google should acquire google

Been playing around with some googlebits lately, like Google Reader, and I also noticed the other day that the big G is publishing a newsletter for librarians. (A wise move, says I, but that’s another post entirely.)

Both those things are OK, nothing really special but nothing embarrassing either. Except!

I can’t use Google Reader to search the posts in my subscription list, and there is no way (google group, RSS, anything that I can see) to actually subscribe to the Google Librarian News!


(I’m also trying out this performancing extension, but talking too much about my findings there would be very very close to work, and this is a vacation week, dammit.)

(Regret the error: nemo points out in a comment that there is indeed a “subscribe” link at the bottom of the Librarian News. I got nuthin’.)


He resists falling in to the trap of predicting Portland means 2006 will be “the year of Linux desktop,” but is confident it can capitalize on the buzz that Mozilla’s Firefox has created around open source software on the desktop. Firefox has gained 11.51 per cent of the browser market in the year since its release.

I will be very interested, as Mozilla’s representative to the Portland summit, to follow this effort. I don’t think that most of the people in that 11.51% (I love the precision there!) use Firefox because it’s open source, or perhaps even know that it is. Well, I’m being pretty generous here. I’d be surprised if more than 0.51% used Firefox because it was open source, and I’d be very pleasantly surprised to discover that more than a few percent knew that it was, and what that meant.

I do hope that a growing understanding of the value — to more than just the Mozilla project — of the Firefox brand will help alleviate some long-standing issues here, but even more I hope that the “rest” of the open source desktop can learn from what we’ve done well and poorly, and use that to inform their own path. That’s not a guarantee of success for anyone, to be sure, but it seems like something that would be of interest to those projects. (I have a bit of trivia about that very interest from the Summit, but that’s a whole other story.)

As an aside perhaps of interest to nobody, I think that the “open source desktop” is much much more interesting these days than the “Linux desktop”, with the possible exception of OLPC, and that it’s a lot easier to switch the OS after you switch the parts that touch the users. (The flowers, in many cases, remain standing.)

shavermedia microupdate

Point the first: my KCBS nanointerview is online now, lemme know how obvious it is that I had just woken up.

Point the second: a Red Herring interview I did some time ago (a surreal blend of hard-hitting in-depth journalism about security and competitive threats, and fluff questions about my favourite childhood toys, I must say) is now webified as well. The highlight, for me, is the photo; Vlad obviously performed some ILM-grade special effects. And the Red Herring seems to have done their own, simultaneously scaling it down and making it blockier. Guess it looked better in print, though I’ve never seen it to be sure.

Can’t say I really like the way my answers came out, though the fact that they don’t use quote marks does, I suppose, give them license to chop and slice. If you’ve heard me speak extemporaneously, let alone in a press setting, you’ll probably recognize that voice and style as not quite mine.

well, at least that part was nice

I had a very frustrating and angry-making day today, and it took a lot out of me. I don’t want to talk about it, and nobody else wants me to talk about it either

But then Deb pointed me at this wonderful movie about Firefox and IE and people. My favourite part is that most people don’t seem to know quite why they like Firefox. They just do, because it’s comfortable, and it makes them feel good.

And that makes me feel good.

truth in advertising

As I mentioned before, I’m in Portland this week meeting with a bunch of Linux desktop people to talk about barriers to improvement and adoption of Linux desktop software.

One of the things that has come of out of this meeting already is a commitment from jdub and the other guys to supporting more than just X or Linux platforms for their unifying standards and technology. Apparently their mission statement‘s relentless focus on X is a historical accident, and not to be taken seriously. Good news indeed, I think, because it means that projects like Mozilla and OpenOffice could get involved more, and maybe benefit from the work beyond the cairo stuff.