DaveNet: Gender balance in high tech.
The readers of the NY Times discuss the failure of E-books to gain traction in the market. My own two cents. As a forty-something, my eyes are getting weaker, so I would love to use this technology if it allows me to adjust the size of the type. I tend to favor books with larger type, they're easier for me to read. The reason I haven't adopted it is two-fold. 1. I don't like how they've been marketed, mostly as a solution to problems that the publishers have (extensive copy protection) and 2. my belief that most books are not available for the readers.
Bjorn Sundstrom: "On software for librarians: they have amazingly high standards for response time and usability. They want free-text searches of the Library of Congress in three seconds round-trip. From anywhere in the world. And they really mean it. It's amazingly fun to build software for them."
Eric Hancock: "Male-to-female ratios are exactly the opposite in the non-profit world."
Here's an experiment. Make a list of positive things about men, as a gender. Go ahead make some generalizations. Relax about it. What are the good qualities of men. People seem able to recite the good things about women. See if you have the same goodwill for men.
Whitepaper: Microsoft's scripting strategy. "Sorry no migration of existing code. It's a one-way street. The developers come in, but they can't bring their code with them."
A sign of penetration. Yahoo is syndicating DaveNet.
Jeff Barr: "I've been working with a senior development director at CNET to help them make this content available in syndicated form. He did the work, I supplied encouragement and feedback." Bravo!
RSSify "takes your web page and turns it into RSS 0.92."
Michael Dertouzos: "We made a big mistake 300 years ago when we separated technology and humanism. It's time to put the two back together." He died Monday at 64.
O'Reilly's new Java and XML book has a chapter on SOAP.
Minotaur is an "extension which can be used from Tcl, Python, or Perl to run scripts in any of the other languages."
News.Com interviews IBM's visionary for the Internet. What's his vision? An Internet defined by IBM and Microsoft. Feh.
Jim Allchin: "I mean, Oh my gosh, we added a line of code. Ooh, boy, this line of code--you know, I don't know; maybe we used too many variable letters or something. It's very, very hard to know--which will eventually play out here--beyond people in this room how that'll play out." Allchin is the exec in charge of Windows at Microsoft.
Netslaves: The Failure of Tech Journalism. "If PC Magazine wants to shill for every crappy Microsoft product and conform their coverage to Microsoft's marketing aims, that is their right. However, it doesn't' have anything to do with reality, fairness or the standards to which journalists should be held to."
News.Com: Microsoft.Net -- a new monopoly? "Are we willing to cede control of the Internet for the sake of convenience and usability?"
Chris Langreiter has a Flash client for Blogger.
The Dutch edition of Infoworld has a review of Frontier along with other content management systems.
Gender balanced sexual humor
Scoble sent me this pic. Heh heh. Been there for sure.
On the other hand women do it too..
Allman Brothers: "Woman, you got those come and go blues. Yeah, you got those come and go blues, yes, you do, oh and you got me feelin' like a fool." Ooops!
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