Swimming with the Razorfishes

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Time is going by really, really, really slow.

I don't know why I find this so funny. But it really tickles me.


This is wonderful.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Smoke them Chromes

Very first impressions about Google Chrome:

  • It made me think back to '98 or so, when I installed BeOS on a PowerMac. I suddenly realized that the hardware was really quite fast; the software was slow. Even in this nascent state, Chrome renders things fast and well. [and I don't understand why Safari doesn't render as well]
  • I like the clean UI. The first thing I do when I run a web browser on any fresh OS installation is to strip the browser to the bare minimum: minimal menus, all widgets on a single line in the toolbar. The little contextual popups showing link information are great. The integration of search and address bar is at once brilliant and at the same time obvious. I wonder if we could get rid of more of that negative space above the tabs.
  • It runs strangely slowly (for me, for these brief moments) on a VMWare image of Vista hosted on MacOS. It seems to be choking on something network-related, possibly DNS lookups. I'm not sure why that might be. Maybe I just need to reboot that VM; I have been monkeying with my network a bit. [no, there is definitely something odd going on with DNS]

Overall, a very promising start. There is quite a bit of polish here, particularly in the installation and preference-setting, things that often get relegated to those last few moments before launch.

I can't wait for a MacOS build. I can't wait to hack on the MacOS build.


I just found variables named "subtrahend" and "augend" in our code.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Citigroup said Monday that it is disbanding its executive committee, with its head — former Treasury secretary Robert E. Rubin — taking on the official title of senior counselor.

The firm said in a statement that the committee’s responsibilities would be given to the nomination and governance committee, currently led by Time Warner’s Richard D. Parsons.

So Citi is pushing deck chairs around as the ship fills with water. And they hand responsibility to the biggest cheerleader for the most disastrous merger in business history. [To be fair, this committee will likely never meet, so Citi employees are safe from Parsons' particular business skills]

It is going to be a long, hard autumn in finance.


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