And Then I Broke Down and Got a Tablet

Ok, I caved and got a tablet. This is a post about my experiences with the tablet and some general thoughts on the format. I opted for the Motorola Xoom. It's an Android device, I appreciate the Motarola build quality, and I'm very pleased with my choice. First impressions first: Reading on the tablet is great. I have a Kindle, and while I respect how lightweight the Kindle is itself. Despite the extra weight, the slightly larger screen and the back light is very very nice and very welcome.…

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New Sweater

This post comes in two parts: an update on the current knitting project and an introduction to a new sweater that I've started recently. See the Ideal Sweater and Sweater Stories posts for more information on my current thinking about knitting and writing. Current Sweater: Gray and Black I've been trying to write an update on my current knitting, but to be honest I'd rather be knitting than writing little updates and taking picture of the thing that I'm knitting.…

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Science Fiction Reading Progress

I've been mentioning what I've been reading as part of my weekly "accomplishment" posts, but I wanted to take the opportunity to write a slightly longer review and reflection of some recent reading. After delaying for far too long, I've finally gotten through the April/May issue of Asimov's. There are probably all sorts of reasons why double issues make a lot of sense for publishers, but I have to say that I find them a bit grueling to read.…

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Micro-Entrepreneurship, Good Enough, and Crowd Sourcing

I read this post by one of the partners in one of the coolest web services around, you should open that in a new window and then come back. Back? Great! Lars, proposes crowd-funding as a way to support free software development. Basically, run a "sponsor me to develop stuff" program, but rather than fund free software as a start-up around a single project or work for a big vendor.…

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Lately Review

It's Friday and I have a bunch of links, notes, and accomplishments to share. First up, jfm and I have been continuing the discussion we had about task lists in a new discussion of the /posts/mobile-productivity-challenges. I've also imported some conversation from facebook (to a discourse page, since removed) following up on the :Cyborg Analysis and Technology Policy post that I made this last week. I'm really really proud of the extent to which the comments and edits that I've gotten have made my writing and thinking clearer on these subjects.…

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This document outlines the use of emacs' require and provide functions to help new users understand how to better configure the text editor. While there are a number of different strategies for organizing emacs configuration files and lisp systems and there is no single dominant best practice, consider this document if you find your .emacs or init.el` file growing out of control. Background and Overview After using emacs for any period of time, one begins to develop a rather extensive emacs configuration.…

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Interfaces in Enterprise Software

This post is a continuation of my human solution to IT and IT policy issues series. This post discusses a couple of ideas about "enterprise" software, and its importance the kind of overall analysis of technology that this posts (and others on this site) engage in. In many ways this is a different angle on some of the same questions addressed in my "Caring about Java" post: boring technologies are important, if not outright interesting.…

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