Monthly Archives: April 2004

Asperger @ Microsoft

Back in September, Wesner described what it’s like to have Asperger’s. Today NYT is reporting on Asperger’s, and features a Microsoft employee. The main characteristic of Asperger’s is a lack of empathy. I tend to have the opposite problem (and it is a problem), so I have thought a lot about the general idea of […]

OPML import for OneNote

If you have OneNote 1.1 preview installed, you can now import OPML outlines. I use an outliner all the time, and although I am not switching to OneNote as my outliner, it is nice to be able to copy my OPML outlines into OneNote. I used Andrew May’s directions (with Donovan’s help) to write a […]

Annotea + OPML + FOAF

Danny Ayers has keyed in to the potential intersection between blogs and annotation services. The idea of having related blog entries available passively while browsing is a fantastic one. This is one of those awesome ?semantic web? ideas that would be relatively trivial to implement, along the same lines as the FOAF+de.licio.us idea. Part of […]

Defining the Game

Miguel debunks one of the common myths about why Microsoft succeeds. He explains that the real danger to Linux from Longhornis in the complete package; not because we ?define the game?: ?They are all fine points of view, but what makes Longhorn dangerous for the viability of Linux on the desktop is that the combination […]

Google: Trust Us

Evan is responding to the comments about Google’s exclusionary weblog crawler. Basically, he admits that he has no clue what’s going on, since he’s not in the loop, but then tries (very weakly) to defend Google’s behavior. As if the deliberate RSS breakage and cease-and-desist letters were not enough to make Google’s intentions perfectly clear. […]

Cartoon Family

Jianshuo just reviewed Home Style+, and I had to try it for myself. Unfortunately, it appears to be available only in Japan. After coaxing it to install on my US version of Windows XP, I made some cartoons. It seems that the tool is very specialized for Asian features. I took multiple pictures of myself […]

Loopy Decisions

Developers love ?rulesof thumb? for perf; especially if a rule is somewhat nonobvious and can be used to show how elite one is. A rule is accepted as fact, so a developer can simply match the situation to the rule and then stop thinking further. So, what could be simpler than looping through an array […]

China Traffic Deaths

[Marginal Revolution] Every day, 300 people die in traffic accidents in China. While this is the highest rate of traffic deaths in the world, it is remarkably low when all things are considered. Admittedly, the traffic in China is horrendous, and nobody pays attention to traffic signals; but that is not really the issue. You […]

The Abominable 1.1

?XML 1.1 is an abomination?. This really brought a smile to my face; some people are thinking rationally. Anything beyond 1.0 hinders XML’s universality, and comes at a huge price for the industry. We shouldn’t be forking XML frivolously.

The trouble with bcc

Every couple of months, mayhem erupts on one of the internal mailing lists regarding the use of blind carbon copy (bcc) in e-mails. The process begins like this: A long thread with arguable relevance to the majority of list participants begins Someone decides that the discussion is not interesting, and replies to the message with […]