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tech

operating systems for dummies

Well at least you can’t say Microsoft isn’t helpful.

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tech

“think outside the pretty box”

Jef Raskin is suprising honest in a Business Week article on how Apple should “Think outside the pretty box”. I think his comments that there hasn’t been many fundemental changes in terms of user interface in too long, but you must admit that Apple has done some pretty cool things lately.

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tech

DOJ releases comments on MS

You may remember the variety of interesting comments the DOJ got concerning the Microsoft case, well they’ve gone ahead and picked 47 from the mess that are relavent to the proceedings. Read on for list, or check out the original.

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Asides

i <3 emily

It seems I’ve managed to contract a case of the flu right around the most romantic day of the year. I spent most of the day in Methodist Hospital with a nasty fever, and the rest at home getting a suprising amount of work done. Actually it was probably my most pleasant hospital visit ever, as with the miracles of modern technology they were able to subdue my fever (103+), headache, dizziness, and nausea.

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politics

journalists pounce

It seems yet another journalist/economist/muckraker has decided to attack Paul Krugman for his alleged involvement with Enron several years ago. I think Krugman’s blanket FAQ covers most of the issues reasonably. If you’re interested in more about Krugman, I suggest his excellent article There’s something about macro

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tech

ckone email ads

I faintly remember a year or two ago seeing the ads talked about in this article, but I never actually emailed one of the addresses listed in them. Looking back over the summary of the ad campaign is fascinating, and it has a BMW Films touch to it that it doesn’t directly sell anything, and it doens’t even try to brand, it just is.

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tech

Not-so-Safeweb

Safeweb, the anonymous proxy lauded by analysts and given money by the CIA, is inheritly unsecure. Declan McCullagh has good coverage of the issue at Wired.

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tech

Google Appliance

I haven’t decided what to do with it yet, but I want one.

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tech

Common Sense Copyright

Lawrence Lessig, my favorite lawyer (with Mike Godwin and Mike Wallace), has just launched a new project called Creative Commons that aims to facilitate the creation of legally sound legal that can be attached to creative works, enabling them to be released into the open, so to speak, without the creative author losing all rights to the work. For example from the article:

An artist might, for example, agree to give away a work as long as no one is making money on it but include a provision requiring payments on a sliding scale if it’s sold

It’ll be very exciting to see how this technology is embraced.

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Personal

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Updates? Maybe when school lets up a little. Give me a day or two. There is some really interesting political things going on that I’m going to post about.

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tech

This is worse than SS

In an excellent article, “Check the fine print”, Ed Foster brings up some interesting points about the legalese that most of us blindly agree to every time we install software, in this case Microsoft’s.

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Design

Zeldman speaks on Style versus Design

Although it’s not at all new, I try to read this great essay by my favorite designer Jeff Zeldman just to keep my perspective fresh. Today I had a long day, and it just seemed right.