Now blogging at diego's weblog. See you over there!

scorcese interview

An interview of Martin Scorcese, coming on the heels of the release of Gangs of New York.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 8:06 PM

sun's product strategy

An interesting article on Sun's strategy for the desktop and for competing with Microsoft.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 8:04 PM

a year ago on this day...

...Argentina's president resigned after massive riots (that had started a on Dec. 19) that ended up with 19 dead and eventually pushed the country over the economic abyss, from the edge where it had been hanging for such a long time. The Wall Street Journal has an article today on how the people have been coping with the situation.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 5:58 PM

looking back

Salon Technology: a year to forget.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 5:53 PM

apple's sync strategy

An article from News.com.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 10:04 AM

the java API wars...

...would seem to be ready to begin. Swing vs. SWT are first in line. For some reason IDEs are the battleground, although what's really at stake is the underlying target platform used by developers to deploy their applications.

Sun/IBM/et. al. should simply provide a two-way converter too from Swing to SWT (I know it's impossible to do a perfect one, but one that gets you close at least... something along the lines of a refactoring like IDEA or Eclipse provide) and so make transition between the systems easier, and let the best one win in the marketplace.

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Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 12:26 AM

looking back

The Economist has a couple of articles that look back at 2002. Their conclusion: it was better than expected for the West (and in general regarding the risk of terrorism, war, etc...), although pretty bad in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 12:19 AM

MS licensing

An explanation of Microsoft's new licensing model (from a person that likes Microsoft software... but not their licensing). Read it and weep. Specially interesting is the situation they got in which they had to pay a license for the new Office (XP) simply to be able to run Office 2000.... which they had already purchased!!

Truly insane. Forcing people to pay for a product they don't use, but rather simply to continue using the one they have already purchased from you.

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Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 12:13 AM

oh, and...

... the other thing I've been having trouble with is the separation between this weblog and abort, retry, fail?. For some reason the past few weeks it became hard to know what to say where. Just as strangely, I've been able to write here again. Maybe it has to do with the focus of what I'm doing at the moment... in any case, strange. I've toyed a few times with the idea of simply merging both blogs... but I am reluctant to do it without knowing why. I need a blog-therapist I think. :-)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 12:08 AM

picking up speed

Picking up speed on other things (apart from my research) after I finished the new book last week. Of course, 'finished' here is a difficult term to apply: I've been revising it since then. It's hard to do, but I have to do it now when most of the book is fresh in my mind and details can be checked... it's mostly a problem of getting the 'little things' right... back-references in the story of who said what when, and such.

Funny thing: these past days as I was writing I kept wanting to insert hyperlinks referencing back as I've been doing in Plan B... it happenned a few times, I'd be selecting the text to set as link and then I'd realize that this would end up as paper... but that will certainly be possible one day... maybe even common.

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Posted by diego on December 20, 2002 at 12:03 AM

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