The physical form can be ignored as quite varied but not too striking. However the software which runs on the computer is incredibly varied. It is only getting more varied as websites become more feature rich. In a sense the web requires an OS revolution like the one which drove Windows. This means a set of consistent UI guidelines. The browser is the hardware, and the HTML is the software. How times change.
While there exist standards for the interpretation and display of HTML, there are no web UI standards. With Windows, these elements included how the window frames will look, how dialogs look, the start bar, the program manager, explorer, etc. This common look and feel reduced the barrier to entry for new users. The same thing is needed now in the web domain.
Canada spends $9 billion on the military every year (check http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ca.html#Military if you don't believe me).
Portugal $3.5 billion (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/po.html#Military). And they only have 2 million men available to fight. But of course they are part of the EU.
Would the US back Canada in this war? If so it's a little out of balance - the US spent $370 billion on the military in 2003 (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html#Military) with around 50 million military-aged men. I guess that's why they call the US a "superpower" eh?
I hope they can work things out, as neither are a nuclear power and I don't think anyone wants to invade portugal over a few fish.
And yet, in a way this is a bit like graffiti - Yahoo has the wall, and someone else paints a swastika on it, say. The Jews of the community are offended (rightly so) and ask Yahoo to clean their own wall. It's not Yahoo's fault the swastika is there, but it is up to the owner of the wall to remove it.
While both the analogy and the actal case are clear cut, there are shades of gray that make this a difficult path to start walking down. This means that acceptable use policy enforcment costs could go up, which means there will be less walls to write on (for good or ill). I don't like that outcome.
Ideally you give people the tools to deal directly with each other. Obviously her ex-boyfriend was an asshole, and would not have listened to her. What about suing him to take down the images and for damages? He may not have the money to give her a few million, but at least she can fix the primary problem.
Paris Hilton competes for attention with the impeding nuclear holocaust. I don't think that's a good thing.
Unleased at the Boston Globe
Unleashed is certainly the best fight flick I've ever seen, with the possible exception of Hero. There are several aspects of the film to like, from the story of awakening and redemption to the intricate fight scenes (including some wonderful close quarters choreography and filming).
What the reviewers who say that Danny merely gets a new owner have missed is that we are only seening the beginning of Danny's recuperation. He begins to see his own humanity, which is wonderful. we the audience also get a strong dose of morality - strength does not lie a man's ability to fight, but in his ability to control himself.
Watching this movie, I really cared for Li's character as someone with so much potential just waiting to be set free. Even a small glimpse of that was refreshing. I'd like to see a sequel and Danny further along his path.
The laptop saga continues. After going through the Dell Inspiron 5150, the 12" Powerbook, the HP dv1000 and the Fujitsu 7010D I have now also eliminated the Dell Inspiron 700m. Almost the right machine. Almost. But they skimped on the period and comma keys as well. Of all the keys to skimp on, guys!!! Its just dumb.
Otherwise the build seemed good and the keyboard was quite solid. Certainly more usable than the 7010 keyboard. One other niggle: the screen was too high res - 1280x800 on a 12" wide aspect display is just too dense.
It also felt at the upward end of acceptible at 4.1lbs. In a way this is a good thing because I have finally found my parameters. It cannot be a Mac (I like windows too much). It must have a full size keyboard. It must way under 4.1lbs. Ideally it would be black and have a volume wheel and a CF card reader. I would like an optical drive.
To make things worse, I hunger for a tablet: the averitec c3500 is very nice but too hot and short lived. the toshiba m200 is very nice but lacks an optical drive and is quite expensive. Nothing else in this arena appeals to me.
I wish I could do with a Mac. It means giving up so much. I feel like I give up so much choice when I consider the mac. Mac advocates seem so religious - that doesn't make it wrong, just icky. What is so wrong with Widows? What level of sophistication does a user really require from the operating system? If you're not going to be writing applications, what gives? Ok, the allure of running unix on an incredibly well designed laptop is appealing. But does it make you more productive? Perhaps some, but not me.
Anyway, my last, best hope is the IBM Thinkpad. Possibly the M200. Probably the T42.
I have been a camera and laptop glutton. It needs to stop. The canon sd400 is fast enough for me, and its small and simple. I should get that.
A dpreview user writes that it shoots like an Uzi. yes, it is very fast. luckily it only consumes light and does not shoot bullets.
There concise introduction to HTML forms and XML Schema.
I think that the idea behind XForms is sound, and that the technology will be successful. I want to increase scope and extend the ideas to other parts of the application stack.
Some very cool stuff from the mundane (how to do captions and scaling images) to the fancy (rounded border boxes with drop shadows). Here are a couple of other good resources (mostly linked from the W3C homepage):
"Open source isn't just about a set of software licenses, or even about a new style of distributed software development. It is a reflection of a world where the network is the platform, and where as a result, commodity software implements standardized protocols, and business advantage is driven by data lock in and network effects enabled by an "architecture of participation." The new paradigm changes all the rules of business. This talk will explore business model design patterns for the internet and open source era."
This man is not afraid of the future or change - he embraces it. Wonderful!
At first I thought that the top bar was a feature of blogspot. Now I realize that their software generates it even for remotely published sites. Not good! I also just got pseudo rsync working on my machine soI'm ready to start doing some serious development.
I'm particularly fascinated with the cement that the tick uses to adhere to the host.
Ticks transmit Lyme disease and Rocky mountain spotted fever.
