December 2003 Archives

Wishes for the New Year

Tis the season for retrospectives and wishes for the future. Wired's 101 Ways to Save the Internet is actually a pretty good list. Though a MP3 player with something more than a gig but less than the current iPod offering storage for $100 would be nice.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas all and to all a good day.

Sun's 3D Desktop

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Sun's latest 3D Desktop looks potentially intresting. Hope it isn't end like other Sun desktop offerings like say NeWS.

Patent in Software

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Why patents cripple software development. Unless they are ignored.

User Interface Hierarchies Rant

Russell has a good User Interface Hierarchies Rant. I too have to admit think in hierarchies and outlines. But given that I have a 60+ gig mp3 collection wonder if the iPod navigation would work well with so many entries. I expect the iPod navagation to be kinda like what Churchill had to say about Democracy, Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.

Jefferson on Inventions

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from any body.
�Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac McPherson, 1813

Simple CMS

Perls of wisdom in a sea of site mismanagement
What sort of tools does Berk have in mind? Perl scripts, for instance. A tiny technical team armed with Perl scripts and an Oracle database ran the first sites he worked on back in the mid-1990s. Berk recalls his fascination as he saw larger and larger teams implementing more and more complex platforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s to achieve essentially the same result.
Sounds about right.

BASH Tips and Tricks

Sex and Lucia

SexAndLucia.jpg Sex and Lucia is one of the most beautiful movies I have seen this year. The scenes were almost over powering at times. The locations in Marid and Formentera, Balearic Islands make me want to move. Other than the a short bit in the beginning I forgot about the subtitles, at times they were not needed to tell the story. Similar to Memento and Pulp Fiction the chronology is morphed to good affect. As an added bonous Paz Vega as Lucia is a refreshingly non Hollywood image of beauty, no implants, no bleach.

Perl Advent Calendar

Another year, another The 2003 Perl Advent Calendar

Power of Positive Thinking

Low self-esteem 'shrinks brain' I guess it makes soem sense. Can't remember and happy elderly that were forgetful, but my sample is small.

The Million dollar question

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Steve Ballmer On Microsoft's Future
Most analysts think the price of Windows to our hardware customers, people like Dell Inc. (DELL ), is about 50 bucks. If you stop and think about it, most people are going to own their PCs for four years. So do we offer $12 a year of value where you can run tremendously more applications, it's tremendously easier to take care of? It's $12 a year when people are spending $90 to $100 a month on cell-phone bills, and we're talking about saving you hours and hours of time. I think it's a pretty good value proposition, myself.
Which assumes that the customer is the consumer when in reality it is Dell. Now $12/year for how many MILLIONS of desktops, laptops and servers. So the real question, Does Windows provide $12,000,000 of value each year to Dell?

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