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days of fixing

Preparing for the public alpha release of spaces , I've been fixing several problems, for example the two that Ugo found in the RSS aggregator, which was made almost useless with two bugs that appeared after I made some last-minute changes before the pre-alpha release. Most of the bugs reported by the list are fixed, along with a few others, including a rewrite of the way mails are received to make it faster and more responsive. I still have a few more hours of testing to do before the new release is up, but it's coming. After that I'll go to sleep for a few... days. :-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 9, 2002 at 8:51 PM

The Economist on Microsoft

This article from this week's economist is very interesting. Quote:

What is striking is how little innovation there has been in the bits of the market that Microsoft dominates, and how much where it has little influence. Operating systems, web browsers and word-processing software all look much as they did five years ago. But not many people are using five-year-old mobile phones, handheld computers or music-sharing software.

Opponents of the case always argued that there was no evidence that Microsoft's monopoly was doing any harm. But the harm lay in the (necessarily invisible) innovation that did not occur. Conversely, much of the innovation going on in other parts of the technology industry owes a lot to Microsoft's absence.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 9, 2002 at 3:07 PM

on UIs

Russ is having a fit on user interfaces. Kill the widgets!! he says. Indeed. Three excellent postings, quite long.

The problem is, IMO, killing the widgets without obliterating the users in the process. Slowly, we have to evolve from the complex layers of multi-functional crap that UIs have become, and incrementally create something new and more usable. But we have to start with what users understand today and slowly come up with better ways fof working without disrupting them.

Hopefully in a couple of days when I can raise my head from beneath the pile of code and emails it's been buried under, I'll be able to add something more to the discussion. In the meantime, the links to Russ's entries are (in order) here, here and here.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 9, 2002 at 12:49 AM

the cure is worse than the disease

News.com: E-mail virus alert carries own worm.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 9, 2002 at 12:34 AM

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