Thursday, October 07, 2010

Steve Jobs' Favorite Restaurant in Palo Alto

Just read an article that in his final days Steve Jobs went to his favorite restaurant, Jin Sho in Palo Alto.  No particular reason for posting this; I'm just burying this factoid on my blog (hence it's backdated to 2010) so that I'll be able to find the name next time in Palo Alto.  I like sushi and something tells me this place is good.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Scanning Old Photographs

I inherited my grandfather's photo albums dating from 1916-1932, which I've begun scanning into my computer. They begin with his first year at the US Naval Academy, and show his progression through the Navy. He was an early Naval aviator, beginning at Pensacola in 1924. He eventually was an Admiral during WW II. A lot of the photos have descriptions on the back, but this one is a complete mystery. What the heck is going on here?

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Low Country Lemonade Recipe

While on a recent trip to Washington D.C., I had dinner at Eric Ripert's West End Bistro.  While at the bar, I had one of the best cocktails that I can remember tasting.  It's called Low Country Lemonade (aka a John Daly).  It was so good I had the bartender write down the recipe, as follows:

1 1/2 ounces Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
2 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup

Mix them together in a glass of ice and enjoy.  You can make simple syrup yourself, but I bought a bottle at Safeway for $5.  It's just sugar water.  In California, you can find Firefly vodka at Safeway or Beverages 'n More.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Jennifer Aniston's Cobb Salad Recipe

The LA Times had an interview with Courteney Cox in which she mentioned that Jennifer Aniston ate a Cobb Salad on the set of Friends every day. Here’s an excerpt of the article:

"Jennifer and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years. And we always had the same thing -- a Cobb salad. But it wasn't really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don't know what. She just has a way with food, which really helps. Because if you're going to eat the same salad every day for 10 years, it'd better be a good salad, right?"


So I did a little digging to see if I could find anything else on how she doctored it up.  A traditional Cobb Salad (first introduced at the Brown Derby in LA) has the following:

Lettuce (head lettuce, watercress, chicory, and romaine)


Crisp bacon

Chicken breast

Hard-cooked eggs


Roquefort cheese


Special Cobb salad vinaigrette


Although there are many variations on the dressing used for a Cobb salad, this one is purported to be the one originally used at the Brown Derby:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon dry English mustard

1 small clove garlic, finely minced

1/4 cup full-flavored olive oil

3/4 cup salad oil


Obviously, if she ate a traditional Cobb Salad every day, she’d look like Fat Monica.  I found these two references to her salad:

“Jennifer Aniston, who acted in the popular TV sitcom Friends as the character "Rachel" from 1994 to 2004, said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she ate a Cobb salad for lunch every day for the whole duration of the show, "mixing it up a little" by adding onions on Thursdays and Fridays.”


“She particularly favors a healthier version of a Cobb salad - switching out red meat and eggs in favor of beans, grilled chicken or turkey and just a touch of Swiss cheese.”


So I’m guessing that her salad has:


Red Onion

Turkey Bacon

Grilled Chicken

Swiss Cheese


Cottage Cheese


Taking a look at the dressing, she definitely wasn’t using the one with ¼ cup of olive oil and ¾ cup of salad oil. I’d have to say she switched this out with a low fat bottled version.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dead DotComs

Here’s a list I compiled of software companies that either went belly-up or were acquired in the last few years (post-dotcom meltdown). It's a work in progress. Email me if there are any mistakes, or if you have additional suggestions.

