Bookmarks, Some Saved up Links

First, if you care, I’ve been using my bookmarks quite a lot recently. That is, where I might link to something in this here weblog, I’ve been just adding a bookmark. They last 8 displayed on the side, right under the Google Ads there, or, you can use the URL, or, you can subscribe to the RSS for it at Like I said, if you care.

As a side note, if you haven’t checked out the bookmark’ing webapp, you really should. You, dear readers, know I’m nuts for web applications, and is one of the most useful, precisely because it’s a webapp.

But, anyhow, here’s some links I’ve been saving up:

Downloading Horn "tones"

Schwartz gave a great example of how this may work in practice. At a meeting at an Auto corporation, discussions began around the mobile phone ringtone phenomena, and a younger person at the meeting suggested the possibility of downloading a car horn tone to the car much in the same way. After the immediate laughter at the JavaOne audience had subsided, Jonathon said that the same thing happened at the meeting in that after the initial burst of laughter there was an odd silence as the people in the room suddenly had the realisation that this kid may really be on to something.
Angelo Joseph

I don’t even have a cell phone, so, obviously, I could give a damn personally about that whole ring-tone thing. But, I understand it makes lots of cash. I never would have thought of horn-tones…but…dude…it’s so obvious!

Desktop Search in Tiger (Apple that is)

In particular, Jobs pointed to Spotlight–a new systemwide search engine that will allow Mac users to quickly search and find any file–whether it’s an e-mail, an application file or a contact entry.

[…]Jobs also introduced improved 20-inch and 23-inch monitors, as well as a new 30-inch LCD, all with new aluminum cases.

Apple lets young Tiger roar

30 inches!? Holy crap!

In unrelated news, here’s a little coding-tip: don’t do an Override and Update for more than 20 packages in Eclipse 3.0. It takes foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever.

Re: tablet PC

Jeff Nolan asks:

why is it that some consumer devices, like the tablet PC, capture the imagination of some really smart and saavy people, yet fail to achieve any measure of commercial success? Is it that tech people are more amenable to the ideosyncracies of new devices, and accepting of their shortcomings? Think about the Newton, widely panned and even today Apple has not offered a PDA, yet for other companies at a different point in time, the results were wild success.

Most tech people are huge apologist for any type of technology (they are, after all tech people). It’s that whole dancing bear thing from The Inmates are Running the Asylum. That is they’re so suprised and pleased that it actually works (that the bear dances) that no matter how bad it is, it doesn’t matter.

The Right to Due Process

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an American captured overseas in President Bush’s war on terrorism cannot be held indefinitely in a U.S. military jail without a chance to contest the detention.

Four of the nine justices concluded that constitutional due process rights demand that a citizen held in the United States as an enemy combatant must be given “a meaningful opportunity” to contest case for his detention before a neutral party.

“U.S. Citizen Can’t Be Held in Bush’s War on Terror”

Finally…but what the fuck are those other 5 judges thinking? The part of our government that comes up with bullshit like this (holding citizens, or anyone for that matter) without their right to due process might as well be wearing wigs and red coats, demanding the use of our houses to barracks troops.

Jesus: it’s terrible that current events keep reminding me of all the things King George did to start the revolution.

Next thing you know, we’re going to have to pay for all this war’ing. Tax cuts my ass.

Update: apparently, the administration wasn’t really prepared for this ruling.

Some Items from Org Patterns

I’ve finally gotten around to read through the org patterns stuff. It’s been around a long, long time (you know, “long” for the coding world. It’s being released in book-form as Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development.

I’m not so sure that it’s exclusively Agile — it seems like that’s in every project management book title now-a-days. But, anyhow, here’s some patterns I’ve come across so far that are good readin’:

  • Build Prototypes – everyone knows building prototypes is good. What’s nice about this writeup is that is draws clear boundaries for what a prototype should do, and when you should do them.
  • Take No Small Slips – it’s better, psychologically, to take one large schedule slip than many small ones:

    A single large slip is important for the morale of the team. If you continually take small slips, nobody believes the schedule any more. This hurts morale, the sense of urgency fades, and people stop caring. On the other hand, a single large slip preserves at least some of the believability of the schedule, and people are more willing to work toward the revised schedule.

  • Private World – I don’t quite have this one figured out beyond the basic way you use CVS, or any revision control system. Even if it is that, though, it’s a good explicit writeup of that major part of day-to-day development that’s implicit.

This Week's Gilmor Gang: Pretty Good

This week’s Gillmor Gang is pretty interesting. It’s from the SuperNova conference, so it’s all about social networking, “the death of email,” blogging, the “universal inbox,” and all that hot shit. The groups frothing at the mouth about all these topics, and it’s nice to have Esther Dyson there to bring a somewhat different bag of content, for example, “‘mail’ isn’t about messaging, it’s about all the features of Exchange.” By which she means, for the most part, not just email, but shared calendars, integration with other Microsoft stuff, etc.

I think they’re going to have more recorded stuff from SuperNova on there too. That should be good listenin’ as well.

Screw the truth, go with the heart: Fucking with English in the Courts

“I take full responsibility for what happened at Enron,” said Lay, 62. “But saying that, I know in my mind that I did nothing criminal.”

That quote
from Ken Lay reminds me of a Reagan quote of equal shifyness:

Let’s start with the part that is the most controversial. A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not. As the Tower board reported, what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages. This runs counter to my own beliefs, to administration policy, and to the original strategy we had in mind. There are reasons why it happened, but no excuses. It was a mistake.

Ronald Reagan

And, of course, our man Billy’s most excellent dictionary’ing: “It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.”