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Thursday, May 12, 2021

final shot
Here we go… As a concrete follow-up to my rant over those elusive playoff schedules, I’m posting this year’s NBA Finals calendar, as cited here.

I would list the entire playoff schedule, but now that we’re in the middle of the action, it seems like overkill. I will post complete schedules in the future for each sport.

UPDATE, 6/3/2006: I don’t normally do this for such an old post, but since so many of you are stumbling this way looking for the 2006 Finals schedule, click here.

Thursday, June 9
NBA Finals On ABC Game #1 (Primetime)

Sunday, June 12
NBA Finals On ABC Game #2 (Primetime)

Tuesday, June 14
NBA Finals On ABC Game #3 (Primetime)

Thursday, June 16
NBA Finals On ABC Game #4 (Primetime)

Sunday, June 19
NBA Finals On ABC Game #5 — If necessary (Primetime)

Tuesday, June 21
NBA Finals On ABC Game #6 — If necessary (Primetime)

Thursday, June 23
NBA Finals On ABC Game #7 — If necessary (Primetime)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 09:55:46 PM
Category: Basketball
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Note to myself (I’m full of rants today, I guess):

As soon as the complete playoff schedules come out for each major sports league, copy and paste that information to this blog for future reference.

Why? Because the usual suspects for holding this information, e.g. ESPN.com, FoxSports, and Yahoo! Sports, apparently can’t be relied upon to maintain something so simple. Instead, they offer only the current-round schedules that extend no more than a week or two into the future, and truncate the rest.

So when I was searching earlier today for the last possible date of this year’s NBA Finals Game 7 (work-related research — really), I wasted several minutes digging through the sites of those sports authorities. Zilch. I finally found this rather basic information on some affiliate television website (last possible date for playoff hoops is June 23rd, FYI).

What’s the deal? Why should it be so hard to find this data? Yeah, the NBA shifts around playoff game dates according to how many games it takes for a series to end; but there’s still a general bloc of dates that are reserved for each round of action. And when it come to the Finals, that’s predetermined months in advance. It’s stupid to not have that static information posted somewhere on an easily-accessible page.

I wonder how many others look for this information every day, just to be frustrated by the same dead ends. I do tons of research for a living — if it’s not easy for me to find, I can only imagine how it is for the average surfer.

So I’m going to post that info from here on out for baseball, football, basketball and hockey (when/if that last one comes back). Consider it a public service (not to mention a potential site-traffic boost).

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 09:51:14 PM
Category: Sports
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I think Bill Gates let loose a Freudian slip during his comments about mobile phone devices (running Windows Mobile, naturally) supplanting the iPod:

“I don’t think the success of the iPod can continue in the long term, however good Apple may be,” the chairman of Microsoft, the world’s biggest maker of computer software, was quoted as telling German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published Thursday.

“I think you can draw parallels here with the computer — here, too, Apple was once extremely strong with its Macintosh and graphic user interface, like with the iPod today, and then lost its position.”

Apple lost that position because Gates’ company copied the Mac’s GUI wholesale. So I guess Microsoft is planning to come out with its own iPod clone, ripping off Apple’s design and interface. Loose lips, Bill!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 08:33:34 PM
Category: Business, Tech
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Can any Mac-heads out there offer me a suitable explanation for why Mac Mail doesn’t convert all attached files into “Windows Friendly Attachments” by default?

Right now, when I bring up the Attachments dialogue box, I have to remember to check the box at the bottom that makes any Word, Excel or PDF document usable to both Mac and Windows users. Since about 95% of my coworkers are on Windows, it’s a big pain to have to consciously go through this annoying extra step (and even more annoying when I forget to do it, and have to resend the stuff later). As far as I can see, there’s no way to make it automatic through the Preferences.

Why have this distinction at all? Why should you have to specifically request cross-OS compatibility when you email a document or other file? In many cases, it’s already cross-compatible in the original state; your email program shouldn’t mess with that.

This may be a quirk in the slightly-outdated version of Mail I’m using (1.3.9), and could be moot in current renditions. Still, it’s quite a jackass-like oversight by a company that prides itself on being so user-friendly.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 02:58:43 PM
Category: Tech
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Potatoes, anyone? Forbes’ “Best Places For Business And Careers” lists are out, with Boise, Idaho as the unlikely top spot for large metros.

Somehow, I don’t think this will signal a rush to the Idaho border.

The two lists — looking at large (345,00+ population) and small (below 345,000) cities — were calculated with demographic data provided by Economy.com and other sources. The predominant weight seems to be on the cost of running a business (taxes, license fees, wage levels, etc.), with the other metrics largely providing a window-dressing veneer of complexity.

Maybe I’m just jealous. My home state of Florida fared quite poorly in the big-league rankings, despite fielding 13 cities; no. 58 Melbourne was the high-water mark. The Sunshine State didn’t do much among the small-fry, either. A cursory glance indicates that the cost-of-doing-business bugaboo sunk each Floridian entry — all graded pretty low in that metric.

On the other hand, my hometown of Newburgh, New York surprisingly (to me) scored no. 71 on the big-boys list (ironically sandwiched between two major Florida metros, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach). I guess I should stop laying claim to having small-town roots…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 11:04:21 AM
Category: Business, Publishing
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As Liz recently found out, it’s nice to be in-demand in today’s job market — until you piss off a pushy (and largely clueless) headhunter.

“I just got a call from your interviewer. what do you mean it’s not what you wanted? DO YOU REALIZE YOU WERE LUCKY TO GET THIS INTERVIEW?”

“umm, I believe you called me. do you realize you are lucky that I talked to you in the first place?”

I used to get a couple of calls per month from one headhunting firm. Similar sort of contradictory vibe: “We’ve got a number of employers interested in you. Why don’t you send me your resume so I can see what positions you’re qualified for?” In other words: “We need to come up with some warm bodies to show our corporate clients that we’re earning our fees, so to help us out, can we waste your time with interviews for positions you’d never consider?” (The irony was always lost on these hucksters — that a company was supposedly interested in swell-guy me, despite never having seen my qualifications.)

I guess I turned them down once too often, because I haven’t been contacted in years. That, or they went belly-up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 10:04:45 AM
Category: Bloggin', Business
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