Monthly Archives: July 2009

Again on free software

ozthech at Lockergnome tells us a story on his problems with Open office (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/oztech/2009/07/30/how-openoffice-probably-cost-me-a-job).

I remain on my idea: I really apreciate free software, but the standard is another one and if free software is not 200% compatible with the standard, it makes the alternative a non alternative because of lack of trust.

This post also as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/oztech/2009/07/30/how-openoffice-probably-cost-me-a-job/#comment-8057


Peasants company

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.

Montaigne


English men and weather

When two English men meet, their talk is of the weather

Samual Johnson


Is Microsoft going a step beyond?

Emil Protalinski (http://arstechnica.com/authors/emil-protalinski/) at Ars Techinca informs us that Microsoft is likely to insert a browser ballot in Windows 7 (full article at http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/07/eu-vista-xp-users-will-also-get-to-vote-ie-off-the-island.ars).

Seems to me Microsoft is going really beyond what EU has intended.

That an average users can have the choice when installing is a freedom that some (or most) people could appreciate.

To take a ballot in order to understand the most used and install the browser is really something stupid.

Also because teh window is seen within a browser.

This post also at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=209002370041&r=829006470041#829006470041


Different times perception

Gina Trapani at Smarterware reports an essay by Paul Graham on different times perception between Maker’s Schedule and Manager’s Schedule, giving some suggestions on how to manage this differences (full article from Gina at http://smarterware.org/2548/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity and at http://lifehacker.com/5325582/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity and original essay at http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html).

Paul says that “One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they’re on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more.”

My personal feeling is that there’s a deep truth in this words, because the perception of time management when doing things (not only) when programming is really different than when trying to manage things.

But I think that more than a problem within managers and makers is a generalized issue linked to people leak of abitude in managing due dates and deadlines.

If someone knows the meaning and importance of a due date, thinks twice before making an “immediate” meeting or asking someone to have a coffee, if he (or she) knows that the other is approaching this  deadline.

This post as a comment at http://smarterware.org/2548/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity and at http://lifehacker.com/5325582/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity


Bubblegum and…

I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all outta bubblegum.

Roddy Piper in “They Live”


Facebook decline and the future of social networking

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome writes an article commenting the VIP transition from Facebook to Twitter, and among them the Bill Gates closing of his facebook account (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/27/the-stars-fade-on-facebook-heading-for-twitter/).

I think that social networks are, in some way a matter of trendiness.

I can remember only one (Linkedin) that survived for more than a decade, while I see people moving from one social network to another one in different times.

This behavoiur doesn’t seem strange to me, because a social network is worth for the number of people that use it, and so if a big number of users goes to another site, other will automaticcaly follow.

What I expect for the future is this circle (open-use-find another-close-and so on) going faster and faster, leaving at a certain point only those few social networks that, for they’re nature (e.g. because are niche players, because of fidelization, because of elite admission,…) are able to maintain a well dimensioned number of users.

This post also as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/27/the-stars-fade-on-facebook-heading-for-twitter/#comment-187274


Food and head

Never eat anything bigger than your head.

B. Kliban


Microsoft failure or passing problem?

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome reports the opinion from John Dvorak on failed Microsoft ventures (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/27/microsoft-why-they-are-not-going-to-fail/).

No I think Microsoft won’t fail, because is “paying” and suffering the hysteric market and moment we are living in.

Of course Microsoft is not by default a forever living company: it will depend on the succes or failure of they’re strategies, but seems to me that the big decrease Ron nd John talk about is more driven by the environment than by a structural company problem.

This article also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/07/27/microsoft-why-they-are-not-going-to-fail/#comment-187251


Wrights and wrongs

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights made an airplane.

Anonymous


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