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news.com.com?

News.com now has internal links that point to "news.com.com". It started a few weeks ago. I keep wondering why did they make that change. Going to www.com.com, I found that this is the home page for all of CNET's properties.

com.com??

The name sounds cool, but you think about it a bit and it feels like one of those names that are only thought to bring readers, something a multi-level marketing company would come up with in '99. The domain com.com has been owned by CNET since 2001, according to whois. Why did they make the change now? How is the marketing idiot that thought "com.com" was a good name? The mysteries of the post-bubble Internet.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 28, 2002 at 9:52 PM

the origins of blogging

An article by Willam Safire in today's New York Times magazine talks about the term blog, what blogging means, etc.
Given the blogging community's propensity for self-referencing and interests in anything that has to do with blogging and what blogging is, I expect this article to be referenced ad-nauseam (and I'm doing my part, of course. Everything for the cause :-)). For the moment, I've already found it referenced in Scripting News.

The New York Times. Newsweek. Blogging is definitely mainstream.

Now, to really grow up, blogging only needs to get over its "it will kill mainstream media" phase.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 28, 2002 at 2:06 PM

StarOffice for MacOS X

According to an article in News.com, Sun will do a port of StarOffice for MacOS X. This is interesting: it could signal yet another change in the relationship between Apple and Microsoft. So far, Microsoft has supported OS X, but if Apple keeps antagonizing them they might stop doing it. Since at the moment they control the most important office product, they have Apple in a corner. So Sun's entry might shake things up a bit, if they do the job right and on time.
I only hope that Sun is going into this to provide a good office suite, not simply to attack Microsoft. If it's the first, it will work. If it's the second, it won't.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 28, 2002 at 1:55 PM

on writing

This afternoon I finished reading Stephen King's On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft. It was excellent. Although a lot of what he proposes is very subjective (waiting six weeks between finishing the first draft and the beginning of the second draft is one example) he never pretends to have The Truth. He gives no formulas, except the most basic: if you want to write, you need to do two things: 1) read a lot, and 2) write a lot. And always remember that "life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around."

The book starts with an autobiography of sorts; something that gives you a bit of the background that created him as a writer. As for the rest, I think the following paragraph sums up quite well most of what he says about writing:

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness., excitement, hopefulness, or even despair---the sense that you can never put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must never come lightly to the blank page.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 28, 2002 at 2:21 AM

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