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I kind of knew Google News was coming. A completely logical move. [via Research Buzz]

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I thought I was going to be stuck in Houston last night. The American Airlines flight I was on had some mechanical problems that took about three hours to fix. On the flight back I sorted my SXSW pics, cropped them, and cleaned them up. I should have a gallery up in a day or two.

I got an email from the people who are working to get Koyaanisqatsi released on DVD (I contributed money towards this cause):

I am pleased to let you know that in late January IRE and MGM reached an amicable accommodation that will allow the re-release of KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI on DVD to occur as early as the Fall of 2002.

FlashMX: While everyone was sleeping, Macromedia released FlashMX, their new player that is being billed as a “replacement” for HTML and traditional Web technologies. This is exactly the wrong way to sell this product. During Kevin Lynch’s keynote earlier this week at SXSW he failed to address this issue despite Jeff Veen’s insistance that Flash needs to be thought of as a component of Web design/development, not the be-all, end-all solution that some Macromedia die-hards are billing it as. So, I don’t really have any concern over FlashMX. It’s a very cool technology, but I am worried that people will misinterpret it as a web application platform and abandon HTML and other tried-and-true technologies. What this boils down to is that suddenly we’re going to find ourselves (again) developing multiple versions of the same site. One in HTML and one in Flash. Unfortunately out clients will not be willing to pay for this and will be forced to choose between Flash and HTML. Sigh…

Perl.com: Stopping Spam with SpamAssassin. Everyone I know is using SpamAssassin. I need to try it out soon since my existing filters are becoming less effective.

One of the best things about SXSW was it was a like a giant 5-day long peer group meeting. And one of the coolest things about that was that you got to see each each other’s computing environments. Nine out of ten Powerbooks I saw were running Mac OS X. It felt weird for me to still be running Mac OS 9.2 on my TiBook (I run OS X on my dektop machine at home). I guess I’m going to cave into peer pressure and upgrade soon. Several people who watched me blog the conference called me “old school” for still using BBEdit and Anarchie to write CamWorld and not some CMS or publishing system like MoveableType.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at March 14, 2002 12:22 PM

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