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I think I’ve learned to more or less moderate my zealotry over the years. I’ve been using (and running my companies) mostly on Macs for the last 21 years (after moving from CPM to MS-DOS) mostly because they just work better. Not because they’re cool. (Though they are; and that iPod I just got instantly fills up all my loveofgooddesign receptor sites.)
But ya gotta admit that Mark Morford’s got a point when he asks ‘Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms? Why isn’t everyone on a Mac?’
Here is your brand new car, sir. Drive it off the lot. Yay yay new car. Suddenly, new car shuts off. New car barely starts again and then only goes about 6 miles per hour and it belches smoke and every warning light on the dashboard is blinking on and off and the tires are screaming and the heater is blasting your feet and something smells like burned hair. You hobble back to the dealer, who only says, gosh, sorry, we thought you knew — that’s they way they all run. Enjoy!
Would you not be, like, that is the goddamn last time I buy a Ford?

[Roland Tanglao]: Note to self: Andy Kessler like Steve Jobs is crazy but what he writes below makes sense in a wacky sort of way.

Andy Kessler (author of Running Money), in the WSJ: We Think, They Sweat:
…you start to get a feel for how
the world works. A $1.5 billion trade deficit increases wealth in the
U.S. by some $16 billion – I’ll take that trade any day.

A contrarian perspective on outsourcing.

Speaking of Gillmor (and of market signals) he did a fine piece on options and executive compensation back in May.
In their 2003 book, ‘In the Company of Owners,’ Joseph Blasi, Douglas Kruse and Aaron Bernstein argue for wider stock ownership among employees. After studying options grants to top executives and the rank-and-file, they concluded that companies granting more to the top bosses gained nothing — in terms of share-price improvements over three years from the date the options were granted — over companies that spread the wealth.
Worse,’ they wrote, ‘the firms whose corporate chieftains were most likely to take a bigger share had sub par performance to begin with. Since the extra ownership made no difference, the shareholders with the greediest CEOs were just throwing good money after bad.’
Keep options. But aim them where they’ll do some genuine good — with the people in the trenches. They’re the ones who do the hard work.


Sent as an open letter to Dan Gillmor at the San Jose Mercury News, the most reliable source I know in the Valley:
I thought this might be of interest as a tech trend for you to write about. And I’d welcome your advice.
Verio, our ISP and web host, has just implemented spam controls. That’s good.
My email volume has dropped 50-80%. That’s good… and bad, since I fear they’ve blocked lots of ‘false positives,’ and there’s no way to know, and there’s no way to create a “white list” of acceptable senders.
[Why do I fear their false positives? Because their ‘medium probability’ spam (which they pass through with ‘[SPAM]’ inserted into the subject line) includes lots of false positives, so I’m worried that there ‘high probability’ includes even more.]
Their policy, such as it is, is detailed here: (which link I only got after an increasingly frustrated call with tech support; they didn’t notify users this was coming)
I wonder: is this the way most ISPs are handling the spam problem, providing no recourse to white list, no way to adjust their filters, etc? Or is it time to move to another service?
(I know full well what a problem spam is for them as well as for us, but it makes it hard for me to run a business if might have important incoming email blocked, and not even know it’s happened.)

No such thing! says John Dvorak
A disruptive technology is defined as a low-performance, less expensive technology that enters a heated-up scene where the established technology is outpacing people’s ability to adapt to it. The new technology gains a foothold, continues to improve, and then bumps the older, once-better technology into oblivion. Sounds good. The problem is that there is not one example of this ever happening….This concept only services venture capitalists who need a new term for the PowerPoint show to sucker investors.
My very, very smart friend Scott Butner (source of this item), observes ‘Normally I don’t like Dvorak, but have to admit I agree with him here. But then, I’ve decided that I’m more of an evolutionary than a revolutionaryámaybe because Darwin has, in hindsight, stood up to the last 100 years better than Marx.æ’
My perspective: I think Dvorak’s gone a tad too far here with his own absolutes (Dvorak? No! I’m shocked!) but not very. (But need to reread Christensen to see if Dvorak has represented him accurately.
Your thoughts?
PS: Dvorak goes on to say: One problem in our society is the increasing popularity of false-premise concepts that are blindly used for decision making….The concept of disruptive technology is not the only daft idea floating around to be lapped up obediently by the business community. There are others. But the way these dingbat bromides go unchallenged makes you wonder whether anyone can think independently anymore.
He got that right. (And not just about technology!)

Adam Kalsey: Anatomy of a Meme. [Scripting News]
And “buttonmaker”

Jason Cook: Sharing Your Site with RSS. [Scripting News]

Seems to come in flurries, affecting a bunch of bloggers this time

[Apple]: James Gosling, Mastermind of Java
During a visit to Brazil, Gosling saw the potential of the Internet realized in medicine. With many lines of code — Gosling says it’s just “a big pile of Java beans” — the Brazilian National healthcare system links 12 million people in 44 cities. “I would love to live in Brazil just to have that infrastructure,” Gosling says with a tone of unabashed admiration.
“If you look at the way that the medical system works in the U.S., it’s bits of paper. Islands that don’t talk to each other. You go to the doctor, who scrawls out a prescription. And you go to some pharmacy and they fill it out. There are all kinds of opportunities for error and fraud. You go to some other doctor who doesn’t know what another doctor might have done and who doesn’t get to see your medical records because they’re not instantly accessible.
“In the Brazilian system,” Gosling continues, “there are national databases and a doctor sticks your ID card in a little reader to see your complete medical history, wherever the doctor is and wherever you came from. Brazil has a national medical system and we have chaos.”

If you think that’s bad, or at least terribly disappointing (or perhaps pointing to a huge opportunity), see what he has to say about the perspicacity of the auto industry, and what THEY think happens once your car is on the Internet.

Let’s be careful out there [continued]
Robert Evans: “Someone once told me that the three most dangerous things in life are your own mouth, someone else’s mouth, and a car… adding a cell phone to the mix can only lead to disaster” [John Robb’s Radio Weblog]