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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Microsoft's Echo Chamber, Passion and Neocons

Former Microsoft hero, Adam Bosworth has a good interview in which he argues that the world needs a simpler Java. He also makes the case that one of the big values of a browser based interface is its limits.

And without exception the customer would tell me please don't do that, because right now anyone can use the sites we deploy and so our training and support costs are minimal because it's so self-evident what to do. And if you turn it into GUI we know what happens, the training and support costs become huge. So one of the big values of the browser is its limits.
I think in general we still want to say an app is just something you point to with a URL. And you don't have to deploy it. And you can throw it out of memory at any time, and there's no code and no libraries and no interdependencies. All the great things about installation-free software that the browser gave us. And the other thing big thing of course is that if you make a change everybody sees the change.

He points out that the Microsoft's rich client Echo Chamber is led by none other that Mr Gates himself and Bosworth feels Longhorn is conflicted by this. I think Mr Scoble is well aware of the EC effect, but nonetheless lets the excitement of the Microsoftians pull him into the EC vortex. Use the force Robert and help Microsoft deliver a better browser based solution.

Judith Weiss has an excellent roundup on blogospheric reactions to the Passion. Her must read article is posted by Dennis Prager in which he points out that Jews and Christians watching the Passion are seeing two different movies and closes with these healing words:

I cannot say that I am happy this film was made. Nevertheless, if the vast majority of Christians and Jews of goodwill try hard to understand what film the other is watching, some good can yet result. The last thing Jews need is to create tension with their best friends. And the last thing Christians need is a renewal of Christian hatred toward Jesus' people.

Michael Totten takes the editor of Adbuster magazine to task for the accusation that neo-conservatives put Israel's interest ahead of the US. He the points to the neocon manifesto which highlights the following neocon principals:
1) Focus on economic growth to create an environment in which everyone prospers (though not necessarily equally or simultaneously)
2) State involvement on issues concerning the quality of education, the relations of church and state, the regulation of pornography, and the like.
3) Patriotism is natural and healthy, world government is an unworkable idea and statesmen should, above all, have the ability to distinguish friends from enemies.

Although most of us might not agree with all these principals I think it is healthy to read the article to get a better handle on the issues themselves.