H.L. Mencken:

“A young Ayn Rand once said I am the “one whom I admire as the greatest representative of a philosophy to which I want to dedicate my whole life.”

During the first half of the twentieth century, I was the most outspoken defender of liberty in America. I spent thousands of dollars challenging restrictions on freedom of the press. I boldly denounced President Woodrow Wilson for whipping up patriotic fervor to enter World War I, which cost me my job as a newspaper columnist.

I denounced Franklin Delano Roosevelt for amassing dangerous political power and for maneuvering to enter World War II, and again lost my newspaper job. Moreover, the President ridiculed me by name.

The government I live under has been my enemy all my active life, When it has not been engaged in silencing me it has been engaged in robbing me. So far as I can recall I have never had any contact with it that was not an outrage on my dignity and an attack on my security.”

Source: this FEE article.

Reviewers who got early access to mango update for Windows Phone 7 have great things to say about its features, usability, emotional appeal etc. Here is Katherine Boehret of the WSJ on Mango:

The operating system is a mix of elegance and whimsy that’s a treat to use. Mango is sprinkled with delightful animations on nearly every screen. These include icons that swing out like tiny doors when selected, and little dots that race across the top of the screen when something is loading onto the phone. The result is a playful yet functional interface.

I planned to write a blog on some possible improvements that could be done to the WP7 user experience. Hopefully I will find time soon. In the mean time, here is Joe Belfiore demonstrating some of the features of Mango.

Update:

From CNet – Five thing we love about mango.

Update 2:

From Engadget -

Make no mistake, Microsoft isn’t playing coy in the smartphone market any longer. The folks in Redmond are making a significant jump forward in the mobile arena, announcing that the upcoming version of Windows Phone, codenamed “Mango,” will be heading to a device near you in time for the holidays. As its competitors have raised the bar of expectations to a much higher level, Microsoft followed suit by adding at least 500 features to its mobile investment, which the company hopes will plug all of the gaping holes the first two versions left open.

I have been meaning to pursue blogging for a while now. More than a year ago I setup this website specifically with that in mind. Until recently, I had all the excuses in the world for not doing it more often. I could do a great job of convincing anyone, most importantly me, as to why I just could not find the time to do this. Well, I hope it changes now. Here are a few reasons why I wanted to blog in the first place.

1. Writing my thoughts down or trying to communicate in a way that clarifies the subject matter to me and others forces me to think more deeply.
2. My thoughts will exist for my own future reference.
3. Many times when I read something, I get a vague recollection of something I had seen or read in the past. It usually frustrates me when I cannot place exactly when, where or how. This way, at least, some of these ideas could be searched or referenced again in the future.
4. There is no better way to get good at something than to just do it, and do it often – in this case writing.
5. Pressure of peer/public review makes me do that extra diligence.

It is not exhaustive a list, but it’s a start