February 23, 2005

Been pretty quiet on the blogging front lately, so here’s a few things I’ve been looking at:

1. Canon 350D; new 8MP DSLR to replace the aging 300D. Looks like a real killer entry level DSLR, read the hyperlink for DPreviews pre-production review.

2. Denso BHT-8000 batch barcode scanning unit; a really easy barcode reader to program (uses a subset of BASIC) with fast searching capabilities. Writing a batch scan packing module for it at the moment, almost finished and it’s taken very little time.

3. SMS Gateway; these guys offer one really attractive SMS Gateway service. Web, email, ftp, http, application based as well as Sender ID changing – you name it, they do it. Plus it’s really cheap, roughly 7c AUD, whereas most others are 15c etc.

4. Mucking around with Publisher 2003, my Canon IP-3000 printer & Photoshop CS. Trying to get abit more clued up on publishing booklets etc.


Show me the money!

February 13, 2005

Seems it’s easier to make money via litigation these days than it is via designing/marketing/selling an e-commerce solution. I refer to my former employer, iP3 Systems, who hit the headlines about a month ago with it’s $48 million damages claim against Victoria University. The ironic thing is that I also worked at VU for about 3+ years before joining iP3 Systems.

This is actually old news now, but I thought I’d blog on it anyway. Check here for press releases regarding the damages claim. Was quite amusing when the news originally broke on radio/tv/newspaper given my former involvement with iP3 (worked there for 3+ years).

I can’t comment too much on the topic, due to matter still being in the courts, but I personally think the damages claim is excessive. Apparently VU thinks so as well, given a recent letter I received from them regarding the claim (I am a shareholder of iP3). Fighting all the way was the basic outline of their letter – can’t blame them, $48 million is not a small sum of money.

Only time will tell regarding whether the courts agree with iP3s damages claim. I hope some money is rewarded to pay back all the investors who put money into iP3 – heaven knows it’s the most likely ROI scenario at the moment…


February 7, 2005

On Saturday, 5th of February a friend of mine passed away. I wouldn’t say we were really close but I knew her through Church and knew quite a few of her family / friends. Priscilla finally gave up her fight with cancer, aged only 19.

I was shocked but not surprised when I heard the news. Shocked because I’d seen her just 4 days earlier in hospital and while not looking her usual self, to me, she looked like she was going to make it. Not surprised because the doctors had said that there was little chance left for her.

As a Christian however, I have comfort that she (also a Believer) is in a better place. A place where there is no more pain, suffering, or sorrow. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 15:54-55: “54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” This speaks of physical death and the victory of Jesus snatching us from Deaths hands and taking us to Heaven. In the end it is a victory for us – not Death.

We’d prayed for Priscilla many times both as a Church, with my youth group and personally – our prayers weren’t answered. Why? I’ll never know, but I don’t let those thoughts grab a hold of me. Psalms 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

There’s a saying that goes like this:

“When you were born, the Angels cried and the World rejoiced.
When you passed away, the World cried and the Angels rejoiced.”

Farewell Priscilla.

Was it justified?

February 1, 2005

I was watching the recent elections in Iraq on the news just the other night, and suddenly I was struck with how happy and glad the Iraqi people were to be having free, demogratic elections.

It got me thinking, “Maybe this war was justified?” Afterall, it seemed like a large majority of Iraq is celebrating these elections. Of course, the media is well known for twisting reality to portray any reality they wish to. But then, the media in Australia has been very anti Iraq (especially Australias involvement in it) so why would they suddenly start showing positive news on Iraq?

It would appear the only Iraqi people not happy with the elections are the Sunni people. But given that they were aligned with Saddam Hussein in the first place, you can understand why. Mind you, I say this without any real understanding of the political background in Iraq.

So the question remains – was the “liberation” of Iraq indeed a worthwhile exercise? Given the recent joy over the freedom of elections etc, it is gradually & slowly appearing so. Only time will really tell though, given the growing toll on Coalition troops & resources…