· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · January
· · · · 04 (6 entries)

IDE Bet · I’m hap­py to an­nounce that some­time in ear­ly 2007, David Ber­lind will be buy­ing me a nice din­ner. To­day, David wrote a piece not­ing that Lat­tix (in­ter­est­ing out­fit, by the way, check out the de­mo) is join­ing Eclipse, and con­clud­ing “Is it time for NetBeans to fi­nal­ly throw in the towel?” Mis­guid­ed of him, I thought. So I’ve pro­posed a bet: we’ll have a nice din­ner to­geth­er first time in ’07 that we’re in the same city. If, at that time, David still thinks that throw­ing in the NetBeans tow­el is a good idea, I’ll buy din­ner. Other­wise he buys. For­tu­nate­ly for David, my tastes in food and wine are fair­ly plebian.
Upcoming Gig: ETech · Some­time in the March 7-9 win­dow I’ll be talk­ing about “Atom as a Case Study” at the O’Reilly Emerg­ing Tech­nol­o­gy Con­fer­ence, which is billed as be­ing about “The At­ten­tion Economy”. I’m look­ing for­ward to this just be­cause I’ve heard good things about ETech, but nev­er been to one be­fore.
Upcoming Gig: NYS CTG, Albany · Those acronyms stand for “New York State Cen­ter for Tech­nol­o­gy in Govern­ment”, which is un­der the um­brel­la of the Univer­si­ty at Al­bany (part of SUNY). On Jan­uary 25th in Al­bany they’re hav­ing a con­clave en­ti­tled Think­ing Beyond Your Web Site: Les­sons from the XML Testbed Pro­ject, and I’m re­al­ly look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of it. Ob­vi­ous­ly, the in­ter­sec­tion of XML and State Govern­ment is very, very in­ter­est­ing ter­ri­to­ry at this mo­ment in his­to­ry. I’ll try to evan­ge­lize of course, but it’s more im­por­tant that I do some lis­ten­ing; I think most of us in the in­dus­try don’t have a good enough un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues the end-users down in the trench­es are fac­ing.
Upcoming Gig: Northern Voice · Now, this is go­ing to be fun. On Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11th, at North­ern Voice 2006, I’m go­ing to be do­ing a sit-down in­ter­view with Dave Sifry and try to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence for 45 min­utes. I think we should en­gage the whole room in a big ar­gu­men­t. Last year was a fun and mov­ing, too.
Upcoming Gig: OSBC · In San Fran­cis­co on Fe­bru­ary 15, I’ll be at the Open Source Busi­ness Con­fer­ence, on a pan­el called Open Source Soft­ware and Stan­dards Re­vis­it­ed, con­vened by Andy Upde­grove, along with Bob Su­tor, Stephen Wal­li, and Ja­son Ma­tu­sow. Yow.
Upcoming Gig: XBRL San Jose · On Wed­nes­day Jan. 18th I’ll be at Adobe in San Jose talk­ing at the XBRL Meet­ing. XBRL is about some­thing that I’ve long felt is im­por­tan­t: stan­dard­iz­ing fi­nan­cial re­port­ing. I’ve strug­gled a whole lot over the years with ac­count­ing prin­ci­ples and fi­nan­cial re­port­ing, which are gen­er­al­ly speak­ing a snake-pit. Those of us who’ve dealt with this stuff were less sur­prised by En­ron and friend­s, be­cause “Generally Ac­cept­ed Ac­count­ing Principles” have his­tor­i­cal­ly in­clud­ed lots of lat­i­tude for egre­gious lies. The best an­swer is trans­paren­cy, give in­tel­li­gent in­vestors enough in­for­ma­tion and they’ll sniff out the bad guys. Get­ting from the mess we’re now in to com­plete trans­paren­cy has two es­sen­tial step­s: first of al­l, the reg­u­la­tors have to make Gen­er­al­ly Ac­cept­ed Ac­count­ing Lies pun­ish­able with lots of jail time. Se­cond­ly, we need tech­ni­cal in­fras­truc­ture so we can build some stan­dard­ized tools to do fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis; these ex­ist to­day, but re­quire a whole lot of hand-tweaking to weed through the GAAP-approved hand-waving and make one company’s num­bers com­pa­ra­ble to another’s. XBRL isn’t the so­lu­tion, but’s an im­por­tant piece of the puz­zle, and if there’s any­thing I can do to help, I’m there.
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