Month: July 2002

I haven’t actually chalked my building, but I thought I’d let everyone know that my 802.11b netowrk is open, and accessible from the XO Coffee Shop at the corner of 30th and Church in San Francisco. I added a booster antenna to my base station a couple of weeks ago so I could get online from there, but hadn’t told anyone. Consider this an official announcement.

Click the warchalk below my calendar on the right, for a map.

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‘mc’ has a list of top contributers to Rep. Berman, one of the sponsors of the bill to allow media companies to hack into your computer.

#1: Disney. #2: AOL Time Warner. Total dollar amount for the top eight: $141,391, with Disney and AOL accounting for 41.7%.

Lots more links on mc’s site today.

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Dave Cullen: “I guess I thought op-ed editors were bored with them, too, just waiting for a writer to show up handing them something different. Never occurred to me that they wanted their pages to be so dull.”

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News.com: Sun to push StarOffice for Apple’s OS X: “…Sun’s stature in the corporate market, StarOffice’s cross-platform support and its ability to work with Office file formats could pose a growing threat to Microsoft. Sun is also considering offering StarOffice for free, where Office v .X typically costs $300 to $500.”

Ok — Office support is fine and dandy, and everyone loves getting something for free, but the third paragraph of the story leads me to believe that we’re looking at market-positioning hype, and not a real product:

“The partnership is expected to produce a Java-based version of OpenOffice by the end of the year, followed by a commercial StarOffice release sometime in 2003.”

Wait a minute? They’re going to port to Java from X11 and then port to Aqua? And they’re releasing the Java version in 2003? <cough/> It won’t be soon enough. Microsoft already has a foothold in the productivity software market on MacOS X, and while StarOffice may be able to open Word documents, I bet it can’t import tasks and mail from Entourage. (Correct me if I’m wrong about this.)

And Java for MacOS X is pretty slow. The Metrowerks Java Runtime for MacOS 9 was almost usable on top-of-the-line Macs, but the runtime that ships with MacOS X is a dog running under a very CPU-intensive OS. I have a hard time imagining that a serious productivity suite built on top of it has a chance winning over the common user who can’t afford a TiBook or a fast G4 desktop machine.

I suspect that what’s really going on here is that Sun has sold Apple some Java snake-oil: We’ll give you StarOffice for free if you put some engineers on our Java runtime to make some performance enhancements and bring the MacOS X runtime up to 2.0.”

In the end will we software consumers ever see usable (and useful) product come from this effort? I for one have my doubts.

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One Friday night, Lena went with a bunch of friends on a “girl’s night out”, and didn’t return until late Saturday afternoon. When she got home she found Ole sitting quietly in the living room with his ears all bandaged up.

“Ole, What happened to your ears?” she asked, head tilted.

“Yesterday I was ironing a shirt when the phone rang and I accidentally answered the iron.”

“Well, that explains one ear, but what happened to your other ear?”, asked Lena.

Ole replied, “Well, jeez, I had to call the doctor!”

“Oh ya.”

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Paolo Valdemarin: Time for people. “Time for anonymous companies is over, we have all had enough, it really looks like it’s time for people, time for weblogs.”

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An enhancement to Radio UserLand’s comments feature released today, provides a link from the comments back to the post that the comments are in response to.

This post is an example — click the comments link below to see the feature in action.

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