March 2006

Nice piece by Nora Ephron (And By the Way, the World Is Not Flat) on The History Of Stupid Thinking About The Internet. Bottom line: Which brings me to this conference on the Internet I attended last week, where it will not surprise you to hear that it was suddenly clear that there were billions…

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Check out this essay by Paul Graham. Sample: It’s pretty easy to say what kinds of problems are not interesting: those where instead of solving a few big, clear, problems, you have to solve a lot of nasty little ones. One of the worst kinds of projects is writing an interface to a piece of…

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This is strangely reminiscent of the arguments about Microsoft’s EULA, isn’t it? Britain threatened the United States yesterday that it will cancel its £12 billion order for the new Joint Strike Fighter unless America agrees to give the Armed Forces full access to the warplane’s critical computer codes. […] Without full access to computer software,…

Read More Another argument for open source

My mother just called me from Oxford to tell me about an interview with Dan Dennett by Tim Adams in last Sunday’s Observer. Good reading – check it out. (She also told me about the discussion in BBC Radio 4’s Start The Week yesterday, including Dennett, Dawkins, and the Bishop of Oxford. However I was…

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What do you get when you cross a newspaper with a bunch of blogs? The answer from the Grauniad* is Comment is free. Promising. — * The name bestowed upon the Guardian by Private Eye, in recognition of a long tradition of spectacular misprints.

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I spent today at Sun, tidying up loose ends. I returned my library book 😉 , packed up my books, and shifted large quantities of paper to the Secure recycling box. (I’d kept a paper copy of ever performance review I’d received or written for the last 10+ years, along with tons of specs, proposals,…

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I’ve received so many emails and blog comments about my departure from Sun that I decided to put together a little FAQ on the subject. Obviously these are my opinions; I don’t speak for Sun 🙂 Q. Why the RIF?A. That’s easy: Sun wasn’t achieving the profitability that was expected. The Q2FY06 numbers were significantly…

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