I've been wiped out most of the evening. Pamela and I spent
the day traipsing around Park Meadows, which is a large mall
in Douglas County, at I-25 and County Line Road. In some
respects, it reminds me of North County Fair (a mall in
Escondido, CA, north of San Diego), but more elaborately
decorated. And it does have the only Nordstrom in Denver,
or in all of Colorado for all I know.
We did stop to eat
at the Red Robin there. IMHO, a good hamburger not only
feeds the body, but feeds the soul, and these guys do pretty
I had to leave the #jabber meeting
early yesterday to go to the company meeting, as I mentioned
in yesterday's note. Perry (that's Perry Evans, President
and CEO of Webb) knows how to run a good meeting, especially
since there was free food, drink, and pool afterwards.
Andre (that's Andre Durand, General Manager of Jabber for
Webb and probably slated to be head of the new Jabber Inc.)
wasn't there; he was still in the Bay Area. I can't say
everything that went on in that meeting, of course. Great
things are afoot; more I cannot say.
But I got to talk
with a number of people afterwards that I don't see too
often, including Perry, as well as Eiko (who I rarely see
now that she's moved to the 7th floor with her project team)
and Bryan (who just moved out from Santa Barbara, same as I
did, and bought a house in Boulder). I also got to put
names and faces together for some of the people from the
Boulder office (formerly Update Systems). There was one
woman from there (I think; didn't get her name), I could
swear was speaking with an Irish accent. Funny coincidence;
Pamela's cousin is marrying an Irishman in June, and then
they're going over there for a couple of years to let him
finish his degree while she finishes hers at the American
University in Dublin.
And, on the way back, I stopped off
at The Tattered Cover, and bought the new Haldeman book,
Forever Free. It's good; I liked The Forever
War when I read it in college, and this book picks up
the story well while introducing some bizarre and surprising
new plotlines. Recommended. My other purchases included
the latest LJ, Linux Magazine, and
QST (no, I'm not licensed yet, but I may just get
off my keister and take the exams one of these days), as
well as Billboard and Lapidary Journal for
Pamela. Then I cruised by Virgin Megastore, where I found
Pamela the new Santana disc and the 24-bit remaster of
Marillion's Brave with the bonus disc. (She wants
all the remasters; I would have bought her Clutching at
Straws, but I couldn't find it.) I also picked up Def
Leppard's Vault greatest hits disc so I could rip
all the good songs. Ah, memories of my high school
The stuff from the investment banker
didn't hit my mailbox today as expected. Bogus. Oh well,
since I haven't had time to talk to our HR woman yet about
the 401(k) plan, it may be just as well. But time's
creeping up on us fast...and my "trading window" will
probably only be a couple of weeks before another blackout
hits us (for 1st quarter results). Meanwhile, I dunno
what's up with our stock price...can we maybe get it a
little higher before the window opens? Please?
Pretty please? :-)
The whole Amazon.com patent business is
getting muddied, in light of the Tim O'Reilly/Jeff Bezos
conversation I saw mention of on Slashdot today.
Unfortunately, I don't see many solutions that don't either
(a) leave the Amazon.com patents handing like a Sword of
Damocles over every e-commerce site on the Net, or (b) make
Amazon.com basically hand its weapons to its own assassins.
(Remember, Barnes & Noble isn't exactly spotless either;
was well known for being a bully in the brick-and-mortar
world before Amazon came along to kick over all those
applecarts. Ask anyone who works for an independent
bookstore, like The Tattered Cover in Denver or Chaucer's in
Santa Barbara, if you don't believe me.) The one solution
that might work would be to set up something like a
"Web Patent Trust"which would work like
- Companies would join the Trust by paying a fee,
or by assigning the rights of any Web-related patents they
hold to the Trust.
- Any member of the Trust could use
any patent for which rights had been assigned to the Trust,
- Members of the Trust would agree
not to sue each other for patent infringement.
- If an
outside entity sued one of the Trust members for patent
infringement, all members of the Trust would contribute to
the defense of that lawsuit.
- Anyone developing Free
software (that which conforms to the OSD and/or the DFSG)
would be able to freely license these patents. (They might
have to agree not to sue for patent infringement though.)
This way, Free software can become a sort of "reference
implementation" for these patents.
Those are just
rough ideas...if anyone wants to comment on them, email me
(my Web page should contain a link to my email address
somewhere; sorry for the runaround, but I don't want to make
easy for spammers).