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more on the java injunction

Kevin Werbach wonders what is so important about the Java injuction, wondering: "Who cares about Java on the desktop, anyway?". Well, Java on the desktop is important because it provides an alternate platform with good (not perfect) portability and excellent development tools. It's important because it's a push for another way to get out of the Microsoft monopoly (Linux native apps are another...), since it gets the Java Runtime redistribution issue out of the way That said, my own personal feeling is that the Java Runtime only needs a better installation system and a good way to manage JRE versioning (as I've argued before). Java Web Start almost gets us there. A few more changes and the injunction will not really be necessary anymore (after all, the typical Microsoft app is tens of megabytes of size, while the typical Java app is a few megabytes at most. Even if the JRE was included with every app, there would still be an advantage).

That said, my own personal feeling is that the Java Runtime only needs a better installation system (as I've argued before).

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 25, 2002 at 10:36 PM

sun's java jigsaw

A News.com special report from the beginning of this year. Interesting how many of these things turned out... or didn't. Looking back, it seems that not a lot of really things happened this year, not just on Java's side, rather things seem to have consolidated slowly: incremental improvements in Sun's toolkit on one side, more definitions on the strategy and dev tools of .Net and such, the growth of wireless and weblogs, web services... it was more like the world awakening slowly to a lot of technology that was already in place before... maybe 2003 will be more decisive.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 25, 2002 at 6:00 PM

religion

From this article in the Economist:

Do you believe in God? If you are European, you probably shuffle your feet, look mildly embarrassed, and mutter, “Well, it depends on what you mean by God.” Or something of the sort. In Western Europe, a mere 20% of people go regularly to a service; in Eastern Europe, only 14%. But if you are American, the answer is almost certainly an unabashed “Yes”. Only about 2% of Americans are atheists, and a startling 47% tell pollsters that they go to a religious service at least once a week. Even if that is an over-statement, the broad difference between continents is clear.

To most Europeans, it has seemed obvious for the past century and more that modernism is the foe of religion, and of Christianity in particular. But religion is flourishing in both the developing world and America. The reason is largely the powerful evangelism of new denominations that sprang up in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on December 25, 2002 at 1:09 PM

of festivities and timezones

After I posted the previous entry I realized what I'd done: included the time zone in it. Automatically! For me (for some time now, being as I am one of the modern-day nomads) this has been important for a while now, and I realize now that I have internalized it. At last count I talk to people in at least four timezones through these festivities (xmas, new years, etc). Experiencing this repeatedly changes the way you experience these events, since most of the people you talk to on the phone are either already past midnight or still aren't there yet. The nature of the event changes (for me at least), from being a gathering to a looser connection with people that is, maybe paradoxically, made more important because of the distance. This regardless of whether you find these dates important in the religious sense or not.

One of the unexpected side effects of globalization... maybe the idea of Internet Time wasn't so crazy after all, even if it failed as a marketing ploy.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 25, 2002 at 2:19 AM

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