January 2001 Archives
Is Collective Patronage the answer to artists and creators recieving payment for work in a digital world?
Protozilla enables any CGI program or Unix/MSDOS command line program to instantly become a Mozilla "plugin" with little or no modification.
First, many thanks to Rick Wild who wrote the Waba virtual machine, making Java possible on low-cost devices like PDAs and other portable devices.
You can now download the alpha version of a Linux/GTK port. This port is about 85% done for the GUI classes. Network is on the way.
So what do you think engel?
Bruce Sterling's 13 things that went wrong leading to the California power "crisis".
Death Cycle of Presidents Elected in a Zero Year a.k.a Tecumseh's Curse
... I considered it a performance art as well as a decadent pleasure (indicative of the fall of the American empire, I'm sure). Some things I had not noticed before: Always be the first patron to tip the girl on the dance stage. They really appreciate it because it breaks the ice for the other 'gentlemen' to tip and she'll put on a much better show since she still has most of her clothes on and can actually strip for you. Also, try to pick out two girls who are likely lovers and pay them both for table dances at the same time. Following these two rules made me feel less like a sexually depraved urchin and more like a connoiseur of an art.
"It's Great to be Back!": Fast Code, Game Programming, and Other Thoughts from 20 (Minus 2) Years in the Trenches
Programming is not a zero-sum game. Unless you have legal or employer restrictions, share what you've learned, and learn from others. Having to explain something forces you to know it cold. It also makes you known, and leads to interesting opportunities.
"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."
Gotta love The Onion.
Now most people in the wireless industry haven't followed the open-source shtick to closely, and with good reason. They're too busy creating proprietary software that does the exact same thing as seven-hundred other companies and thinking that "Maybe if our widget is a little beter than the other 699, we really will make that 5 billion dollar 2002 revenue projection we put in our business plan!"
Standing on the toes of giants, or something like that.
... clause which forbids you to hire anybody who works for the company that is making you sign the NDA. Presumably, they think that while you are visiting them, you will hire away all their employees and put them out of business. Well, you know what? If your employees are so eager to leave, that's your problem, not mine. You need to keep your employees loyal by treating them well, not by creating arbitrary obstacles in their career.
So if an employere wants to make sure that their employees don't end up being the competition make the work enviroment and the work so compelling that employees don't ever want to leave.
Freeloaders drive up the cost of the system, but I would expect much less so than the current weight of bureaucracy and case workers. Suppose that fully 20% of the U.S. Population had 2.5 free meals a day (at $2 each) and stayed in a $15 motel room. That's 50 million people times $20/day. A billion dollars/day or $365 billion/year. Congressional Budget Office figures show that our current welfare system cost about $324 billion in 1993. My open-handed system, though, delivers many more services. I'm much happier to pay taxes for the open-handed system because I can see myself as a beneficiary. If I just want to crash for the night when I'm out of town, why spring for a fancy hotel room? If I want a fast meal, why not let Uncle Sam give me back a couple of my tax dollars?
Free Software in the movies, Advogato article and discussion on Antitrust. Saw the movie last night with my co-workers. It was enjoyable seeing the flick in that setting, with lots of geeks. The funny thing is that it was the funniest movie I have seen this year but it was soposed to be a serious drama. Still Antitrust did a better job of portraying geeks and computer tech than most movies. Oh, and the "Open Source" per minute rate in the first half hour is must be incrediably high.
Luna Law: The Libertarian Vision in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
TheComputerHammer.com, a.k.a. customer/sales appreciation hammer.
TASK-CENTERED USER INTERFACE DESIGN A Practical Introduction by Clayton Lewis & John Rieman
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Task-Centered Design
Chapter 2. Getting to Know Users and Their Tasks
Chapter 3. Creating the Initial Design
Chapter 4. Evaluating the Design Without Users
Chapter 5. Testing the Design With Users
Chapter 6. User Interface Management and Prototyping Systems
Chapter 7. The Extended Interface
Appendix L. What Can You Borrow?
Appendix M. Managing User Interface Development
Comparison of PS2 and the Dreamcast on their graphics capabilities. There may be some bias, being on SegaWeb but it does explain why the Dreamcast games seem to look "better" than the PS2 games I have seen so far. Then again maybe it will just take a year or so more for the game developers to really use the PS2's hardware to the fullest potential.
Seen on the dry marker board in the developer room:
- Source Code for Linux - $0.00
- Apache Webserver - $0.00
- Mozilla Web Browser - $0.00
- Perl - $0.00
- POP/SMTP/FTP - $0.00
- GIMP - $0.00
- Starting a Revolution - Priceless