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(shudder) of cool

U2Log reports that

Holosonic Research Labs, a Boston area audio technology company, is working with U2 to design a unique audio spotlight system for the band’s next tour. Audio spotlight is a technology that allows sound to be directed at or projected against a particular location. Specifically, Holosonics is working to create a system in which the sound generated from Edge’s guitar can be “flown over” to swoop an audience.
(shudder) (eyes roll) (faints)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 4, 2003 at 7:47 PM

resurrecting windows

Have a few minutes to kill? Go read Mark's how to install Windows XP in 5 hours or less. Funny, because it's true. (Btw, reading it I realized that the half-life of WinXP on my notebook is now 1.6 years. Amazing.)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 4, 2003 at 7:37 PM

rss and pie/echo/atom news

CNET's Paul Festa reports on the (not)echo/pie/atom v. RSS argument. Long, long article. Little of substance, and lots of focus on the "personality issues", which is too bad. But that's how it is. (And, strange that neither Blogger or MovableType were quoted in the article even once, when as far as I'm concerned their initial support to pie/atom/whatever was a big factor in getting it started).

I've been silent lately on the topic of PAW (Pie/Atom/Whatever)--hey, PAW sounds like an interesting name! :). Mainly, I guess that I've felt, as others have expressed, a bit of frustration with the overall process--and that together with the recent release of clevercactus beta2 had the result of me stepping back a bit from public discussion on the topic, and from deeper engagement on the Wiki (Btw, maybe Shelley's comment on the 'consortium' refers to this?). Then a posting on Sam's blog (on which I commented) made me realize that I had ended up not commenting on this issue at all.

At the moment I can say this: I still contribute to the Wiki in what I can, and make my concerns known either through comments or through email, and try to propose solutions for the problems I see--which is all I can do, even though I constantly feel that I am being "passed by". I've received some replies, in other (only a few) cases I've been either ignored or shot down for no good reason. I'm still uneasy about some things, not least of which is that I can't readily identify who is responsible for the decisions that are being made (and make no mistake about it, decisions are being made). This is not to say that the Wiki shouldn't be used. It should. I know that's the nature of the Wiki, but it needs (I'll say this for the bazillionth time) a steering committee of sorts, a group that we can identify decisions with, and that will take responsibility for how and why decisions were made. It's [Wiki]+[clear direction] what's needed, not an entirely new process. Having some idea of when discussion on particular topics will begin to be wrapped up would also help it gain focus, in my opinion.

Sam replied to my comments on his entry saying that all of this was very much on his mind, so not only I'm not saying anything new here, but Sam (who deserves a some kind of medal for his stewardship of the process so far) will probably be formalizing the process incrementally as time goes by. That aside, my feeling is that stable drafts are imminent on a number of areas, and that is a Good Thing. :-)

Since RSS is also part of the topic of this entry, in the middle of the pre-release rush there was a big piece of news I didn't comment on: Dave's announcement of the move of the RSS spec to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Whenever control of a de-facto standard moves openly and clearly to a not-for profit organization, it's a good thing. Any qualms? Not really; to be honest, I was a bit confused about the choice of "location" for the spec, and whether it meant something, or not. I've reached the conclusion that it doesn't seem to be of consequence at the moment and that it's probably good in that it keeps the bureaucratic load to a minimum (I suspect, though, that the decision could have impact long-term if the P/A/W spec moves to the IETF or W3C). The move is unequivocally a step forward, as evidenced by recent examples of work done towards clarifying the spec. I look forward to seeing new processes emerge around it.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 4, 2003 at 5:07 PM

novell buys ximian

I go out for an hour, and when I come back Novell has announced the acquisition of Ximian. Wow. Why would Novell buy Ximian at all? Why would Ximian agree to be purchased by Novell? Is this a repeat of the Wordperfect/Quattro Pro situation? Or is this something else? Oriented towards services?

In other words: What does this mean? Too early to tell. Nevertheless, interesting no?

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 4, 2003 at 3:52 PM

summer pays a visit

Warm today (20 C). Hot, possibly, tomorrow. Bank holiday, a day in which to rest for no reason (other than it's the middle of the summer and it's cool to get a Monday off I suppose). Wonderful. Difficult to concentrate, as the brain seems to want to do anything at all except think. Some work done, however. Read some news, as well, and thought about commenting but couldn't come up with anything remotely coherent to say: ideas seemed small and unimportant.

The sky now isn't blue: just clouds that seem to melt into a blueish white. Very bright. Not much wind.

Memory flash: yesterday night, walking home after dinner, a great view of the sky as night fell: deep metallic pure blue. Peaceful. At peace.

Now off to the park for a bit. More later.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 4, 2003 at 2:40 PM

argentina didn't fall on its own

A story from the Washington Post that details how the bubble-attitudes from Wall Street firms helped create the conditions for Argentina's default at the beginning of 2002.

Categories: geopolitics
Posted by diego on August 4, 2003 at 12:05 AM

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