A blog by iFaqeer
about life, technology and getting by in Silicon Valley

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Inside Bluetooth 2.0  

I actually haven't read this article, so if someone does, please e-mail me (iFaqeer@Gmail.com) your thoughts?


Inside Bluetooth 2.0
By Glenn Fleishman MacCentral

When Apple included USB (Universal Serial Bus) in its first iMacs back in 1999, the company faced widespread ridicule from throughout the computing industry. The gist of those taunts from analysts and other computer makers: why include a new technology when few products available at that time worked with it?

Gentlemen...Lock and Load...er...Plug and Play!  

Someone just exclaimed "Plug and Play!" in a way that reminded me of the old "Lock and Load!" Is that the new war cry for the Yuppie Cubicle-Dwellers of Silicon Valley?

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


New HTML Editor

Some of us that made the transition from Mozilla to Firefox wondered where the Composer went. Now we know. It's hiding at:


Seriously, a colleague just pointed me to that site, and Nvu ("N-View") seems to be the answer to all our prayers--and a perfect counterpoint to Firefox, the browser that has people like in a tizzy. It's a free and, I think, full-featured Web Authoring tool. It is not just a "lite" HTML editor--I had been making do with Netscape Composer and copies of FrontPage Express downloaded from back allies on the Internet since Microsoft forced it underground.

The moment my colleague showed it to me on his screen, I said, "that looks like it's based on the Netscape Composer--and sure enough! the website says it is "based on the Mozilla Composer code-base". It doesn't put in any HTML codes that you don't want it to; you can just use it like I would a light HTML editor. And it can handle whatever you want to do if and when you need some really hardcore HTML editing with styles or even style sheets; tables with lines on three sides; you name it!

Hallelujah, Eureka, Mubarak! and all that jolly stuff, what!

Monday, March 21, 2005


The Dream Lives On!

Last week it was a bidding war between Oracle and SAP; just as this week starts, Ask Jeeves sells for 1.85 bn; just enough to keep us cubicle-dwellers toiling away day and night, I guess:


Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Gender Imbalances in Technology

Reality sometimes clashes with perceptions. I just had reason to say the following on a mailing list I am on:

It's been a decade since I worked in Pakistan, but my experience is that the average electronic design or software software house has more women in R & D jobs than the average one in Silicon Valley.