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multi-context namespace completion

Jon Udell comments on ActiveWords, a namespace completion software for Windows, but what's really interesting about this entry is not the comment on ActiveWords but the idea he proposes at the end of the entry: a system-wide, internet-enabled namespace service that plugs in to any app, and that can then be used by any other app and that can, in particular, sit on top of the keyboard I/O to process keystroke combinations more intelligently.

A really cool concept.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 11:54 PM

for your ears only

A company is testing a device that projects sounds up to a hundred feet away by transmitting two separate ultrasonic signals that combine at a particular source to create sound anywhere you want it. As usual with things that sound too good to be true, there are many skeptics. But if it's a hoax, it's a cool hoax.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 9:48 PM

global ecophagy by nanoreplicators

Just re-read Some Limits to Global Ecophagy
by Biovorous Nanoreplicators
, an analysis of the threat of molecular nanomachines converting the planet into a large swarm of... more nanomachines. It won't happen tomorrow, but nanotech is coming, so we'd better be prepared.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 7:59 PM

hyping .net

This News.com article makes a reference to Gate's assertion that building .Net is more difficult than getting to the moon. (My previous comment on .Net is here).

Going to the moon? That really must be the pinnacle of hype... I wonder if they are planning to have a few MS programmers sit inside a computer running .Net software, name it "Apollo 1" and then let them burn as well...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 5:21 PM

light was faster than... light

We might be going faster every day, but light appears to be slowing down.

Cool. With so many things going on in the world of physics, we might be about to peel another layer off the universe.

Let's be half-serious for a minute: My theory (maybe overly simplistic, true) is that we'll always find new theories. And if I want to get really confused, I can say that as we always find new theories we will eventually find a theory that disproves the idea that we always find new theories, which invalidates the original theory (that says that we always find new theories).

I haven't had anything to eat yet, that might be why I'm babbling like this.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 1:27 PM

work hours in Europe and the US

The Wall Street Journal today compares the environment for employees in Europe and the US (e.g., number of maximum work hours per week, vacation time, sick time, etc) and arrives at the conclusion that Europe grows less than the US simply because people are working less, because of the new laws.

I don't think this is the whole story, but I agree that this is certainly an issue. All things being equal for a particular company or industry, whoever can produce more with a similar number of employees is going to win.

However, one could say that the people in Europe will have better quality of life, because they are more relaxed. But then, if that more relaxed quality of life results in higher unemployment, lower economic growth and eventually lower quality of life, what's the right answer?

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 10:04 AM

appeasing warbloggers

Dave Winer explains a bit more about earlier comments on the war on Iraq, and why some people have gotten confused about what he was actually saying.

This is one of the things I like about weblogs: they allow you to have a truly civilized conversation. No flaming. And even if there is flame, people will eventually have to click on the site that originated it, and the flame will be gone, in the previous webpage. Gone long enough for the readers to form an opinion without having to deal with the fire raging around them.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 8, 2002 at 1:41 AM

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