Archive | February 27, 2005

Google Toolbar

Cory Doctorow posts on Boing Boing: “Why you should love Google’s toolbar

Many web people have been critical of Google’s new Toolbar, which allows its users to choose to have the pages they view parsed for things like ISBNs and have them auto-linked to Amazon, or have Vehicle Information Numbers auto-linked to a VIN registry.

Okay, that’s cool. A toolbar of tools the user uses to manipulate a page is okay. What I objected to was anyone browsing to my pages and not seeing what I have written. If they want to hack it from there, well, that’s the Internet. That’s okay.

The Google Toolbar only works in IE. That’s uncool. Their choice.

Too late for that, I’m afraid…

Dave Winer blogs on Scripting News the sad news that A picture named raskin.jpgJef Raskin died last night. “Via Kottke. He struggled to see his vision implemented, and in the end it was a compromise. Raskin wanted computers to be radically simpler, not just evolutionarily simpler. The Macintosh, a project which he started at Apple, morphed when Steve Jobs took it over to become the evolutionary computer it is. Not sure who was right, but Raskin didn’t live to see his vision implemented. To me it’s a poignant moment, Raskin is a contemporary. The edge is moving through my generation. No way we’re going to die before we get old.”

RIP, Jef. Thanks for making Apple happen.

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