In these troubled economic times, only lists of random novelties can
- Posted without comment: Congressional
Quarterly up for sale.
- Philosecurity has
an interview with the guy who coded the invasive adware for Direct
Revenue. First question: "You wrote adware. You bastard." Actually
includes an interesting confession of how, lobster-like, he was
gradually eased into increasingly unethical practices. He retains a
surprising amount of faith in mankind for someone who effectively wrote
rootkits to sell ads.
- English Russia has become
one of the more interesting items in my RSS reader. I really like their
recent post on "moon
currency" that some Russian photoshoppers invented.
- Speaking of foreign bloggers: while I was adding a lot of
development tech writers to my feed, I noticed that relatively few of
them were native Africans--there's nothing necessarily wrong with that,
but I felt like it would be nice to have a more diverse viewpoint, so
I've been looking for good, accessible African bloggers. One of my
favorites so far is What An African Woman
Thinks, which is based in Kenya and is very funny. I particularly
liked her inauguration
- I just can't quit you, OLPC: Cory Doctorow defends
the program in the Guardian, including a few shots at the
development-via-mobile model. He has a point about making sure that
phone networks and technology are open to innovation, but the rest of it
is typically overcooked. Here's the money quote: "Poverty and its
associated problems - hunger, poor health, lack of education and
disenfranchisement - are fundamentally information problems."
Fundamentally? Seriously? Cory, with all due respect, people aren't
starving to death because they can't get to Wikipedia. There's no magic
bullet (or, in Doctorow's laughable phrase, "pedagogical and development
wonder-boxes") for poverty, which is one of the key reasons for the
OLPC's failure. Why is that so hard to understand?
- Also in development: author William Easterly has begun a blog,
kicking it off with a great post about the
Davos "Refugee Run": an event that invites participants at the World
Economic Forum to "EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A REFUGEE IN DAVOS!" That's right:
poverty tourism fused with a team-building exercise.
- From Matt
Stevens, Bill Bailey plays
the Doctor Who theme as Belgian club jazz.
- I've started playing Disgaea DS. I have no idea what
in the world is going on with this game.