6th Sense Analytics: Acquired by Rally Software
Above All Software
Acopia Networks: Acquired by F5
AdmitOne Security/Biopassword: as of 3/2/2012, the last press release on the site was from 2009.
Aduvo (Acquired by Sun)
Agami Systems: Dead
AimNet Solutions: Acquired by Cognizant.
Airflow Networks (Website replaced by clickfraud website)
Alerilabs: Replaced with strange free nailpolish website
Alignent: Acquired by Sopheon
Altor Networks: Acquired by Juniper Networks
Amarium (Formerly Cirond): Website replaced by placeholder site.
Ambeo: Acquired by Embarcadero Technologies
Anakam: Acquired by Equifax
Andiamo Systems: Acquired by Cisco
Antartica Systems: Appears dead. Last Press release was 2005.
Anthology Solutions
Anthology Solutions: Website is dead.
Apani Networks: Website is dead.
Apere: Website redirects to Citrix.
Appgate: Acquired by Cryptzone
Applabs: Acquired by CSC
Applix (Acquired by Cognos)
Approva: Acquired by Infor
AptSoft (Acquired by IBM)
Aradyme (Website replaced by fake site)
Arcadian Networks: Out of Business
Archer Technologies: Acquired by EMC
Arcot: Acquired by CA in 2010
Ardence (Acquired by IntervalZero)
Arsenal Digital Solutions: Acquired by IBM
Attune Systems: Website is dead.
Availigent (Website dead)
BEA: Acquired by Oracle.
BitLeap: Acquired by Barracuda Networks
Black Spider: Acquired by Websense
Bluefire Security: Dead
BlueLane Technologies: Acquired by VMWare
BlueNote Networks (Acquired by Aspect)
BlueSocket: Acquired by AdTran
BlueSoft: Gone
BlueStar Solutions: Gone
BNX Systems: Gone
Borderware: Acquired by Watchguard
BowStreet: Acquired by IBM
Brabeion Software: Acquired by Archer
Breach Security: Acquired by Trustwave
BridgeStream: Acquired by Oracle
Bridgewerx: Gone
Cantata: Acquired by Dialogic
Celequest: Acquired by Cognos
Centeris: Acquired by Likewise
Certicom: Acquired by RIM
Cittio: Winding down
Clear Technologies: Acquired by Versata
Clearapp: Acquired by Oracle
ClearPoint Networks: Acquired by nCircle
Cloakware: Now Irdeto
Codespear: Acquired by Federal Signal
Colubris Networks: Acquired by HP
ConfigureSoft: Acquired by EMC
Converged Access: Dead.
Converged Access: placeholder website
Control Break - Safeboot: Acquired by McAfee
Corestreet: Acquired by ActiveIdentity
Cornice: Website is fake website.
Covelight Systems: Acquired by Radware
Covi Technologies: Assets Acquired by GE Security.
Crosswalk: Fake web portal
Cryptometrics: Gone.
Dasient: Acquired by Twitter in early 2012
Data Domain: Acquired by EMC
DataMirror: Acquired by IBM
Datastrip: Acquired by Smart Media Innovations
db4Objects (aka Servo Software): Acquired by Versant
Decru: Acquired by NetApp
DeepNines: Acquired by NetSweeper
Digital Harbor: Acquired by Norkom
Dyad Security: Acquired by Outpost24
e-DMZ: Acquired by Quest Software
Emotion: Acquired by Corbis, which was acquired by Artesia
Encryptx: Acquired by Imation
Envox: Acquired by Syntellect
Eurekify: Acquired by CA
eVault: Acquired by Seagate
Exaprotect: Website is dead.
Filesx: Acquired by IBM
FrontGate Systems: website gone.
Guardium: Acquired by IBM
GuardianEdge: Acquired by Symantec
Gold Wire: Acquired by Intelliden
Golden Gate: Acquired by Oracle
Goldwire Technologies: Fake web portal
GreenPlum: Acquired by EMC
GridApp: Purchased by BMC
Gupta: Acquired by Unify
Hummingbird: Acquired by Open Text
Hyperion: Acquired by Oracle
iBRIX: Acquired by HP
iConclude: Website is now a click fraud farm.
Idiom Technologies: Acquired by SDL Enterprise Technology
iManage: Acquired by Interwoven
Imperative Networks: Gone.
Impress Software: Assets acquired by Trinovis
InfoWave: Website is dead.
Infravio: Acquired by Webmethods
Infraworks: Bankrupt
Insightix: Acquired by McAfee
Intellipath Solutions: Website is dead.
Intellitactics: Acquired by Trustwave
Interlace Systems: Acquired by Oracle
Inxight: Acquired by Business Objects
ION Networks: Assets acquired by Cryptek.
IPLocks: Assets acquired by Fortinet
Ironport: Acquired by Cisco
Jaluna: Gone.
Jasomi Networks: Now DiTech Networks
Jounree: Now Initiate
Karta: Gone.
Kenamea: Now Scivantage
Kidaro: Acquired by Microsoft
Kinitos: Now NeoEdge Networks
Kinzan: Gone
Kiyon: Gone, replaced by fake web portal
Klir Technologies: Website is still there, but no management names or recent press releases
Knowmadic: Gone.
KnowNow: Gone.
Kubi Software: Replaced with fake website.
LeCayla Technologies: Acquired by Opsource
Left Hand Networks: Acquired by HP
