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· Naughties
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· · · June
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Java Generics, Arrays, and Comparables · This is an ed­u­ca­tion­al sto­ry (and there­fore painful; O’Reilly books un­for­tu­nate­ly were harmed in its mak­ing) about all the Ja­va what­nots men­tioned in the ti­tle, with point­ers to the so­lu­tions to the prob­lem­s. [Up­date: cor­rec­tion from David Hall.] ...
 
June Harvest · Pret­ty well all of my cre­ative en­er­gies in re­cent days have been con­sumed in thrash­ing at the Ja­va un­der­brush, so in­stead of ac­tu­al­ly think­ing and writ­ing, I’ll cough up some undi­gest­ed links, ain’t the Web grand? First, this Matisse Pro­ject de­mo has been get­ting tons o’ buzz, but what I like is the silky-smooth Czech ac­cen­t. Se­cond, Dervala’s friend Tim Vet­ter got an as­tound­ing Mission-district pic­ture. Third, David Meg­gin­son si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly ex­plored Ru­by on Rails and PHP, nev­er pre­vi­ous­ly hav­ing con­sid­ered ei­ther; his con­clu­sion may be sur­pris­ing. Fourth, Clint Combs writes up an­oth­er in­ter­est­ing RSS/A­tom app. Fi­nal­ly, John Cowan is pump­ing out tech­no­lin­guis­ti­cophilo­soph­i­cal gem­s, sev­er­al per day in re­cent days, don’t miss ’em.
 
Technorati, Tags, Semantics · Hey, the Tech­no­rati be­ta is up. Looks much nicer, though I wish they’d lose the dude with the mega­phone; goa­tees are so 1993. (Hey look, Tech­no­rati and Newsweek, sit­ting in a tree.) Among oth­er things, the tech­no­ra­tionals are mak­ing a con­cert­ed ef­fort to prove that my doubts about tag­ging are misplaced—so are Shirky et al at You’re It!. It’s be­come ob­vi­ous that tags are use­ful enough as a place to park search words for pic­tures & mu­sic & oth­er stuff that doesn’t have words to search. Fur­ther­more, I’ve heard a dozen com­pelling sto­ries from peo­ple who are us­ing tags to or­ga­nize their own in­for­ma­tion and track trend­s; so it’s look­ing like the an­swers are: Yes, tag­ging is use­ful; No, it’s not a re­place­ment for full-text search, even par­tial­ly. On the sub­ject of search, Sun’s Search Guy Steve Green is try­ing to push over the bound­ary be­tween search and se­man­tic­s.
 
On Threads · Last week I at­tend­ed a Sun “CMT Summit”, where CMT stands for “Chip Multi-Threading”; a room­ful of re­al­ly se­nior Sun peo­ple talk­ing about the next wave of CPUs and what they mean. While much of the con­tent was stuff I can’t talk about, I was left with a pow­er­ful feel­ing that there are some re­al im­por­tant is­sues that the whole IT com­mu­ni­ty needs to start think­ing about now. I’ve writ­ten about this be­fore, and of the many oth­ers who have too, I’m par­tic­u­lar­ly im­pressed by Chris Rijk’s work. But I think it’s worth­while to pull all this to­geth­er in­to one place and do some calls to ac­tion, so here goes. [Ed. Note: Too long and too geeky for most.] [Up­date: This got slash­dot­ted and I got some re­al­ly smart feed­back, thus this follow-up.] ...
 
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