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Archive: October 19, 2014

monster mashup

Sunday,  10/19/14  12:49 PM

monster mashupI'm stuck coding so I might as well blog...

And even coding is a distraction from creating a pitch deck.

And even creating the deck was a distraction from practicing a presentation.

Deeply nested yak shaving, you have been warned :)

This looks cool, need to learn more about it: mobile linking gets deeper.  I, too, have wondered about the difficulty of interaction between links and apps.  This is one thing - perhaps the main thing - which the web has going for it, and it is a big thing.

Hehe this is awesome: Spanish comedy club uses facial recognition to charge customers on a per-laugh basis.  Good thing I didn't have to pay per-laugh while reading it.  What an inventive use of visual search :)

Hurry!  Six mobile innovations retailers have time to adopt for the Holidays.  I notice visual search didn't make the list, but maybe it will take too much time.  Next year!

Yovo - intriguing screenshot protectionThis is pretty cool: new photo app protects your pics from screenshots.  A most intriguing plugging of "the analog hole", reminiscent of the Macrovision hack which was used to protect VCRs.  Will be interesting to see if this catches on...

the backs of receiversDave Winer: the backs of receivers today suck.  Yes they do.  And it's because they're mired in old technology ... like ... RCA plugs (click through for a great picture of the back of a 1940s-era radio).  My 12-year-old Yamaha receiver is the oldest piece of electronics in my house, because there's nothing with current technology to which I can upgrade.  Every receiver should just be on your WiFi, accessing your media server, right?

Eric Schmidt: Google's biggest search competitor is Amazon.  Not competitor, but search competitor.  How interesting.  Read the whole article, it's full of good stuff...

Really?  Amazon to open New York retail store.  For picking stuff up though, not for picking stuff out.  Still, weird.

baseball strike zone expansionAfter watching the League Division Series, I must agree: Baseball's strike zone expansion is out of control.  This is presently a weak spot in the game; human interest is all very exciting, but how lame is it when the announcer's report "so and so is a low strike umpire".

Pretty thought-provoking, from Scott "Dilbert" Adams: ISIS Puzzle.  "In the long run, I think ISIS will be the best thing that happened to the Middle East because of what it does to the common psychology of who the "real" enemy is. And it comes when the problems in the Middle East seemed otherwise unsolvable. Is that a coincidence?"  I like, you think.

The app that helped launch a revolution: FireChat.  When the revolution cannot be televised, Tweeted, or IM'ed, a decentralized phone-to-phone network steps in.  How fascinating.

Apple product lineLast Thursday Apple held another announcement event, billing it "it's been way too long", but in the end it wasn't much of an event.  Cult of Mac posted a nice summary: The twelve biggest takeaways from Apple's iPad event.  My summary from the summaries is ... a bunch of expected upgrades.  Which doesn't mean they aren't cool, but they aren't significant, like the announcement of the Apple Watch a few weeks ago.  Perhaps the fact that most of the announced products had a version number tells the story.  Onward!

I do agree the graphic shown at right is a cool summary of Apple's current product line.

On the long trip to Mars, virtual reality could help keep astronauts sane.  Well, yeah.  Of course if the spacecraft and sensors are good enough, no need to send people at all, just use virtual reality to let them experience the trip!

Lockheed Martin announces breakthrough in nuclear fusionLockheed Martin announces a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion.  Excellent!  Given their gravitas, I doubt this is simple announceware to placate investors, there must be something real behind it.  More, faster!

Meanwhile: The physics of why 'cold fusion' isn't real.  I'm reminded of that saying, when a scientist says something is possible, they're probably right, when they say it's impossible, they could be wrong.



Archive: October 19, 2013

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Saturday,  10/19/13  04:47 PM

Sensei JobsToday is the second anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing, and to commemorate Business Insider posted a few key quotes.

I like them all but especially this one, headed:

On your working life

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

It's always been a nice sentiment and all the more so for being true, but it's especially relevant to me just now.  Stay tuned as I will have some interesting news about *my* working life.

This quote is from Steve's amazing Stanford Commencement speech, delivered in June 2005 when he was already ill with the cancer that ultimately took his life (though we didn't know it at the time).  The speech ends, Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.  Indeed...


