If you follow off-road racing, rallycross or drifting, chances are you've heard Jim Beaver. He hosts The Down and Dirty Show, which reaches one million radio listeners, and has hosted iconic events like the Mint 400, Red Bull Global Rallycross and the X Games Qualifiers as well as television commentary on CBS Sports. He's well positioned to comment on the action, given his 17-year Trophy Truck off-road racing career.In addition to his hosting duties, Beaver has teamed with motocross star Jolene Van Vugt to launch the Polaris Star Car video series for 2017. Each race will find a different star behind the wheel of a 2017 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo EPS side-by-side race car, which can achieve top speeds of close to 100 miles per hour. So far this year Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana have been guest drivers, both making a strong showing.I caught up with Beaver over the phone to find out how he became the voice of off-road motorsports. Beaver's #15 Trophy Truck, slinging dirt. … [Read more...] about Hey Jim Beaver, how did you get to be the king of racing media?
Josh Cartu is the exception that proves the rule. While many of us work our way through high school, get a college degree and maybe go on to get a master's, this Canadian never even finished high school. Still, he has managed to become a successful entrepreneur, travel the world, win this year's Gumball 3000 rally and even fly a MiG-29 to the edge of space.It wasn't until Cartu bought his first Ferrari, a 458 Spider, that he fell in love with racing, and he now spends much of his time as a "gentleman racer" in the Ferrari Challenge series. Though he admits to being an adrenaline junkie, he also recognizes the emotional impact of being behind the wheel."The race itself is fun and amazing, when you race against your buddy and you're risking your life and you beat him and get out of the car and you hug your pal and you're crying…I can't even express the feeling until you do it. I'm addicted to that anxiety and fear I feel before a race. I'm literally shitting in my pants. Then … [Read more...] about Hey, Josh Cartu, how did you get to race Ferraris?
People with landline home phones have long suffered unwanted marketing calls. Now these spam calls have made their way to our mobile phones in a big way. Robocalls to cell phones are illegal, so why am I still getting so many unwanted calls? Detroit Free Press If you've noticed a surge in annoying robocalls on your smartphone, you're not alone. An estimated 2.5 billion automated calls are being made each month, according to YouMail, which offers a robocall-blocking app. Three quarters of wireless customers feel like the number of unwanted calls has increased over the past year, and the calls cost Americans an estimated $350 million each year, according to Consumers Union.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said robocalls are a top consumer complaint. "Americans are mad as hell" that they still get these calls even after efforts by Congress and the FCC to stop them, … [Read more...] about Why am I getting so many robocalls?
Note to self: In future, trust your instincts. When, in February of this year, I bought a new laptop, I didn't need persuading to buy a MacBook. That's why I bought a Windows PC. My error there wasn't a typo, but a real-world mistake. The problem I have is that despite knowing Macs are more capable machines, that affordable Windows slab was its own safety net; I'm used to them and I couldn't go wrong with investing £600 in something I know like the back of my hand. Times have changed though. Now, we're living in an age where people with no legs can compete in the Olympics, people go on holiday in space and Macs run Windows. So I'm thinking to myself, "Why am I still buying PCs? I don't need to rely on what I'm used to any more. Why have I still not bought a Mac? They work with my iPod and Google Docs -- the two things I use … [Read more...] about I went to buy a Mac. Why did I buy a PC?
Every Brit loves to complain about the unreliability of train services, but you can cut down long waits by checking National Rail Enquiries' live departure boards. Equally, flights can be horribly late, which can be a pain if you've arranged to meet a friend off the plane and are stuck waiting at the airport for hours on end. You can, however, also avoid this by using an online flight tracker such as FBOWeb, although I've often found Ceefax to be more reliable at predicting arrival times. How great would it be if you could do the same with buses though? Many people catch buses from home or work -- it would be brilliant if you could check online before you leave to see whether the bus is on time. Having caught a bus to and from school for seven years, as well as commuting to university lectures and various jobs, I'm sure I've wasted at least a couple of weeks of my life waiting at bus stops. At the moment, online bus trackers are only available for a limited … [Read more...] about Why cant I: Get real-time bus information online?
