links for 2007-03-28


Second Life

ODF and Related Software


  1. So, we are increasingly in the position where IBM (with OS/2 and Lotus SmartSuite) is the manufacturer of Betamax VCRs; Microsoft (with Windows and Office) is the manufacturer of VHS VCRs; and ‘the community’ is (with Linux and doing its best to build a DVD recorder.

    And governments, having for many years used VHS to the exclusion of Betamax, are starting to think that mandating ISO-standard DVDs might be a good idea. Just like Disney have switched from VHS to DVD for their home entertainment business.

    So how do we work, now ? Do we have to behave like the Pied Piper of Hamelyn ? (The ‘solutions business’).
    “I am a qualified and licensed professional engineer, with N years of post-qualification experience. My employer hires out my professional engineering services at $300 per hour. At this stage it is not clear how long your problem will require to solve, but quality standards require that I give you an estimate. For budgetary purposes you may wish to consider that 4 hours of professional services will suffice.”

    See if the government signs the contract, and then we’re good to go.

  2. “Do other recommend this series?”

    it’s not in the same league as, say, snow crash which features a metaverse of its own, but it’s entertaining.

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