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ireland's offshore windfarm

A company called Airtricity will soon start construction of an offshore wind farm on the coast of Ireland that will generate 520 megawatts, or enough energy for half a million homes. Impressive.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 7:04 PM

open source and corporations

Related to my previous entries (here and here), an article today tries to gauge Real's chances of success with its recent move to open-source its streaming technology. Not hard to guess what their conclusion is.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 3:01 PM

.NotYet and Palladium

A really interesting article in Infoworld about the current state of .Net (which I commented on a few days ago). Most interesting of all is how part of their focus turned on to Palladium at the beginning of this year.

Palladium is a Microsoft/Intel attempt to turn the PC and all digital communications into a completely locked-in environment, with the excuse of "improving security". Potentially scary stuff.

Some Palladium info links: here, here and here.

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Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 10:49 AM

microsoft's shared source

Microsoft seems to be scoring some points with its shared source strategy. It shouldn't seem strange however that a University would endorse working with them: they likely provide money, software and support. This might be simply PR hot-air, of course. But maybe but the end of the year it will be more clear whether shared source is working for them or not.

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Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 9:41 AM

brazil in trouble

Related to my previous entry on the crisis in latin america... yesterday the dollar shot up in Brazil along with the premium the country pays (above the US costs) for loans. The premium went up to almost 25% annually. Such a premium is patently ridiculous, and it only creates a cash problem for Brazil that then forces it to default and then... the premium actually makes sense. Quite similar to what happened to Argentina a year ago. The question is whether this time the US (through the IMF and the World Bank) is planning to do anything to stop it.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 9:21 AM

narrative and weblogs

Plan B -- a blognovel is an experiment I started on narrative and weblogs, and whether they can fit together (previous related entries here and here). That is, whether good narrative and weblogs can fit together. Many interesting technical questions have sprung up. What kind of UI elements are necessary to make this a good story? How is it possible to convey the idea that this is not something that's supposed to replace conventional (ie., print, ebook) narrative?

So far, no clear answers to these questions, but the feedback on the story has been good. Stay tuned.

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Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 12:36 AM

success and sustainability

How does one put together success and sustainability? In our "globalized" world, anything that is even remotely appealing to the masses seems to fall prey to franchises and mass marketing. Even things that are designed specifically not to be that way. Case in point: organic farming. When will we learn to live in balance with our environment?

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Posted by diego on July 30, 2002 at 12:31 AM

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