Linux Networx: Acquired by SGI
Liquid Machines: Acquired by Checkpoint
Lockdown Networks: Out of business
LogicalApps: Acquired by Oracle
Lumigent: Assets acquired by Beyond Trust
Lurhq: Merged with Secureworks, which was then acquired by Dell
LVL7 Systems: Acquired by Broadcom in 2007
MaXware: Acquired by SAP
Meetinghouse: Acquired by Cisco
Meiosys: Acquired by IBM
MessageOne: Acquired by Dell
MetaInfo: Acquired by NeuStar
Metamatrix: Acquired by Redhat
Mirage Networks: Acquired by Trustwave
Mirapoint: Acquired by Critical Path
Mobile Armor: Acquired by Trend Micro
MX Logic: Acquired by McAfee
MXI Security: Acquired by Imation in 2011
Mykonos Software: Acquired by Juniper in 2012
Napera Networks: Acquired by OpSwat
NEI: Acquired by Unicom
NeoAccel: Acquired by VMware
NetContinuum: Acquired by Barracuda Networks
NetDevices: Acquired by Alcatel Lucent
Netegrity: Acquired by CA
NetForensics: Relaunched as Blackstratus
NetManage: Acquired by MicroFocus
Netezza: Acquired by IBM
NetWitness: Acquired by RSA in April 2011
Network Associates: Acquired by McAfee
NetZentry: Out of Business
NextHop: Acquired by U4EA
Nextpoint: Acquired by GenBand
NFR: Acquired by CheckPoint
NuBridges: Acquired by Liaison Technologies
Number Six Software: Acquired by ATS
Onaro: Acquired by NetApp
OpsWare: Acquired by HP
Orative: Acquired by Cisco
Ounce Labs: Acquired by IBM
PacketHop: Acquired by SRI International
PacketMotion: Acquired by VMware
PanGo: Acquired by Innerwireless
Parlano: Acquired by Microsoft
PassGO: Acquired by Quest
PassLogix: Acquired by Oracle
Peak Stream Systems: Website gone, replaced by fake website.
Peakstone: Website is dead.
Peakstream: Acquired by Google.
Performaworks: Acquired by Workscape
PGP: Acquired by Symantec
Pilot Software: Acquired by SAP
Pinion Software (aka Infraworks): Assets acquired by GigaTrust
PlateSpin: Acquired by Novell
Plumtree: Acquired by BEA
PointSec: Acquired by Check Point
Polivec: Website is gone
Popkin, acquired by telelogic, acquired by IBM
Portal Software: Acquired by Oracle
Postini: Acquired by Google.
Prisa Networks: Gone
Proactivenet: Acquired by BMC
Progeny: Gone.
Protego Networks: Acquired by Cisco
QLusters: Gone
Qovia: Danger! Do NOT go the website; it attempts to download trojans.
Quarry Technologies: Gone
Questerra: Gone.
Qumranet: Acauired by Red Hat
Reactivity: Acquired by Cisco.
RealOps: Acquired by BMC
Reconnex: Acquired by McAfee
RedCannon: No management names listed on website; last press release is from 2007.
Remedy: Acquired by BMC
Revivio: Acquired by Symantec
RippleTech: Acquired by Nitro Security
Robobak: Acquired by KineticD
Robot Genius: Website is Gone
Rohati: Acquired by Cisco
Sanera: Acquired by McData
Sapias: Acquired by Wireless Matrix
ScanAlert: Acquired by McAfee
Scentric: Out of Business.
Seague: Acquired by Borland.
Seaway Networks: Assets acquired by Freescale Semiconductor.
Secure Computing: Acquired by McAfee
Securent: Acquired by Cisco
Secuware: No management names listed on site, and last press release is from October 2007.
Senforce: Acquired by Novell.
Sentryware: Dead site.
Service Integrity: Website replaced by fake web portal
Sierra Logic: Acquired by Emulex.
Signacert: Acquired by Harris Dead site.
sOFTEK: Acquired by IBM.
Solidcore: Acquired by McAfee
SolSoft: Acquired by Exaprotect
Solstice: Acquired by Greenhat
SpectraLink: Acquired by PolyCom.
SPI Dynamics: Acquired by HP.
SPSS: Acquired by IBM
SSA Global: Acquired by Infor
Storability: Acquired by Storagetek, which was acquired by Sun
SurfControl: Acquired by Websense
Tangosol: Acquired by Oracle.
Tasman Networks: Acquired by Nortel.
Telelogic: Acquired by IBM.
TeleSym: Out of business
Terrascale: Acquired by Rackable
Thinstall: Acquired by VMware
Third Brigade: Acquired by Trend Micro
Tidal Software: Acquired by Cisco
TopSpin: Acquired by Cisco
Transitive: Acquired by IBM.
Transparency Software: Website is dead.
Vaau: Acquired by Sun
Vernier Networks aka Autonomic Networks: Shut Down.
Vidoop: Acquired by Confident Technologies
Vigilar: Assets foreclosed and sold in 2010
Viion Systems: Gone.
VirtualFabrix: Acquired by Vizioncore (Quest Software)
Virtugo: Out of business.
Warp Solutions: Website appears abandoned.
Watchfire: Acquired by IBM
Webify: Acquired by IBM
Xen Source: Acquired by Citrix
XO Soft: Acquired by CA
Yoggie Security: Sold off assets
Xramp: Acquired by Trustwave
Zantaz: Acquired by Autonomy
Zimbra: Acquired by Yahoo!