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a guide to writing emails?

A good review of a bad book. Truly, who are these people to say how others should communicate? As if they have a direct line to the god of grammar to "get it right"...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 5:16 PM

k-logs

A good description of what a K-log is along with comments on their potential. Basically (if I understood correctly) a k-log is a weblog used within a company or organization for the purpose of sharing information rather than personal amusement or expression. The concept is great, but I am not so sure about the constant pushing of the browser as the next great interface.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 5:12 PM

weblogs and the offline world

via Dave, John Robb comments on how weblogs have changed the way he meets new people.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 5:05 PM

open source politics

A good article from Salon analyzing the current idea that some people are pushing of making open source software of mandatory use for the state of California.

Me, I agree with the "libertarians" of the article. I think it's a stupid idea. People should use it because it's good and cheap. They shouldn't be forced to. If you have to force people to use something, you've already lost, and they will find ways around it. Besides, mandatory use would turn developers into complacency. The open source community would become no better than Microsoft, happy in its entrenched markets.

But I do think that leaders and software/high tech corporations ought to "participate" more in the political process, otherwise it will always be co-opted by the same old players. They have the money, they need to start spending it, and fast. A related note: an interesting discussion on "the weblog candidate". I think it is kind of weird that all of this hype is being generated just because she has a weblog and because she is on "our" side on one issue.

It's easy to think that the technology you are creating is going to change the world and get lost in the hype. Not even the internet has delivered its promise of world-change yet, which as far as I'm concered would imply an improvement (not just a change, and getting real-time news doesn't count as an improvement) in the lives of regular people everywhere, not just the ones with means in rich countries.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 11:56 AM

in Yoda we trust

In Australia, more than 70,000 people responded to last year's census stating their religion as "jedi". Hilarious.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 11:49 AM

argentina

An article that talks about a potential "secessionism" in Argentina. There is talk, true, but what the article doesn't examine is the wider political picture. The rest of the country would never let that separation happen, Patagonia has too many natural resources and no people. On the other hand, any move in this direction might be instigated by people who don't want Patagonia to separate, but who actually want the government to respond. Such a move would likely mean the rise of a dictatorship to quash the "rebellion"... and maybe even civil way.

And all of these thanks largely to importing the concept of a "market economy" without being able to grow into it, like the US (and in smaller measure, Europe) did, and without the power to control the corporations that come with it.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 6:44 AM

hp dumps office

Interesting: HP is dumping Microsoft Office in favor of Corel/Wordperfect Office in its consumer PCs. Maybe both customers and partners are fed up with Microsoft's aggressive pricing strategy (if that's what overcharging can be called) and they are really beginning to take steps to rein them in. Competition is a good way to start.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 27, 2002 at 12:12 AM

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