Dave Winer on Sharon

by Miguel de Icaza

Dave Winer's essay Sharon Must Go

Six Myths

Debunking Six Common Israeli Myths.

Microsoft right to innovation

If Microsoft's thinks that they can only innovate if they integrate third party products into the operating system, that tells you a lot about how little they know about innovation.

It seems more like they are closing their eyes to innovation. I understand that innovation might not be as profitable if you can not drive competitors out of the market, or if you do not bundle the products with the OS.

Everybody else (but the convicted monopolist) has to ship products which are not bundled with the OS. Why should Microsoft be given special treatment? Specially when two courts have found Microsoft guilty of abusing its monopoly.

Microsoft next step should be to strip out the OS from all the extra middle ware and sell those components separately. This is how the industry works today. Each component then has to be tested against the operating system, and cross-company and cross-product testing will have to happen.

Microsoft is one of the proponents of interface-based programming (as part of COM and now .NET) in which the implementation details are not relevant provided that the individual "components" follow the contract specified.

So everyone will have to develop using these contracts (Microsoft and third party people), and a chance for software to compete on the operating system level will happen: if you get a bare-bones operating system, where you purchase the extra components, we might get some competition in there, and people might be able to get different options.

Right now, Microsoft bundled products (CD burning, Media Player, Internet Explorer, the Movie software, MSN, WordPad, DVD playing (that does not work)) are 50% to 70% of what people need, not really worth spending the extra 69 dollars to get the full product.

Why dont we get a discount on that, and let people build their own solutions using the best components?


I consider myself a savvy user, but when it comes to using the "consumer XP", I have found that XP has all sorts of troubles playing my DVDs or having an intuitive interface (or even providing the options) to burn CDs.

I bought my XP machine so I could read the .NET documentation at home while I hack on my Linux laptop. After trying to use the XP machine for something more than a document browser, I was really dissapointed by how poor this OS is.

They got better icons now (of far lower quality than MacOS X and GNOME) and their file manager has some neat features, but I had to install Linux on the machine to play DVDs and burn CDs.

It was easier to find the device drivers on the net and recompile my kernel and try various DVD players than trying to get a coherent answer from my PC and DVD manufacturer and the Windows consumer OS.

No Movies

No movies will ever be made of this account by reporters for the UK Independent on the Jenin massacre (which right now is being spinned quickly as `It did not happen')

Posted on 26 Apr 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

The Guardian: Red Cross and Amnesty International say attack violated Geneva accords: Amnesty International concurred and called for an investigation on the same basis as the war crimes inquiries in the Balkans.

An account of Israel War Crimes in the past few days.

Like shooting an american young mother that was holding her 9-month old kid on her arms. Collateral damage. Maybe she had evil thoughts that had to be eliminated.

Research Guide

A Research Guide to the Palestine-Israeli conflict.

Work out your own conclussions.

Destroy their roots.

why they had to do this? To demoralize the population:

Let's not deceive ourselves; this was not a mission to search and destroy the terrorist infrastructure. If the forces breaking into every hard disk of every bank and clinic, commercial consultant's office or PA ministry, thought that a list of weapons or wanted men was inside the disk, all they had to do was copy the information and pass it on to the Shin Bet. If they thought incriminating evidence was hidden in the Education Ministry and the International Bank of Palestine and in a shop that rents prosthetics, the soldiers would have examined document after document, and not thrown the files on the floor without opening them.

Keeping an eye for justice:

From here:

The globalization movement isn't anti-Semitic, it just hasn't fully confronted the implications of diving into the Middle East conflict. Most people on the left are simply choosing sides and in the Middle East, where one side is under occupation and the other has the U.S. military behind it, the choice seems clear. But it is possible to criticize Israel while forcefully condemning the rise of anti-Semitism.

And it is equally possible to be pro-Palestinian independence without adopting a simplistic "pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel" dichotomy, a mirror image of the good-versus-evil equations so beloved by President George W. Bush.

Posted on 24 Apr 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

Today I went to see my Fourth Noam Chomsky talk. He answered questions about the current (current?) crisis in Palestine.

Posted on 23 Apr 2002

Colorado Delegations to Palestine

by Miguel de Icaza

The making of a suicide bomber: Diary of a 15 year old palestinian girl. In the meantime, a man watched his son die next to him.


Pictures of the conflict

Posted on 22 Apr 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

The iTolet


Sharon states that the UN representative in the Middle East is a persona non-grata and has cut relationships with, after his statements yesterday about the situation in Jenin.

Posted on 21 Apr 2002

Free Software UI

by Miguel de Icaza

A great piece from Havoc on Free Software UI.

Not only he answers the question of user interface design in free software, but also some more organizational issues of a project of the size of Gnome


Hakam Kanafani is the CEO for Palestinian telecom company. He has a diary of the last two weeks.

My take: Palestinians will be erradicated from the region, this year, or in the next 30 years. It is Israel objective, (see the older links for the history of the conflict). Terrorism is just today's excuse.

If I were a Palestinian, I would just leave any land Israel claims to have divine rights to and move to a different country. Israel has no intention of any co-habitation in the area. The sooner people get out of there, the better for their families.


Today Alex said to me `If you have two groups of people who hate each other and one of them is going door by door looking for terrorists, what do you expect to happen?'

Of course, you have to wonder, how Apache missiles targeted at buildings in Jenin were supposed to hit a terrorist.

People are not allowed back in Jenin either (guess touching Jenin turns you into a terrorist), so they just shoot at them.

Posted on 20 Apr 2002

Concensus at Lawyer Point

by Miguel de Icaza

A blog about the activities of the hollywood lobbyists trying to take away our freedoms.

Posted on 19 Apr 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

Back in Boston after two weeks in Spain.


Congress man Edgar David on the use of open source software in the Peru administration.

Posted on 18 Apr 2002


by Miguel de Icaza

The Guardian reports on a very interesting study done by the Glasgow University Media Group. on how the Palestine news are reported and why people do not understand what is going on.

Gershon Baskin:

They don't have faith in UN Resolutions. They see that that the entire world could not even send one Red Cross Ambulance into Jenin to rescue even one single life. Bush, Powell, Prince Abdallah, King Abdallah, President Mubarak, all of them and others can do nothing to help the Palestinians.


First the carrot, then the stick Behind the Carnage in Palestine.

Israel invasion.

Some accounts from international volunteers that are trying to help the population in Nablus:

Israel continues its invasion, after the successful cover up for the Jenin massacre, the Israel military continues the various violations to human rights and the agreements of the Fourth Generva Convention in Nablus: `No ambulances are allowed in':

There are few patients in the hospital, not because there are few injuries or deaths, but because ambulances are not allowed by the Israeli military to reach the dead and dying.

Of course, who cares about the 4th Geneva Convention agreements, when you already ignore years of resolutions from the UN to withdrew from the territories you illegally occupy?

UN Vetos

Why has the US consistently vetoed the UN Resolution 272, which calls for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories?

Posted on 17 Apr 2002

by Miguel de Icaza

Posted on 16 Apr 2002

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