October, 2005


21
Oct 05

Ecto

I’m trying out a blogging tool called Ecto — it’s a rich client app that lets me post to Typepad (or a bunch of other services) through an API. I think I like it a little better, but don’t know for sure yet. I didn’t much like the Windows version when I tried it a few months back, but think this version for the Mac might be a lot better.


20
Oct 05

Pyongyang, by Guy Delisle

I’ve been a little interested in North Korea for a while now — interested in the difference between the published reports and the actual situation on the ground — and in how little is actually written about the country. So I generally pick up books about North Korea when I see them at Kepler’s or Border’s.

When I opened this one, I was a little surprised: it’s a graphic novel (except for the novel part) — really a graphic memoir of Guy’s visit to PyongYang where he was an animator for several months. It’s an extremely interesting & quick read — and the graphics really help give a sense of his experience. The emptiness of the hotels & streets; the massiveness of the monuments to their dear leader.

Great & fun read. Also very easy to read for someone with a 3 month old baby in the house.


20
Oct 05

Datapower, posting, waiting for meetings

Well, I’m at work now, but waiting for a meeting to start, so I figured I’d post a little bit. (It’s not like I have a million other things I should be doing, but this seems to be what I *am* doing, so good enough.)

I want to post things about how I’m having a tough time getting through any books lately (and as a result am in the middle of 8 of them — no joke), about how balance is really the toughest thing, about my big new external monitor and my move to an external mouse, about managing my weight with lots of different demands, more reflections on switching to the Mac, lots of other things.

What I think I’ll write for now, though, is about Datapower — Reactivity’s main competitor. They got bought on Monday by IBM, reportedly for north of $100M. (My data suggests, though, not much north. Sort of like how Palo Alto is more or less north of Mountain View.) I’ve got many thoughts about this, and lots of folks are asking me about it, since I have a particular point of view — I’ll not post too many of my detailed thoughts here because they’re still a little sensitive (not emotionally — from a business context.)

Here’s a post from one of their VCs about the deal. Some of it is definitely true. All of it, probably not.

Here’s what I will say: What Bill writes about the collision between networking & application infrastructure companies is absolutely true. I don’t think that anyone yet knows how it’s all going to shake out, but there’s truth here. Also, I think, the Datapower acquisition signals the endgame for the first round of XML processing companies — Sarvega was purchased by Intel a few months back, now Datapower, and I have to think that there will be a game of musical chairs coming up now.

It’s a strange feeling to see the main competitor of the company I founded get bought — has made me reflect over the past couple of days about Reactivity — it seems both like yesterday and like a million years ago. I think I’m glad to be a little distanced from it now — it lets me root for the team there (still very good friends of mine, all), but not get enmeshed emotionally in it.

Interesting times, for sure.

Oh, and Sam is a joy. Kathy’s been incredible the last few months (as always), and it’s really been tough on her, sleepwise and otherwise. She’s happy, of course. Sam is just great, though. Happy little kid. Smiles a lot. Grabs his toys now. Still does little jokes where he’ll make funny noises to get you to notice him. A joy.


20
Oct 05

Posting from Flock

This is just a test post — I’m testing out Flock — a new web browser based on Mozilla technology…interesting. Not sure yet what I think.


11
Oct 05

Weird! Google Tooth

update: this looks like it’s a hoax. pretty good joke.

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I’ve got a bunch of posts queued up before this one, but I just had to write because it’s about the strangest thing I’ve seen lately (and since I’ve started at Mozilla working on consumer Internet stuff, I’ve seen a lot of strange things.)

Google apparently has their own on-site dentist, who lives there all the time. Weird. Cracks me up. How could this possibly look excessive a few years from now??