Scripting News for 8/31/2006

Raise your hand if you believe President Bush. I didn’t think so. 

ZDNet Australia: “When companies launch a brand new product it usually takes some time to weed out the niggling issues; but how many systems need to break before the situation is recognised as a disaster rather than an unfortunate blip in quality control?” 

Apparently no one asked Tim Berners-Lee how he feels about “Web 2.0.” Listen to this podcast. He says the web has always been two-way. Not exactly big news here. šŸ™‚ 

Josh Bancroft is live-blogging the birth of his second child using YoMoBlog. (!) 

Scoble: “I’m boring.” šŸ™‚ 

New header graphic, the Oakland Coliseum, night game.  

The picture of the ballpark, above, is geotagged.  

Geotagging makes pages like this almost obsolete. (I couldn’t arrange for it to show me all pictures taken at 451 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, the location of the Apple Store.) 

Jeff Veen has been geotagging too.  

Glenn Ford, the thoughtful Hollywood leading man, died Wednesday at age 90.  

Slate: “The fifth anniversary of 9/11 looms before us, and it’s hard to say which artifact is gloomier: the awful memory of the attack itself (especially to those of us who witnessed the towers crumbling) or the spectacle of our leaders wrapping themselves in its legacy as if it were some tattered shroud that sanctifies their own catastrophic mistakes and demonizes all their critics.” 

Mike Yamamoto: Can Web 2.0 save newspapers? 

Today’s song: “Then I’ll get on my knees and pray we don’t get fooled again.” 

Apparently Yomoblog works with Drupal. That’s cool! (An illustration of the power of community developed standards. There was no standards body that Drupal was a member of that decided this is the way we should work together. One vendor stepped up and said “This is how we’re going to do it,” and the next one said, “Okay we’ll do it that way too.”) 

Isn’t it funny ironic how Markoff writes about cronyism in Silicon Valley in a piece that’s full of cronyism! Oh the humanity. Meanwhile the Times and Microsoft roll out their vision for electronic media. It’s just like paper.  

I honestly don’t understand how people can send their computers to be repaired for a month, have them come back, not work, and then send them back again. I hear that all the time about people and their Macs. If I’m down for two days I have to buy a new computer.  

Back to Macs and how they don’t crash, do you count faulty mother boards and flaming batteries as crashes? I don’t know, maybe there’s some logic to believing they’re not crashes, but isn’t the net-effect the same thing? One minute you have a connection, the next minute it’s gone. That’s not a crash? Seems a distinction without a difference. 

Timidly, Scoble asks if he wasn’t invited back to O’Reilly-ville because someone complained about him taking videos. 

10 responses to this post.

  1. Thats if you can afford to buy a new one. šŸ˜‰


  2. I know! Believe me. It’s ridiculous.

    Now I have three PC laptops and they all work.

    Too bad they all run Windows and not the Mac OS. šŸ˜¦


  3. Posted by Em on August 31, 2006 at 7:51 am

    You know, I don’t know that I would blame Apple for the “flaming” batteries. Those were made by Sony.


  4. The laptop issue is ridiculous. It’s good you pointed to the Apple problems because they are supposed to be different and better. Repeated returns are also an issue with Dell as well as documented in the blogosphere.

    The system is broken, totally broken. If a laptop arrives busted immediately after purcahse you can dispute the credit card charge but later on under warranty the consumer has virtually no leverage because the cost of a lawsuit is prohibitive.

    What I want is a company to sit between me and the skeevy laptop maker (Apple or Dell or whoever). The company will month-to-month lease me a laptop, all service included in the price including if I drop it (so the service policy is “no questions asked”), and at any time if I am not happy with the unit or their service I simply return the thing and stop paying laptop rent.

    This way the incentives are right. The incentive no longer will be to f*ck with the customer and waste his time with runarounds until the warranty runs out and shuffle off the support calls to India.

    And yes I’d pay a premium (say 50%) for this. And other people would too. You know they would because they regularly buy gold plated $300 premium warranties on $1500 laptops, and they STILL get futzed with.

    By the way, I’m talking about a real lease, not a payment plan for people without credit cards. The key is that it’s month-to-month and you can return the laptop at any time.


  5. Posted by heavyboots on August 31, 2006 at 10:07 am

    Re: hardware vs software malfunctions

    Dave, the difference is who dropped the ball and what you need to do to fix it. Reinstalling the OS over and over on b0rked hardware will get you nowhere but more frustrated. Likewise, demanding a whole new computer won’t stop a persistent kernel panic if it’s caused by a software issue (eg, copying 1,000’s of tiny files in 10.3.0 Appletalk). Only after you correctly diagnose what’s broken can you get on the road to fixing it.

    I guess my point is that you seem to being attacking the “Macs don’t crash” statement as though it’s this huge myth. Which prompts lots of us out here who manage large installations of them to write in yet again saying it’s not that huge a myth because we’ve got lots and lots of stable ones that only KP every couple months or sometimes not for *years*, even under heavy usage. Then we all ask you if you’ve checked for hardware problems, and now that you have and have verified the mobo is an issue, you’re on the road to getting it fixed! Yay! šŸ™‚


  6. Posted by Diego Barros on August 31, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    So are you taking yours back? Any feedback from them how long until you get yours back?


  7. Diego, nope — like I said, if I had to give it up for a month I’d have to buy another computer. And if I did, at this point, it wouldn’t be a Mac. I’ve had three Macs in the last year, and all three have had crashing problems. Chalk it up to bad hardware karma, or whatever..


  8. Posted by Diego Barros on August 31, 2006 at 6:35 pm

    Dave, talking about Mac karma. Here’s a group of four people who bought news Macs and all had troubles:

    Now that’s bad luck with all four of these people having problems. Talk about odds! šŸ™‚


  9. Posted by Joel on August 31, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    Hope to see you here:

    9/11 Truth Event
    Sunday, September 24, 7:00 PM
    Berkeley, CA

    RAY McGOVERN, host


  10. Posted by RetiredMidn on August 31, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    Raising my hand (about President Bush’s statements). Now what?


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