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observations for 2006-12-28

Charles Miller:

I was the original inventor of RSS. Unfortunately, I left the plans in a train on the eve of the D-Day landings, where they were picked up by Dave Winer’s grandfather, and hoarded until the late 1990s.

John Battelle reviews his 2006 predictions:

9\. The massive telephony industry will begin to crush mammals left and right as its core business model continues a long and painful death dance. “Mammals” are defined as anyone who happens to be in its way as it attempts - scarily but unsuccessfully - to force a two-tiered Internet onto all of us.

This is clearly continuing. I cannot provide one succinct link about this, but I can tell you this - I have three good friends who have tried to do innovate mobile startups, and failed, due to the suffocation of the telephony industry. One of them said to me: “There is simply no innovation in mobile, we can’t get traction, period.”

This obviously has implications for the “Apple phone”.

Joel Spolsky:

  1. Do not, under any circumstances, consider upgrading an XP system to Vista… even if it’s fairly new and even if it’s Vista Supremo Premium Ultra-Capable.

Drat, I was thinking about doing this.

observations for 2006-12-27

The Register predicts the “iPhone” will fail.

This is a pretty good summary of the difficulties Apple will have trying to sell their putative phone. The last sentence is just silly though.

And hey Mr. Macalope, just because it’s been covered before doesn’t make it any less plausible.

observations for 2006-12-23

Today’s song keeping last-minute Christmas shopping bearable: “Girlfriends” by Divinyls.

observations for 2006-12-21

Dave Winer, quoted wildly out of context:

I’d go further, and say that the person of the year is not you or us, but me.

(Couldn’t resist, ‘cause it’s only funny ‘cause it’s true.)

Katrine Kielos:

Man undrar: Diskas disken först av hemhjälpen, sedan av diskmaskinen och slutligen av Fredrik Reinfeldt? Hur rent kan det bli?

(via Isobel.)

observations for 2006-12-20

If Patrick O’Brian would have blogged, he’d have blogged like this:

Mr. Crowdis does not own a computer right now (although he is planning to buy two). He writes his blog entries longhand at his kitchen table in the mornings, after he has breakfast and takes his pills. Then he mails them across the country to New Brunswick. There, a family member types them into a computer and posts them on Mr. Crowdis’ eclectic blog, Don To Earth.

(Link.)

Reporter: “What word processor do you use to write your novels, Mr. O’Brian?” POB: “I use pen and paper, like a Christian.”

observations for 2006-12-18

John Walker:

The folks who consider their RAID arrays adequate backup have, in my opinion, little imagination and even less experience with Really Bad Days; not only do you want complete offsite backups on media with a 30 year lifetime, you want copies of them stored on at least three continents in case of the occasional bad asteroid day.

observations for 2006-12-16

Hårda bud i DN-ingresser:

LO-chefen Wanja Lundby-Wedins utspel om att hårdare regler i a-kassan leder till att facket tvingas hålla hårdare på turordningsreglerna får hård kritik.

observations for 2006-12-07

Encyclopedia of Tie Knots:

[The Windsor knot] is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the double-Windsor; no such not exists, unless it is meant to refer to the ludicrously large 16-move knot, Li Co Ri Lo Ci Ro Li Co Ri Co Li Ro Ci Lo Ri Co T.

(Via Björn via email.)

Behind the Scenes at the Microsoft Zune Design Laboratory

Funny. Via Gruber.

Thomas Landspurg:

It’s a really strange industry, where on one hand people are talking of “MobileAjax” as the killer app, where the cost of one Ajax line is probably equivalent to the cost (in terms of CPU, memory used,battery) of a full Midp1.0 application, while other are strugling with putting everything in a single class to fit in constrained devices.

Obviously people thinking about mobile Ajax have only been working with emulators.

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