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Archive: October 20, 2011

extreme yak shaving

Thursday,  10/20/11  12:07 PM

shave ... at your perilHey y'all it's been a couple of weeks since I posted about "stuff"; just wanted you to know I am engaged in some extreme yak shaving.  (Also, I had the slight interruption of riding the Furnace Creek 508 :)

I've been loving my iPhone for a while, and more recently have begun loving my iPad too.  Although it wasn't immediately apparent why anyone with a smartphone and a laptop would want a tablet, I've slowly begun realizing the tablet form factor makes it nice for "occasional" computing in alternative locations, like my backyard, my bathroom, and ... my bed.  I can read just about anything on the iPad; emails, web pages, RSS feeds, etc., and can compose email, send messages (with IOS 5 and iMessage), and do some light editing.  But I can't blog :(

The problem isn't fundamental; it's perfectly possible to blog from an iPad.  But when *I* blog I do it in a certain way, and that way involves tools that are only usable from within Windows: SharpReader to read feeds, Photoshop to edit pictures, and Citydesk to update the blog.  This mechanism dates back eight+ years to when I started blogging, and in the intervening time I've thought about overhauling the whole thing a few times.  Now I'm biting the bullet.  My plan is to do it all from email, so I can blog from anywhere, on any device, at any time.  Of course this requires a bit of work (!) with several nested levels of things to build, and so in the meantime I'm not blogging at all. 

Except to report that I am engaged in some Extreme yak shaving.  Please stand by :)


Archive: October 25, 2010


Archive: October 25, 2009

world upsidedown

Sunday,  10/25/09  09:29 AM

(click to enbiggen)

this is really cool
kind of like looking at faces upsidedown
you see things much differently


RockRabbit's 508

Sunday,  10/25/09  11:13 AM

Want to know what it was like, riding in the Furnace Creek 508 through Death Valley, in the teeth of a 30mph headwind, in the middle of the night?  Check out this amazing picture of RockRabbit, this is exactly what it was like:

RockRabbit had a camera mounted on the dash of his support vehicle which took a picture every fifteen seconds, which was combined at 10fps into an amazing movie of the entire ride.  Incredible, I love it.  I relived every second of my 30+ hours :)


Archive: October 25, 2008

relatively deprived

Saturday,  10/25/08  11:15 AM

As we all ponder the possible Presidency of Barack Obama, which will apparently include the concept of redistribution of wealth, I thought it would be interesting to revisit a classic article by John Cassidy in the New Yorker: Relatively Deprived [PDF].  Written in March 2006, Cassidy considers the possibility that "poverty" is a relative concept; that is, in order to raise people above the poverty line it isn't enough to make poor people richer, you also have to make rich people poorer.  This is a serious theory, by the way, seriously considered.  It seems preposterous to me.

To show you how far people can carry this thinking, let me quote from the article:

The conservative case against a relative-poverty line asserts that since some people will always earn less than others the relative-poverty rate will never go down. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily true. If incomes were distributed more equally, fewer families would earn less than half the median income. Therefore, the way to reduce relative poverty is to reduce income inequality - perhaps by increasing the minimum wage and raising taxes on the rich. Between 1979 and 2000, the inflation-adjusted earnings of the poorest fifth of Americans increased just nine per cent; the earnings of the middle fifth rose fifteen per cent; and the earnings of the top fifth climbed sixty-eight per cent.

Are you getting this?  All we have to do to reduce poverty is to reduce income inequality.  If "we" just raise taxes on the rich and make them poorer, we'll reduce poverty.  This is dangerous stuff, and people honestly believe it.  Here's more:

Introducing a relative-poverty line would help shift attention to the larger problem of social exclusion. Although few attempts have been made to address the issue, the results have been promising. A recent long-term study of Head Start, which began in 1964, as one of the original “war on poverty” initiatives, found that poor children who participated in the program were more likely to finish high school and less likely to be arrested for committing crimes than those who did not. And in another initiative, undertaken between 1976 and 1998, the city of Chicago relocated thousands of impoverished African-Americans from inner-city projects to subsidized housing in middle-class, predominantly white suburbs; researchers found that the adults who participated were more likely to be employed, and their children were more likely to graduate from high school, than their inner-city counterparts. (A more recent experiment, in which the federal government gave vouchers to poor residents in a number of cities, enabling them to move to wealthier neighborhoods, has failed to produce similar gains. Many of the participants chose to live near one another, which researchers think may account for the disappointing results.)

