How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Sun-Stock Speculation

For a while, it seemed like this year’s promising sector was solar power. Then it started to look like it wasn’t.

Now the solar stocks are being whipsawed around on the kind of mundane news that is the bread and butter of every other industry: contracts, partnerships, delayed deals. A case in point: SunPower (SPWR) secured $190 million from Morgan Stanley for solar electric power installations.

Now, $190 million is nothing to sneeze at, but neither does it justify a 15 percent surge in SunPower’s stock in a single day. SunPower’s market cap increased by $1.3 billion on news of a $190 million facility. That’s a jump in market value nearly seven times as big as the money Morgan Stanley is putting up. And I’m sitting here scratching my head over how that makes sense. Especially if you look at the nature of the deal as explained in the press release:

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How To Crank Through Your Gmail

If you get a lot of email — and let’s face it, web workers live in their email — it’s likely that you already use Gmail to handle your communication needs. But are you doing it as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you can get back to your real work (read: Twitter)?

Master the tools of your trade and you will soon be churning through your email like it’s butter. Crank quickly, and get out.

I get well over 100 emails a day, and I suspect I’m not alone in this department. But I respond quickly to each one (if necessary), and empty out my inbox each time. And with the help of some of the rules and tricks I share below, it doesn’t take me long.

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Justin.tv, Meet Johnny.tv (a.k.a. Ustream)

Pretty soon you won’t be able to walk down the street without bumping into an internet entrepreneur broadcasting his life 24/7. When it rains Justin.tv‘s, it pours.

This weekend we learned of Ustream.tv, a project that’s “eerily” similar to Justin.tv, as co-founder Brad Hunstable puts it. The company has the same ultimate goal as Justin.tv — to build a platform for interactive live streaming. And now, they have the same demo product — a twenty-something Asian-American male entrepreneur accompanied by a camera. (Except in Johnny Ham’s case, the camera’s not strapped to his head, but instead carried by his girlfriend.)

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Apostles of the Mac platform

Thank god Macworld is almost over. The furor over the new iPhone (or whatever it is going to be called) is ending, and hopefully we will all be rational soon. The best part of Macworld, apart from a fantastic theatrical performance by the Count of Cupertino, is a chance to meet some of the developers who write applications we often use.
For someone who believes in the cult of lone coders (we even started a blog), Macworld is a reminder that it is these unsung heroes, not Steve Jobs, who make OS X an experience to remember. Macworld, the show, is about these apostles of the Mac platform. A little while ago, I wrote this piece, Platforms and Technology Cottage Industries; today I saw the phenomenon, first hand.
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Full Quicksilver Demo Movie 1

Let’s try this again.
Here’s the full video, starting with the setup and an explanation.
Then you’ll see a demo of selecting a file in the Finder, launching Quicksilver with the selected file loaded, selecting the Email Directly action, and typing the name of the recipient.
Full Size mp4 (Quicktime) 9.8mb
I realize this is really small. I was trying to keep the file small for easy downloads. If the preference is for a larger, easier to see movie, let me know. I’m open to suggestions for whatever will work best for everyone. So let’s here the critiques in the comments. I want to make this better, so let’s hear it!
Next go around, I’ll be slowing down the demo itself, and putting up keystrokes on the screen, so they’ll only be getting better!

The Telecom Bus

Arnold Kling notes in the Washington Times how the FCC is being guided into a pro-market stance by it’s chairman, Michael Powell. link via Telepocalypse

While I am not a big fan of Arnold Kling (anyone associated with a certain blog collective is full of hot air) but I found this article quite interesting and I like that someone made a strong argument for Mr. Powell and his policies.