So if you’re coming here from the Scoble links, let me explain briefly what’s going on here: I’m a big nerd. I love technology. I especially love operating systems. There’s just something fabulous about installing a brand-new OS and digging around in it. An operating system says so much about the culture of the company (or insomniac Chinese) who created it. Anthropology through operating systems? Why not?
Of course the main thing about any OS is, does it let you get your job done? And at this point in time I’d say, unless you do something that really requires a specialized vertical application, any OS will let you get your job done. But the bar has been raised. Since most knowledge workers these days spend eight hours or more in front of their monitors, it also becomes a question of, how well does it support you?
Right now, for my money, Panther is King of the Hill. But when a company with the resources of Microsoft goes all out and “bets the company” on a new operating system, it should be interesting to see what comes out of it. So I’m watching for Longhorn news. If it turns out to live up to the hype when it comes out, I’ll ditch my Mac and go for it. If it doesn’t, I’ll provide feedback to Microsoft about why it doesn’t.
Hope you enjoy the site and check back in the future.
Music: Harvest Home by Big Country
Posted Monday, 27 October, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.