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Conversation with Danny Hillis »

Danny Hillis is the inventor of the Connection Machine, Co-Founder of the Long Now Foundation and visiting professor at the Media Lab. We were at a dinner recently where Danny asserted that the world could be simulated by a computer. I asked him to come to my office so I could extract this idea from him into a video. We talked about the ability to simulate the universe digitally which obviously leads into the future of artificial intelligence, quantum physics, "why are we here" and lots of other interesting questions. Apologies for the crappy sound and video. My default...

Shanghai »

The last time I was in Shanghai was in 1981 as part of a Nishimachi International School field trip. So... things have changed in 25 years. ;-) The architecture and the restaurants reminded me of stuff in Japan during the bubble. Everything was experimental, well designed and executed. Although it reminded me of some of the "bubble era" architecture of Japan, much of it had more class. I visited Augmentum, Leonard Liu's software company. (I wrote about Leonard before.) The company is only just over 2 years old, but it's booming and was in the Red Herring Asia's Top 100...

Hyperwords 1.3 »

Hyperwords, which I wrote about in June last year, released a new version. Hyperwords is a nifty extension to Firefox that creates contextual menus that sends words selected on a web page to various services. It's improved significantly since the initial release and has become a standard part of my Firefox setup. Disclosure: I've agreed to be an advisor to Frode and the Hyperwords team....

Endo »

Adriaan, who works for me at Kula and is the author of the blog editing tool Ecto and 1001, just released Endo his new aggregator/feed reader. Check it out when you have a chance. Make sure you try smart groups and don't expect it to behave like a normal 3-pane application. ;-) More about it on his blog....

French Attempt to Legalize File Sharing »

By Thomas Crampton I was down at the sumptuous French National Assembly (A building that looks like a Greek temple from the outside and a livingroom overdosed with red velvet on the inside) yesterday because a group of latenight legislators this week amended a bill to include a global tax for people wishing to share files over the Internet. Once a user (an "internaut" in French) has paid the fee, that internaut is free to share music or movies on the basis that they are for personal use only. Result: Hey presto! Kazaa would suddenly be legal in France. What...

United flight map software »

I was grounded for 2 weeks for passport renewal and another week with a sprained foot, but I'm back on the road again. I seem to notice new things when they're not in front of my all of the time. One thing I noticed this trip is how stupid the flight map software on the plane seems to be getting. Before, it was pretty simple and had all of the important information. Time to destination, time at destination, etc. Now (at least on United) they've added a stupid trivia quiz among other things. It takes longer for it to page...

iTunes mess »

I had set Mizuka up with iTunes music store on a Mac Mini with an external drive. At some point, she had filled up most of the external drive with stuff and she alleges that iTunes told her it was going to start moving stuff to another drive. Then certain songs stopped playing. I sort of ignored her mumbling until I asked her to run disk doctor on the drive. The utility told us that her disk was irreparably broken. The songs are broken on her iPod too. (The bad songs skip.) Apple says back up, or when you disk...

FEMA site requires assistance seekers to use Internet Explorer 6 »

MSNBCWant to file for aid online? Better run Windows FEMA site requires assistance seekers to use Internet Explorer 6 The good news: If you've survived Hurricane Katrina, the government will let you register for help online. The bad news: But only if the computer you're using is running Windows. Yes, it turns out that to make a claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual Assistance Center, your Web browser must be Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 or higher and you must have JavaScript enabled. It even says so right on the page itself. One problem: IE6 isn't available for Macintosh...

Wikiwyg »

SocialText just developed Wikiwyg. A way to edit a wiki by double-clicking on a section and just editing it directly. The code is open source and they are working on getting it working with other wiki systems. Currently it only works in Firefox. Disclaimer: I'm on the board of the Mozilla Foundation which produces Firefox and I'm on the board of Socialtext....

One venture capitalist's view on software patents »

I am glad that Europe has once again rejected software patents by voting 648 against and 14 for the ruling of the patent - software directive. I hear that arguments have been made that software patents are helpful for innovation and that venture businesses may in some way benefit from software patents. I can of course imagine cases where software patents might be helpful for startup companies, but from my personal experience, they are generally more of a burden on innovation at the venture level than a benefit. Generally speaking, filing for patents is an expensive and time consuming task....

Help me seed TeX Live »

I just created a torrent for Tex Live. Tex Live is a ready-to-run TeX system for Unix. I just set up the torrent for the TeX Users Group, but I'm currently seeding it on my laptop so I would love a few other people to get the file from me and seed it so there are a few more seeds. It's a 580M file. Thanks! texlive-live.iso.torrent More details on the tracker. UPDATE: Doh. The reason I'm helping out the TeX guys is because I think it's a cool project. If you're geeky and into typesetting, you should check out the...

