For some reason, my posting about the eBay developer challenge fell off the developerWorks mirror of my blog (it's still in my archives however). Anyway, check it out, it's a very cool idea.
I'm currently brain dead. I've been in a review since 6 AM this morning planning Rational's work with IBM Research for 2006, and we walked though a couple of dozen very cool proposals for our consideration. I must admit that this is one of the things I love doing here: helping plant the seeds and nourish these research teams is one way we ensure a steady stream of software engineering innovation. I've been on the phone with folks from China, India, Israel, the the US today: the breadth and depth of the IBM Research talent pool is staggering.
And I would have blogged that even if I were not an IBMer. :-)