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NetNewsWire Pro 1.0b5

The new release of NNW Pro fixes just about every bug with Movable Type sites. [ranchero.com]



One thing that I’ve noticed about Friendster – or, perhaps more accurately, about how people think of themselves when posting on it – is the amount of emphasis placed on “the media I like”. Take a look at the entries of anyone on there: You’ll find that the number of media things they like (books, music, TV) easily outnumbers the amount of interests they have. It’s as if we define ourselves, not by what we think and do, but by what media we consume.
(Of course, this came to me when I was perusing someone’s profile and thought “Oh wow, we are pretty similar, we like the same kind of things“. Which just goes to prove that no insight of mine is good enough to change my own behaviour.)
And, of course, half the things that we list in “interests” are things we consume, rather than do. There’s something unpleasant about the whole thing – not about Friendster, but about how we come to see ourselves.


Kernel panic bug

Mike Cohen hightlights what appeats to be a bug in Mac OS X 10.2.3 that induces the ultimate nasty: A Kernel panic. Mike’s created a discussion on Apple’s boards for this problem, which only affects 10.2.3.

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Jhai foundation needs you!

Danny writes a brilliant piece on the Jhai Foundation, an organisation founded by Lee Thorn and aided by ideas of 2002.
However, it looks like the piddling $25,000 the scheme needs isn’t going to come through until after the monsoon season starts, effectively delaying the project. So, Danny suggests, it’s time for us to put our hands in our pockets and donate whatever you can – even $10 will help. You can PayPal the Jhai Foundation on their donations page (mention it’s for “Remote IT”).

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Feeling like a Smiths record

Argh! I’m still feeling ill. We closed for the holidays on 20th December, which means that I’ve actually been ill for over half the time I’ve been off work. This is decidedly not fair, and a thoroughly depressing start to the new year.

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Meaning of “proprietary”

Can someone explain to me why Jack Schofield thinks that the Mac is a proprietary system while Windows isn’t? Has Windows gone open source while I wasn’t watching? Or, in fact, does Microsoft still own it lock, stock and barrel, keeping the source code to itself?

I refer to Dictionary.com’s definition: “Owned by a private individual or corporation under a trademark or patent”. I think that covers Windows.


Apple’s retail business model: What business model?

Very interesting post over on Motley Fool about the lack of a coherent business model for Apple’s retail stores. The short version: thanks to some interesting accounting practices, it’s extremely difficult to tell if the retail stores are making money, or indeed if they will ever make money.



Ben Hammersley comes up with the goods. He’s managed to cobble together a site and RSS feed that allows people to post a request for something to their blog, have it ping the site via trackback, and hopefully someone will build it. Neato!


More on the West pier

BBC News has another story on thecollapse of the West pier. I should be going to see it later if the weather stops being bad, in which case I’ll try and get some pictures.



I think Azeem first pointed this outto me. Friendster is a great service for finding links to people – it’s “Match.com that works.”