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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · February
· · · · 16 (3 entries)

Camino · Camino 1.0 is out. I just switched it in as my de­fault browser. It’s ba­si­cal­ly the lat­est Fire­fox code with a slight­ly bet­ter Mac wrap­per than Firefox’s own. I’ve left Sa­fari be­hind, then gone back to it, sev­er­al times now, but its lat­est sin is ran­dom un­pre­dictable spinning-beachball slow­downs (I have the im­pres­sion that vis­it­ing any page at msnbc.­com tends to start this, but that’s just anec­do­tal). Camino is re­al­ly very very good in­deed. I’ll let you know how this goes. [Up­date: I ran across an ob­scure lit­tle zoom­ing bu­glet and sent a note to the feed­back ad­dress; got email back with­in a few hours say­ing “Yeah, known is­sue, work­ing on it.” Is that cool or what?]
 
OSBC San Francisco 2006 · I spent the last two days at OSBC West. The at­ten­dees were over­whelm­ing­ly Open-Source ven­dors, with a sprin­kling of ven­ture caps and jour­nal­ist­s. The buzz was pal­pa­ble, even if the mix was a lit­tle odd; good suits con­trast­ing with T-shirts; IRC chan­nels and Slash­dot vis­i­ble on lap­top screen­s. There were so many jour­nal­ists there that Sun PR man­aged to set me up ten (!) brief­in­gs over the course of the two days, so I didn’t get to hear many of the talk­s. Ni­cholas Carr looked at electrical-industry his­to­ry, cov­er­ing some of the same same ter­ri­to­ry that Jonathan Schwartz has been over, but go­ing a lot deep­er and draw­ing a pret­ty con­vinc­ing anal­o­gy, I thought. I caught a few min­utes of Mitch Ka­por talk­ing up Wikipedi­a; he’s a good strong-voiced clear-headed ad­vo­cate. The press brief­in­gs went OK ex­cept for when Paul Kril­l, who’s re­al­ly an ex­cel­lent tech writer, ac­ci­den­tal­ly hit one of my hot but­tons by ask­ing whether blog­gers are re­al­ly re­li­able, giv­en that they don’t have pro­fes­sion­al fact-checking and edit­ing sup­port. Giv­en that I’m still mad at the Wash­ing­ton Post for egre­gious un­cor­rect­ed ly­ing, I kind of snarled at Paul, which was un­for­tu­nate as it was a rea­son­able ques­tion. I was on two pan­el­s; one, on LAMP, was in­ter­est­ing (Zend’s Doron Ger­s­tel and ActiveGrid’s Peter Yared: “PHP rules!” Me: “LAMP’s grow­ing fast, re­sis­tance is silly”). The oth­er, on Open Source and Open Stan­dard­s, was kind of bor­ing, with Microsoft’s ex­cel­lent Ja­son Ma­tu­sow fu­ri­ous­ly re­fram­ing and re­cast­ing, and no­body else get­ting quite ir­ri­tat­ed enough to start the polemic­s, which may have amount­ed to cheat­ing the au­di­ence. Oh, an­oth­er thing about OSBC: the food is re­al­ly ex­cel­len­t.
 
Viiv Jive · A few weeks back, I raised my eye­brows over Paul Otellini’s no­tion that In­tel would find suc­cess by “communicating clear­ly what the tech­nol­o­gy can do for consumers” be­cause “you can’t just talk about the bits and bytes”. On an air­plane, scan­ning through a New York­er, I ran up against the first ev­i­dence of this; a glossy four-page spread try­ing to build their “Viiv” brand­ing. I got­ta say, they’re try­ing to do just what Otelli­ni said they would, but it’s kind of puz­zling ...
 
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