Warning about new Quicktime upgrade »

I just talked to Dan Gillmor who installed the new Quicktime 7.0.1 upgrade and looks like it has broken the OS. He was running Tiger with a pretty vanilla install. Now it won't get past the end of the boot screen. This is a warning to anyone who is thinking about doing the upgrade. I would wait until there is more news. Any information about this new upgrade would be greatly appreciated. UPDATE: Dan's the only one I've talked to who has had this problem so it's probably an isolated incident. Sorry about the false alarm. Wanted to get word...

BitTorrent Goes Trackerless »

I'm sure everyone knows what BitTorrent is, but it is the most popular peer-to-peer file sharing protocol for sharing large files. Before you had to have a tracker to create "torrents" which coordinated this sharing, but now you don't. This should make it even easier for people to make BitTorrent enclosures in blog entries and otherwise use BitTorrent to share files. Having said that, there are value added trackers like Prodigem which I'm sure people will use to charge for and otherwise track their files.BitTorrentBitTorrent Goes Trackerless: Publishing with BitTorrent gets easier! As part of our ongoing efforts to make...

Meeting Mitchell Baker »

I don't think I've written a "yay I just met so-and-so" post in awhile, but today I met Mitchell Baker the president of the Mozilla Foundation. I'm a huge fan of Firefox and amazed by the Spread Firefox campaign. It's fun when someone turns out to be what you thought/hoped they would be like and it was this way with Mitchell. She has the excitement and the look of someone who is doing something great and proving many people wrong. People said browsers were dead, people said open source software couldn't be popular with average users. At 8:58 AM...

BSOD upgrades to RSOD in Longhorn »

Microsoft Longhorn has upgraded from the "Blue Screen of Death" to the "Red Screen of Death". Nice new look. Via Michael Kaplan via Willl UPDATE: Willl's friend noticed that "execution" is spelled "exectuion". Either this is a hoax, or they haven't spellchecked Longhorn. Can anyone out there confirm this RSOD? UPDATE 2: It appears that Michael is an employee of Microsoft. He also informs us that the RSOD is not an "upgrade". Longhorn still has BSOD. RSOD is for really bad errors....

PR-Speak Translation of Adobe’s Acquisition of Macromedia ‘FAQ’ »

Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe’s ‘FAQ’ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia ;-) Funny. via Dvorak...

VideoLAN might disappear due to patent legislation »

VideoLAN, or VLC, is a cross-platform media player and is my media player of choice. It plays everything and I just love it. It would be hard to live without it.VideoLAN pageThe end draws near... VideoLAN is seriously threatened by software patents due to the numerous patented techniques it implements and uses. Also threatened are the many libraries and projects which VLC is built upon, like FFmpeg, and the other fellow Free And Open Source software multimedia players, which include MPlayer, xine, Freevo, MythTV, gstreamer. Multimedia is a patent minefield. All important techniques and formats are covered by broad and...

BeOS Ready for a Comeback as Zeta OS »

SlashdotBeOS Ready for a Comeback as Zeta OS Posted by timothy on Sunday April 03, @12:12AM Anil Kandangath writes "BeOS, the operating system that could have been the foundation for Mac OS X, but almost died, instead has returned as Zeta OS -- which is supposed to be fast, stable, media centric and boot within 15 seconds. Zeta is being released by yellowTAB of Germany and has applications such as an office suite and the Firefox browser bundled with it. Most BeOS applications will also run as-is. Screenshots are available." According to the NewsForge story linked there, the release could...

Joined Open Source Initiative board »

I've just joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board. OSI PageOpen Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community, specifically through the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program. You can read about successful software products that have these properties, and about our certification mark and program, which allow you to be confident that software really is "Open Source." We also make copies of approved open source licenses here. The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and...

Shinkuro »

I had dinner with Steve Crocker last night. I met him before through David Isenberg, but since he is the Security and Stability Advisory Committee Liaison to the ICANN board, I am getting a chance to hang out with him more these days. Among other things, he's well known for being the author of RFC 1. His explained the software that his company Shinkuro produced and I tried it today. It solves a BUNCH of needs that I had. It's basically a very cryptographically robust, cross-platform collaboration tool. It allows you to create groups and share folders of files, has...

Europe rejects software patents again »

Cory @ Boing BoingEuro software patents: dead again! w00t!: Aymeric sez, "I was at the Brussels demo [against software patents] today and the result, it appears, was slightly positive." That's an understatement: the software patent issue is dead again in the European Parliament and has to be rebooted from start if the other side wants to get it through!The European Parliament has thrown out a bill that would have allowed software to be patented. Politicians unanimously rejected the bill and now it must go through another round of consultation if it is to have a chance of becoming law. During...

