Monthly Archives: August 2008

Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft

I had Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft as my ‘before sleeping’ book for the past two weeks.

The book is centered about the antitrust case that the USA’s Department of Justice raised against Microsoft before 2000, and the change in the business model required by the growth of the Internet. It is an interesting story, but for me the tone is too close to a business magazine or business section of a newspaper.

Obviously the guy knew his work and did a good research, but probably I will not remember too much of it in a couple of years.

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Read it later

Read it later is an extension for Firefox that I have being using for a few months now. This little tools allows you to store a page in a reading list without bookmarking it, or saving it as a file.

It saves me the little trick of keeping tabs open just to review the pages along the day, and helps organizing them as well (because the other trick, when my tabs grew out of control, was to bookmark everything and start from clean).

It has a synchronizing option now, that I didn’t use yet, and from the menu you can now bookmark the page in a few places as well.

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Total Commander

Total Commander

This is the first thing that I install every time I┬áprepare a new machine. Having used Norton Commander as my file manager back in the days of DOS, I never liked Windows Explorer. Until the first version of the app (called at the time “Windows Commander”) appear, I kept an icon for a DOS window with Norton Commander to manage my files.

The main reason for liking it is the dual list of files and directories. It allows me to copy and move them from one column to the other, no matter if they are compressed or in a different FTP server. Things go from one side to the other just pressing a key.

Only for Windows

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Burning the Eee PC

It’s now two months since I got my Eee PC, and I am still as impressed as the day I got it. The seven inches screen is a bit small, and after getting the nine inches for Florencia it looks even smaller :), but even then I can perfectly read my books, which was the main objective.

Browsing the Internet is more tricky, but having Firefox 3 at full screen solves most problems, and now I keep all my notes in a TiddlyWiki page. Writing this blog is not a problem either.

The biggest issue is with my email in Thunderbird, the screen gets overflowed there, but even then it is still usable, and the little machine has replaced my main notebook to go to work.

In fact, every morning I take the bus and start reading on the Eee. The trip last between fifteen and twenty five minutes, more than enough to go over a good number of pages. When I reach the stop previous to mine, I just close the lid and run down for another five minutes walk until I open the Eee again.

Usually there is no problem, the machine stay suspended, using just a little energy to keep memory active and that is all. But Yesterday things were different. I kept it in the bag for more than an hour, and when I reached it the everything was too hot for electronic equipment. For some reason the computer never suspended and stayed working inside the neoprene bag, inside my saddle bag, and overheating.

When I opened the lid the screen was full of lines, and looked gone. I shut it down and left it besides the window, thinking the I was going to need a new one, but when it cooled down after half an hour, I started it and it worked as if nothing has happened.

I am more impressed than before. The Eee PC is more solid and reliable than other laptops priced eight times more.

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Startup – A Silicon Valley adventure

I finished Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure a few days ago. Even being a kind of ‘old’ book (most of the technology advance they were trying to do sounds prehistoric a decade after) the problems, solutions and conclusions have the same validity today.

The style of Jerry Kaplan is very easy to read, and the whole story is coming from the battlefield, just as I like with computer books. My highlighted take away: work with people and companies that have things in common and really want to work with you. Since he mentioned their contract with IBM I was asking myself ‘why in hell did they do that?’

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