David Gelernter is a Yale

David Gelernter is a Yale computer scientist with a vision of how software ought to work. He formed a company called Scopeware to capitalize on those ideas. The big idea is that time is the chief organizer of our lives, and so chronology ought to be the chief organizer of our data. Here’s a piece in Plastic about his New Desktop.

Incidentally, Gelernter is also famous for having been targeted and severly injured by the Unabomber. Here’s a copy of the letter Ted Kaczynski sent him. Creepy.

The cheesecake that came back:

The cheesecake that came back: longtime readers of the Star Chamber may remember a piece in which I offered an Eli’s cheesecake to the first person who sent me a postcard. It took a while, but by the following June someone had actually claimed the cheesecake. Skip to the present… I just received an email from Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake. He was tickled to hear that I sent a reader one of his cheesecakes, so now he’s sending me one. Now that’s technology working for you: if it hadn’t been for search engines, I never would’ve gotten a cheesecake. Thanks, Google!