Archive for December, 2003

Information Pollution

Sunday, December 28th, 2003

A very good article by Jakob Nielsen on information pollution and the possibility of IM following email footsteps.

ACM Queue – IM, Not IP (Information Pollution) – A steady dose of realtime interruptions is toxic to anyone’s health.

Windows vs Unix

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003

A pretty good article on the difference between Windows and Unix programmers.

Joel on Software – Biculturalism

Development admin overhead

Saturday, December 6th, 2003

A pretty scathing article about the rise of the admininstrators in the development process. I confess a weak spot for this – I empathize more with the developers here…

Role Fragmentation – Software Reality

Another flying car

Saturday, December 6th, 2003

Now this is a toy, albeit one we’ve been hearing about for decades. The Moller one is a bit better known.

Aerospectives–Transformational Transportation

Arthur Clarke interview

Saturday, December 6th, 2003

Clarke is one of my favorite writers, and this is a pretty interesting interview. Interesting enough that I’ll forgive his incorrect derivation of the word “boot” as in “boot a computer”.

My understanding of the correct derivation goes something like this: the computer needs some initial code to even know how to begin loading the operating system and figure out how to execute programs. This is seemingly a logical impossibility, similar to pulling onself up by one’s bootstraps, and so computers are said to be “booted”.

OneWorld South Asia – Humanity will survive information deluge

The return of the bubble

Monday, December 1st, 2003

A great, slightly tongue-in-cheek article about the return of the boom, or boomlet, or something.

Are dot coms making a comeback?