Archive for June, 2004

Painting

Friday, June 18th, 2004

Paul Graham talks about parallels between hacking and painting - two realms seemingly disconnected or at least worlds apart.

But he shows how they are not – supporting the idea of gradual refinement and good tools.

I get off track – what I really wanted to say was: there’s something about painting (in my case, hacking) that feels right; that exercises the right part of the brain; that improves my thinking through its exercise. It makes me wonder why more people don’t write software. Will program writing be a required class in future high schools, just as creative writing is today? If not, why not?

Room with a View

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

vista

We all have a definition of a perfect office location; this is mine. Overlooking Santos Dumont airport in the heart of downtown Rio de Janeiro, I’d be 30% productive – on a good day.

But what a view….

Thanks for rubbing it in, Ana Patricia… ;)

Airport Express

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

I couldn’t have said it any better than Scott Hanselman:

“It supports features lesser companies would have punted on.” 

Now that’s a great quote. And true.

What is RSS?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Some reflections on publishing, RSS, and push (ala Pointcast) from a .NET guy. About a year old, but still relevant.

And what about the screensaver idea? That strikes me as very cool – display news headlines like Pointcast did.

via Cullen Childress.

Weblog Reader Demographics

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

This eMarketer article reveals the results of a survey of over 17,000 blog readers to get in idea of weblog reader demographics. The findings are interesting: 61% are over the age of 30, 75% make more than $45,000 a year. Not the Jaguar crowd, but not just disgruntled teenagers either.

Cat and Mouse

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Bruce Schneier seemingly always has interesting things to say about cryptography and security. His latest Crpto-Gram newsletter talks about the latest news about Chalabi, NSA, and Iranian encrypted communication.

Mac Telematics

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Home grown telematics – an interesting home-grown console in a European car – powered by a Mac. Plays MP3 songs, shows navigation information, in-dash speed, engine temperature, and fuel consumption.

Definitely better-looking than my BMW dashboard…