open source competition

I've been flitting about the relm of political economics, technological infrastrucutre, and cyborg-related topics for a number of weeks, maybe months, and I haven't written very much about open source. This post is hopefully a bit of a return to this kind of topic, mostly because I've been staring at a blog post for weeks, and I finally have something that's nearly cogent to about an article that kind of pissed me off.…

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fact files

I wrote a while back about wanting to develop a "fact file" or some way of creating a database of notes and clippings that wouldn't (need to be) project specific research, but that I would none the less like the keep track of. Part of the notion was that I felt like I was gathering lots of information and reading lots of stuff, that I didn't really have any good way of retaining this information beyond whatever I could recall based on what I just happen to remember.…

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writing like a programmer

I'm unique among my coworkers, in that I'm not a developer/programmer. This is a good thing, after all, because I'm the writer and not a programmer; but as a "workflow" guy and a student of software development one thing that I've been particularly struck by since taking this job is how well I've been able to collaborate with coworkers who come from a completely different background/field and furthermore how helpful this as been to my work and development as a writer.…

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the mainframe of the future

It seems really popular these days to say, about the future of computing, that "in a few years, you'll have a supercomputer in your pocket." [1] And it's true: the computing power in contemporary handheld/embedded systems is truly astounding. The iPhone is a great example of this, it runs a variant "desktop operating system," it has applications written in Objective-C, it's a real computer (sans keyboard and a small screen). But the truth is that Andriod and Blackberries are just as technically complex.…

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Ongoing Projects

I've been talking with people recently about "what I'm working on," and I've realized two things. First, that I'm beginning to get spread thin; and second, that I haven't really used this blog as an effective tool to track these projects and facilitate ongoing work on these projects. So I'm going to write an "ongoing projects update." So there. While I don't think there's sense in making this a "weekly feature" I think taking the opportunity to check in with you all about my projects, to mention cool things that are going on with these projects.…

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useful emacs and org-mode hacks

After a long time of intentionally avoiding tweaking my emacs file, I've gotten back into tweaking and hacking on my setup a bit in emacs land. Rather than wax philosophical about emacs and plain text, I thought I'd share a few things with you all in the hopes that this will prove helpful for you. I've given some thought to publishing a git repository with my emacs files, my awesome config, and the useful parts of my bashrc files.…

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return of five things

Ways I've Injured Myself Recently The tip of my right index finger caring a server. 2. My left knee (recurrent, minor) dancing, probably jumping. Design flaw, I'm convinced. 3. I have some sort of strain/dislocation of the first knuckle of my right ring finger, and its oddly sore. My right shoulder, because I sleep on it funny. 5. My left wrist is occasionally stiff from typing and what not, but I think it's sort of interesting that these 3 of the five hand-related.…

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