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  • Some Fascinating Good Words

    1997 Rise of the Stupid Network 1998 The Dawn of the Stupid Network 2000 Worse Is Better 2002 The Paradox of the Best Network: The best network is the hardest one to make money running.

  • TIA is a Bummer

    “Total Information Awareness” as a diagnosis problem (web.archive)

  • Sad for Scientific Progress

    Computer Science does not learn from its past – three rants from smart folk: 1 · 2 · 3

  • JavaScript: Don’t hate the playah, hate the game

    The Problem with JavaScript is a rather lukewarm article that talks about the fact that JavaScript itself is not evil, but the things people do with it are. It blames (rightly) browser and email client creators for enabling it to do malicious stuff. For an excellent history of JavaScript read Steve Champeon’s history of the…

  • Counterattack = Vigilantism = Bad for Society

    Bruce Schneier’s Crypto-Gram newsletter this month says, among other things: Our society does not give us the right of revenge, and wouldn’t work very well if it did. Read the whole thing.

  • Random Stuff From Thanksgiving Roanoke (Just a list)

    Thanksgiving Veggie quiche Far from Heaven Seared Tuna and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes Angel Food Cake Buffy Marathon on FX Phone call with Leah Dad and Photoshop Elements Dueling Cats My Sister Laptoporama Salsa-making with my Mom “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about the world” – A.I. Solaris Racquetball with my Dad

  • BBEdit PHP Glossary

    If you write PHP in BBEdit, you want the BBEdit PHP Glossary.

  • Someday we’ll find it, the Phish/Talking Heads Connection

    It’s here: Live Phish volume 15: The Omni in Atlanta Georgia. What’s the connection? Phish takes the whole Talking Heads record Remain In Light and covers it live on Disc 3 of Live Phish volume 15. I’ve heard Crosseyed and Painless as they do it. Fun! I don’t know much Phish, but I know some…

  • Usability Standards

    Users Begin to Demand Software Usability Tests: Boeing requiring vendors to follow new usability standard for products. This is an interesting article. I like how the MS rep says “customers don’t ask for usability” – which of course rings true. But then customers are implicitly asking for usability when they can’t find what they need…

  • Racquetball Frequently Asked Questions

    This is cool — common questions about racquetball — with simply worded answers. Like How do I get more power from my backhand? and Can I let the ball hit the front wall TWICE before I hit it?.