Evolution of the Cathedral

In his post about the changing cathedral and bazaar, Jon Udell asserts that the cathedral and the bazaar are both changing. And of course, they are — that which stands still, dies. At the same time, my core point is that the “sharp edges” I’m talking about are manifestations of user experience. User experience is…

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Are You Dumb?

A game to play with the sound turned low so nobody can hear whether you’re dumb or not.

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Supersonic Flight

I guess the Concorde never made back what it cost to research and develop it. I suspected that, but didn’t know it.

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VB .Next

Good article on eWeek on VB “9.”

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Text Your Teapot

Engadget picks up some interesting items, among them this teapot that you can send a text message to in order to turn it on.

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What? No Captain Underpants?!

Evidently book banning is still in style. I thought that went out with goose-stepping and invading Poland.

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Brilliant Serenity

After admitting to Bill Dunlap, the C++ product manager, that I was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, he turned me on to Firefly, a series by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy. Firefly was killed midseason, but I couldn’t figure out why. It was well-written (Whedon is an amazing writer), well-acted, and had a good…

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The Myth of the Once-Readable DVD

I’m getting kind of a kick out of reading Ed Bott’s stories documenting how he’s trying to clarify some comments taken out of context. I worked for Ed for about three years at PC/Computing and can assure that a) he’s a real person b) his name really is Ed Bott and c) he rarely gets…

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At the Heart of Science Fiction

I’ve been reading a bunch of sci fi for the past couple of months (John C. Wright, Richard Morgan, Chris Moriarty, etc.). At the heart of a lot of it is the idea that, once we can harness something greater than simple fossil fuels, we will be able to transition much of our technology and…

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