Sunday, November 13, 2005

What I Learned From Smart People I Met Last Week

Walt Mossberg (at Dow Jones Conference): Schwarzenegger is nuts to pick on nurses...the dam has broken on downloadable prime time TV.... Apple's on fire, but Dell fell... Can Google overcome the "arrogance of the engineer"? ...Microsoft Xbox360 was designed in Redmond on 3,000 Macs!

Harvard University President Larry Summers: Despite his personal distaste for Intelligent Design, the academic icon dodged my challenge to position the university squarely on the side of Science, since (he said in more diplomatic words) Harvard still serves the Red States. (So there's plenty of time left on the Divinity School's lease.)

Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia today serves billions of impressions per month. This precursor to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy enjoys broader reach than the New York Times, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribue... combined. If you haven't yet contributed to this corpus of the human intellect, you're missing a thrill.

Jesse Andrews (Book Burro author, hosts UserScripts.Org): GreaseMonkey still exposes desktops to many vulnerabilities--not yet for the faint of heart, but maybe in Firefox 2?


  1. You're obviously forgetting about the thing I told you about that thing.

    Don't you remember? About that guy...

  2. i'm not sure what i can learn from Mossberg's comments. dam busted, yes, but a bunch of design heads clutching macs while tuning plastic molds? tell me something i don't know.