Where Innovation Happens, Part Two

In my post against the venture capital model I think one key question that I think I failed to answer is "If we do away with venture capital, where does innovation happen?" This post locates a number of potentials answers to this question. 1. Innovation happens in academia and research-oriented institutions. This is where innovation has often happened, and it makes sense: you get smart driven people together and you give them resources and you say learn about the world, and see what new things you can make and think that haven't been made and thought of before.…

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venture capital and software

I read this article by Joel Spoolsky about the first dot-com bust and it help crystallized a series of thoughts about the role of venture capital in the development of technology and software, particularly of Internet technologies. Give it a shot. Also, I think Cory Doctorow's "Other People's Money," is a helpful contributor to this train of thought. The question I find myself asking myself is: to what extent is the current development of technology--particularly networked technology--shaped by the demands of the venture capital market?…

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Blogging Forms

One of the aspects of "BloggingFail" [1] during the most recent technology/new media bubble, is the emergence of "blog post formulas," which are basic post formats that people use to provide structure to a post, and produce content in a way that's more readable for casual visitors, and better for search engines. Interestingly, not all of these formats are as bad as the BlogFail that they helped create, and I've been interested in collecting/creating a few new and different formats for blog posts.…

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On Reading and Writing

I may be a huge geek and a hacker type, but I'm a writer and reader first, and although while I'm blathering on about my setup it might seem like all I do is tweak my systems, the writing and reading are really more "my thing." I wrote that sentence a few weeks ago, and I've written a great many more sentences since then, but I've felt that that sentence needs some more exploration, particularly because while it seems so obvious and integrated into what I do from behind the keyboard, I think it bares some explanation for those of you playing along at home.…

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new about page

I just wanted to post something to point out that I've updated my about page and I think you might enjoy having a look. I always do enjoy reading other peoples'. Also another question: How are you all feeling about the archives of this site? I've been slow on the uptake with regards to updating tychoish.com's new archive system. Which makes it sound as if I have something in the works, when really all I did was grep through the archives and got lists of posts that seemed relevant to a couple of key topics.…

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personal desktop 2

For a few days last week, in between the time that I wrote the Personal Desktop post and when I posed it yesterday, I had a little personal computing saga: 1. One of my monitors developed a little defect. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the color depth suffered a bit and there was this flicker and I really noticed it. It's not major and I probably wouldn't have noticed it, except I look at a very nice screen all day at work and I had a working display right next to it, I saw every little flicker.…

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personal desktop

I wrote a series of posts about setting up my new work computer as a way to avoid blathering on and on about how the movers lost the cushions for my couch, and other assorted minutia that seem to dominate my attention. What these posts didn't talk about were what I was doing for "tychoish" and related computing. About a week and some change, before I moved, I packed up my desktop computer and started using my laptop full time.…

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