Tuesday, July 31
"My company is to completely go away from Microsoft," White said. "We're not going to buy any more Microsoft products. It's my decision. They're alienating their customers. I don't trust them."
Does anyone trust Microsoft?
Friday, July 27
Stanford graduate Genevieve Bell of Hillsboro, Ore., says that when she left a teaching position at Stanford for a job at Intel, "as far as the faculty was concerned, it was a total sell-out. (Working in industry is) thought of as second tier."
Tuesday, July 24
Around 1995 August 16th 2:00pm we were in computer class at Byck
Elemetry School. We took a computer apart and put it back together.
We had a fun time. Than we learned how to use the Internet. The
First thing we did was we went to Internet explorer. Than we went to
Animals dot org. lernd about in danger species. So after we learnd about
In danger speciesthe
Mmmm....good research question.
Monday, July 23
Sunday, July 22
Saturday, July 21
I am also a paid staff member in charge of the department website, and in response to the new chair's desire that our office staff begin adding more "content" to our site (which is a good thing) I have been toying with the idea of installing some sort of content management system, or CMS.
Content management systems can be something as simple as blogger, which let an individual write journal entries in a form and click "submit" to upload the files, or something more complex like http://www.slashdot.org , "news for nerds" which allows multiple users to submit stories which are approved by an editorial staff. Each story can be responded to by users, and readers can filter the discussion topics so that they only see the comments that receive high ratings by peer evaluators.
Recently a new hire from UT Austin showed me a cool setup made with ColdFusion (yet another server program, but an expeeeeensive one) that allows users to create and link to pages, upload word documents, etc. all within the browser. The software automatically creates a site map of all of the content.
With that in mind, I'm trying to decide whether the office staff should learn html or an authoring package, or whether to install some sort of content management system that will allow website updates via the browser. The situation is slightly different than the classroom, simply because the staff don't have the time (or often the inclination) to spend a semester learning the web tools. There is also the problem of turnover, and reteaching new people. Finally, I have a lot of oter responsibilities in addition to maintaining the website, so I can't devote unlimited time to teaching html to the staff, and in the Fall we will all simply be too busy.
On the other hand, it only takes about an hour to learn the basics of dreamweaver, and much of their work would consist of updating existing pages.
So has anyone encountered this situation before or are you using a content management system to keep your pages updated?
Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions,
disclaimer: the words "content," "user," and "management" are all symbolically enclosed in invisible, postmodern quotes indicating that I know they are problematic :)
Once Microsoft is not only outside the USA, but is itself a sovereign nation, all anti-trust bets are off. As a diplomat, Gates couldn't even be arrested for speeding on visits back to Redmond, a result that might make the move worthwhile in itself.
Cringeley is nuts, but I love reading him.
I'm assuming those are wholesale prices, but my goodness, that's disgusting. As crappy as the linux desktop is, this certainly is disturbing. If I were an OEM I'd hire 10 smart hackers to get the Linux desktop user-friendly. Poor Eazel.
Wednesday, July 18
Tried to clean up this town,
His ideas made some people mad.
But he trusted his crowd,
So he spoke right out loud
And they lost the best friend they had
On the thirty-first floor your gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain
Any brighter flame would be a lie.
Blue, so blue, my love still burns for you,
But I know that I'll only make you cry.
Evan Dando has some great Gram Parsons covers.
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 10
After I've done that, I then run a macro that combines all of the bracketed comments into one long list, which I then play with. I'm doing this so I can locate areas most needing expansion and work on my overall structure and argument. BBedit has a built-in macro that lets you "copy lines containing" but in windows you have to do the following:
You can use the EditReplace function in Word to cut lines containing
the target string if you turn on Use Wild Cards or Pattern Matching.
Search for (^p)(*)(TargetString)(*)(^p) and replace with \1 should
delete any lines except the first one which contain the target string.
Would be easy to write a Word macro to do the copy bit but you would
have to tell us which word processor you currently have and which
version. Word 6/7 has a different macro language than Word 97.
Monday, July 9
Friday, July 6
I'm looking to put up a combined wiki/weblog. The only existing option is PikiePikie, but i'm looking into combining stand-along weblog software with UseModWiki, which i'm already using. The other major alternatives are Zope, which has both though not combined AFAIK, and Manila, which isn't GPL (i trust Dave Winer, but what about his heirs?), and doesn't do wiki though that could probably be added.
Wiki/Weblog convergence? My little brain hurts.
Thursday, July 5
Wednesday, July 4
The family is in Oregon for three weeks. I'm filling up our empty house with the sounds of NPR and bad videos.
They've been gone less than 24 hours.