Please note that the apparently successful experiment described occurred in Chicago.  No word on what it cost, nor how it was paid for...  but this is wealth redistribution in action; amazingly, relocating poor people from the inner-city to middle-class suburbs helps them.  One would have to think Obama, who grew up in Chicago politics, is well aware of this experiment.

If you ask me why I'm voting for McCain, I can give you reasons why I'm voting for McCain, but this election is a choice between two people, and I can also tell you why I'm voting against Barack Obama.  He scares me.  And it doesn't have anything to do with race.  It has to do with victimology, and the culture of entitlement, and dangerous concepts like "relative-poverty".  I don't want the government engaged in wealth redistribution.  That would not be change we need, nor change I could believe in...



Saturday,  10/25/08  09:58 PM

A nice quiet Saturday, featuring pumpkin shopping and carving, a little coding, a little riding (Rockstore for the fourth straight day, 1:47:50 today), and [of course] a little blogging.  The World Series was rain-delayed, so I'm watching it now...

Mike MakiThis just sucks: School mourns for teacher killed in accident.  "Westlake High School is mourning the loss of math teacher Michael Maki, who died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a traffic accident two weeks ago.  Maki, 42, of Thousand Oaks, was bicycling to work on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10 when a car hit him from behind."  Man, I've ridden that same road a million times.  You wish it would never happen, but it happens far too often; cars are a huge hazard to cyclists.  I try not to think about it, but it is always in the back of my mind...

I still don't get Twitter, but it sure is real; now the U.S. Army warns of Twitter dangers.  "A draft US Army intelligence report has identified the popular micro-blogging service Twitter, Global Positioning System maps and voice-changing software as potential terrorist tools."  Huh.

Eric Raymond has a Android phone, and is trying to get ssh to run so he can change the hostname to "moogly".  So be it.  The fact that the G1 phone runs Linux and is potentially hackable will only appeal to a small group (like Eric!), but it is an influential group.  This same group is not necessarily interested in programming the iPhone, even a jailbroken one.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out...

TP52 world champion Quantum RacingTP52 startCongratulations to Quantum Racing, which won the TP52 world championships.  If you don't know, the TP52 class is the world's most competitive big boat racing, with large fleets of well-heeled competitors, state-of-the-art hull and sail design, and the world's best professional crews.  Amazing to watch, too.  At right we have the start of the first race, and Quantum Racing showing their form to weather.



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Archive: October 15, 2006

Ole votes

Sunday,  10/15/06  03:38 PM

I spent this afternoon voting, in the comfort of my [home] office, with football playing in the background.  Picture me browsing to websites, reading the Official Voter Information Guide and the candidates' statements in the Sample Ballot, and actually spending time thinking about the issues.  Weird, isn't it?

I know, most people don't do this, most people have never heard of most of the candidates and don't trouble to inform themselves, most people don't understand the issues they're voting about.  So be it, our system is not perfect.

Anyway, here are my votes in case you wanted to know...

California State positions

  • Governor - Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Lieutenant Governor - Tom McClintock
  • Secretary of State - Bruce McPherson.  Tough call over Debra Bowen, even though she's way liberal.
  • Controller - Tony Strickland.  An uninformed decision but I like his website.
  • Treasurer - Claude Parrish.  This is a vote against Bill Lockyer.
  • Attorney General - Chuck Poochigian.  A vote against Jerry Brown.
  • Insurance Commissioner - Steve Poizner.  A vote against Cruz Bustamante.
  • Member, State Board of Equalization, 2nd district - Bill Leonard.  Doesn't like the parcel tax (prop 88), neither do I.
  • State Assembly, 37th district - Audra Strickland.  I agree with her positions on virtually every issue.

Federal positions

  • Senator - Dick Mountjoy.  I like him, plus a vote against Dianne Feinstein, who I voted for originally but who has disappointed me over and over and moved to the left while in office.
  • Representative, 24th district - Elton Gallegly.  He's been a great representative for a red district in a blue state.