Help name the non-Media Player version of Windows »

Dan Gillmor is trying to help come up with the new name for the non-Media Player version of Windows for the EU....

IBM contributes 500 patents to the public »

Ross Mayfield's WeblogIBM Opens the Patent Market Steve Lohr reports that IBM is open sourcing 500 patents.John Kelly, the senior vice president for technology and intellectual property, called the patent contribution "the beginning of a new era in how I.B.M. will manage intellectual property."Perhaps for more than just IBM -- competitors may have to follow, um, suit.  While 500 patents is a drop in the bucket for the largest portfolio (40k), this is a significant move and part of a broader strategy to commoditize their inputs, pool risk, leverage a lead in services and change the game."This is exciting," said...

Just say no »

Mike Masnick @ The FeatureCan DoCoMo Say No To Microsoft? NTT DoCoMo made a splash by announcing a new common platform for its 3G FOMA offering that only works on Symbian and Linux phones. The lack of Microsoft isn't just a timing issue -- DoCoMo purposely shunned the software giant. Will they be able to keep it up?It really is hard to say no to Microsoft. Most people will say you're being arrogant, stupid or insane. Many of my friends think that Microsoft will eventually take over mobile devices too, but it's nice to see that DoCoMo can afford to...

Firefox extension for editing Wikipedia »

AngelaFirefox extension for editing Wikipedia I got to see an early preview of a useful new Wikipedia tool today since I volunteered to proofread the interface. Bananeweizen has created a Firefox extension to help with editing Wikipedia...Yay! I just tested it on Firefox 1.0 on OS X and it works fine. Now my browser of choice works with my reference of choice....

Diebold Brand Media Player? »

Diebold ATMLooping Windows Media Player original image onMidnight Spaghetti Midnight Spaghetti & The Chocolate G-StringsDiebold ATM Media Player March 17, 2004 Midnight Spaghetti causing a ruckus as always. The Scene: Carnegie Mellon University The Event: A newly installed Diebold Opteva 520 ATM crashes, then reboots. Suprizingly, it's vanilla-style Windows XP operating system initialized without the actual ATM software. The Result: A desktop computer with only a touch screen interface is left wide open for the amusement of the most wired university in the U.S.Take a look at the site for details, but you can imagine how much fun they had....

Where did Microsoft Passport go? »

Anil points out that Microsoft Passport seems to have withered away silently....

My favorite applications »

When I was at Linz, a bunch of people made me provide a list of all of the applications that I'm running on my Mac. I realize I do this to people too. I've seen people make lists of their favorite applications on their blogs, but I realized that it might be better to do on a wiki. I've made a list of my favorite applications. Feel free to click on any of the application links and comment on the page for the application. Also, feel free to make a similar page for yourself and list YOUR favorite applications. If...

Japanese P2P software developer pleads not guilty »

Japan TodayCreator of file-sharing software pleads not guilty to piracy KYOTO — The creator of a program for anonymous file-sharing over the Internet pleaded not guilty on Wednesday at the Kyoto District Court to the charge that he developed the software knowing it would facilitate Internet piracy. Isamu Kaneko, 34, who developed the Winny peer-to-peer file-sharing program, is the first person in Japan to stand trial for creating software that can be used for the unauthorized reproduction of movies and video games over the Internet.In the US, they are trying to pass a law making it illegal to induce people...

ecto goes wysiawyg »

ecto, the blogging client developed by Adriaan at my company Kula has just released the beta of the next version which has "What You See Is Almost What You Get" (wysiawyg). This means that you can now do things like drag, drop, resize images into posts. You can also create links, change font information and lots of other stuff without looking at or dealing with html. (More info on the ecto blog.) ecto 2.0 has a bunch of other cool features. Adriaan says it should be ready for general release of the OS X version in about two weeks....

Hello Kitty flashlight for Doom 3 »

Cory @ Boing BoingHello Kitty flashlight for Doom 3 Doom 3 has only just come out and already the modders are revving up their engines. My favorite so far: a Hello Kitty flashlight mod that makes your gun's built-in light cast a kawaii beam on the objects it alights upon. Link (via Oblomovka)Doom modder culture has become truly sophisticated. ;-) How very Boing Boing....

Dive Into Python the book »

Mark Pilgrim's Dive Into Python is now available as a printed book. This is the best tutorial for my favorite programming language. I wrote more about the book when Mark announced it back in September of last year....

