Thursday, August 23, 2007

Still here?

If you are looking for the website of Matthew Katz, this isn't it any more. I'm over at my new domain. Mine, all mine!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Moving the site

I've bought a domain, hosting, and installed wordpress.

It was all very easy.

I've imported all of my old posts from this sight, and over the next couple of days I'll be importing your comments over.

Take a peek at the new site I'm making over at

I'll be adjusting my feedburner feed to point to the new site as well.

Soon I'll stop publishing here, but I'll be posting over there.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lost Photos of NYC

Sam works for the New York City Store now as Marketing Manager.

There is a book signing tonight at the City Store that I'm going to go to. Eugene de Salignac was the official photographer of NYC bridges for thirty years at the beginning of the 20th century. His work was carefully filed away in the archives and forgotten about. Recently, Michael Lorenzini found 20,000 glass plates of Eugene's and published them in "New York Rises - The Photographs of Eugene de Salignac".

I suggested to Sam that she tell the Dead Programmer about the signing and he's coming! I'm excited - Michael's writing is some of my favorite - it's always a pleasure when he updates and I see something new in my feedreader.

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The Nanny State

My coworkers were chortling behind me about some hilarious commercials. 

I couldn't help but remember that once upon a time seat belts were after-market add-ons.  When the legislation came out requiring them in cars, the same kind of folks were saying the same sort of things.  Security and Liberty are always a balancing act - you can't ever trump one with the other.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

GWEI - Google Will Eat Itself

GWEI - Google Will Eat Itself
They subscribe to Google's AdSense program and serve ads.
As the ads earn money, the money is automatically used to buy shares of stock in Google (GOOG).
Anyone who visits the site can become a shareholder in their corporation (GTTP Ltd - Google To The People Company). Therefore we all become shareholders, in effect, of Google.
They calculate that they we will fully own Google in 202 years.

This feels distinctly like art to me.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Bankruptcy! Losing money on

I lend money on It's a peer to peer lending service.
I just got my first default. Poor old henryjr declared bankruptcy and with it disappeared $93.52 of my money.

Overall, I'm up
$263.89 but a couple of other folks are 3+months late on their loans. This is the part where it gets a little scary.

Monday, March 12, 2007

We are hiring

My team is hiring developers again. If you or someone you know wants to work in midtown in the financial industry, get in touch.

.Net, C#, Web Service, SQL, XML, ADO.NET, Object Oriented, Design Pattern, Excel programming is a plus
You'll be talking to customers, so be able to speak well. In other news, I've been racking my brains for a way to screen resumes for team players without having to look for the words "Team Player" - I think you just have to find that bit in the interview.

Blogger thought I was a spam blog

Don't know what made me look like a spam blog, but I had to get reviewed by a human to turn posting back on.

Friday, March 02, 2007