enjoying salad since 1978.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Why "Me Too" Startups Are Not Always a Mistake. Some insightful commentary in the comments section also.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Modern work environments are making you stupid.

The BBC is reporting that

"Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers, new research has claimed."

I would imagine IRC at work would be more like a 20 point hit. But what about World of Warcraft? I imagine Obvious is wondering this now as they hear the sounds of Azeroth coming from Goldman's area.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


I'm glad I'm not the only one yawning. Wake me up when it can talk to the full web and when it works with XPath/regex/webified-awk (oh please, somebody make a webified awk).

I really like the idea of viewing web resources as stdin & stdout but here's what make pipes on unix work: authors of unix tools know that they have to spit out regular data. Unix apps that spit out the equivalent of tag soup are not very usable as stdin for another app. So you shove it through awk/sed/perl/od/you name it and hope it's usable enough. Usually it's not.

The problem with the web, even RSS, is that nobody thinks about their output the same way unix geeks think about their app's output. Pipes are completely ingrained into the unix landscape in a way that they aren't in the web. Hopefully Pipes changes that.