Congratulations Alan! »

Congratulations to Alan Kay for being awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize in addition to the ACM Turing Prize and the NAE Draper Prize earlier. He's really "cleaning up" this year. This is cool. He deserves it. Hope this helps the Squeak project too! more info on the Kyoto Prize...

NoteTaker, Ecto and TypePad taste good together »

A post about using NoteTaker, Ecto and TypePad together. Can't wait to try it....

Microsoft patent on double-clicking? »

AKMAIncredible - Perhaps Not True Somebody tell me that the Patent office hasn't actually granted Microsoft's application for a patent on double-clicking.This is why I don't like software patents....

freekaneko.com »

About freekaneko.comthis web site 'freekaneko.com' was created by official Isamu Kaneko supporters. We are consisted by software engineers who deeply concern our freedom to create and research software. We are conducting a publicity, and fund raising. We need a lot of attention from the people of the world. You can help us by telling the issue to your family, friends, and co-workers. Also, translation volunteers (and English proof readers) are needed to let the people know this issue. Freekaneko.com marked a million hit only a day after an opening. Also, we raised 10 million yen ($100,000) in 2weeksIsamu Kaneko is...

Bill Gates talks about blogging »

ReutersMicrosoft's Gates Touts Blogging as Business Tool Gates described to his audience, which included Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell, Carly Fiorina, Barry Diller and other top business executives, how blogs worked and suggested that they could be used as a tool for businesses to communicate with customers. [...] Microsoft, which has already amassed more than 700 employee bloggers talking up its products and software in development, is embracing blogs and RSS technology because they are yet another potential threat and opportunity, said Joe Wilcox, analyst at Jupiter Research. [...] Instead of RSS, however, Google is also promoting a rival...

Developer of Japanese P2P system arrested »

Today, an associate professor at the most prestigious university in Japan, Tokyo University was arrested today for developing a tool that enables piracy. The program is a P2P system cally Winny. Previously two of the users had been arrested. I got a call from Asahi Shimbun (Japanese newspaper) today asking me for a comment for the morning news tomorrow. I hope the print it. I think it's an absolute disgrace to Japan. While the US is fighting in congress, Hollywood pushing to ban P2P and Boucher et al are fighting for DMCRA, Japanese police go and arrest someone developing P2P...

EU planning to pass stupid software patent law without discussion »

ffiiEU Council Plans to Scrap Parliamentary Vote without Discussion 2004/05/07 For immediate Release The EU Council of Ministers is demonstrating that the concept of democracy is alien to the EU. This Wednesday, the Irish Presidency managed to secure a qualified majority for a counter-proposal to the software patents directive, with only a few countries - including Belgium and Germany - showing resistance. The new text proposes to discard all the amendments from the European which would limite patentability. Instead the lax language of the original Commission proposal is to be reinstated in its entirety, with direct patentability of computer programs,...

Jibot 0.6 »

Jibot is the robot who lives in the #joiito channel. He was originally developed by rvr and became a group effort. With everyone hacking on him, he had gotten a bit flakey. termie with the help of a few others totally refactored him and now jibot is really happy. Thank you termie! Jibot has a wiki page, a blog and a sourceforge page for the code....

Microsoft's embarrassing metadata »

A hacker grabbed all of the Word files on microsoft.com and scanned the edit/revision metadata. Very funny. Ooops. ;-) Via boing boing...

Continuous Partial Attention »

Wet talked last night with Linda Stone about her idea of continuous partial attention. She says it is different from multi-tasking.Linda StoneFrom Inc.com It's not the same as multitasking; that's about trying to accomplish several things at once. With continuous partial attention, we're scanning incoming alerts for the one best thing to seize upon: "How can I tune in in a way that helps me sync up with the most interesting, or important, opportunity?This is really relevant to some of the thoughts I've been having about the UI of mobile devices and how they fade in and out of your...

First Supercomputer flashmob »

Looks like the date for the first supercomputer flashmob has been decided. Someone moblog this please!The University of San Francisco is sponsoring the first FlashMob Supercomputer on - Saturday, April 3, from 8 am to 6 pm, in the - Koret Center of the University of San Francisco. We're planning to network 1200-1400 laptops with Myrinet and Foundry Switches. We'll be running High-Performance Linpack, and we're hoping to achieve 600 GFLOPS, which is faster than some of the Top500 fastest supercomputers. We need volunteers to - Bring their laptops: Pentium III or IV or AMD, minimum requirements 1.3 GHz with...

