The next online auction site

If you’re like me, you know many people that sell items on ebay. Let’s be honest, where would the internet and thousands of home businesses be without it? You may have also heard many complaints about their pricing system. They charge for listing; they charge for uploading images; they charge for selling; and (through Paypal) they charge for transactions.

Most people I know are tired of all the fees and “publicly owned company” mentality and decided to build an online auction site of their own. You can check it out at www.mondro.com. What’s interesting, and I believe good, is that they conscientiously kept the layout as simple and direct as possible. They explained it as a cross between ebay with the feel of Craigslist. Personally, I think it looks better than Craigslist but I understand where they’re coming from. Almost everything is text with the exception of the site logo and the images of the items up for auction. There are no ads or “latest do-dad” or “most popular widget” screaming for your attention.

What I like best and I think most people will agree, is that it’s free. Free to register, post, sell, and buy. The site also allows you to upload up to 10 high resolution* images for each item. That means you can upload an image directly from your 10.1 megapixel camera. Also, if you’re savvy enough, you can embed youtube videos into the description section.

mondro just launched so there aren’t too many users and items right now. Hopefully, it’ll catch on and become a player in the online auction community. I’m an avid believer in capitalism and market competition is always good news for the consumers/users/public.

*4 MB maximum

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Big Mac vs. Big Carl

Carl’s Jr. recently introduced a new burger to directly compete with McDonald’s Big Mac. If you’ve seen their new commercials, you saw how Carl’s Jr. bashed the Big Mac because it only has shredded lettuce and too much bread, while the Big Carl has more meat and is at a lower price point. Now if you’re going to bash what I consider to be one of the top burgers of all time* (especially with a commercial like that), you better bring your “A” game.

I gave the new burger a try last night and let me tell you, it was no contest. The Big Carl was more like an over-sized McD’s Quarter Pounder. It was definitely cheaper than a Big Mac and the patties were bigger, but the taste wasn’t there. The burger I got had barely half a lettuce leaf and their sauce was not much more than mayo with some ketchup mixed in. It was bland compared to the unique taste of a Big Mac with their toasted buns, special sauce, and other ingredient that made it such a fast-food icon.

So nice try Carl’s Jr. but you must bow to the incumbent. But I like your spirit and keep your other great burgers coming.

*My other tops are In-N-Out’s Double-Double, Carl’s Jr. Jalapeno Burger, and W&M’s Teriyaki Burger (a small place in Hawaii)

Virus Quote – Final Thoughts

I’m still unsure if a virus should be considered life. But for the sake of argument, let’s say it is. If that’s the case, then I’d have to disagree with Hawking about humans creating purely destructive life. Let’s consider the traits of a virus. Once injected into its environment, it searches out for it’s target and does its job – whether it be to change the wallpaper or to crash the network of an enterprise. Most of the time virus spread from computer to computer spreading the havoc. All will agree that this malicious act is purely destructive.

But this is not that different from another “life form” that roams the network, jumping from server to server to complete its mission. Yet this entity is integral to something we do every day. I’m referring to the spiders ,or bots, that index the the millions of websites. Without them, where would Google and Yahoo be. Heck, where would the internet be? Once again I think all will agree that the information age would be very different had it not been for these spiders.

Viruses and spiders, though their payloads may differ, their “instinctual” characteristics are the same. It is to spread was wide as possible. So if indeed humans have created life in the form of code, then Hawking is true in saying that it has been created in our own image. I just don’t believe we are as dark as he believes.

Virus Quote

Here’s an interesting quote from Stephen Hawking.

“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”

Whether I agree or not is still up in the air.

Another attempt

Well here I go again. I’m going to give another shot at blogging. Partly because I need to record all my discoveries as I go through my path of code self-awareness, partly because I hear bleeding one’s thoughts is therapeutic. You can say my previous attempt at blogging failed miserably. I’ve had an account at Blogspot for a few years and managed to output 3 entries. The main reason is lack of time/commitment. But as WordPress as my new home, things will be different, right? Of course.

In any case just as an FYI to those that may have stumbled into my lovely abode, the next 3 entries will be transfers from my Blogspot account. Apologies for the lack of depth of these post.

Ahhhh…a new day dawns.