Nutrition & Exercise Manager Follow-up Review

Calorie KingBack in January I started using Calorie King’s Nutrition & Exercise Manager (NEM, from here on out) on a daily basis. I’ve never dieted before, let alone watched what I was actually putting in my body, so I wasn’t sure how I’d fair with this project. My immediate reaction was that Calorie King’s NEM was a huge help in the fight against too much food intake. Now I’ve had a couple of months to put the program through its paces and see what boils to the surface in the parts I like and the parts I don’t like.

The strong point for NEM is the massive database provided of foods and exercises. As someone who snacked and snacked and snacked, I never once counted a calorie and surely didn’t know where to begin doing so. The vast flexibility of Calorie King’s database allows you to quickly find the nutrition information from everything from a general apple, to a Stouffer’s Lasagna, to an In-N-Out Double Double meal. (The latter most definitely will ruin your daily caloric – not to mention fat – intake…) The database automatically pulls updates from the mothership every month, as more data is entered.

lasagna database listing

In the time I’ve been using this program, the biggest benefit I’ve found is that I’ve gotten familiar with where foods rank on the nutrition information. Those numbers are actually making sense to me – I can calculate on the fly now, what a chocolate chip cookie will set me back based on my daily allowance. Apparently I can be taught!!
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Ballmer, AMD and Me

Okay chest pounding and self congratulation that is something which needs to be left to basketball players, ESPN anchors and Hollywood types. Reporters should never ever congratulate themselves about anything they have done in the past. But what the hell, I am going to be shameless about it. AMD, Microsoft and everyone else has finally come around to realizing something I have been saying for the longest time. Here is my Op-Ed, People’s PC and what I wrote:

Technology’s biggest opportunity that is staring them in the face. It is what I call a Massputer a computer that costs $300 for the computing hungry masses in emerging economies like India, China and Brazil. Users of this massputer should be able to do basic tasks like writing documents, Internet surfing, email and perhaps some business-related tasks like data entry. There are nearly four billion people who live in these emerging markets and assuming that only 10 per cent of them can afford $300 it is still a market of 400 million.

  • Ballmer: We need a $100 PC : One way to stem piracy is to offer consumers in emerging countries a low-cost PC, Ballmer said. “There has to be…a $100 computer to go down-market in some of these countries. We have to engineer (PCs) to be lighter and cheaper,” he said.
  • AMD plans to start shipping the low-cost PCs soon after the model’s Oct. 28 release, is calling the new machine the Personal Internet Communicator. It will cost $185 just for the computer, and $249 for both the computer and a 15-inch monitor.

Bay Watch, no not the show

Larry to Melanie: Honey, I know you can’t write and can’t hold down a job. I also know you did not marry me for my rugged good looks or my charm. I know you are a gold digger. No, I am not going to give you my credit cards, but here have 911,744 shares of Oracle, now worth $11.9 million.. Keep me happy, they will go higher. Screw with me, well you could always write a novel about how I ended up back in six-story walk up again.

Bite the hand that feeds: Tech is in a slump, America is being exported (according to an old fat guy) and Bay Area hates the war in Iraq and George Bush. But thanks to the war, nearly $5.5 billion poured into Bay Area companies, largely because Defense Department has a new America Express Bush Card. Net gains for San Francisco 30%. Take Bush’s money, make San Francisco folks rich, who contribute to Kerry-Dean debacle, protest. Recycle! Perfect the fine art of hypocrisy.

Queer Guy versus Straight Guy
Middle age straight guys do this: 1. diovrce wife of 25 years 2. Buy a Porsche Boxster 3. Wear Versace Print shirts with 7 For All Mankind denims 4. tint their hair. 5. Get a 20-something vixen for a girlfriend.
Middle Age Queer guys do this: get married.

* You get Sick, I get Rich
* Pop Goes The Weisel:
* San Francisco needs PeptoBismol for Wi-Fi
* Genetics: Technology with a Twist, now an Exhibit
* Veritas: there is truth in wine, just not in Software