Some of the games on their list I willfully refused to play, knowing that they would be too good and I would loose more hours than necessary to them.
one game that was missing was Dark Reign, my personal favorite RTS (although Total Annihilation was also very good). I'm suprised that it didn't make the list because it was a pioneer in advanced AI controls, at least on par with TA.
Reading through this list is notstalgic and informative. i had no idea that the games that I loved (mostly as coin-ops at the local bowling alley) were called Space Shooter or Shmup games.
- Great screeen - its very bright
- Too bad it doesn’t go all the way to the edge - missing an opportunity here.
- The keyboard is solid and feels great
- It’s a little small for my hands, but acceptable. Will be trying it out.
- Horrible idea to make the comma and period half-size. And this is half size of an already small keyboard. These are important keys that need to be normal sized (at least equal to the other keys).
- Smaller keyboard nit - no page up or down dedicated keys (arrows double up).
- Doesn’t look nearly as nice as the PowerBooks or the books. Its saving grace is that it is mostly black (would be better if it were all black). In particular, the hinges are really big and silver.
- It looks thicker than it really is because of the silver highlights all the way around.
- Another io problem - there is a useless middle button between the left and write mouse buttons below the touchpad. This greatly increases the distance your thumb has to travel to go from left to right-clicking. Something that you can get used to, but something you shouldn’t have to be used to. (could be worse - you could only get one button like on the macs)
Is the keyboard too small for my hands? This is a very important question as I use this computer over the next 15 days (the max before Fry's gets it back). Right now I’m leaning toward ‘yes’, but that is to be expected. It's possible that that combined with the very small screen will make me reconsider. What does it mean to be too small? One normally thinks of pinched hands. But your hands also have to be very close together. I notice that my thumbs brush each other quite frequently. The other measure is how far out of natural the keyboard forces your hands. Certainly they are forced slightly more out of normal than with a regular keyboard. Would I want to write a novel on this thing? Not at the moment. But then I’ve always wanted to try the happy hacker keyboard. One more thought on the small size of the keyboard - the ergonomics of pulling the thumb down and clicking with it means that the left mouse button on the lifebook is too far to the left - my left thumb ‘overshoots’ and to correct this my hands move much further out of position than on the i7k. Does this mean that I’m stuck with 15” laptops? Could be, which could also be a good thing because they cost a lot less and have a bigger screen anyway. J
Feature wise this computer is everything you could want - its small and snappy. Just about the only bell (or is it whistle?) that you might miss is Bluetooth. Something that you wouldn’t expect but would like is the CF card reader. Of course this is perhaps the only thing you might use the PCMCIA slot for, so the utility is negligible unless you have another use for the pc card slot. But to have a dedicated eject button for the CF card is actually really nice, rather than having to eject a pc card and then remove the cf card from that...
Including sales tax and a recycling fee, this computer cost me $2000 from Fry’s. This is too expensive, as NewEgg has them for almost $500 less. The only reason to buy it from there is that they have a reasonable return policy - new egg has no return policy. And I'm really not sure if I want this computer.
On the way over I looked at the Ameritech at Staples. Good keyboard and very inexpensive, but it's white. Perhaps I should give up my ‘small black device’ fetish? Or perhaps I should hold out for a 14” + black device? I wish I would have thought ahead and brough never winter with me - then I could be doing something useful here at Starbucks.
Speaking of which I think its ridiculous that they charge a monthly fee for wifi access here. The service is all but free to the business and its crazy to charge more. They charge $20/month!
Interestingly fujitsu installed the google toolbar by default. Haha.
Originally uploaded by hsoloman.
Its a nice touch that the scorpions talons are actually pressing into the guys flesh, and the stinger ready to plunge into his back. It's too bad that sex is imbued with fear, but alas, that's probably not a bad thing.
CANON EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 USM IS with Image Stabilizer
God help me to resist.
It is fascinating to read the ebay forums. I quit using ebay in 2000 because i realized that it offers absolutely no protection to buyers or sellers. it is a capitalistic wild-west, where generally the seller has the upper hand (since they can misrepresent items, or accept payment and not ship, etc). that is not so hard to take. what is hard to take is that ebay charges *money* to create this wild-west atmosphere. seems to me if you're going to charge 5% on every transaction then you should offer better dispute resolution services and feedback maintenance policies.
recently one of the users contacted me looking to mutually withdraw negative feedback from 2000. i declined politely, and he responded with threats. i reported him to ebay and they said that because the threats had not occured through the ebay system they could do nothing. luckily i don't think the threat was very serious. it just points out that there is a market need for a more proactive ebay, one that offers more comprehensive dispute resolution. ebay is an incredibly profitable business, partly because they are charging so much money for doing so little.
another reason why I like blogger better for now. they don't have to resort to google bombing to stay funded. (although I still wonder how they make money...)
My favorite looking recorder so far: Mollenhauer Denner 5107. Relatively cheap at $139 from Unicorn Music. this site is a great recorder resource in general, which has lists of manufacturers and pictures of specific models, as well as alternate tunings and music theory.
bill-lazar.com Sunnyvale based distributor. He sounds very friendly and will send several recorders for you to choose from. I found him on Mollenhauers "stockist" list
The Australian recorder home page has a tonne of good information on the history of the instrument (including depictions in art, etc) as well as modern manufacturers.
I was suprised to find that ebay has a special category for recorders. I let a nice student Moek slip through my fingers. I'll have to wait.
(This subject has been a pleasent distraction for about 8 hours over the last 2 days. It is a great pleasure to doodle on my old plastic Yamaha while reading these articles. :)