Judicial positions

  • Joyce Kennard - Yes.
  • Carol Corrigan - Yes.
  • Robert Mallano - Yes.
  • Frances Rothschild - Yes.
  • Roger Boren - Yes.
  • Victoria Chavez - No.  A thousand times no.  No on her dad, too, except he's not on the ballot.
  • Patti Kitching - Yes.
  • Richard Alrich - Yes.
  • Norman Epstein - Yes.  Liberal but smart.
  • Thomas Willhite - Yes.
  • Nora Manella - Yes.
  • Steven Suzukawa - Yes.
  • Richard Mosk - No.  On the Christopher Commission and Iran - United States Claims Tribunal.  Not real world.
  • Sandy Kriegler - Yes.
  • Arthur Gilbert - Yes.  Has a blog :)
  • Dennis Perluss - Yes.  A Davis appointee but surprisingly rational anyway.
  • Fred Woods - Yes.  Solid citizen.
  • Laurie Zelon - No.  She and Madeleine Flier are flaming liberals, both appointed by Davis.
  • Candace Cooper - No.  Not enough on the web about her considering how long she's been on the court (appointed by Davis in 2001).
  • Madeleine Flier - No.  See Laurie Zelon above.

Community positions

  • Community College District - Cheryl Heitmann.  Seems to be doing a good job.
  • Conejo Valley School District - Mike Dunn, Pat Phelps, Tim Stephens.  Based mostly on statements in voter guides.
  • Thousand Oaks City Council - Dennis Gillette, John Diguiseppe, Bob Wilson.  I like the current council, our city is in great shape.  I'm voting incumbents.
  • Conejo Recreation and Parks - Joe Gibson, Susan Holt, Mike Berger.  Based on voter guide.

We interrupt my vote for a rant.  Why oh why do we have voter information published in Spanish?  There is one official language in California, and it isn't Spanish.  I'm Dutch, why don't we publish voter information in Dutch?  There must be people from hundreds of countries speaking thousands of languages living in California; why not publish voter information in every used language?  It doesn't make sense.  People who can't speak English or comprehend written English should not vote.  Simple as that.  Okay, now back to voting...

State propositions

  • 1A - No.  I think gas taxes probably should be used for transportation improvements, but I don't like earmarked taxes.  Let the Governor and Legislature have flexibility to reallocate when necessary.
  • 1B - Yes.  $20B bond issue for state and local transportation improvements.  Although there's an argument that we shouldn't use bonds for this stuff ("borrowing against the future") the fact is that these investments are needed and we can't fund them out of tax revenue, and shouldn't choke economic growth by raising taxes.  So...
  • 1C - No.  $3B bond issue for housing and development programs.  Unlike 1B, It isn't clear that these investments really are investments, or whether they're needed.
  • 1D - No.  $10B bond issue for school infrastructure.  Unlike 1B, I don't think school infrastructure is a one-time upgrade; rather, this is ongoing maintenance and investments needed, and should be funded from tax revenues.
  • 1E - Yes.  $4B bond issue for flood management projects.  This feels like 1B to me, so I'm for it.

Note: 1A through 1E are generally being promoted as a package, supported by [among many others] Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I have chosen to vote for them a la carte...  despite all being bond issues they have less to do with each other than supporters of the package claim.

  • 83 - No.  Increased punishments and restrictions on sex offenders.  If I thought this would help prevent sexual abuse I'd vote for it, but I don't, so this would be just more money thrown away on bad people.
  • 84 - No.  $5.4B bond issue for water quality and flood control.  I might not understand this well enough to make the right decision, but it feels to me like a special interest thing which isn't really needed.
  • 85 - No.  Makes it more difficult for minors to get an abortion.  I think anyone who is pregnant and doesn't want a baby should get an abortion, especially minors who are less likely to care for the kid.
  • 86 - No.  Excise tax on cigarettes.  I don't like "sin taxes" and this one especially doesn't seem to make sense.  Seems to have special interest language in it, too, to protect hospitals from antitrust laws.
  • 87 - No.  $4B tax hike to fund alternative energy [sic].  I am a big fan of alternative entropy but I don't think government subsidy is the way to get there.  Instead let's remove government barriers to private enterprise solutions.  Anyway this kind of tax is a waste of money.
  • 88 - No.  This is the infamous parcel tax.  Although this is a way to carve back on Prop 13, which was a big mistake, we should change Prop 13, not enact new taxes in different configurations to work around it.  Also, it isn't progressive (that is, doesn't scale to the value of the parcel), which seems unfair.  Backed by Reed Hastings (Netflix) and John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins).
  • 89 - No.  Public campaign funding.  I don't think candidates' campaigns are a good use of public funds, sorry, even though I understand and somewhat accept the argument that in the absence of public funding, rich candidates have an advantage.  I think they do anyway (!), and people should raise money for their campaigns based on merit.
  • 90 - No.  An anti-Kelo attempt to restrict public seizure of private property.  I am sympathetic to the intent of this proposition, but unfortunately it goes too far by requiring government to compensate property owners for actions which change the value of their property, as well as actions which seize the property.  This could trigger a rash of lawsuits and restrict governments from conducting business.  ("You didn't put the new school next door to my property, so it is now less valuable!")

