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Geek Valentine's Day gifts

Geek Valentine's Day Gifts: I just received an email from Think Geek regarding their geek Valentine's Day gifts for 2011, and I have to say, some of them are really excellent. I've picked out just a handful of them (plus one from a French chocolate supplier), and I'll share them in order from my least-favorite to most-favorite. Click on any picture to see the full page at the Think Geek website.

Geek Valentine's Day gift: LED Flashing Heart

While I won't be giving this first product away as a Valentine's Day geek gift idea, it looks pretty clever:

Valentines Day geek gifts ideas - LED heart

Mat-Su Valley Programming

Alaska programming and website design: Nothing too exciting here for the devdaily world, but just a quick announcement that I am finally launching my new computer consulting business in Alaska. My new company is named Mat-Su Valley Programming (or MVP, for short), and we'll provide Alaska with website design and programming services.

Contest to win "jQuery in Action"

Update (1/26/2011): This is the last week to enter the "jQuery in Action" contest. Details below:

Okay, I'm back from a short break, let's get 2011 rolling. First up: A contest to win a copy of jQuery in Action.

I don't give out stats, but I'll make this promise: The more people sign up for the mailing list, the more copies of jQuery in Action I'll give away, and I'll do it at a rate that increases your chances of winning -- so get your friends to sign up!

Alaska lunar eclipse photos

Just a quick note that if you're interested in seeing photos of last night's lunar eclipse from Wasilla, Alaska, I just posted these Alaska lunar eclipse photos. My camera gear isn't great yet (a very good Pentax K-x, but no good lenses) but the large 4.4 MB image shows how clear the sky was here last night, as you can clearly see not only the orange-red moon, but many stars in the background as well.

Free Rubik's Mirror Block Cube w/ some ThinkGeek orders

A brief commercial interruption that you might actually like: ThinkGeek is having a clearance sale, including giving away a free Rubik's Mirror Block Cube with a $40 purchase. Here's a collection of clearance sale ads they just sent me. Happy geeky shopping.

Wasilla, Alaska web design, website hosting, and computer programming

With 2011 barreling around the corner, I've been busy putting things together to start a new web design, web hosting, and computer programming consulting business here in Alaska.

While my current website is as ugly as it gets, here's a link to my "coming soon" Mat-Su Valley Programming website. As you can tell, I've been giving myself a few minutes every night to get the website set up, as I have plenty more important things to do at the moment.

The network is the computer - The Chrome OS mantra?

After I posted on Twitter that the Google Chrome OS reminded me of the Tektronix X-Terminals we used at NASA around 1990, a friend tweeted the reply, "The network is the computer."

If you know anything about Unix history, you know "The network is the computer" was the slogan of Sun (nee Sun Microsystems) for many years. I remember reading an article one time where Sun executive said something like, "We don't really know what it means, but we like it", in regards to this slogan.

Back from gallbladder surgery

Wow, after "Eleven Days of Hell", I'm glad to say that I'm finally back to work from my gallbladder surgery. If you were thinking I haven't responded to your comments or emails lately, well, you were right, and I'll try to catch up soon.

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