Lily Allen’s Not for Me

My good friend Shats, a man with impeccable musical taste, highly recommended Lilly Allen’s Alright, Still to me as what I’ll call “trashy summer fun”. Coming from such a respected source I tried really hard to give it a chance. I really liked the sounds and I rarely pay attention to lyrics so it was feeling like a winner, but this albums lyrics can’t be ignored. In short the lyrics really really bug me. In a nutshell, Lilly Allen is the kind of girl that Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna is all about. She is the rejecter. I don’t need more rejection 👿

I vowed to myself that I’d post music that I like and silently discard the rest. Things change. And yes … my daughters really like this album 😈

Just Got the Shaw Phone & Home Network up


We had the Shaw phone installed this weekend. So far it has worked just fine. We went with “digital phone lite” plan. The Shaw Phone modem is an Arris Touchstone TM502G.

I found it really cool that we were able to keep our old Telus number. It was fairly painless. Order the phone, wait 3 weeks for number transfer process, and then have Shaw install the phone. All the installer had to do was call the “transfer” number and we were in business. Worked first time.

Shaw also installed what the “installer” called the high-end cable from the street to my house. I didn’t think much about it then. But I’m liking it now with downloads from audible and eMusic now unbelievably fast. I’ve seen sustained 1,000+ MB ( ie > 8 Mbits/second) a few times. Wow!


Here is a picture of the rest of my home network’s “data center” 😉 Every room in the house is connected via Cat 5e to a Dell PowerConnect 2716 GigE Switch. The Broadband Stuff is Linksys WRT54G BB router (the blue box … I don’t use the WiFi) and Motorola Cable Modem ( black vertical box).

GigE might seem like overkill. But my Macs have GigE ports and the performance with GigE is pretty good. I’ve also found that network back ups run at ~112Mbits/second over a full backup of 40GB. There is no way that would happen with 10/100Base-T. It would probably be half that.

For TV — I just got the Shaw HD PVR a week before the Masters 😉 I also have had an IO Data networked HD-DVD player AVel LinkPlayer2 for about 2 years (it is still great). The Avel Linkplayer connects into the GigE switch and can play “Audio/Video/Still” files from any computer in the house. Pretty much the capability of iTV 2 years ago. This has a Sigma Designs chip in it. The only thing missing from LinkPlayer is support for Apple AAC files 😦 As such, I buy from eMusic and CD.

Weekly Blog Chat – iPhone | Telecom | Iliad BRCM | GOOG Voip Net Neutrality | pmarca blog

This week continues the iPhone overload theme, I really like Mossbergs’s coverage of his 2 weeks the device, Telecom gets coverage in Business Week, VZ hits 1Mth FiOS customer mark, Google posts “net neutrality” position, Broadcom finds way into Iliad Service mix, Google gets into VOIP, MetroEthernet, and FTTH/PON.

In Careers and Mgmt land Marc Andreesen just keeps the gems flowing. The depth and quality is fantastic. Highly recommended.

Enjoy, Iain

NB. All of these are in my delicious widget on the right and @


Careers & Mgmt

Marc Andreesen’s blog is an fantastic source of posts on this topic. Here are ones I like this week ( ie all of them 😀 )


  • Out: Trade Publishers. In: Gigaom and TechCrunch – IP Democracy – agree with this. I really like Om Malik’s Blog. I used to read TechCrunch, but it has become overwhelming to follow ( just too many posts per day) and it is very Web 2.0 focussed. I had to choose one and went with Om’s ’cause he follows broadband very closely.

General Interest ( Fun )

Andreesen Keeps the Gems Flowing – Turnaround – “Stop Talking and Execute”

Marc Andreesen’s posts continue to be “best on the net”. His latest is “9 steps to Turn Around a sinking software/semiconduct/media company”

I was LOLing for a while over Step 1 “Go Dark and Execute” 👿 Here is a snippet

The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 1: Turnaround!( excerpt from Step 1 )

“Money talks, hype walks — when you’re hitting your numbers, everyone thinks you’re a genius and believes everything you say, no matter how silly.

When you’re not hitting your numbers, everyone thinks you’re a moron and won’t believe anything you say, no matter how true.

So go dark, focus on the business, and don’t talk publicly for at least six months.

Mark ‘Who?’ Hurd sets the gold standard here.”

It is too true ❗ I wrote about this in part 7 Connect. I completely agree that there is no way anyone can talk their way out of “the pit of despair”. No one listens to our words at this point, only actions. Stop talking. It’s a waste of time. Also note that actions take a long time to play out. It’s just the way it is.