software Archives

  1. publicly thanking dwdiff

    High on the list of things I really enjoy doing is thanking people who contribute to free software. Also high on the list is using software that works well. So I just wanted to combine the two and say a public thanks to GP Halkes, for writing and maintaing dwdiff. I’ve been using dwdiff since…

  2. Why I love (and hate) Panorama

    I’ve been trying to get back to living my life in a task-centric manner, and Firefox Panorama, without necessarily being designed for those goals, is perfect for it. Someone else put the words in my mouth: when you’re trying to do task-centric computing, what you need is not just a place to dump tasks (a…

  3. Notes on Diaspora Talk

    Diaspora came to lunch at Mozilla today. Some notes. They gave me a nice shoutout. ;) They’re doing pair-programming and test-driven development this summer, which I think is great. Sounds like they’re getting some great guidance from Pivotal Labs. Very explicitly trying to focus on things everyone can use, rather than something for geeks. Are…

  4. The Libre Web Application Stack (A Code Story)

    [This was originally published at autonomo.us– comments over there.] [Disclaimer: since my last post at autonomo.us, I have become an employee of the Mozilla Corporation. I don’t feel this has tainted my views, but feel free to weigh that information as part of your analysis of this article. Relatedly, I do not speak for that…

  5. Notes on Arthur Bestor’s ‘Backwoods Utopias’

    A few months ago I finished reading Arthur Bestor‘s ‘Backwoods Utopias‘, a book on the Utopian social-communitarian movements of the pre-Civil War US. Some belated notes on the book’s themes follow. The average high school US history textbook gives a thumbnail sketch of these movements, but for those who didn’t get that or don’t remember…

  6. some data points on facebook

    My boss has written a blog post that tries to bring together some recent data points from across the privacy spectrum; it is worth a read. I’ve been noting a few (much smaller, more trivial) things myself over the past few days that suggest to me that privacy concerns in general, but facebook-related privacy concerns…

  7. responding to joindiaspora

    The joindiaspora guys, in a generally good response to my questions, conclude by asking: [W]hat would be un-pragmatic about giving four excited dudes who spent their last semester of school thinking about a problem you are “worried-about-but-can’t-deal-with-now,” twenty bucks so they can take an honest crack at solving it? :) Lots of people asked some…

  8. Questions for the Diaspora

    So lots of friends were tweeting this morning about Diaspora, a project to raise funds to get a summer’s worth of hacking done on a distributed, Libre social network. A distributed, Libre social network would be a terrific thing to have; I’d love to support it. And I love the eager energy I’m seeing around…

  9. three features I’d love in leechblock

    I love leechblock. It really helps keep my life sane. I was working some with it this morning to tweak my settings, and it seemed like a good time to write about three features I’d kill for, even to the point of putting up money for them if there were a way to sponsor features…