Posts from November 2003

Treo 600 geeking

Treo 600 geeking
: Dan Gillmor is planning to buy a Treo 600 and that’s good news for the rest of us Treogeeks, for he will write about any shortcoming he finds as Palm, if its smart, will fix it. In that line, I lobbied him with all my wishes when he asked me about using the Treo as a modem for my laptop (alas, it won’t work for Dan because he’s on Mac). Dan suggested that I post my wishlist and so, for those who care, click on more…


The leftist who can’t laugh

The leftist who can’t laugh
: The utter humorlessness of Noam Chomsky never ceases to amuse me.

The Observer interviews him on the release of his latest book (in which he says, ‘No president in that time, judged on the principles of Nuremberg, would have escaped hanging’ — with, of course, a straight face) and it begins with this exchange:

I start tentatively enough with a question about a remark he made recently in the New York Times about the fact that he continued to live in America, because it was ‘the greatest country in the world’. In what sense did he believe this?

He starts, too, as he means to go on. ‘I have to first of all give a background,’ he says, already a bit exasperated. ‘That interview never took place. It is rather interesting, interviews like that never take place.’

The New York Times made it up?

‘It was a senseless contraction of an hour-and-a-half telephone conversation in which I explained question by question why I am not going to answer this question or that question, because it is not a sensible question.’ Right.

‘And the published interview was contracted from the original questions and sentences extracted from my often lengthy explanations of why I was not going to answer. There is no country in the world where interviews like these would happen. Where these kind of trivial questions would be asked.’

What a blowhard.

Blog scandal!

Blog scandal!
: There’s a scandal in the blogosphere but it’s not about sex (we’re all too damned geeky and dull for that); of course, it’s about links and traffic. Clay Shirky reports on Truth Laid Bare’s discovery that the Ecosystem is being manipulated with multiple Sitemeter counters.

Hey, I’d be happy if Technorati would once and for all and finally get me into the Top 100, where I belong!

You are a network

You are a network
: The BBC just licensed some cool technology that will let correspondents broadcast live over the air from their laptop and any Internet connection. The company that created it calls this Laptop News Gathering.

The barrier to entry keeps falling and falling. Anybody can be a publisher. Anybody can be a network. [via Live Remote]

: Meanwhile, Stuart Hughes in Cambodia perfects the art of vlogging.

Google “news”

Google “news”
: Google “News” won’t put up weblogs of good repute but it does list this as if it were a legit news. Huh?

: It gets worse. I just found this from News?

If GoogleNews wanted to have a separate opinion scrape, that would be good and useful. But I’d recommend a hundred weblogs before I’d recommend the two sources linked above — two sources that happen to exhibit the same slant. So is GoogleNews slanted?

Iraq: a liberal cause

Iraq: a liberal cause
: Tom Friedman, bless him, finally comes out today and says what I’ve been saying for a long time:

The ouster of the tyrant Saddam Hussein was a liberal and humanitarian cause.

And the rebuilding of Iraq is a liberal cause.

But liberals don’t know it.

…this war is the most important liberal, revolutionary U.S. democracy-building project since the Marshall Plan. The primary focus of U.S. forces in Iraq today is erecting a decent, legitimate, tolerant, pluralistic representative government from the ground up. I don’t know if we can pull this off. We got off to an unnecessarily bad start. But it is one of the noblest things this country has ever attempted abroad and it is a moral and strategic imperative that we give it our best shot….

On Iraq, there has to be more to the left than anti-Bushism….

For my money, the right liberal approach to Iraq is to say: We can do it better. Which is why the sign I most hungered to see in London was, “Thanks, Mr. Bush. We’ll take it from here.”

Try telling that to the liberals running for president.

: UPDATE: Jack Balkin, good liberal, agrees with Friedman that we must fix up Iraq but then he cops out, saying that Bush will not listen. Jack, when did that ever stop anyone from putting pressure on? That’s what we should be doing. Instead of continuing to carp, we should be demanding the best path to democracy in Iraq:

: Putting pressure on to have more troops, not fewer, to bring security to Iraq.

: Putting pressure on the U.N. to send more troops from more nations to show support for democracy in Iraq.

: Putting pressure on companies to be ready to invest in Iraq.

: Putting pressure on Arab nations to disavow the terrorism — yes, terrorism — that is targeting Iraqi civilians and not only military but also civilian workers from other countries.

Rather than just carping, liberals should be demanding that the president — but first, their presidential candidates — do more to grow democracy and civilization in Iraq and the Middle East.

There’s plenty we can do, Jack, plenty.

The speed of blog

The speed of blog
: Way back on Nov. 19, Hit & Run’s weblog broke the silly master/slave meme (in which a doofus California bureaucrat who should be unemployed by now sends out a memo instructing people involved with computers not to call devices masters or slaves because it violates the supreme law of the age — it’s offensive).

The story finally got picked up by the AP — and, in turn the Chicago Tribune — today.

See, guys, if you’d been reading weblogs, you could have stolen that story far sooner.


: I’m flattered to be plotted in the map of the Commonwealth of Blogosphere States.