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March 2001 Archives
I've come to see them primarily as a bully that uses its advantage at every step, whether they need to or not, to achieve their goals, and they play on peoples' ignorance and willingness to believe that somehow they're special, that Microsoft respects them even as they dis the others. Even in an area that's probably of minor significance to them, they don't ever show restraint, repeated calls for them to back off and let people work openly are ignored.
My experience now matches the stories I've heard from others, they must have a playbook for dealing with outsiders, and they stick to it. I don't believe they can participate in an open development process without spoiling it.
There is a new look, and I'm assuming some PHP addes to the mix, for geekish.com :: weblog. Amazingly the site looks good with CSS turned on in Linux Netscape, one of the web sites I can say that about.
Now K12Linux Terminal Distribution looks pretty damm cool and a definate step in the right direction. Kudos dudes and dudets behind this project.
If teachers and janitors and policemen and art directors live in a world where actions have consequences, shouldn't companies be held to the same rules?
Why do companies get the some of the benefits, via the 14th Amendment, of being a person without the penalities? When a person preforms a crime they can recieve punishment, companies get a slap on the wrist if that. The situation is even worse for government sanctioned monoplies. Has anyone out there really been happy with their phone or cable service? Didn't have much of a choice they were probably the only player in your area.
After being blindsided by the Web hype on 'The Blair Witch Project,' movie studios are paying for phony sites, often striving for the clunky naivete of a genuine effort.
So maybe no one really likes to listen to Brittney Spears they are just payed to say they do.
Writing Database Oriented Web-based Applications with Perl - Part III Interfacing Perl with the database (I):
Dave Winer on Hailstorm
One more HailStorm comment. On the feedback form they asked what they could do to make HailStorm more successful. I said "Lighten up on the World Domination thing."
Recently, at work, KDE has been my desktop of choice, which makes it nice to see attempts at a KDE Usability Study. KDE, it isn't perfect but pretty damm good.
Park Wars: The Little , all I have to quote,
... the greedy Canadian Trade Federation...
George Lucas will freeze your balls in carbonite.
Just go watch it.
So who is Yankee Doodle and why does he call the feather in hist hat macaroni?
I think wiki (the concept) kicks ass, and that some unholy alliance of wiki and weblog is going to be the next big step in all this.Here! Here! The WikiLog has some more ideas. Now what will it look like?
In case you have not caught on yet wikis and the philisophy behind them has been captivating me since engel requested one for work.
Writing Database Oriented Web-based Applications with Perl - Part II, Choosing the Database
If you haven't been following the cryptography area lately, let me assure you that this action by the NSA was the crypto equivalent of the Pope coming down off the balcony in Rome, working the crowd with a few loaves of bread and some fishes, and then inviting everyone to come over to his place to watch the soccer game and have a few beers.
handspring.com is currently unreachable. Probably getting slashdotted due to the 11:30 AM PST announcement. Now if everyone's local browser caches were publicly accesiable I might be able to get a look at the changes.
Why The Offshore Napster Server Initiative May Not Work
The servers maybe in a "Data Haven" but the owners have to live somewhere. Are there any countries that the big media companies don't have significant influence?
... weblogs can teach the creators of corporate web sites and intranets. Too many sites in these two categories fail because they fail to inspire and interest their readers.
Many of those boring corporate web sties and intranets are created and maintained by people that maintain personal weblogs. Buisness sites are boring because many of the decision makers are boring. Give the intresting people some control, share the power, and really cool things start to happen.
HandsOffMy.org/, ICAN is trying to screw with the TLDs again, this time they want to require .orgs to be registerd non-profits. Not a problem for me other than the processof getting non-profit status is a royal pain in th eass. Maybe they could start cleaning up the .com side of the fence first.
Test Shows 99.99% of High School Seniors Can't Read Perl, what is duba going to do about that problem.
Website profitability: an economic analysis. Very scarry numbers. If prices don't go up and/or subscription prices then web content is doomes for anything other than the small niche site. Good for hobbiests bad for someone wanting to make a living publishing on the net.
... George Bush the First learned, if you don't spend your capital you lose your bid for re-election.
Strange to think that we, in North America at least, are in a recession with comparisons being made to the late 80's. recession
An extended decline in general business activity, typically three consecutive quarters of falling real gross national product.
Anime Timeline, incrediable. Still my favorite anime character, Harlock and series Macross.
"Claudia it was never a game..." - Roy Folker
One porn coder rants (Excessive code and excessive nudity. What gives?) on the social ostrisation when associates, porgramers, find about the day job. I find this surpirsing, well maybe not the trouble getting hired by a non-porn company. Friends have asked me to help write code for a potential porn site, the site ended up not happening. I have interviewed and almost got a job for a rather large porn site, couldn't aford the move at the time. Everyone that I mentioned either posiability to was positive and supportive. Maybe my friends are just a strange bunch, probably. So Seeking Sin if you ever want to talk shop with a another Perl monkey don't hesitate to let fozbaca know that you work as a coder in the porn industry.
On a somewhat related note did a certian geek ever register the NaziLesbianMigits domain :)
Here's how OpenCola works. Say you enjoy reading about rock climbing. You'd install an OpenCola program on your computer and feed it a couple of rock climbing articles, or simply type in some keywords, such as "flapper," "hang-dogging" and "dirt me." OpenCola will construct a software robot (sort of a single-purpose search engine) that goes onto the Net to dig up stuff that matches your criteria. It does two kinds of digging. First, it fetches files from the Web just like any other search spider. But the robot goes one step further by looking for other users' OpenCola robots looking for the same kinds of things you are. Then, your robot grabs files the other users have fetched and found worthwhile. In other words, you benefit from the decision-making of the other like-minded OpenCola users. - Nouveau Niche