Monthly Archives: December 2009

Google Impatient

“Wouldn’t it be great, then, to start from scratch and design something based on the needs of today’s web applications and today’s users?” – the Chrome Comic, Sep 08 In other words, if you can’t build it fast enough, we’ll do … Continue reading

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Pieces of Blog

Joshua Schachter of Del.icio.us fame on how the different parts of a blogging system could be decoupled and run off specialized web applications: authoring by desktop apps, storage of raw posts and hosting on Amazon S3, templates by WordPress, feeds … Continue reading

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For India and China, a Climate Clash With Their Own Destiny (NYT): “India and China are encouraged to balance their internal duties as developing countries with their external responsibilities as emerging giants. They are told to short-circuit history, to avoid … Continue reading

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Among the ten worst ideas of the decade is

the Blackberry (and iPhone and the Treo), a reminder of just how unconnected we were not ten years ago. (via the Washington Post’s list of the ten worst ideas of the decade.)

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Is the American Dream over?: David Brooks and Gail Collins of the NYT debate if the current crisis is an indication that American Life is inherently unsustainable, or merely another manifestation of the problem of inequality of skills. PayPal Taps … Continue reading

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“What I think” versus “who I am”

is the essence of the difference between Facebook-like and Twitter-like networks. People want as many people as possible to hear their opinions, and as few to know more about who they are. Which is why Twitter thrives the more open … Continue reading

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How do Indians download music to phones without a PC?

From Nokia’s EVP of services (the guy responsible for Nokia’s push into email, music, apps and the like): In India, for example, Nokia’s music download service is becoming popular mostly because many people don’t have PCs and are using their … Continue reading

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A car and a bicycle: John Gruber on Chrome OS – “The idea of a computer that does a lot less — leaving out even things you consider essential, because you can still do those things on your other, primary … Continue reading

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Just speed is enough

Compared to Chrome (and F’fox and Safari), Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 is embarrassingly slow on modern websites. If you’re looking to convert your Mom/Dad/other Net newbie to F’fox/Chrome, you don’t need to talk about security and multi-tabbing and standards-compliance anymore. All you … Continue reading

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