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When You Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books You Wrote 17 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


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This is for a ‘Web Services‘ book I wrote and published in 2003 — 17-years ago!

‘They’, i.e., ‘Elsevier’, paid me a decent advance in 2013. I was happy with JUST that. SMILE.

Wow. I never realized they were selling the e-book for this much. It must be GOOD. SMILE.

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So, yes, I know I don’t make any money on my recent books. But, that is OK. I still just SMILE when people think I haven’t made money as an author. SMILE.


This was last year.

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This was the year before.

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If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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STILL Cracks Me Up When I Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 16 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


The statement always come in September and the payment hits the bank at the end of the month.

This year it was 1/4 of what it was last year, BUT it is still enough to guy me a gallon of red wine and I am cool with that.

This was a ‘Web Service’ book I wrote and published in 2003 — 16-years ago!

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This was last year.

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If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Cracks Me Up When I Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 15 Years Ago!

by Anura Guruge


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Happens this time every year. It comes out of the blue.

I am NOT complaining. It is NOT a big check BUT it can keep me in wine for 2-weeks. That is better than a kick-in-the-teeth any day of the week.

If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

A Kick, Indeed, To Get Unexpected Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 13 – 15 Years Ago!

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Of course, if it was NOT technology, this would, indeed, not in any way be incongruous.

What to I, is crazy, is that these are books on technology — fast-changing, Web-technology at that. While the fundamentals might just about still be in place, much would have changed in the last decade. But, people keep on buying my 5 technology books — albeit NOT in any large numbers.


While I do find it amusing it is also gratifying — not the money BUT the fact that people still put some stock into what I wrote that long ago — on technology. Yes, I do know that I did my best to make technology understandable. That was why I was able to do this for 35-years.

These cheques are always a surprise. Makes my day. I got paid advances for both these books — actually for all 5 of my technology books. They were decent advances for niche technology books. So, I am quids in on these books. That is nice.

Now, I should pre-order a Garmin Vivoactive 3 … {Smile}


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Evolution & Timing Of The Sony Full-Frame a7 Family — Ahead Of Possible a7 III Announcement Next Week.

by Anura Guruge


The possibility of the Sony FF a7 III being announced at the
March 18 – 21, 2017, “The Photography Show“, in the U.K.
was discussed in this post.


The a7 III intrigues me.

IF it has the same sensor technology as the a6500 then it could be the best of all Worlds in the context of Sony: Full Frame, In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), latest sensor technology and reasonable (i.e., 24 MP) resolution. So, I am waiting to see what happens. Yes, I could tempted to get the a7 II(I) rather than the a6500. I waited this long. {SMILE}

As is my wont, in my scarce spare time I did a quick Excel to compare the a7s and to see their announcement schedule.

No, the a7S nor a7R, in either version, interests me. I could not deal with 42MP!

So here is the Excel spreadsheet.


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Amazon Should Buy IBM, Outright, And Put It Out Of Its Lingering Misery.

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Amazon (AMZN) stock performance vs. that of IBM over the last 5 years. What more do you need to know. Chart, of course, from marketwatch.com. Who else? Click to ENLARGE. Visit marketwatch.com to get your own.


This must have occurred to Jeff Bezos. I had already talked about this way back in October 2015.

Makes a lot of sense and there are some amazing synergies when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) (and IBM’s Watson), Cloud plays & server technologies. Plus, Amazon can tap into IBM’s still lucrative revenue streams from software licensing, product leasing and maintenance contracts. Plus, IBM still must have some choice real estate in places that should suit Amazon.

Amazon’s Market Cap is 2.4 times that of IBM’s.

I would have to think that a majority of IBM shareholders would be happy to get 1 share of AMZN for every 4.5 shares of IBM. That would put the sell price at around $177. Yes, the lack of a dividend will gall some, BUT AMZN’s amazing growth should be a compensation.

Yes, I would benefit from this in multiple ways. Yes, I am a long-term AMZN shareholder and this deal will make AMZN even sweeter down the road. Plus it will bring the two halves of my adult life nicely together. IBM was my life for 36-years. I am only ‘here’ because of IBM. A few years after I stopped doing IBM stuff, I bought into AMZN. I am NOW on;y ‘here’ because of AMZN. So, this will be perfect from my perspective.


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Why Pay $200/$250 More For The New Olympus PEN E-PL8 When Technological It Is The Same As The PEN E-PL7.

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“DPReview” side-by-side of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 & E-PL8. All the relevant technology is the same, including the “TruePIC VII” image processor. Click to ENLARGE and study here. Do you won “DPReview” compare.


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Same Lens — $250 price difference for COSMETICS!

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Olympus PEN E-PL7 prices will continue to fall — and I can, if I wanted, use the 90-day ‘price match’ offered by Discover Card.

The cosmetics and selfie-mode of the E-PL8 mean nothing to me. At the current prices I might just get one to serve as the compact camera I no longer have now that I gave away my Panasonic Lumix LX100.


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India’s Continued, Petulant Refusal To Permit The Use Of Umpire “Decision Review System” DRS Is Just Plain Stupid.

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For the world of me, I do NOT understand:

  1. What the Indians are so worried about. DRS, 98% of the time, is pretty damn good. Yes, you get the infuriating “Umpire’s Call” decisions BUT those cut BOTH WAYS. There is no bias.
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  2. Why do their opponents, now poor New Zealand in the latest 2016 Test in Kanpur, agree?
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  3. Why can’t the ICC mandate that DRS, with all three technologies shown above, is mandatory in all Tests?
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Not having DRS in Tests involving India is making a MOCKERY out of modern Test cricket.

All modern Tests played without DRS should now have an asterisk so that people looking at these Tests in years to come will know that umpiring decisions could NOT be reviewed.

I see Indian players all bent out of shape when a decision goes against them. So why not have DRS.

And then the STUPIDEST thing of all. Even though DRS is not there the umpires can ask the 3rd umpire to arbitrate. And the Indians are cool with that — though they had a catch overturned because the ball brushed the chin strap of the fielder’s helmet.

Not right.


Funnily enough I bitched about this EXACTLY, to THE DAY
a year ago. Talk about consistency.

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India’s Blanket Refusal To Use Cricket’s Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) Is A Travesty In Tests Against Sri Lanka.

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India’s pigheaded, totally irrational opposition to DRS may have cost them a Test Match — one that they dominated for much of the time!

I never understood India’s opposition to DRS. DRS, like most things in cricket, cuts both ways. It is all swings and roundabouts, BUT by and large DRS gets it right, for both sides, and more often than not eliminates really bad decisions.

Plus I do not think that one side should be given the right to oppose DRS. DRS should now be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs. ICC must enforce that. Bad umpiring decisions have always been the bane of cricket. BUT now we have the technology and DRS to help avoid some of them. Not to use DRS is stupid and a travesty. India has again learnt this lesson the hard way. I just finished watching the 2nd Test match. A number of decisions should have been reviewed.

This should go down in history as the last Test series that was played without DRS.

 


Jaguar Unveils The High-Tech, ‘We Know How To Beat The Germans’, New 2016 XJ.

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These images are directly from Jaguar.
Click here to access Jaguar USA site.
Check it out.
Your eyes will THANK you.
Your heart will beat faster and your brain will do somersaults.


From ‘GizMag’. Click to access very good, informative article.


I will never be able to afford one of these. Of course I would love one. I will NOT live long enough to see their prices drop to a level that would meet my meager funds. But that is OK. Just love that Jaguar is resurgent and strident. Plus we know how to beat the Germans. We have done it twice and can do it again with this one.