Start-ups and “Man in the Arena”

I was just watching Mike Arrington of TechCrunch on StartUp School and really enjoyed his talk. I need to make it a point to watch the other presentations, including the ones by David Heinemeier, creator of Ruby-on-Rails.

Mike was talking about the “Man in the Arena” which I remembered one of my statistics professors mentioning back during the days of my MBA. Following is the famous part of the speech by Teddy Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 

Man in the Arena
 When I Google’d it as Mike recommended, I had a good laugh seeing the sponsored ads on Google. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
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I just tried Yahoo’s Go (after reading about it a year back) on the Blackberry and I have to say I am pretty impressed. Not as impressed as Opera Mini for the Blackberry or the Google Applications on the Blackberry but better than the Facebook application and a really cool looking UI though it seems to waste a lot of space. Another gripe is that it crashed at least twice in my 20 minute usage. But overall, I like it and will definitely use when I am standing in a long line or bored out of my mind or when I try to act all high and mighty.

I tried lifestream.fm today as well and that application rocks and is something that I had been looking for a while. I found it via “sarahintampa”, a local blogger! Now, I can consolidate and share all my diggs and del.icio.us faves although it might be watching me a little too much. I might need to remove some services. It is twitterific!

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Finalement, I saw this picture on del.icio.us and thought it was really interesting. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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2008

Andy Warhol Effect Wow! I guess I have been pretty busy the past year. But I can’t blame the Wii since I barely ever play it, I can’t blame it on TV shows either thanks to the writers’ strike and I can’t blame my wife either since she is one of the few who reads this blog. Anyway, I am glad to say that my blog is back up and running on WordPress again. So much for converting it to “aspx“… wordpress is just easier to manage, upgrade and find plugins for. I have a ton of plugins installed which might slow the site down a bit but I will probably disable the ones I don’t find useful. (or I just might activate the touted wp-cached plugin when traffic increases).

In other news, I love my current host www.lunarpages.com – it is incredible and I believe they have unlimited add-on domains which makes it really convenient. My previous host “hostingatoz.com” sucked and had a lot of down time. Their support emails were also weird and seemed really unprofessional. It had a line of text and about 50 line feeds and then some text about the maintenance they “had” to perform and more line feeds followed by another line of text. Lunarpages allows you to have unlimited mysql databases which makes me happy – not that I would need more than 10 (for now at least). I have had the chance to play with drupal, joomla and wordpress because of this.

I am also offically a “mac fanboy” and love it! The Macbook Pro is awesome and is the laptop I would recommend to anyone looking for a laptop (although it is quite expensive)… but… it is 2 computers in 1. I always run XP on Parallels along with my MacOSX Leopard. It does crash in between but I blame that on some issue with Parallels after it has been running for days and as much as I hate the crashes, I dont blame the Mac. I hope to be making some posts about the Mac soon (yes, I know I said that a few months back).

Now, it’s time for me to get back to configuring the “NextGen Gallery” and getting a sample album up.Yasmin and I

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