Universal Music Group recently had a video removed from YouTube because… Well, that's a good question, actually. The video was removed without notice and without any copyright violations, and most folks (outside of a small group of contract attorneys) are still struggling to understand why. UPDATE: YouTube has reinstated the video and has given VentureBeat the following statement: "Our partners do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they own the rights to them or they are live performances controlled through exclusive agreements with their artists, which is why we have reinstated the video." However, we're still working to find out why it was taken down in the first place and whether such takedowns might occur in the future. A company called Megaupload recently shot a long, star-studded music video to promote its product. The music was original, and the company signed contracts with all the stars in the video, including Drake, Will.i.am, Kanye West, Kim … [Read more...] about Why did Universal get this video yanked off YouTube if it doesnt have a copyright claim?
Today's topic is the question I most often received as an IT manager: "Why can't I get promoted?" To clarify, I'm talking about real promotions that involve a real change in responsibilities. These would include programmer to analyst, analyst to manager, manager to director and director to VP. I'm not discussing skill-level promotions -- such as programmer to senior programmer and analyst to senior analyst -- that are common in technical fields. Whenever I got this question, I tried to explain how the promotion decision was made. My explanation was always this: "You never promote somebody who has done a good job. You promote someone who has changed his job." I don't know who originally said this, but it always made sense to me. The person who has done a good or even a great job should be given praise and monetary rewards, but he shouldn't be promoted. The business world is littered with great salespeople who failed as sales managers, great engineers who failed as engineering … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Get Promoted?
Pilot fish is hiring for a web development position, and this particular candidate has an excellent skill set on his resume. "The only problem is that the last site the guy built is one that I use regularly and is a huge pile of crap," grumbles fish. "I know that projects can be train wrecks for a variety of reasons, so I give this guy a chance." Fish's first major question in the interview: What would you have done to this last project to make it better? The candidate's response is to talk about a few odd features he wanted to implement -- but not a word about the glaring problems the site has. Fish tries again: What obstacles did you face in this project? Response: "Everything went smoothly." Baffled fish sits for a moment, trying to figure out how this guy is confusing "smoothly" with "unfinished and broken." But he keeps trying -- and soon his questions are bordering on rude as he completely confirms that the candidate is proud of his work. "Finally I just come out and … [Read more...] about So did I get the job?
The CFO for SAP shares thoughts on how intelligent machines are likely to displace, but not, replace her and other white collar managers. If machines were people, they would be on the executive fast track program in your company and would have gotten promoted before you. They work harder, learn faster, cost less, and are full of limitless, untapped potential. That’s a problem, because their rapid career trajectory is starting to make a few people uneasy, particularly in finance. It was fine for most of us when smart machines began to replace blue-collar workers in factories and assembly lines, but they’ve been steadily working their way up the corporate food chain and have already assumed some lower level finance tasks. Even outside of finance, jobs that had once seemed the sole province of humans, such as pathologists, petroleum geologists, and law clerks, are now being performed by computers.There’s a hint of uneasiness in the white-collar air. As CFOs, it’s … [Read more...] about If Machines Are Replacing CFOs, Why Did I Become One?
I am going to just react. Not research or interview or analyze. Just react. I almost passed over The Atlantic article "We Need More Women in Tech: The Data Prove It." This is hardly new ground for me, but I never really slowed down to compare these kinds of articles or research to my own experience. So here it goes. According to research cited by The Atlantic, Maria Klawe of Harvey Mudd College found three main issues: "We've done lots of research on why young women don't choose tech careers and number one is they think it's not interesting. Number two, they think they wouldn't be good at it. Number three, they think they will be working with a number of people that they just wouldn't feel comfortable or happy working alongside." Computers never seemed off limits to me. My father was a mathematician at Argonne National Labs and worked on one of the first computers in the nation. When I visited him, I played with computer paper punch tapes as a kid. Margaret Butler, a pioneering … [Read more...] about My reaction to old news: Women in technology, or how did I get here?