Buzz2Talk SIP client for Symbian »

Buzz2Talk is a Symbian application that lets you push-to-talk and use SIP to talk over gprs. What this means is that you can use the data channel on your phone to do voice over IP instead of making voice calls. This means that if gprs becomes flat rate (IF) then you will be able to call your friends without using the carrier telephone circuits. This looks like yet another extremely useful application for mobile phones that really throws the whole billing structure of mobile phone operators through a wringer. Does voice become free? Should they charge more for different...

Flashmob supercomputer »

A flashmob supercomputer. ;-)...

mozCC »

Larry showed me mozCC, a cool plugin for Mozilla based browsers that shows the Creative Commons license of a page on the browser window margin and also lets you examine the license in more detail. Can someone make this for IE and Safari?...

ecto 1.0 released »

Version 1.0 of ecto, the blogging client for Mac OS X has just been released. It was written by Adriaan Tijsseling who works for me. What "version 1.0" means is that you can now pay real money for it. PS In case you were wondering, this is a shameless plug....

perl on Nokia phones? »

Perl on Nokia phones? Sounds cool to me! via skimpizu...

Ecto beta is out »

Ecto, the OS X blogging client by Adriaan (disclosure: Adriaan works for me) is out for beta testing. Check it out....

It's like Microsoft Office... except it's not... »

Eeewwww... What ARE YOU THINKING Apple Computer? I just ordered it anyway, but this is crazy. Microsoft Office is the last thing in the world I'd want to compare iLife with. via Zeitgeist...

del.icio.us »

Delicious is a social bookmarks manager. It is still pre-pre-alpha, but it's already become quite a useful part of my daily routine. You bookmark sites as you surf and you can subscribe to bookmarks of your friends and receive them as RSS feeds. It all started during a rare productive discussion between tangra and _joshua on #joiito. The two of them came up with the idea and _joshua coded it. _joshua is aka Joshua Schachter and is also the developer of memepool and GeoURL. If you want to subscribe to my bookmarks, I'm joi_ito on Delicious....

Announcing ecto »

Adriaan, the developer of the award winning blogging client Kung-Log now works for me and has re-written it from scratch and renamed it ecto....

Can you tell a coder from a cannibal? »

The Programing Language Inventor or Serial Killer? Quiz.Can you tell a coder from a cannibal? Try to work out which of the following spent their time hacking computers, and which preferred hacking away at corpses instead.Funny.Via Markoff

What's New in Panther by Mark Pilgrim »

Mark Pilgrim just posted a tour of Panther, the new Mac OS X release. I'm supposed to be getting in the office today so I'll be spending the weekend doing a fresh install and reading Mark's guide.Update: Since Panther shipped today for many people, it appears that Mark's site is receiving a self-inflicted denial-of-service attack...

Mapping the space »

I was noodling around trying to organize "the space" in my head and put this picture together. The x axis is the "context". IE low context is stuff like CD's and books which don't change, are worth approximately the same amount to most people and don't have much timing or personal context. The far right is very personal, very timing sensitive, high context information such as information about your current "state". Then there is everything in between. The top layer is the type of content sorted by how much context they involve. The next layer is how they are aggregated and syndicated. Below that are substrates that are currently segmented vertically, but could be unified horizontally with open standards. Anyway, just a first path. Thoughts and feedback appreciated.UPDATE: Changed color to red and edited the examples to be brand agnostic.

Can computers help reverse falling employment? »

Andy Oram just posted an interesting article on the O'Reilly Weblog.Andy OramCan computers help reverse falling employment?Information technologies are implicated in a worldwide and world-historic crisis: falling employment.[...]Each labor-saving device means the idling of thousands of people, wasting their years of experience, rigorous training, and practical insights. [...]Anyone who writes programs or plans system deployment should start thinking, "What can I do to bring average people back into the process of wealth creation?"This has sparked an interesting discussion over on Slashdot.My personal opinion is that short term quarter-by-quarter capitalism can't possibly think long term enough to deal with many of the larger social issues. I don't think it's just about creating jobs. I think issues such as the environment, poverty, privacy, even computer architectures defy short term profits/gains thinking sometimes. I think it's a good idea for computer professionals to be socially responsible and think long term whenever possible. (See CPSR and EFF).I think the idea of creating jobs directly by writing software for small businesses is a bit complex. I think that "good jobs" come from innovation and new industries. Many old industries such as the restaurant business are rather zero-sum. I think that increasing the public domain and the commons (spectrum, computer software, creative content...) is the best way to allow people to innovate and be entrepreneurial without being shackled in the well-funded proprietary world. I think that focusing on creating and sharing intellectual wealth in the commons is the best way to create jobs.

iChat Streaming Icon »

Got iChat Streaming Icon from Kuri yesterday. It is available on the Apple site. It streams live video of you as your iChat icon. Sooo cool. You can set refresh rates from .5 sec on up. I think it's basically just changing your icon image every frame. It slows the computer down a bit, but is really amazing. All of the images move in every window, even in the buddy list. Once all of your friends get it, you get the Brady Bunch thing happening in the buddy list.I get to be Alice! ;-pSeriously though... This suddenly adds a whole new dimensions to the presence discussion.Software was written by Andreas Pardeike. Nice job!