Thanks for your attention!

By the way, I am not one of those people who say to everyone: "you should vote!"  Instead, if you don't know what you're voting about, don't vote!  If you know the people and understand the issues, and we disagree, so be it.  But if you don't know the people and don't understand the issues, then please don't dilute my vote with yours.


Archive: October 25, 2005


Archive: October 25, 2004

Monday,  10/25/04  09:38 PM

Randall Parker of FuturePundit observes that the Bush and Clinton administrations differ in their styles of lying.  "The Clinton Administration, personifying the very outgoing and brazen nature of its leader, was willing to lie in detail in public.  By contrast, the Bush Administration prefers to make its lies to the public in the form of simpler summary conclusions which seem aimed at shutting off discussion by providing little to discuss."  Is it lying if you don't know you're wrong?  Lying is all about intent.

Today Google's market cap passed Yahoo's.  I don't know why, but this makes me sad, and not because I didn't buy any of their stock (I tried, but bid too low).  This is pure market froth.

sea dragonWow, look at this gallery of Sea Dragons.  "Sea Dragons are arguably the most spectacular and mysterious of all ocean fish.  Though close relatives of sea horses, sea dragons have larger bodies and leaf-like appendages which enable them to hide among floating seaweed or kelp beds."  Unbelievable, nature does it again.  Evolution or Intelligent Design?  [ via Mark Frauenfelder ]

Anita Sharp: Legends.  "It was almost like a collective epiphany, when nearly everyone in the audience realized we weren't just watching a legendary entertainer or seeing an enjoyable show.  Instead, we were in the presence of genius...  After the concert, my amazed 12-year-old son said, 'Whoever missed seeing that, missed life'."  There is something transforming about seeing great artists in concert, a tide that raises all boats.  I'm not particularly a Dolly Parton fan or a Brian Wilson fan, but I know exactly what Anita means.

Cool blog: lactoso the intolerant.  Samples:

RustboyRustboy - "is a short film project which started out as a hobby but has become my full-time job due to private funding.  Rustboy (the character) started life many years ago as a simple 2D image produced as a proposed short story illustration.  He has changed in appearance since then, but it was the starting point for Rustboy as he appears today in all his 3D glory."  Looks really excellent, check it out.

CelestiaCelestia - "is a free real-time space simulation that lets you experience our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All travel in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit."  Yay, space travel!

Hmmm... Looks like the Treo 650 won't support WiFi.  Oh, well.  If not the 650, then the 700.  It is only a matter of time.

RoadRunner flash UIHave you ever seen the RoadRunner browser UI?  Really cool!  All flash, and nicely done.  Seemed reasonably fast, too.  Probably the nicest example of a GUI done in a browser I've ever seen.

This is an example of the kind of serendipitous stuff you find when exploring referral logs.  Yippee.

Antipixel: Unjustified.  "When we hit the justification button in our word processors, what we really want to activate is that “make it look like a book” function in the generally vain hope that some of the gravitas of a well-set page will instantly be transferred to whatever we’ve written."  [ via Tom Coates ]

Chris Farmer emailed about the Journey Through the Center of the Earth: "Imagine two gravity-powered, frictionless trains.  One travels straight through the Earth's center to a station directly opposite the starting place.  The other slants, arriving at a station only a few thousand miles away.  If both trains leave at once, which arrives first?"  Yes, you do have enough information to answer the question.  I love it.

I wonder if this would apply to wormholes through space, too?  Did you see where Stephen Hawking lost his bet with John Preskill?  Looks like black holes don't destroy information, just reorganize it.  So they're "fuzzy".  Now, do they have holes through them?

This is just too cool: the Granular Matter Homepage.  "The key feature of a granular gas (making it fundamentally different from any standard gas) is its tendency to spontaneously separate into dense and dilute regions."  These movies really look like they're playing backward; how can this be?  Has anyone told the thermodynamics police?  Because they're definitely breaking the law :)

granular erruptions


autumn chores

Monday,  10/25/04  10:51 PM

Another terrific New Yorker cover:

"autumn chores" - New Yorker cover 10-25-04

I wish I enjoyed the inside of this issue as much.

