Monthly Archives: January 2004

Wayback

It’s just so funny to dig back into archives (emphasis mine) – SUNNYVALE, CA — February 2, 1996 — In a sweeping move designed to reshape the economics of the microprocessor market, Sun Microelectronics (formerly SPARC Technology Business), a division … Continue reading

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More Notes To Self

It’s not how well the bear dances, it’s how much they paid for admission. — When you see a truck with a sign DANGER: HOT MOLTEN ALUMINUM … it is wise to give it wider-than-usual berth.

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Forthcoming books

Going through Locus’s list of forthcoming books, there’s not much coming down the pike that I’m really interested in reading. China Mieville’s The Iron Council, probably, and Rudy Rucker’s Freck’s Elixer. But not much else. I’m going to pre-judge Niven’s … Continue reading

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Heavy Standards

A few companies ago, I decided that I never wanted to work on “Enterprise Computing” again. I’ve written flames on the subject before, but in a nutshell, most Enterprise products I’ve seen have been massive accumulations of disparate software packages … Continue reading

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Yet another bites the dust

… in this case, a used bookstore you’ve probably never heard of, but one of my favorites, Handee Books in San Jose. Closing sale. Sigh.

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How far we've come

Another interesting guy, George Coyne is the director of the Vatican Observatory, and has some interesting talks about stuff that would have gotten him fried or flayed a hundred years ago. [In his talk at UW on “When Sacred Cows … Continue reading

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Big rigs in spaaaaace

A cow-orker pointed out this amazingly awful game. I’m guessing that the reviewer had a lot of fun writing it up, and that reading the review is more fun than playing the title. Screen shots here. I especially like the … Continue reading

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Icky spam and privacy issue

Chuq von Rospach has a posting on what might be a very bad practice for a certain hotel. In short, firewalls good.

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Another slippery slope

According to this article in Wired, the protection against loading images of currency in Photoshop and other paint programs was apparently written by the government. Not even our government. It’s a black box as far as Adobe (and Jasc, and … Continue reading

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Still kicking, and otherwise

It’s terrible when you find that an author you’ve liked over the years has died. What are you supposed to think when you find (quite by accident) that the author is still alive? It’s not news to anyone else, but … Continue reading

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