Nutch, an open source search engine »

Mitch Kapor and Tim O'Reilly are among advisory board members of Nutch, a new open source search engine project which will try to:fetch several billion pages per monthmaintain an index of these pagessearch that index up to 1000 times per secondprovide very high quality search resultsoperate at minimal costSounds good to me!John Battelle at Business 2.0 says, "Watch Out, Google".via Dave Winer at Scripting News.

Ray Ozzie wants RSS email and character-by-character collaboration with real-time link creation. Me too! »

Ray OzzieI'm curious; perhaps someone out there knows... Has anyone yet attempted to create "RSS email", where the "feeds" served to a feedreader might be automatically synthesized from the emails themselves as things such as Person (from or to), Thread, Folder, etc?  (One could probably easily implement this as a straight layer on top of IMAP.)  Rather than just inserting RSS into an email client paradigm as in Newsgator, it might be amusing to invert the solution and explore the usability issues of rethinking email as being just another form of feed served up to a reader, with plug-ins for creating & replying, etc.  Hmm. Has anyone yet attempted to create what I guess I'd refer to as a "Hyki" - that is, a character-by-character real-time collaborative (Hydra-like, Groove Text Tool-like) editor with automatic creation of real-time linked sub-documents when CamelCase words are typed, etc.  ??I'm curious too. That would be great.Ray, if you find something or someone else knows. Let me know too!

Technorati hits 400K blogs, starts wiki »

Technorati just hit 400K blogs and Sifry's created a wiki for his developers.

Dinner with Ken Sakamura, father of TRON »

Had dinner tonight with Ken Sakamura, the father of TRON, the realtime embedded OS which is a dominant and essential part of most embedded systems in Japan today. He is also the Director of the Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory. He brought a bunch of amazing gadgets to dinner. The most impressive were the 0.2mm 128K RFID chips in a little vial.

4 1/2 mice at MacWorld for Kung-Log »

Kung-Log got 4 1/2 mice at MacWorld. Congrats Adriaan!

LDAP before you pontificate please »

So I just moved (actually Yusuf moved) my address book to an LDAP server. I thought it would be really cool until I realized that Address Book for the Mac SAYS it does LDAP, and it sort of does, but it doesn't do authentication. Blah. PLEASE PLEASE make address book smarter if you're going to make it the centerpiece of PIM on the Mac. Right now it's slow, doesn't LDAP properly and because Mail accesses it every time I send email, it makes me wait after every single email I send while I wait for address book to update.I'm almost inclined to go use Entourage if Apple doesn't fix this.

Technorati, Python and I rule... »

I finished my script today. If you look at my sidebar, you will find a list of blogs that Technorati says have linked to me in order of freshness. I wrote it in python using the xml.dom module. Once I got my head around it, it all made sense and was very easy. Thanks again to Dive Into Python. Other than the fact that you should all be very impressed by my programming skill, I think Technorati inbound links is probably the most timely and comprehensive way to see who is linking to you.

Python and XML and the agony of defeat »

I learned Python (thanks to Sen) in a week. I wrote a birthday script, a script to scrape blogshares and put the shareholders in my sidebar and even wrote a vcard handler. I was on a roll. Then... Sifry sent me some Technorati stuff to mess with. XML? Cool, should be easy. I was just about to do the Parsing XML section of Dive Into Python anyway. Great! ...notDive Into PythonAs I was saying, actually parsing an XML document is very simple: one line of code. Where you go from there is up to you.So 2 hours later, I have 4 different installations of Python on my PowerBook and one on my FreeBSD machine and I can't get Mark's first example to work>>> xmldoc = minidom.parse('~/diveintopython/common/py/kgp/binary.xml') I've just about given up. The O'Reilly Python & XML is cryptic, I've googled around and tried a bunch of stuff and am totally frustrated. I guess I thought I was becoming a programmer, but I'm just a wimpy little script kiddie. >sigh<

Mac OS X 10.2.6 fixes problem with NTT DoCoMo FOMA P2401... sort of »

This entry is about the NTT DoCoMo FOMA P2401 and PowerBooks and TOTALLY irrelevant for most people. Sorry.

