Software as app Store

This post represents two major ideas, first of "app stores," and second of "Sass" or "software as a service," which seems to be the prevailing business model for contemporary technology companies that aren't stuck in the 80s. With reflection on free software, open source, and the technology industry as a whole. Because that's sort of my thing. On the one hand the emergence of these tightly controlled software distribution methods represent a fairly serious threat to free software, as does SaaS particular insofar as SaaS exploits a GPL loophole.…

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Coming of Age In The Science Fiction Community

I said to a new writing friend "I'm young, particularly given that anyone under the age of 40 in the science fiction community is considered 'a young writer.'" Which is, more or less true (on both counts,) and brought on a couple of trains of thought that I'd like to explore in a bit more depth: 1. The "youth" of a writer is long, indeed much longer than one would expect.…

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The Things I'm Going To Do Today

Ok, so not really. This post is mostly about playing a head game with yourself, in an effort to get more organized. But not "head games" in a bad way. On my to do list for the past few weeks I've had something like "write a blog post about todo list item titles," because in light of this post about org-mode it seems like a topic in need of further definition.…

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Kindle and Paradise Regained

As you all might have heard that Amazon (finally) released a Kindle Application for the Blackberry. When I heard this I thought that this would be a good thing, as I have (and quite enjoy) both my Blackberry and Kindle. Here's the rundown: The Kindle App for the blackberry is probably the most well designed blackberry application I've seen thus far. Having said that, the bar isn't terribly high.…

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There's a Widget for That

Perhaps part of the reason the iPad doesn't make sense for me is that I've never really used an iPhone, and at the core iPad is basically iPhone++. I opted to get a Blackberry because I wanted a device that did email right and messaging, I had/have an iPod Touch that I don't really use and the little isolated applications that don't interact well with my existing work flow and lock data in didn't really appeal to me.…

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Tumblr Killed the Tumblelog Star

A few years ago, highly citational, link/youtube video blogs came back into style again. This time rather than calling them blogs, we called them "tumblelogs." I never really got into it, though I tried, and even my original inspiration for starting tychoish.com was to do a more "tumblelog-esque" blog.It never quite worked out. Then I read this post by Michael Coté which inspired a few things: First, it got the following title to stick in my head and refuse to get out.…

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A Flurry of Contra Dance

I went to a Dance festival a few weeks ago, and wanted to collect, as I am wont to do, some thoughts on the subject. No particular order or organization. There was a sacred harp singing event at the festival, and then a group of us had a little ad hoc sacred harp session in a hallway (better acoustics) afterwords and the next day. The end result: I feel like I'm starting to really have a clue about Sacred Harp singing.…

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