Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass ’60s programmer who saved the moon landing – Vox

De term software engineer komt ook van haar. Geweldig verhaal.

Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass ’60s programmer who saved the moon landing – Vox

28 seconds missing

As you know, the Euro 2008 championships football have begun. So far, we Dutchies cannot complain 😉 Last Saturday , I was watching Greece against Russia on my TV with analog signal and decided to try the live stream at the site of Dutch public broadcaster NOS (Dutch only) – which is a great site by the way. The quality of the stream was perfect. But I noticed a lag of exactly 30 seconds between the analog TV signal and the Internet stream.

It seems (Dutch only) that Dutch cable company Ziggo states that the lag between analog and digital TV is 1 second and the lag between digital TV and a live Internet stream is also 1 second. What happened to the remaining 28 seconds?

I have a 2Mbit synchronous DSL line directly connected to a fibre network via Telecompleet (Dutch only) which performs very well. Is this due to their performance, e.g. because of network buffering? Or do you have similar experiences?

Getting creative

I could quote Dave Winer almost everyday because he really knows about software development and that it’s always about people. I really like his no-nonsense view, very inspiring. Besides, he not not only talks the talk but also walks the walk, every day.

This one on Calacanis’ Mahalo and the lack of openness of his platform is a signal of a trend that is irreversible:

It’s like the iPhone. Very limited opportunities for us to be creative.”

Listening to: Opgezwolle – Gekkenhuis ft Jawat!
via FoxyTunes


Richard MacManus at Read/WriteWeb is very enthousiastic about the definition of Web 3.0 by Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. Although I agree with Schmidt that Web 2.0 is more of a marketing term than anything else, there is a key difference between where the Web is now and where it might be going. And in my opinion, that is not the difference that Schmidt talks about. The difference is a concept by the inventor of Web 1.0, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and is called the semantic web:

“The semantic web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content can be expressed not only in natural language, but also in a format that can be read and used by software agents, thus permitting them to find, share and integrate information more easily.”


Ditch the buds

Am listening to an incredible album from 2001 with Herbie Hancock , Michael Brecker, and Roy Hargrove called Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall which you should buy anyway if you love Coltrane and Davis. Amazing album. Amazing music. Amazing musicians. You might explore Foxy Tunes Planet for some videos and background. But on to the actual subject of this post.

I am listening to this music using my Sennheiser PX100 headphone system which I have for about a year now. And it rocks big time considering it is an open system. Bonus link: excellent dated product review from a funny Aussie who knows what he is talking about.


I have used closed systems in the past from AKG, Beyer Dynamic etc. but this one comes close in quality at a very low price point. I think I paid about 70 euros for it. If you want to ditch your iPod earbuds – which really suck, both in sound quality and comfort – but want something more portable than a big closed system I would definitely recommend them. Only thing is I think Sennheiser has renewed their product line in the meantime because I cannot find a comparable open ear version at their site at a first glance. Anyway, you might check the series out at your local hifi store or go to your favorite online market place for a used pair.


I don’t want to argue about the discussion Dave Winer and Fred Wilson have about FeedBurner and how easy it is to leave the service if you want but Wilson really describes how I feel about ‘openness’:

“That gives me all the comfort in the world. I love it when services make it easy to leave. When they do that, I tend to stay. “

That’s why were offering an ‘Unsubscribe’ feature as part of the main navigation and not in the basement, if you know what I mean.