"Welcome to Microsoft(R) Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack," the site [slate.msn.com] proclaimed. No Michael Kinsley-edited political essays, no self-referential squabbles with other cultural websites -- just the default page displayed by a freshly installed Web server.
onLine weblog archive
Saturday, September 30, 2000
Friday, September 29, 2000
What ultimately attracts people to the web is the power of the individual to inform, entertain, and empower. People are far more likely to forward the URLs for StinkyMeat or the latest price list for early American art glass to their pals then they are to forward the URL for an IBM or a Coke.That is so right on.
"The Man" will never stop peer-to-peer computing, as in music file-swapping.Word.
E-books are a bad idea, and the reason is simple: You can't curl up with a computer.1) Soon you will be able to. 2) You don't want to curl up with all books. 3) You can't run a "search" on a paperback.
I will never buy pants online. A size 32-waist in one store is a 36-inch waist in another. Or shirts. A shirt has to hang just right before I'll buy it.L.L. Bean is doing just fine.
Is it arrogance, stupidity or a complete detachment from reality that makes certain e-decision-makers presume the majority of humans crave 24/7 attachment to the Web?The assumption that someone who could use the internet connection in a taxi is getting an "online fix" to satisfy their need for "24/7 attachment to the Web" is so wrongheaded I can't stand it. The internet is a useful resource, and I can think of many ways I could use that resource in the middle of my day in a taxi going across town. Or on the way to the airport. Anybody that can't is an idiot.
The latest news from that front is that Yahoo! has unleashed some purple taxis in New York that are rigged with Internet connections to serve the legions of Americans who can't get across town without an online fix.
The Late, Great Interactive TV: Some technologies are ahead of the times. This one is way behind.I think that's true, but then I've never seen interactive TV.
By all accounts, broadband providers have bungled in just about every conceivable way, from the delay in rolling out infrastructure to poor customer service, unrealistic pricing, and the failure to offer access to minorities and rural dwellers. Super idea. Terrible execution.Who doesn't know this?
In the end, I am the idiot for reading and taking this article seriously, then taking the time to respond to such over-inflated hyper-opinionated journalism.
Talk about hyper-opinionated...
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Thursday, September 28, 2000
Salon.com, convinced that its lowly stock is drastically underappreciated, is close to spinning off a homegrown content-publishing tool in hopes of unlocking some of that hidden-to-the-market value.Related link: Industrial Strength Publishing by Ian Kallen, manager of systems and software for Salon.com.
Coke Chairman Douglas Ivester noted that people watching, say, a sports championship in summer heat would naturally develop a powerful craving for a drink. "So it's fair that it should be more expensive," he was quoted as telling a Brazilian magazine. "The machine will simply make this process automatic."
- Jon Varner, whom you may know from these pages as "V," is the fake dub.
- Jonathon Barlow tends the Barlow farms.
- Coming soon, my friends at lineamenta.com will have an architecturally minded web log, which they are letting me help set up.
- Meanwhile, Derek continues to not have a web log, while Aaron logs away. Sort of.
Tangent 1: Nick is a Transhumanist. From the Bostrom authored transhumanism FAQ:
Transhumanism represents a radical new approach to future-oriented thinking that is based on the premise that the human species does not represent the end of our evolution but, rather, its beginning. We formally define it as follows:Tangent 2: Man oh man, all the broken links I found while looking for info on Quine are so disconcerting! Most were to papers from only a few years back, and as dead links continue to clutter up the web it becomes less and less useful. Or at least less usable. Makes me think robust hyperlinks are a better and better idea.
(1) The study of the ramifications, promises and potential dangers of the use of science, technology, creativity, and other means to overcome fundamental human limitations.
(2) The intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally altering the human condition through applied reason, especially by using technology to eliminate aging and greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
:quine: /kwi:n/ /n./ [from the name of the logician Willard van Orman Quine, via Douglas Hofstadter] A program that generates a copy of its own source text as its complete output. Devising the shortest possible quine in some given programming language is a common hackish amusement.Found on Cat's Eye Technologies' Esoteric Topics in Computer Programming page.
eXtensible Name Service is a new way to exchange information automatically between agents instead of manually via people. Any two people-or any person and any business-who use XNS can instantly exchange information from contact data to credit cards at the click of a button. And then their agents will keep that information synchronized-for life. All under a legally binding privacy contract for every single transaction.I'm not sure what to think about this. Somebody tell me, please. What should I think about this?
Though AOL hasn't yet publicized the capability, it now is possible for many users of ICQ, which AOL purchased two years ago, to sign on to AOL Instant Messenger and communicate with other ICQ users. The compatibility suggests that AOL may be on its way toward creating a worldwide instant messaging system with 138 million potential users.
Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Monday, September 25, 2000
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One thing I noticed looking through the other entries: as good as my digital camera is (Nikon Coolpix 990), and as much I love how quick and easy it is to experiment and learn with it, traditional film still produces superior images. Check out the rich tones Ed captured in this photo from his gallery. I haven't seen colors like that in any digital pictures I have taken. Eventually I am going to have to purchase a nice SLR. And set up a darkroom. Yeah, right.