Monthly Archives: October 2001

Products vs. Solutions

The problem with productism is that it creates a mindset of “making better artifacts” instead of “seeking better solutions.”


Michael Robertson, the founder, is now commercializing Wine, the free implementation of Windows for x86 Unixes, turning it into LindowsOS. I concur with Dvorak’s analysis.
Other Windows-on-Linux solutions: VMware and Win4Lin.

“Politically liberal, not very religious, Jewish males of European heritage”

Securities/entertainment attorney John W. Cones has a captivating rant about bias in the Hollywood film industry, which of course exerts a powerful cultural influence within the US and around the world. He says 90 years of “unfair, unethical, unconscionable, anti-competitive, predatory and illegal” business practices have maintained a very narrow cultural makeup within the [...]

“Saudi Arabia’s actions since September 11 speak volumes about where its sympathies lie.”

Mortimer Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief, US News & World Report, 10/29/01: “The long U.S.-Saudi relationship based on oil, money, and personal ties with the highest political echelons has made it possible for the kingdom to escape U.S. criticism for its corruption, totalitarianism, and violations of human rights. The suppression of economic and political modernization at home, combined [...]

Network(ed) TV

SONICblue has acquired ReplayTV, and will release new ReplayTV digital video recorder/personal video recorder (DVR/PVR) units with Ethernet interfaces. This will allow the devices to share shows, either within one house, or even over broadband Internet connections.
I think SONICblue will have to overcome a good deal of brand disappointment caused by the original ReplayTV [...]

Barbie, Ballerina

Barbie In The Nutcracker (site down as I write this because they use Microsoft SQL Server, “error ‘80040e31′, [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver]Timeout expired, //global.asa, line 172″) is a new, direct-to-video movie for kids by Mattel and Mainframe Entertainment (the folks that brought us the really cool CG-animated series ReBoot).
Leaving aside issues about concerns about the [...]

Bin Laden, Dead?

Psywar always keeps you guessing. Is he, or isn’t he?

“Simple perception of good and evil has pitfalls”

From Asahi Shimbun: “U.S. President George W. Bush keeps repeating the word ‘evil.’ Perhaps its closest equivalent in Japanese is ‘jaaku.’ This is the enemy America is fighting now. The Americans claim, of course, that they are on the side of ‘justice.’ Such a simplistic perception of good and evil is nice and easy [...]

Can Islam resist the Arab revolutionaries?

William F. Buckley wants Islam to declare, “We, political leaders of the community of Islamic nations, reject such terrorism as was practiced on September 11, 2001. The men who took this action in the name of Allah were impostors who profaned the word of the prophet,” and suggests “Not more would need to be said, [...]

“Except for the good old Brits, we’re all alone.”

Thomas Friedman observes cynically (not necessarily incorrectly), “This time we’ll have to pay our own way, and for others. Unfortunately, killing 5,000 innocent Americans in New York just doesn’t get the rest of the world that exercised. In part we’re to blame. The unilateralist message the Bush team sent from its first day in office [...]