It seems the editors have decided there is a chance Bush might win, and they've taken it upon themselves to mount a blazing attack.  They're largely preaching to the choir, since most of their readers are pretty liberal, but as a guest in the congregation I wish they'd relent.  It isn't the message - I have no problem with people supporting Kerry or bashing Bush - but the tone; over the course of the summer the New Yorker has become more and more shrill, now ending in a high-pitched whine.


twistable turnable man

Monday,  10/25/04  10:56 PM

Tonight my daughter Megan read to me from Shel Silverstein's terrific A Light in the Attic.  One of our favorites is "twistable turnable man":

He's the Twistable Turnable Squeezable Pullable
Stretchable Foldable Man.
He can crawl in your pocket or fit your locket
Or screw himself into a twenty-volt socket,
Or stretch himself up to the steeple or taller,
Or squeeze himself into a thimble or smaller,
Yes he can, course he can,
He's the Twistable Turnable Squeezable Pullable
Stretchable Shrinkable Man.
And he lives a passable life
With his Squeezable Lovable Kissable Hugable
Pullable Tugable Wife.
And they have two twistable kids
Who bend up the way that they did.
twistable turnable manAnd they turn and they stretch
Just as much as they can
For this Bendable Foldable
Easily moldable
Buy-what you're-soldable
Washable Mendable
Highly Dependable
Buyable Saleable
Always available
Bounceable Shakeable
Almost unbreakable
Twistable Turnable Man.

Somehow, this put me in a mind of John Kerry :)


Archive: October 25, 2003

Saturday,  10/25/03  09:52 PM

IEEE Intelligent Systems wonders What if intelligent computing were centered inside humans?  "For long-duration space missions, we may have to put intelligent technologies inside of us."  Fascinating stuff.

Bittorrent rocks.  That's just about all I can say.

Versalaser burning woodPCMag describes a cool "laser printer"; the VersaLaser.  "The VersaLaser looks like an oversize printer without feed or output trays.  It accepts paper, wood, a variety of plastics, leather, some coated metals, and even stone and marble."  I've always wanted my specifications to be etched in stone :)

Bloggers magazineJoi Ito discovered a Japanese magazine about blogging.  Looks like the cover story compares TypePad to Blogger.  What're the Japanese characters for "Cool"?  Might be 涼雨 ?

Joel Spolsky thinks tokens are cool.  "With just one click you can create a token, and no matter how large the files you want to send are, the token representing them will be very small - just a few KB.  Anyone you send a token to can then download the free Creo Token Redeemer software, and with one click redeem the token and download the files."  Sounds like Creo ends up running a file warehouse - an expensive proposition.  They need a P2P scheme like Bittorrent :)

Andrew Tridgell has been named Australia's smartest person.  Not only did he invent Samba, the open-source implementation of Windows networking, and rsync, the standard-issue network file synchronization software, but in his spare time he reverse-engineered the Tivo and was the first guy to hook one to a network.  Awesome.

Wired reports Google Raring to Go Public.  Interestingly, they appear to be considering a non-traditional online auction mechanism.  The valuation is rumored to be in the $15B range.  I know they're a good company, but that's a bit steep.

Mark Pilgrim details What's new in Mac OS X ("Panther").  It looks cool - I'm going to try this on my iMac tomorrow.

Tom Coates has First thoughts about Panther as well.  He doesn't seem impressed; "this one feels half-done - that it wasn't possible to get it any further down the line before launch date."  Stay tuned...

AlwaysOn notes the problems the magazine industry is facing.  "There was scant evidence that the best and the brightest in the publishing business know how to solve their problems.  They were excellent at identifying trouble spots and superb when it came to complaining about them.  Solutions?  Not many on display."  Remember when online magazines were going to take over?  And then after the Internet bubble burst, the magazines had a good laugh at online publishers' expense.  Who's laughing now?

CNet's Michael Kanellos with nine tech myths which won't happen.  #1 is "Apple will adopt Intel chips".  Yeah, that won't happen anytime soon.  #2 is "Microsoft will move to Canada".  Please.  I especially like the last two because they aren't obvious:

  • #8 - "Web sites tailor their content to suit advertisers".  Only in advertisers' dreams.  Web sites tailor their content to suit visitors, so advertisers have traffic.  Period.
  • #9 - "Marketers will be able to target consumers via their Web-surfing habits".  This is the holy grail of online advertising, and it has proved elusive.


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