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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · January
· · · · 28 (7 entries)

Business · I've been in the busi­ness world pret­ty well con­tin­u­ous­ly since 1981. I've found­ed two com­pa­nies, been the CEO of three, helped do five rounds of VC fi­nanc­ing, and been on a lot of sales call­s ...
 
Crocuses! · Those who have been fol­low­ing along here since I launched al­most two years ago know that in the spring, There Will Be Pic­tures of Cro­cus­es. Those who haven’t lived lived above 49°N lat­i­tude may have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing how much these lit­tle vi­o­let flash­es mean to the winter-weary Cana­di­an eye.
 
FSS: Japanese Garden Bridge · Fri­day Slide Scan #2 is from the late Eight­ies; a re­flect­ed bridge in Vancouver’s Ni­tobe Me­mo­ri­al Gar­den ...
 
One-Click Subscription · Re­cent­ly, Dave Win­er point­ed out that there’s a prob­lem in how peo­ple go about sub­scrib­ing to to RSS feed­s, and made a pro­pos­al to ad­dress it. Dave’s idea—essentially One Great Big sub­scrip­tion dispatcher—should work, near as I can tel­l, so any prob­lems would be around busi­ness and pol­i­tic­s, not tech­nol­o­gy. John Robb does some more think­ing, as does Phil Wind­ley. If we can’t find the busi­ness cre­ativ­i­ty, Atom has an­oth­er so­lu­tion that RSS could maybe bor­row ...
 
On Being Open · I was in a meet­ing to­day and the dis­cus­sion turned to Open Source vs. Open Stan­dards; the re­la­tion­ship is com­pli­cat­ed and peo­ple who care about one or both of these things have to be care­ful and clear in what they say. Ex­cept for Of­fice Suites. There, you have one choice that is nei­ther open-source nor built around open stan­dards (Mi­crosoft Of­fice), and sev­er­al oth­er choic­es that are both (S­tarOf­fice or OpenOf­fice or KOf­fice, all built on the OASIS Open Doc­u­ment for­mat). For doc­u­ments that are high-value, or long-lived, or you hold in stew­ard­ship for your stake­hold­er­s, the choice seems like a no-brainer to me. Al­so, I ob­serve that the com­mu­ni­ty of hack­ers (I mean that in the good sense) has start­ed to no­tice that you can do in­ter­est­ing things with of­fice doc­u­ments; as­sum­ing they’re in an open for­mat, of course.
 
Regulate ISPs Now · I keep think­ing about our ex­pe­ri­ence at Christ­mas, when we set up my Mom for broad­band, and the lo­cal ISP thought it was just fine to send her home with a DSL mo­dem to plug in­to her Win98 box; no warn­ings, no ed­u­ca­tion, no fire­wall­s. This is just not OK. We have all sorts of reg­u­la­tion in place to en­sure that drivers are equipped with rea­son­ably safe gear and have some ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion on how to pro­ceed safe­ly. Sim­i­lar­ly, we reg­u­late res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion and in­vest­ment deal­ers and em­ploy­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers, and this is a good thing. So I think we need some leg­is­la­tion in place that says if someone’s com­put­er gets hacked through no fault of their own and in­flicts dam­age on some In­ter­net us­er some­where, the ISP is li­able for that dam­age un­less they can show they took some min­i­mal ef­fort to ex­plain to their cus­tomers that the In­ter­net is a dan­ger­ous place, but that you can be safe if you fol­low a few sim­ple pre­cau­tion­s.
 
Dangerous HTML · Via Rob Sayre (who’s co-editing the Atom Internet-Drafts), the dis­turb­ing re­al­iza­tion that there doesn’t seem to be any­where you can go read about all the things that can (and will) go wrong if you em­bed an HTML pro­ces­sor in your soft­ware. This is bad, be­cause such em­bed­ding is get­ting very easy and com­mon.
 
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