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  1. World Fantasy Convention 2007, Days 3-4  • 
    Alas, all the late night boozin' and schmoozin' has caught up with me. I'm sick. As a dog is sick, so I, too, am sick. So I will complete my report here of the goings-on at World Fantasy by summarizing the last two days of the con.
  2. Reinventing E-mail  • 
    Not only has email software not evolved in the past 10 years, it's actually moved backwards. Clients like Mozilla Thunderbird are dying, and Google seems to be the only company pushing email innovation. What can be done to fix this sorry state of affairs?
  3. Take Control of Your Information! (Part 1)  • 
    I started a post last week about the future of web content, and the problems of content distribution in web 2.0, and why we should all adopt open standards to structure everything we write on the Internet. The piece got much too long, so I split it into three parts. Here’s part 1. *** Remember […]
  4. Free Tech Tools Worth Blogging About  • 
    It’s phenomenal how much free software is out there on the web for the taking. I, for one, definitely take it for granted. Back in the days of taping LP records onto 90-minute cassette tapes, I used to pine for a computerized music library. Now I’ve got a computerized music library that I built for […]
  5. What the WordPress Needs Now  • 
    I haven’t always been kind to open-source software (read exhibits A and B), but sometimes you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. WordPress — whose version 2.2.2 powers this blog, as of this writing — is a remarkably polished CMS with an extended community that rivals that of Mozilla Firefox. Me likey WordPress. […]
  6. Shelfari: LibraryThing with a New Coat of Paint?  • 
    LibraryThing seems to have a new competitor. Or, at least, I’ve just become aware of them. I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’m a big fan of LibraryThing. I’ve spent hours and hours tweaking my LibraryThing profile, adding books to my catalog, and just browsing around other people’s shelves. I’ve spoken with Tim […]
  7. In Defense of Microsoft  • 
    When I wrote my not-so-complimentary piece on OpenOffice the other week, I expected to receive at least a few slams from fans and believers in the open source movement. And I did receive an interesting comment from a fellow who signed his name MnMKY, which I excerpt here: The accomplishments of a worldwide effort, unifying […]
  8. OpenOffice: One Strike and You’re Out?  • 
    You want to know why people use Microsoft products? I present to you Exhibit A. The new Sony laptop I’ve been bragging about came without a licensed version of Microsoft Word. Sony included a trial version of Office 2007 Student and Home and a copy of Microsoft Works. So I figured I’d give OpenOffice another […]
  9. Keeping Up with the Kludges  • 
    The world is shrinking. Products and laws and programs that were once created with tens of thousands of relatively homogeneous white people in Middle America are now being exported all around the world. How are we going to be able to keep up with all the kludges necessary to make things work?
  10. Sony VAIO Bloatware  • 
    Pursuant to my earlier post about all the unnecessary crapware pre-loaded on my new Sony VAIO laptop… I found a way to get a list of all the stuff that Sony loaded this thing up with, above and beyond Windows. You just open the Sony Recovery Center, and click the option to reinstall some of […]

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