6 Jan 2002 nymia   » (Master)

PostgreSQL

Spent some free time playing with the grammar. Also tried to figure how to add xbase support as well. It may take some time to get it working though.

NewOS, MenuetOS

Also spent a little time playing with the code, trying to get the real/protected mode switch to work. It looks like the kernel I'm trying to make is going to be BIOS bound, which is probably not bad since all I want is to make it small as possible though.

Distribution

Finally got the pricing structure information and will proceed to figure the framework of the distribution channel, in case it takes off.

Roses

Asked some friends about information on how setup a small rose farm. The roses I have here seem to have survived under my care though. Next step is to increase the scale to a higher level and figure if it will work or not. The existing breeding/growing system have a high rate of mortality (75%), not sure exactly where is the problem. The instructions I got seem to have failed miserably. Think I'll have to get more information from a professional grower soon.

Product X

Got a go signal to start experimenting with the idea of pushing another non-traditional product. Thought of putting a 45 day lead to be a good number. From initial test, they seemed to have good potential. Guess I'll never know it until the 'real' tests are applied though.

Case #1

One example is an individual who spends approximately $1,000 a year on the product. Equivalent to 700 to 800 minutes worth of fun and enjoyment. That's because the product is a consumable and is also perishable. From there, an equation can be setup to approximate it. Definitely, numbers like these tend to tickle the people upstairs though, especially, when numbers are aggregated and assumptions are properly put into place.

2001

Time to write down my thoughts on the year 2001. That year was definitely something, I would probably consider that year to be my longest and worst year I ever had. The industry were I belong to, slowly collapsed. The first and second quarter was already showing signs of softening, the market started contracting and everybody around started worrying about their jobs and contracts. Some claimed it would over by september and by december things will turn out fine. Unfortunately, things turned out the other way.

2001 is definitely something I would consider a terrible year. If I learned anything, that would be to not place my entire career in one basket. Having two things (business or not) working at the same time might be right combination. As a person whom I met a couple of days ago told me that he was prepared when his employer handed the pink slip to him. He already had a backup business operating already. He knew from day one he would be getting the pink slip and from there he spent his free time working on getting contracts. He would work his second business until 2:00 AM. Believing someday he would be terminated.

I guess having a backup was smart thing to do, especially, when working in a capitalist system. You never know when things will get ugly.

2002

Been thinking about 2002. One of the things that's been rattling in my mind was the idea of a Linux breakout. Perhaps 2002 could the year when Linux finally steps-in takes a bite out of the competition. The images of Rocky II seems to vividly show up along with the great sounding trumpets.

Noticeable Cracks Along The Border

Thought about how the current economic experience have impacted the rich and the middle class. IMO, it looks the crack appeared during the time of 'downsizing' and was again impacted by the recent massive layoffs and escalation of troubled companies to the brink of bankruptcy. Now, it seems the crack is much noticeable such that more people are now having a negative opinion on how the rich corporate owners have treated the middle class workers.

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