Now if this were a true type smackdown they’d let us choose contestants for Round 2. (Futura? Myriad?) But there’s something strangely satisfying about Helvetica sending Arial to the mat letter by letter.
Another Sloanie has come to Redmond. I got an email yesterday from Peter Doulas, who was in my MBA class at Sloan, letting me know he’s joined Microsoft to work on server marketing. Welcome!
I’m not the closest follower of state politics out here in Washington. (After all, neither is the local media—a far cry from Boston’s baying news hounds.) But I was a little surprised that Gary Locke declared that he will not seek a third term as Governor of Washington yesterday. It leaves me wondering about his [...]
It looks like I was wrong to allege that the Bush policy on logging national forests to save trees was cynical and a sell out of government resources to support industry. This article in the New York Times reports on an accidental experiment that showed that thinned forest patches that had been subjected to prescribed [...]
An article at Wired reports on research in a Milan pharmacology center that reports that eating one or more pizzas a week can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer by 59% and colon cancer by 26%. No link in the article, but the New York Times has the full story, and there are dozens of [...]
Dave points out that LiveJournal blogs have started pinging Weblogs.com. This means that Weblogs.com gets a new high water mark almost for free. My data has been updated, and the chart is below: I was definitely right to hesitate about predicting exponential growth of the blogosphere back in May. Look at what has happened to [...]
My blog just became the beneficiary of the new TrackBack features added to Manila by UserLand. Theoretically at least I have the ability to send outbound pings and receive inbound pings. I say “theoretically” because I’ve tried sending an outbound ping and haven’t seen any results, and haven’t seen any inbound pings yet either. But [...]
My bread and butter for workday software, not counting the omni-present Office suite, is probably SQL Server. In my job, I’m frequently dealing with Very Large Data Sets, and with my years of training in the client server salt mines, SQL is still the best way for me to deal with that data and interrogate [...]
A few quick updates: Congrats and welcome back to John Robb on getting his site re-hosted. Two lessons to draw from this: (1) Having your site on a platform that automatically creates a local back up, like Radio, is pretty damn cool. (2) As John says, “NEVER (under any circumstances) publish a weblog to a [...]
It’s much, much easier to look cool on your blog than it is in real life. By which I mean: look at my past listening page (lots of images, but don’t worry, I’ll wait until you come back). Now, if I had actually been hip to each of those albums when they came out, I’d [...]
Many happy returns of the day to Dad on his birthday. Now compare that to Esta’s birthday wishes and you can tell which of us writes the better birthday card…
Dave drops a bombshell in the syndication controversy: UserLand has transferred the RSS spec copyright to the Berkman Center; has put it under a Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike license; and set up an advisory board to promote RSS and maintain the spec according to the roadmap. Politically this is mostly savvy. I’m curious to see [...]
Scoble writes about getting spyware, and laments, “Yeah, I know I can run Ad Aware to remove it, but, what happens if a ‘normal’ customer gets spyware at home. Think they know how to remove it? No way.” Actually, Scoble, at least some of them do. The stats on Download.com say that AdAware has been [...]
Esta pointed to this WaPo article identifying a potential genetic cause of post-traumatic depression; if you lack the gene, the studies’ authors say, “traumatic experiences are like falling off a bicycle, but genes determine whether the person is wearing a helmet.” I can’t say that I find that analogy especially compelling, though I will note [...]
On Ed Felten’s blog, a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives that once again overreaches itself in a serious way trying to protect the content middlemen: the Author, Consumer, and Computer Owner Protection and Security (ACCOPS) Act of 2003. The bill states that to knowingly offer “enabling software,” defined as software that, “when [...]