technology task list

Thought I've gotten away from it a bit in recent months, tychoish has a long history of being an outlook of lists of various things. While I'm not sure I want to post all of my lists for everyone to point and laugh at, the following might be worth exploring. This is a list of things I need to get worked out with my new computer, with technology in general. I post it both because I need an excuse to do a little brainstorming, and because it might be nice to get a little feedback from you all.…

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On Publishing

I've been thinking about publishing and the publishing industry of late. I'm sure some of it is related to my wanting of a kindle and my resulting thoughts on consolidation, and maybe some small measure of it has to do with the fact that sometimes it easier to think about publishing and the future of publishing than it is to think about ones own creative projects. So be it. First, "what is there to think about?…

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Owning Bits

It is difficult, and likely impossible to technologically restrict the duplication and redistribution of digital resources. In other-words, digitally accessible resources will never be scarce. Creators of content (music, literature, software) should be reimbursed for their work, and there should be business models that support these kinds of pursuits. In other words people should be compensated for the creation of content in a viable and sustainable manner. Information probably does want to be free.…

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The Web Application Layer

This post is an attempt to ask "what next?" in the world of contemporary application development. I'm disturbed by the conveyance of applications in this format. This is not news to popular readers, but, rather than complain extensively about the state of the contemporary technology, I think it would be more productive to muse on possible improvements and some of the underlying structural concerns in this space In No Particular Order.…

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Technology Update

I fear I've been posting too many posts in the vein of "so here's what I'm up to folks," rather than you know writing about things that may be interesting to folks out there in Internet land. Nevertheless, here's another slightly more technical post. I've mentioned in passing a few times over the past few months that: I've been interested in shifting to Arch Linux. While I've been running Arch in a VM on my work desktop, I have been quite slow to move additional machines over to Arch.…

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The Dangers of Consolidation

I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought Barnes and Noble was largely responsible for the ongoing and impending collapse of the publishing industry, and that's just the sort of thing that I couldn't leave a lone without a little bit of further pondering. The assertion is that Barnes and Nobel, and Borders particularly as they competed for near total domination of the local-book retail market, forced a consolidation of the publishing industry at the very moment when the worst possible thing for publishing was consolidation.…

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On Wanting a Kindle

I have a confession to make. I really want a Kindle. Bad. No really. I do. The DRM scares me, and I think the books are just the other side of "too expensive," and because I come from a long line of "book collecting people" I think there are a lot of books that I would want to own in the paper. Furthermore, I have a great laptop for reading books (a small tablet), and I have a very long history of using small form computing devices (think palm pilots and pocket pcs) to read books.…

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