Thursday, December 21, 2006


Alpha and beta are just Greek for a and b. They were, anyway, until 1994, when Netscape accidentally turned "beta" into a World Wide Web buzzword by giving away over a dozen beta versions of its browsers in three years. For Web hipsters, using Netscape's buggy beta features shifted from an option to a requirement. If you don't remember pounding your keyboard over Finnish sites that locked you out with "go install Netscape 2.0b3," you weren't really there.
Valleyway might have lost Nick Douglas, but with posts like this one it doesn't matter too much. Somehow, sometimes, this blog has the ability to make me feel not so bad about throwing away hundreds of dollars in rent. Also, Megan, their party correspondent is super nice so I guess I'll stay subscribed. Melanie will never let me forget that fabulous Christmas party that Vinnie threw, where I met Megan. And Julia :)

I'll be on east coast time next week.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Analog Devices

Driving through San Jose with Melanie, we pass a company called Analog Devices.

Me: Analog Devices... what kind of applications are better done with analog rather than digital?
Melanie: Clocks.

I should have known better than to ask the electrical engineer who is my girlfriend.