Archive for June, 2003


Keep Up The Good Work! Here’s what I wrote to Dave Winer, when I found out that he shut down http://www.scripting.com/ :

Dear Dave,No, we’ve never met in person.
Yes, I read your blog (Scripting News) almost daily.
Yes, I’m very sorry to see that you have taken Scripting News down.

I do not always agree with what you write – but disagreement is NOT a good reason to call somebody names (or to throw bombs at them, for that matter). Thanks to you, I too am now a blogger – go read http://nukleos.editthispage.com/ (yep, still running there) to see that it takes time to learn how to blog, or to write well in general.

I hope that this mail may offer you a bit of moral support – and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the only one (nor the most eloquent and important, but that’s another matter).

May the Force of the Internet Bloggers be with you!

Let’s Keep Up The Good Work! As long as there is no real, enforceable international judicial order, I think the so-called Belgian genocide law must continue to exist. I’m not alone in that thinking: “Confronting Impunity for War Crimes: The Choice before Belgium — and All of Us” (Electronic Intifada).

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Interesting Point Of View. Halley’s Comment of today: “And, as you’ve probably guessed, I think of Anne Frank as a blogger” – dying to tell her story.

Surprise. Until today, I’ve always thought of John Udell as just a very knowledgeable and serious person and writer. But he’s writing comedy too – about a very serious matter, I should add… and I fear his conclusion is more than 100% correct.

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But What About His Buddies?Can Bush Be Both Ignorant and a Liar?” (http://www.slate.com).

Well DeservedDeutsche Software für Mac OS X erhält “Design Award”” (http://www.heise.de).

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No Drumroll, Please. I went to the JavaOne Afterglow event organized by BeJUG today. I was a bit disappointed, because most of the speakers just tried to cram as much as possible into their presentations – they forgot to convey the spark, the enthousiasm, the “yeah” they possibly felt while in SF. Well, at least the keynote was worth the journey. Let me present you with my highlights of the day: “It’s so beatiful, you can read it aloud, just like poetry!” (Stephan Janssen on the coming “foreach” construct in J2SE 1.5) and (probably not completely original): “Web Services are like teenage sex: everybody is talking about it, but nobody is doing it” (Tom Baeyens). I did not bring my camera this time – sorry!

By the way – I only saw a single person in the audience (out of about 160) use a laptop at the BeJUG event, and it was an Apple Powerbook with a 17inch screen ;-) …

As ExpectedApple Computer Inc. rolls out new hardware and software at the 2003 WorldWide Developer Conference. I’m not a fan of the new G5 model’s look, but it sure seems to be fast: “The Power Mac G5 shows major ass-kicking potential“.

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A cymbal that sounds as if it is being plucked are among new sounds made possible with novel music software“, writes BBC News.

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Different Profile

He’s no Steve Jobs, that’s for sure. But as an Apple user, it’s nice to read about one of the founders of Apple’s hardware, Steve Wozniak: A conversation with Steve Wozniak (part 1) and Wozniak looks back (part 2).

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Decisive, Indeed

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work is the subject of an exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, but since that link is bound to disappear soon, let me point you to his biography at Photo Seminars (http://www.photo-seminars.com). Cartier-Bresson’s work certainly influenced the way I look at photographs – and the world at large, so in a very real sense, his work has been quite decisive for me!

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