Thursday Aug 23, 2007

Other cool ticker symbols

By now, everyone has heard about us changing our stock symbol from SUNW to JAVA, a very shrewd move, very smart in my opinion. And it's not a new idea, either. Smart companies have been doing it for decades. It's very prestigious to have a single-letter symbol, for instance, so Citigroup grabbed C when Chrysler let go of it. US Steel was always X, symbolizing power and uniqueness. And using your flagship brand as your symbol has a long history, too. Perhaps the most famous: Anheuser-Busch's ticker symbol is BUD.

Some other cool tickers:

Southwest Airlines -- LUV

The Cheesecake Factory -- CAKE

The Boston Beer Co. (maker of Sam Adams beer) -- SAM

I got this info from this excellent 2005 article by Dan Fitzpatrick of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sunday Jul 08, 2007

How to crash Nautilus in two easy steps

1. Search for a file using the Nautilus search facility.

2. When the results come up as file icons, click the drop down menu to switch to a list view.

Step back and watch the fireworks. Fun!

This occurs using OpenSolaris build 57. Your mileage may vary.

Sunday Apr 01, 2007

Cyber-bullies target Kathy Sierra

Very disturbing article in the LA Times yesterday about Internet trolls posting anonymous death threats and vile sexual remarks about Kathy Sierra, one of the luminaries of the Java world. She is a former Sun master trainer, the author of Head First Java, a founder of the JavaRanch web site, and the author of the marvelous Creating Passionate Users blog. It is on her blog that the first threatening comments appeared, followed by worse stuff on other sites.

The attacks caused Kathy to cancel her appearance at the O'Reilly ETech conference and may possibly cause her to stop writing her blog, which would be a loss for all of us who care about the profession of software. You can read her account of the incidents here

Besides being immoral and disgusting, posting threats is illegal, and posting threats against women is especially despicable. Just recently, some weirdo at my wife's gym was behaving in an intimidating way toward her. This took place over several days, and really caused her a lot of frustration and anxiety, so I can imagine just a little of what Kathy is going through. The anonymous nature of the Internet makes this kind of vicious behavior all too common, and all too easy.

Kudos to Tim Bray and Rich Sharples for talking about Kathy's plight on their blogs. My sympathies go out to Kathy, and I hope the pathetic losers who pulled this stunt get what they deserve in the ongoing police investigation.

Update: Tim O'Reilly has weighed in on the cyber-bully problem, calling for a self-regulated bloggers' code of conduct. Excellent idea, but I think it's clear that threats need to remain subject to criminal prosecution.

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