Don’t miss the 2nd International Dylan Conference in New Zealand. Newton had been going on for a number of years before I joined the project; it was originally a $10,000 tablet running Dylan “to the metal.” [Note many of Apple’s failures start out in complete denial about cost, “Sure, somebody’s gonna pay ten grand for this cool thing!”]. I joined up just as the mgt. made the decision to re-write everything in C++ and actually ship something; there were a lot of long faces (and copies of Stroustrup) in the halls the first couple of weeks that I was there. (Dylan looks neat, but I’ve never programmed in it. I blame the emotional scarring from too debugging too much C++).
Here’s an excerable little paper on why states controlling the Internet is a good thing. Bastards.