A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

October, 2005

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    Are You Dumb?

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    A game to play with the sound turned low so nobody can hear whether you're dumb or not.
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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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    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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    Wiring a Kiln or "So That's What 200 Amps Smells Like"

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    Recently, my wife found a great deal on a Skutt 41" oval kiln that a school had to get rid of. It had never been used, and they were offering it for $1200 (a great deal). So we borrowed a friend and a pickup truck and retrieved it. The next task was to...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Shrunk/Shrank and Other Grammatical Observations

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    Found a useful Web site for my previous post. Nice for a grammar nut like me.
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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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    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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    No, I Am Not One Of The Village People

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    I decided to dress up for Halloween as a contractor . I should have painted the tools gold so that I could have said I was a government contractor. But everyone thinks I'm dressed as one of the Village People. What do I have to do -- start overcharging...
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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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    The Truth About Blogs

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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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    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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    VB .Next

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    Good article on eWeek on VB "9."
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    What? No Captain Underpants?!

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    Evidently book banning is still in style. I thought that went out with goose-stepping and invading Poland.
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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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    I Suppose It's Kind of Like Goodwill or the Salvation Army

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    Britney Spears is selling her used clothing on eBay for charity. You know, somewhere in here, there's a really snappy one-liner that's just not coming to me.
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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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    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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    At the Heart of Science Fiction

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    I've been reading a bunch of sci fi for the past couple of months ( John C. Wright , Richard Morgan , Chris Moriarty , etc.). At the heart of a lot of it is the idea that, once we can harness something greater than simple fossil fuels, we will be able...
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