A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

October, 2005

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    Comcast DVR Trick

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    My Comcast DVR learned a new trick: to skip back after fast forwarding. If you're like me, when you watch TV on your DVR you fast forward through the commercials and overshoot the start of your TV show by 10-30 seconds. Well Comcast addressed that with...
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    Why ning?

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    Not to complain or anything, but I don't get Ning . For the past fifteen minutes, I've been clickning through hotornot-like scenarios. Some of them are hysterical (try "Which driver has the smaller penis?") and some are mundane (Which is the better beer...
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    Gilder-stern is Dead

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    Charles Fitzgerald eloquently puts George Gilder in his place.
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    Evolution of the Cathedral

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    In his post about the changing cathedral and bazaar , Jon Udell asserts that the cathedral and the bazaar are both changing. And of course, they are -- that which stands still, dies. At the same time, my core point is that the "sharp edges" I'm talking...
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    An Ad, but a Funny Ad

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    Everyone once in a while, Microsoft does a good one. Check out this LiveMeeting ad .
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    RTM is Here: Time to Remove Betas

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    In general, Microsoft doesn't support upgrading from one beta or CTP to another (the user-friendly instructions are to reformat), nor from beta to RTM of Visual Studio and .NET Framework. Fortunately, Dan Fernandez helped create a tool to aid in the uninstallation...
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    Supersonic Flight

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    I guess the Concorde never made back what it cost to research and develop it. I suspected that, but didn't know it.
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    The Art of Writing Headlines (Sucks)

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    Something Scoble wrote about reminded me of being an editor: the more controversial a headline is, the more likely people are to read it. I can remember BYTE's "Is Unix Dead?" cover story and the controversy it stirred up a decade ago -- and it wasn't...
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    Does This Mean Two-Minute TV Shows?

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    A hybrid microwave/TV .
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    Seattle No Longer the Lap Dance of Luxury

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    Seems the city council decided that lap dances were bad. Now, I'm not a big attendee at strip clubs, so I don't know if this is a big deal. But c'mon fellas: don't we have something important to think about like how we can get yet another monorail bill...
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    Security Signoff

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    Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 just passed their final security review in preparation for launch. This is yet another gate these products pass on their way to shipping: a complete review by the Secure Windows Initiative Team. I can almost...
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    As Seen on TV

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    A couple of weeks ago, my wife was on Jeopardy. Of course, I joined her, flying to LA to watch the taping of the show. In the process, I learned a few things: The show organizers recommend you stay at the Ramada. I recommend you don't. My feet didn...
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    Superplatforms and Commodities

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    I'll continue one argument I was having with Jon in the open, just to see what happens. The premise: Open collaboration can relentlessly commoditize things that require a lot of work -- like deep integration -- just because it can mobilize the resources...
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    Why I Blog About Meaningless Things

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    I was having an email conversation with Jon Udell the other day about the concept of the "superplatform." The first time I saw the term, it was in a Burton Group report claiming that Microsoft had a pretty good one. <aside> I've been at Microsoft...
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    The World is a Strange Place

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    Though not much for art, and definitely not much for graffiti, I'm dying to give the FatJab a try.
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    Just Read It for the Last Paragraph

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    It's this kind of humor that I find the best -- something hovering on the irony/satire line.
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    March Toward Launch

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    Yesterday, our customers signed off on our release candidate. In case you don't know, the VS and .NET Framework development teams have a customer board building applications on our beta software and we need them all to say we're good to go before we can...
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    Nuts, Bolts, and Fathers-in-Law

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    My father-in-law is in town. Ostensibly he's here to spend time with my wife, but when a guy shows up at my door and hands me a DeWalt belt sander, I know that he's really here for some quality tool time. See, that's what happens when you spend too much...
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    Call It 32 Inches

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    My father in law walked up the street to a construction site where they were lowering a house back onto its new foundation and asked them how far apart to place the foundation bolts. Turns out that the builders didn't know where to make the foundation...
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    This Job May Make You Go Blind

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    I have no further comment on this one . OK, maybe one comment. But I'll keep it to myself. OK, I won't: Geez, guys, what were you thinking? And what's worse is the comment from their supervisor: "The officers didn't cross that line of engaging in intercourse...
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    I'm Glad He Said It, Not Me

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    Dave Winer had an unpositive reaction to Google's latest try at understanding blogs, mentioning that it " appears not to have been touched by human beings before it was introduced to the world ." Ouch.
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    Will Blogs Kill Traditional Press, Part XXVII

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    Dan Gillmor has a piece on the changes that blogs wreak on PR. I worked in the computer trade press for a long time. I can remember having a hard time believing that readers would want anything more than a monthly magazine. PC Week proved me wrong. I...
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    Gentlemen, Start Your Icons

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    A minor flame war about whether Microsoft should introduce a "non-standard" icon to IE to represent RSS feeds. I particularly like the post about how Halo 2 rocks.
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    Google and Sun: Room for Interpretation

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    I just noticed an article in the NY Times about how the vapidity vaporousness announcement made by Sun and Google has lead to some very different interpretations. When you have no real news, I guess it's better to be vague, that way at least you get to...
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    Andreessen Posts on Ning

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    I'm not sure why I decided to pick a fight , but Alex Barnett chose to answer my questions, and actually got Marc to respond on his blog .
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