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patents

Dave asks, what about patents? and a related CNET article. Good question. I still haven't made up my mind about this issue...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on September 30, 2002 at 10:04 PM

engineers and cynicism

On Engineering Cynicism, comments by Dave Winer and Scott Rosenberg. I disagree: I've known many engineers who are stupid, selfish and greedy, just plain and simply bad people. These generalizations are note very accurate (Caveats from Weinberger notwhistanding). As "engineering" becomes as common as "coffee shop owner" the types of people into it grow until we get the same variety as in society in general. "You can't lie to the compiler?" no, but for some vermin, lying to your coworkers and employees is a piece of cake.
Categories: technology
Posted by diego on September 30, 2002 at 3:09 PM

last DM single

I've just discovered that Depeche Mode released a new single this past February.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on September 30, 2002 at 3:05 PM

poverty in the US

A New York Times article from a few days ago on the increase in poverty in the US. One million new poor, and a wider gap between rich and poor. Not unexpected in a recession, but still something that makes you think. If Capitalism doesn't work in the US, its highest exponent, where then? Capitalism works for some things though, and anyway we don't have a better alternative yet. We have to keep looking.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on September 30, 2002 at 1:13 AM

electronic ink devices

Sanjay posted a comment on my previous entry about 'The perfect note taker' and suggested the Seiko Smartpad might be what I was looking for.

Not quite. One of the devices I mentioned, the IBM Transnote, had a similar system (although the sensor was a magnetic sensor under the paper instead of above it). I worked on a sister product of the Transnote while I was at IBM Research and the main problem of the technology is the handwriting recognition or, if that doesn't exist, having a really, really, really good organizing system for the notes you load into the devices. Otherwise, you simply replicate the problem of thousands of notes, but inside your PC (which is a step forward, but not a complete solution). Add to that the problem of having to carry around yet another device (which is in part what the Transnote was trying to solve).

However, the new Seiko device is really interesting, I'm glad to see they have advanced on it and made it better-looking and more portable. I'll see if I can find it somewhere and give it a try.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on September 30, 2002 at 1:06 AM

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