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the lawsuit-fest at SCO

SCO has apparently reached the conclusion that spending money on lawyers is better than spending it on development. They started with IBM, now they're going after people that use Linux. Yuck.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on May 16, 2003 at 9:17 PM

media moments

Russ gets interviewed for another Wired article --congrats!-- and then posts the interview in an interesting exercise of "media on media" with some good comments. I don't agree with some of what Russ says regarding ways to "fix" the Google-weblogs relationship . Google indexes billions of pages. What might appear to be an obvious fix --e.g. "look at which part of the web is changing constantly and then change the algorithm appropriately"-- is likely not easy to do at all when dealing with Google's scale. Detecting weblogs is IMO much harder than it sounds--there are many parts of the web that aren't weblogs, that are "deep-linked", and that get updated often, say, for example, review/comments sites, little known news sites and so on. Marking servers manually as "to be ignored" is clearly not an option. And an automatic option, even with a 1% "failure detection rate" still means that they would be unfairly tagging millions of pages--and invite a flood of complaints. I do agree with Russ in that it's very likely Google will go after using weblogs for improve or modify search in some way; after all that's one of the reasons they have publicized for purchasing Blogger earlier this year!

Btw, Isn't it cool that we can have so much fun with this rumor mill? :)

In other news: Karlin talks about this BBC scoop on the possibility that the media-ballyhooed rescue of private Lynch in Iraq was staged (and here is a Salong article about it). Wow. I wonder, if this is true, how does it happen? Does some Colonel somewhere say "Sergeant, get a media event organized for this rescue", "Sir, yes sir!". Are the soldiers blind enough that they can go around following orders like that with no problems, then even receiving commendations and so on for a fight that didn't happen? I'd bet it doesn't feel too good. Weird anyway. I'll be interested in seeing what happens with this...

Categories: art.media
Posted by diego on May 16, 2003 at 8:48 PM

clevercactus lives!

isologosmall.gif The clevercactus public beta has been released, three weeks after the original internal beta release--along with the website and the formal announcement of the company and Paul Kenny's role as a co-founder. I've been working with Paul for the past several months; he's a great guy, and with tons of experience with technology startups.

It's definitely been a ride so far, fulfilling in more than one sense, not least because of all the great people I've met, that have helped along the way, and all I've learned. It was six months ago, almost exactly to the day, that I released the first public alpha of spaces. It feels like six days! Back then I said "this is just the beginning". Boy, was I right on that one. :-)

I'll be posting more information over the coming days--things are about to get even more interesting. And it's still just the beginning!

Categories: clevercactus
Posted by diego on May 16, 2003 at 12:18 PM

IM-alone

A strange occurrence: it's past 4:30 am and I look at my IM and out of a couple dozen contacts in about 8 or 9 different timezones, no one is online. Feels weird. Can't remember the last time this happened.

Or maybe it's a really, really strange hallucination. :)

Oh, and the clevercactus public beta is coming. Only a few hours away...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on May 16, 2003 at 4:16 AM

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