Software McCarthyism

May 21, 2003

Reading an article on CNet today, about the SCO Group’s latest moves in their infringement case against IBM, I came to a sudden realization: the SCO Group is engaging in “software McCarthyism”. And Microsoft is paying them to do it.

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Channel-specific RSS feeds

May 10, 2003

For those of you who may not be interested in everything I write (hi Mom, sorry about all the technology stuff), here are some channel-specific RSS feeds.

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Stop stealing feed

April 10, 2003

Not too long ago a big media executive whined about how people who used TiVo were stealing. I love my TiVo, and I skip stupid commercials, so I guess that makes me a thief. There’s a way to stop all this larceny: make better commercials.

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DHI 51-54

February 27, 2003

Daily Home Improvements: Computer hardware installation, software installation, a little home safety, and a little world safety.

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DHI 44-50

February 23, 2003

Daily Home Improvements: The water closet is finished, a VCR hookup, debt service ends, this blog officially moves, window washing, and undoing a previous DHI.

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Neurons in the internet

February 8, 2003

I’ve written before about the interesting things that are taking place on the internet today. Two articles over the last two weeks made me think that the links that are spontaneously happening between the many active websites (mostly blogs) are similar to the formation of “neuronal paths.” We are building a giant, global brain.

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Quotation of the year candidate

February 6, 2003

“Microsoft sees IBM spending money on Linux, making Linux more robust, getting in the way of their aspirations. I think it makes them very unhappy,” said Steve Mills [senior vice president of IBM’s Software Group].

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DHI 27-33

February 2, 2003

Magazine reorganization, another basement disposal trip, long efforts on the computer, sanding, and more.

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Phoenix from the ashes

January 19, 2003

Lawrence Lessig appears to be taking the Eldred vs. Ashcroft defeat and turning it towards victory, with a proposal that would move the great majority of material affected into the public domain, while still allowing copyright holders who are actively using their rights to publish commercially valuable works to keep those copyrights. There’s a FAQ about the proposal, and I’m exceptionally proud to have suggested question #3 to Prof. Lessig.

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Ads I actually like

December 13, 2002

In the course of shopping for various things this holiday season, I had occasion to use Google quite a bit, searching for information and vendors. One of the things I noticed was that for some queries the ads served with my results were actually more valuable than the search results themselves.

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A funny kind of sandwich

August 25, 2002

I was on the other day, and noticed in their Video section an interview with Ken Bereskin, director of marketing for Mac OS X at Apple, talking about Jaguar. There were commercials before and after the video. Guess who was the advertiser.

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Hello, MacDevCenter visitors!

August 23, 2002

Um, gulp! These little postings have been put on the front page of O’Reilly’s MacDevCenter, one of the premier technical news sites for Mac OS X. I can see the results in my Apache logs as I type this! Hello, MacDevCenter visitors!

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