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Friday, June 23, 2000
Wednesday, June 21, 2000
Well, I'm sad today because I can't find those Koresh negotiation recordings anymore! I think they were somewhere on the NPR site, but I searched for them with no success. If anybody remembers what I'm talking about and has pointer for me it would be most appreciated. I am in search of the web's past.
XML is itself an inherently disruptive technology. Everybody's world, and often their business models too, is being upset by XML. This is one reason why XML is such a great opportunity.Via Zeldman.
21. The windows-menus-mouse "desktop" interface, invented by Xerox and Apple and now universal, was a brilliant invention and is now obsolete. It wastes screen-space on meaningless images, fails to provide adequate clues to what is inside the files represented by those blurry little images, forces users to choose icons for the desktop when the system could choose them better itself, and keeps users jockeying windows (like parking attendants rearranging cars in a pint-sized Manhattan lot) in a losing battle for an unimpeded view of the workspace -- which is, ultimately, unattainable. No such unimpeded view exists.An unimpeded view! Yes! We get so used to the everyday challenges and frustrations of using computers we forget what it is we really want. No one WANTS to search around for a file, or switch around windows to find that one with the web page we were reading; we get used to doing it though and become complacent victims of bad interface. My epiphany the other day about the small image of a web page in its entirety is all about the same issue. That image is so intriguing to me because it reveals what we are always striving for and never attaining: an unimpeded view.
Tuesday, June 20, 2000
I have unfortunately been very busy lately and haven't had the time to write a virus, so please take a couple of minutes to open Windows and randomly delete 10 or 12 files (including a minimum of 3 system files) and then send this e-mail on to everyone on your mailing list.I like that it asks you to "open Windows."
Thank you for your co-operation.
Also, if you're interested, this NY Times article puts an interesting spin on Gelernter's piece, noting that it seems quite at odds with the computing strategy Microsoft is expected to announce this Thursday.
The Captain also had a few things to say about it, including a critique of the manifesto and a pointer to some of the work Gelatner is doing to achieve his futuristic vision.
More comments to follow.
Monday, June 19, 2000
Superficial analysis: Scorsese (and Schrader) do Tarantino doing Taxi Driver.
Other analysis: Too long; facile character development (especially considering this is coming from the king of psychological films); great music (except for Natalie Merchant); beautiful cinematography (nearly all the white in the movie is overexposed for a very edgy look); ultimately the movie seems more like a music video than anything else -- it never really gets beneath the surface. But I enjoyed it nonetheless!
Read what David Edelstein had to say about it.
On a side note: did anybody else feel the same strange thrill upon seeing the image along the left side of the article (and included below) that shows a complete page of the hatfactory.com site? Of course, it's way too small to read or be useful, but I just find it fascinating to see the whole layout of the page without any scrolling. It's like, well, I'm not sure what it's like. But it brings into focus just how annoying scrolling really is, even though we do get used to it. Some part of the document is necessarily always hidden. That little image is an epiphany of sorts; something hidden has been revealed!
I think I could be the poster boy for the sedentary lifestyle, a lifestyle which today's economy has really taken to a new level. I know, I know, there have always been office workers who sit at desks all day long. Well, not always, but you know what I mean. Now-a-days, however, we have people like me who work from home and don't even get a walk to the car and into the office. It's out of bed and in front of the desk. And my work is done almost exclusively on my computer. I don't need to get up to get paper clips, or to get a new jar of white out, or even to get a reference book; 99% percent of what I need to do my work is found online. It's up to me to create opportunities to get exercise or I'm only going to get increasingly unhealthy, so I invented the dumb bike competition.
Oh, and I rode yesterday, a fast and furious ride in order to get back in time for our weekly movie watching party. Which means:
ME 6, BIKE 7.
Here is an Esquire Magazine April Fools article on a company giving away free cars. The site of this fictional company can be found at freewheelz.com. The site of a real company that paid $25,000 for another domain purchased for the parody can be found at freecar.com. They are giving away free cars.
More from CNET.com: Company buys April Fool's URL.
P.S. Anybody speak Swedish? Or know of a Swedish --> English online translator? I am dying to know what Onkel Orvar is saying about FreeWheelz.