Sandwich Ideas

If its near the end of the month and payday is too far gone, (our payday is the 15th of every month). Making your own sandwichs is the last resort, if you have to make them you can at least make something that doesn’t draw inspiration from British Rail cuisine. Pret A Manger the McDonalds owned sandwich shop has put some helpful recipes here.

X-Type Giveaway

In order to promote the Jaguar X-type in the USA Jaguar are having a draw for a rare-as-hens-teeth black Apple iPod. In addition, they are also offering some trendy as MP3s for you to download.

The tracks are by west coast house act Kascade doing a Moby, ambient outfit Zero 7 and drum n’ bass group DB and Stakka. Get’em while you can!

Cool Stuff Not Available for Mac Shocker!

Anoto are a bunch of mad Swedes who have invented a digital pen. The magic stuff they have came up with is a special spotted paper with unique markings so the pen can tell what kind of document its writing, the colour the ‘ink’, where it is on the page, should the writing be sent as an email. Despite featuring in a major feature article written for Wired magazine the company is doing quite well and coming up with cool stuff. As any bureaucrat would tell you the pen is a lifesaver for meetings and a sure TabletPC killer for mobile applications such as the UPS man.

Anoto have licenced this technology to a number of people most notably Logitech; the mouse and speaker people.

Logitech’s io is a neat piece of kit. Unfortunately they haven’t released any Mac drivers for it and won’t be doing so for the forseeable future. What I’d like you to do is help them forsee the future by completing this form requesting Mac drivers. (Re the product and serial number, they have a very handy prompt that tells you how many digits that you need to fake up).

The Number

Whilst catching up on my backlog of mails I came across this from CBS Marketwatch:

NOT MUCH SHOUTING GREETS YAHOO EARNINGSYahoo shares (YHOO) got the boot after the company kicked off a fresh earnings season for the online-media group by only just measuring up to expectations, demonstrating what American Technology Research analyst Mark Mahaney called a mantra: “in-line quarters don’t cut it for Internet stocks.”

Ok, basically what this guy Mahaney is saying that because Yahoo! managed to get their profit for the quarter in line with what a number of market anlaysts expected them to be (based on a guestimate set maybe 90 to 180 days back) then they deserve a kicking.

Unbelievable, accountancy despite the use of numbers is not an exact science, why?

– bills and sales are constantly coming in and out of a company

– what does a sale really mean? If you sign a 3 year deal for online advertising, should Yahoo! claim that as a sale all at once or claim as the money comes in

– when is the money in? When you invoice for it, or when it sits in your bank account

– is the capital gains made on the building you own and work out of profit?

– if you had a bumper quarther this time but you know that the next quarter will be soft, should you avoid booking all the sales in to give you an income cushion next quarter?

– How should you write off the depreciating value of computer equipment, chairs or a forklift truck? There can be more than one way of doing it that will affect the figures

With this in mind, I would recommend that you read The Number by Alex Berenson, which takes you through the insanity of it all in greater depth.

Move over Panini and TopTrumps

Remember when you used to get a sticker album and yet could never complete it, or play top trumps to avoid doing your homework. Well relive your childhood with these funky collectors cards sets for kids from the Center for Disease Control and prevention in Atlanta. Featuring such classic diseases as Avian Flu, HIV, West Nile virus and Hepatitus B.