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Volunteer for Tibet (and get them off visual basic!)

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, India and Tibetans, Information Commons, Virtual Communities


Brick Thorton of Volunteers for Tibet writes to ask for help from techies heading up into the Himalayas to McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala.

He says:

if you happen to know any programmers that would be interested in making a long stay in mcleod ganj, please let me know! we’re looking to upgrade our custom volunteer tracking app… (originally programmed in visual basic).

Go to their site and lettem know you can help.

Stutzman v Metcalfe

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Ethernet inventor and failed predictor of Internet Collapses, Bob Metcalfe has taken on Fred Stutzman’s and others’ takes on the failings of Metcalfe’s Law as a visiting blogger on VCMike’s blog. Fred, like David P. Reed who corrected Metcalfe’s Law with Reed’s Law way back, has observed some serious failings in the Metcalfe formulation.
Fred’s original article is here. His follow up to Metcalfe’s is here.
Metcalfe’s response reminds me of the time he had to literally eat his words at the Inet conference. Metcalfe is always interesting combatative funny and most of the time so close to being right without quite getting there that it hurts when in the end he is decidedly wrong.