardware predecessor to the Dash Express and Express itself. That's got to go up in the office as well.
I think I said the bottle I held up in the video was whiskey? It's actually a single malt scotch. When I moved into the office, the previous owners left me four bottles of scotch ;-) Whatever is left will be left for the next occupant when I move later this month. Need to move closer to my "twin" Jeet, our Engineering VP and all around good guy!
"To know what you make is tasty, you must eat your own dog food."
I'm a huge Xbox 360 guy. I started as a PC gamer and developer, so I understand the roots of the Xbox. Xbox 360 gave Microsoft the lead in the war for the core gamer (yes, yes, casual gaming belongs to Nintendo!) with innovations like Xbox Live, Marketplace, media streaming, Achievements, and amazing games that were first or best for the 360 platform. Achievements alone do it for me. It's all I talk about with my gaming friends. "What was your score on BioShock? Did you get the Achievement for maxing out XXX?"
So why the heck did I buy a PS3 today? Dropped the bling on a blue shirt @ Best Buy! (or did I mean Buy More? LOL!). Because I am humble and I eat my own dog food.
Humble: Yes, I was wrong in picking HD-DVD. I bet on HD-DVD well before I joined Sun, so this humble is lonely humble. I thought the higher production costs for BD discs, the lack of support for adult content (and yes, adult content drives technology), and Sony's history of closed platforms (Beta, Memory Stick, ATRAC, etc.) would lead to Blu-ray's demise. I was wrong. The how is irrelevant; Sony won. My HD-DVD add-on for my 360 and my ~10 HD-DVD movies humbly await a buyout and associated public burning by the appropriate Sony folks.
I eat my own dog food: Java helps power Blu-ray. The Playstation 3 box has the "Java Powered" logo on it! Java (BD-J) helps BD-Live create amazing interactive content for BD discs, and I hope that is just the beginning of the relationship between Java, Playstation 3, and all Blu-ray players. Network enabled devices fueled by amazing Java (FX) content is part of the reason I joined Sun.
So I'm looking forward to buying some discs with BD-Live content and seeing how Java enabled content makes the platform even better. And I'll be checking our taste factor. If our stuff isn't premium grade kibbles, it's time to talk to the guys and gals back in Engineering and Product Marketing. And if it tastes great, it's still off to the labs to see what we can do to make it better. It's all about creating the best platform for connected developers and our consumer partners!!!
And yes, the PS3 is pretty damn slick. Three cables and I was up and running. Integrated power supply, nice touch versus 360. Very quiet, makes my 360 sound like a jet engine in comparison. Integrated WiFi had me connected in less than 2 minutes. And while I love 360's Blades interface, the PS3 interface feels subtle though too deep on both the X and Y axis . I noticed the consistency of the interface with the PSP, which I previously owned. The interface looks crisp @ 1080p. Love the flowing animation behind the interface.
Anyway, I'm slowing acquiring all the latest Java gear for consumers so I can see how we are really doing. PS3, Livescribe, Kindle, a new phone (any suggestions), etc. We're going to talk to the leading content, consumer, and hardware developers and find out what is right and wrong with Java. And we're going to deliver what these folks want and need to make great solutions. Our dog food must taste great and keep getting better. No gas or bad aftertaste ;-)
rat hole #2: Next BD movie? Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Action, spies, humor, and taking "the spouse/lover's quarrel" to the next level (their battle in their house and the ride in the mini-van are the highlights for Anne and I). Pitt and Jolie have chemistry. Sorry Jennifer :(