Category Archives: General

How to install a usable Emacs in Android (Feb 2014)

Since I mentioned in a review that I’m using Emacs on my Android Nexus 7 tablet, I’ve received several requests for information about how I set it up. There is a prepackaged Emacs app in the Google Play store, but … Continue reading

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Why did I never get into Evernote?

I just noticed that the Evernote app updated itself on my phone, and that got me thinking about how I just don’t use it much. I made a serious effort a year or two ago, in the middle of my … Continue reading

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Can open data route around damage?

Today, the US government’s data.gov temporarily went dark, and along with it, what is likely the world’s most important collection of open data sets: You are welcome to use this as a chance to rail against the juvenile hijinks in … Continue reading

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A technology architect’s disclaimer

I’m working on a large application architecture for an international organisation right now, and am including this disclaimer in the introduction: 1.1. Limitations Like all technology-related architectural designs, this is a vision of how XXX could work, not a blueprint … Continue reading

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The diffusion of innovations, or of products?

If you work anywhere near IT, you’ve probably been confronted with Everett Rogers’ Bell Curve on more than one eager PowerPoint slide deck, explaining how the presenter’s new standard, product, or initiative will move through the five audiences of Innovators, … Continue reading

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Open source’s new frontier

Today, I explored the bleeding edge of open source and mobile, to see what might be normal in 5+ years. The open-source Android application Andor’s Trail is a top-down role-playing game, sort of like Colossal Cave or Zork with pictures … Continue reading

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A plan for PRISM

The US government has two major problems right now: Out-of-control debt Bad PR around PRISM Maybe it’s time to start thinking like a business, and figure out how to turn those liabilities into assets. If PRISM brought real benefit to … Continue reading

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Link: Why so little Chinese in English?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2013/06/language-borrowing The Economist wonders why English has borrowed so few new words from China over the past 30 years, despite the country’s rise as a major world economic power. The Hermit Kingdom isn’t a hermit any more — Chinese government … Continue reading

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What’s really different about “Enterprise”

(I wrote this in 2011 as a draft and then forgot about it. It still reads OK, so here it is, basically unchanged, and without the extra sections I’d probably originally planned to add.) Even though big web sites use … Continue reading

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An easy break-up

Google Reader is going away soon, so, with tears in my eyes, I decided to break up with Reader before it could break up with me.  My rebound Android app is Feedly, which seems refreshingly easy-going — Feedly asked for … Continue reading

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