Archive for March, 2006

“it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands of parts for a single car”

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

“Had a Pharaoh been given detailed and explicit designs of an automobile, and had he understood them completely, it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands of parts for a single car, and that car would have broken down on the first trip to Giza.

“Machines with interchangeable parts can now be constructed with great economy of effort… the thermionic tube of radio sets, is made by the hundred million, tossed about in packages, plugged into sockets - and it works! Its gossamer parts, the precise location and alignment involved in its construction, would have occupied a master craftsman of the guild for months; now it is built for thirty cents.”

–Vannevar Bush, 1945

Browser as Filter

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

In the 90’s we referred to browsers as members of a class of “Agents.” The hope was for that class to grow and eventually include “Intelligent Agents.”

But today the browser is more and more a of “Sensitive Filter.” That is, the application has become better able to sense its environment. And the function of the browser is now to keep the Web out as much as to facilitate the completion of tasks on the Web.

That’s why I’m interested in Greasemonkey.