New social software blog »

A new group weblog authored by Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Ross Mayfield, Sébastien Paquet, Jessica Hammer and Clay Shirky to focus on social software was announced at ETCon I hear. Great team and looks interesting. It's also great that Clay is finally blogging after all of that "it's not for me" business. ;-)

Chandler Release 0.1 in Python for Mac OS X no less »

You have all probably heard about the Open Source Applications Foundation release of Chandler 0.1. I just downloaded it. I saw it on Mitch's blog a few days ago, but I was SOO immersed in writing a birthday database in Python that I didn't take a close look at Chandler until this morning. To my pleasant surprise, Chandler is written in python for the Mac and even handles birthdays. ;-) It doesn't run without spitting out lots of Python errors along the way, but I can actually understand them now! Hoho. Haha. Python is VERY cool and I'm glad OSAF is using Python. We used it a lot at Infoseek and our team at Infoseek/Digital Garage actually wrote some of the first Japanese language handling for Python.I'm currently using Mark Pilgrim's Dive Into Python to learn Python. It's a great tutorial. Thanks for recommending it Sen.. Of course I've bought the numerous O'Reilly books as well.

Chandler Wiki »

Mitch Kapor blogs about documentation coming for the 0.1 release of Chandler by the Open Source Applications Foundation. They are using a Wiki for the collaborative development environment. Great example of how Wiki's are cool.

Scott Love, the man behind NoteTaker »

Scott is great. So is NoteTaker. First of all, I have become TOTALLY addicted to NoteTaker.

Habbo Hotel Japan Opens »

Neeraj just launched Habbo Hotel Japan. I wrote about it before, but it is a cool 2.5D chat space where you can build your own room and play games as well. It's a shockwave and it takes about a minute to set up an account and it's free. It's less sophisticated than Sims Online, but maybe better because it focuses more on the community aspect. I sometimes have difficulty with Sims Online because the balance between gameplay and socializing is kind of difficult. Sometimes it feels like you're "in the way" of Sims trying to make money doing stupid repetitive tasks. Habbo (maybe because it's free) has a younger and more social population, generally speaking, although I HAVE met some nice people on Sims Online.I'm Joi and Neeraj is NikoNiko in Habbo.

Croquet, the OS of the future? »

From left to right: Kazuya Minami from Neoteny, David Smith and his son AsherYesterday morning, I picked up David at Tokyo Station where he arrived on the bullet train from Kyoto with his son Asher. We went to the Tsukiji fish market for some morning sushi and then I took them to our office where everyone was anxiously waiting to see David's Croquet demo.David's demo reminded me of the early days of BeOS. Trying to explain the potential of an operating system, especially one with such a completely new and unlimited architecture is quite a task. David wrote the thing so there is also something mystical about getting a demo of a new OS by the person who wrote it.Croquet is an amazing concept, but it is an old concept. It is based on Smalltalk/Squeak and is a totally object oriented collaborative environment. David is a 3D guru so he has made the interface completely 3D where you can fly around, see other users as avatars, create 3D objects with scripts and share them dynamically and in real time in the shared space. He is working on all of the necessary pieces to deal with identity and security as well. It is totally cross-platform and is "pure" in its portability. The architecture is incredibly clean and you can tell it is being designed top-down by someone who's done this before.The main problem with new operating systems is that you need a killer ap to get it into the main stream. David calls Croquet a broadband phone call. There are obviously A LOT of educational applications.When I saw the system, I thought of a few things. It would be a very cool environment for blogging. (When you are a blogger, everything looks like a blog or blog tool.) It would be really neat if you got an IM when your fellow bloggers were online and you could switch into the broadband/rich interactive mode and browse and point at micro content together. Last night I came up with what I think might be what I'm trying to say. I think we are mastering the art of micro content journalism. What Croquet made me imagine was some sort of object oriented journalism with smarter micro content which had behaviors and attributes. The Creative Commons license being one attribute that could be included in such an object attribute.The other thought that I had was that the ability to change the attributes of the objects and environment (color, shape, etc) would be a great way to help people track privacy and identity issues. It would make the concept of access control and permissions much more intuitive for the average user and would help make clear the delineation between different computer spaces and who you are and what information you were bringing with you as you moved from server to server.

My first flash »

I've been meaning to learn flash ever since Josh Davis called me "old school" during the Prix Ars Electronica jury meeting last year for discounting the importance of flash. With the cool political flash statements as well as some of the silly ones, I've been feeling more and more that flash might be an interesting medium for me if I could learn to use it well. So... On the flight back from Hawaii, I wrote my first flash "thingie". I don't even know what you call flash stories. I used Adobe LiveMotion... Anyway, technically, it's really stupid and simple and I wasn't going to publish it. A few people suggested that I post it anyway, and knowing myself, I think publishing is probably the best pressure/incentive for me to learn/do more.It's 372K. It's a little slide show of people I've met recently and how they are influencing my thoughts about "IT"... (not information technology, but the BIG "IT")Joi's first flash

Sims Online »

OK I had to bring my Windows machine out of storage to play Sims Online. Blah. But the game is great. I'm still a newbie, but if anyone else is playing, look me up. I'm "Joi Ito" in the Test Center. I still have my other two sims so if you tell me where you are hanging out, I can put a sim there.

