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5May/05Off

My Aggregator Runneth Over

I've finally got a little down time between house stuff (which I haven't been totally involved in since we managed to get the last of our stuff piled into it) and paper finishing/preparing for finals. The lack of internet access at home has made me acutely aware that I need to print copies of everything lest I figure out that I don't have the things I need at two in the morning. With any luck I should be up and running again next Tuesday but the week interval makes me really restless and impatient with the world of printed out stuff and dict clients that don't work. At this point I'm a little afraid to even log into Bloglines for fear of being overwhelmed by all of the cool shit that I've missed in slightly over a week. The first step, friends, is admitting that you have a problem. The second step is to realize that when you pull the plug you can't pull it halfway. I have been doing a lot more dead tree reading although that is much less consoling than it sounds.

I've seen a fair amount of folks writing about or at least linking to the Google Web Accelerator. Prefetching isn't exactly the new new but it hasn't been widely implemented at least in a way visible to end user types until recently. Some folks are not fans for good reason. They did do some things right apparently (and I have no way to test this theory since no machine I use can run the software) by ignoring https requests and not being an adware clogged piece of shit that I have to pry kicking and screaming out of some professor's registry. Is it just one tentacle of an oncoming Google leviathan? I dunno but having someone else taking care of your caching needs seems sketchy to me. Like others I get nervous when anything wants to manage my network connections. I'm sure that someone will find a good reason for this not to exist but I can't see much objectionable about it since IE gives information away left and right as is. At some point in the future I'd like to set up a Windows box with the application and listen to its traffic. I'm sure someone will beat me to the punch here but I'm still pretty curious what the traffic would look like.

Ars Technica also has a history of the GUI available for your edification. It's going to be old news for many people but anyone who wants to credit Englebart for his contributions is good people in my book. The screenshots are also pretty amusing. I can't recall the last time I saw an OS/2 screenie much less Acorn. Their conclusion is that what the future holds for the GUI is the strapping on of features instead of dramatic shifts in the environment.

This sort of stuff is what makes me want to strangle people. If you hardwire something that looks malicious into your software I would call that broken software. Portscanning an entire network every time a piece of software is run is simply unforgivable. The interaction with any sanely configured network is not going to be pretty. Schemes like make the 'license on the server' clowning look delicious in comparison.

I'm a little suspicious of this bizarro world anti-GPL lawsuit as a slush-funded feeler for companies that would stand to profit from the legal undercutting of the GPL and by sending a lone gunman into court it also spares them the embarrassment of committing their entire company to litigation instead of, uh, making stuff. Barring that it could be just another asshat looking to hedge off the forces of inevitability for another year or two. Groklaw has better goods than I do as is to be expected.

I'm going to go see a clown about a cheeseburger.

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