Quick notes

Drive-by bits:

  • Saw this in google alerts, about one person’s process of fixing a thunderbird bug. It’s nice to see how getting involved and scratching itches is seen as easy by at least one contributor. We need more of that.
  • In case people didn’t notice, Shane’s looking for a Komodo dev. Cool stuff.
  • Rhetorical question: Why is it that when you see people walking in the street it’s so easy to think poorly of them without knowing anything, and when you talk and listen to people, it’s so easy to find things to like about them?
  • I’ve had lots of great conversations this week. Very energizing. As a result, I’m behind on my email. Apologies to many.
  • I got a visit this week from a few people including the PyPy crew, who gave a fun presentation to me, some of the ActiveState folks, Sun’s Tim Bray, and Avi & Andrew from DabbleDB/Seaside. Language geeks all. Apparently they’re going to give a google talk, which should make its way on the web at some point. Language geeks should keep an eye out for it.
  • Another visitor who tagged along was Aza Raskin, from Humanized, and it was fun to talk about advanced user interface ideas.
  • I’m heading to Paris for the next week, to talk to customers, interview possible hires, get to know the Mozilla Europe crew, drink some wine, eat some food, see friends & family. It’s just a quick trip, I promise I’ll do a broader European tour sometime later, as I know there’s lots and lots of interesting conversations to have there
  • It’s been true for a while that when I buy a computer, the manufacturer takes that as the signal to roll out an upgrade. Can that be generalized to: “When I head for Paris, the strikes start?”
  • Is it possible to buy a SIM card in Paris that I could plop into my iPhone and have a working phone?

1 Comment

  1. On your rhetorical question: human nature is to band in tribes, groups. Same thing today as it was 20,000 years ago, but this time we do it around open source and ethical questions, rather than survival.

    Seeing someone you don’t know means they are not in your tribe, whereas talking to someone implies they should be in your tribe. The “first meeting” protocol differs from culture to culture. Europeans are less inclusive, New worlders and Latinos are more inclusive, which then results in the latter group using interesting tactics to counterbalance the weakness implicit in their easy acceptance.

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