See ya later windoze! »

I switched. I promised myself I would do this before I left for the US on Tuesday. I spend the day today moving stuff and tweaking. The only thing I couldn't get right was the kanji (Japanese character) files in my contact list and my Japanese email moved over. It was much easier than I thought and having switched, I feel euphoric. I'm now listen to music on iTunes (which tell me that I have 3.5 days of music), am syncing my Treo with my contacts, creating a this blog entry with Kung-Log staring at my brand new Dell Latitude...

MS to give access to source code to Japanese government »

Japan TimesThe Japan Times Online Microsoft to reveal source code to Japan, which has eyed Linux Microsoft Corp. will disclose the source code of the Windows operating system to the Japanese government in line with the government's e-Japan project, company officials said Wednesday. I recently made a public comment on the record at the oversight committee for the National ID about Microsoft and trying to get them to open up the source code. I wonder if this had any effect. I guess we must all have had an effect. I assume many people have been saying this. It's a great...

Trying "The Switch" »

Just installed OS X 10.2 and am trying to "Make the Switch"... I'm using Mizuka's old Powerbook G4 with the broken "/" key, not the cool new one that just came out. I just ordered office and all of the Adobe stuff, so until that arrives, I can't completely switch. I feel totally screwed up right now though. I have a Sony Vaio C1MRX with a great form factor and excellent battery life, I have a Dell Latitude coming that I'm going to configure with with Windows 2000 in a very security conscious mode (after talking to Chris Goggan...

Court posts MS Ruling on web before it was supposed to »

This reminds me of the incident where the Ministry of Finance leaked information vital to the market on their web page in August. The other funny similarity is that the newspaper called me the night before the article and asked me for a comment. I guess they wanted something like what David Farber said to the Post. However, I said something more like, "it's not a big deal. I'm much more worried about the leakage of information about citizens," which I guess wasn't realy what the paper was looking for. ;-) I also love the "Internet enthusiasts" label. Sitting here...

PalmOS 6 to be based on BeOS »

So Steve Sakoman pulled it off. $11mm in stock for Be Inc. was a good deal for Palm. Great news for BeOS fans, although most have already moved on. Too bad my Be Inc. stock options aren't worth anything though. :-) Good luck Steve!The Register USAPalmOS 6 details emerge By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco Posted: 10/30/2002 at 14:20 EST PalmSource has offered us a glimpse of the next milestone for PalmOS, version 6.0 due for release next year. Version 6.0 will be as dramatic a change for the platform as OS X was for Apple, or NT was for...

Memories of General Magic »

found this in Marc Canter's Blog Scripting News Memories of General Magic A long time ago I offered to develop for a hot startup called General Magic. I was going to do the work for free. I wanted to explore a new platform. They turned me down, saying they already had enough developers. Yesterday they announced they are shutting down the company. Now no one knows if one developer's software would have made the difference, but it's been known for a long time that exclusive platforms die and inclusive ones have a chance. It's why the Mac worked and...

Product Placement on The Sims! »

first sighted on BoingBoing posted by Cory Reuters on MSNBC Happy Meals, Pentiums coming to video game world Detailed terms of EA’s multimillion-dollar deal were not available but it will allow Intel’s familiar jingle, its product logo, and computers using its Pentium 4 processor to appear in the game. Players in the game also will be able to buy a McDonald’s kiosk and sell the company’s branded food products, earning ”simoleans,” the game’s currency. Eating that food will also improve their standing within the game. I remember when I was on the Sega "dream team" to think about how to...

Bruce Sterling Open Source Speech »

Bruce Sterling Viridian Note 00325: Open Source Speech This is very funny and insightful. Thanks Howard for pointing this out. Key concepts: O'Reilly Open Source convention, computation, free software, Linux, spam, viruses, means of software production, social organization, Disney, Microsoft, Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, information economics Attention Conservation Notice: Over 5,400 words of diffuse Papal-Imperial ranting to a restive audience of Linux freaks. "A Contrarian View of Open Source" San Diego July 26, 2002 Thanks for showing up to see the obligatory novelist at this gig. It's very touching of you to take the trouble to watch me get...
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