Notions of beauty

Only one school of contemporary art has retrieved an idea of geometrical harmony, reminiscent of the aesthetics of proportion, and that is abstract art. By rebelling against both subjection to nature and to everyday life, abstract art has offered us pure forms, from the geometries of Mondrian to the large monochromatic canvases of Klein, Rothko or Manzoni. But who has not had the experience, on visiting an exhibition or a…

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A Tribute to Spam, the Meat

Visitors enter the museum, which is located at 1937 Spam Blvd., through a wall o’ Spam, a display of nearly 3,500 cans of the pork luncheon meat. A sign by the wall helpfully notes that if you manage to restrict yourself to eating only one can of Spam a day, the contents of the wall could feed you for 10 years. Since Spam has a shelf life of several years,…

The cranky user: To err(or) is human

One of the recurring problems that users face is that computers…well…don’t always work quite as well as expected (and sometimes not at all.) But that doesn’t make it any easier for developers and vendors to fix computer problems. For developers to fix the problems, they need to understand what the problem is. Here’s where the error report comes in. When a vendor is willing to address a problem, a report…

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Endangered species: US programmers

Since the dotcom bust in 2000-2001, nearly a quarter of California technology workers have taken nontech jobs, according to a study of 1 million workers released last week by Sphere Institute, a San Francisco Bay Area public policy group. The jobs they took often paid less. Software workers were hit especially hard. Another 28 percent have dropped off California’s job rolls altogether. They fled the state, became unemployed, or decided…

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Google Debuts Desktop-Search Tool

Google’s desktop search is integrated with the familiar Web search, with a new Desktop tab appearing at Google.com, and results culled from a search of the local drive are added to the top of any search through the Web. The local results are displayed at the top of the list, marked with a new logo and tagged with the phrase, “stored on your computer.” One of its key features, Price…