Netizen News, I just like the look of the site.
April 2001 Archives
Scaling Web Services, Optimising Web Services with Intermediaries, looks like an intresting read.
HTTP Mail User Agent inventory, a.k.a. WebMail program inventory, fairly comprehensive and update (for now).
Master of Orion 3: Developer Diary #7 for any MOO addicts, like say engel.
Keep in mind that the constitutional underpinning of the copyright law is two-fold. First, we need a public domain -- a public commons -- of ideas, inventions and cultural works for the betterment of society, hence the limited terms of copyrights (and patents). Second, we give creators of this material an incentive to do the creating.
An update on the ArsDigita Sueing Philip Greenspun mentioned earlier.
The Boiston Globe has Web entrepreneur, financiers battle and Phill is telling his story From Start-Up to Bust-Up.
Maybe I'm just biased twords the programer/engineer over the suits, geek types have to stick together, but if I owned shares in a company that went from profitable to losing money my vote would be on removing the losers and putting the profitable people back where they were.
Got 15 minutes? Dave has a good contribution to the story.
I agree with Mithrandir: the teaching system sucks. Ironically, what I want to do in my "old age" when I am no longer a console cowboy is teach. However, the problem is that I need to find a forum that doesn't disgrace humnaity.
It is my hope, maybe my naivete, that compels me to say this:
ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE GENIUSES
Now, let's make a school system that teaches KIDS that they are geniuses; let's teach them that they can change things; let's teach them that the wisdom of a single person can be more powerful than the blabbering of a thousand fools.
Even though this letter was written ten years ago, it certainly sums up my feelings when I left the teaching profession in 1998 to try my hand at the tech sector. Like Mr. Gotto, I was an "award-winning" teacher, which simply meant that I did enough of the flavor-of-the-month, "education reform" based teaching to gain a little bit of attention from people who knew so little about educating kids that they could only become professionally successful by removing themselves from the classroom in favor of administrative jobs where kids become faceless statistics on annual standardized test results. Between 8 and 3 each day, about 150 kids came into my room, and I didn't see any of them for more than 55 minutes....ever. I didn't have books to give my kids, and there was one reject computer in my room. I'm not kidding...when I started teaching in 1995, I was given an Apple 2E to use as my instructional computer.
But the problem is much, MUCH bigger than a lack of funds and too many kids in a classroom. It's a fundamental lack of caring for actually EDUCATING kids that permeates the middle and upper eschelons of American public education. My administrators were perfectly happy to "engage" me with endless stacks of paperwork, meaningless professional development seminars, uncounted hours in district restructuring meetings, strategic planning, and a host of other trendy buzzwords that basically boiled down to gathering a bunch of teachers (some good, some bad, some great) together and telling them that they're doing it all wrong. I didn't quit teaching because I couldn't handle the students, or because the pay sucked. I quit teaching because I could no longer tolerate the obstacles that were put in my path by the very people whose job was to help me educate kids. I think the straw that broke the camel's back was when the school board demanded that our site based council (made up mostly of teachers) pick four of our colleages to be layed off due to lack of funds, even though the number of students was increasing. Less than a month after these teachers lost their jobs, the board bought the building next door to theirs so that the administrative staff could have bigger offices. Price tag...about four teachers' salaries.
I want to be a teacher. I still think of myself as a teacher. One of the greatest sadnesses in my life is that I'm not teaching. But I've found that I'm a much happier person in the shitty, back-stabbing, cube farm surrounded by PHB's than I ever was teaching. Strange thing is, now I work for a company that provides Internet access and services to public schools, and I honestly think that I do more to help educate kids now that I'm working here than I really did in the classroom. But then here, I don't have to wear the handcuffs that my school administration slapped on my every day.
Publish Free or Perish, glad to finally see some academics standing up to the journals. Back in a former job we had a monthly and a quarterly trying to publish serious Equine info, man horse people are so luditish. Anyway, the hardest part was trying to negotiate getting an article's publication. The journals, most who has mission statements to disceminate their fields information, refused to play ball. Most of the researchers due to fear of never getting published again didn't want to piss off the journals. End resule no one knew about the information.
David learns to read at age four; Rachel, at age nine: In normal development, when both are 13, you can,t tell which one learned first -- the five-year spread means nothing at all. But in school I will label Rachel "learning disabled" and slow David down a bit, too.
Care to comment Mithrandir, being a former teacher and all.
Dot-Com Refugees Find Welcome in Porn Industry, to bad I already have a job.
An Open Letter to Be's Jean-Louis, sell BeOS to a user and developer co-op with 50% of fees going to Be Inc. to pay off the purchase price. Sounds like a very good idea. It would allow BeOS to survive, let users keep getting imporvements, and potentially pay developers.
A Canadian chain of donut shops. Considered to be one of the great Canadian institutions. Never, ever suggest that the donuts you've had in the past are anything like as good as Tim Horton's donuts, or mobs of frenzied Canadian patriots will lynch you.
They also have probably the most irritating advertisements on Canadian television.
Crispy Creame has better donuts and I do miss the "time to make the donuts" Dunkin Donuts comercials.
ArsDigita CEO & VCs Sue Philip Greenspun looks like the new CEO & VCs are pissed. Now that they are running the company no profits. There solution, sue the people fired that were making money with the company. What a bizzare world.
One more reason to like Mark Twain, His Reparations for Slavery
"I do not believe I would very cheerfully help a white student who would ask a benevolence of a stranger," Twain wrote, "but I do not feel so about the other color. We have ground the manhood out of them, and the shame is ours, not theirs, and we should pay for it."
Great way to kill the community, Apple Threatens Open Source Theme Project. Come on Steve and Co, why not work with them. Help the developers implement the project without infringing on any trademark issues.
For the Scot who just can't stop wearing his kilt, but doesn't want to damage his expensive formal wear...the Utilikilt.
I GOTTA get me one of these. They're even available in a "beer-gut cut," so that the kilt will hang evenly if worn under your paunch in front.
Tog's advice on stock options, after being one of the 64 apple millionaires.
And I thought the beer fridge I encountered in college was cool. I really want one of these in our server room at work.
The Story Behind the Parrot Prank, one great April Fool's joke.
Actually, for me, the funny part wasn't the joke itself. The funny part was that setting up the whole joke was the biggest collaboration between Perl and Python we've seen for a long time!
Which is the funniest, and scarriest, part of the whole joke.
ibiblio.org, rocks, "the Public's Library - a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies."
Thankyou Prince, for teaming with Napster. Hopefully more artists will be in a position to make similar decisions.
Happy Birthday Fozzy!!!
Still had this up from last year, and the time has come around again. Wish I could be up there with you right now, or that you could be in Nashville.
The IT department is rewarded for their ability to keep bad things from happening, and that means there is a pressure to create and then preserve stability. Meanwhile, you are rewarded for your ability to make good things happen, meaning that a certain amount of risk-taking is a necessary condition of your job.
Risk-taking undermines stability. Stability deflects risk-taking. You think your IT department are jerks for not helping you do what you want to do; they consider you an idiot for installing software without their permission. Also, because of the way your interests are (mis)aligned, you are both right.
Oh, too true
Larry's approaching perl6 through the Programming Perl book (the Camel). He's going chapter by chapter through the Camel, writing documents about the perl6 equivalent concepts. These missives are known as "Apocalypses", for reasons best known to Larry. :-)What a birthday gift, thanks Larry.
He's churning through the RFCs, looking through them to deeper issues. He hopes to emit Apocalypses more-or-less weekly, although some chapters have fewer RFCs and issues than others.