Two small corrections.

(1) When I said “crappy old FORTRAN really didn’t even let you write functions,” I really meant old FORTRAN. There are newer versions of FORTRAN that are better than the last one I used, which was WATFOR, which I last used 27 years ago, so forgive my ignorance.

(2) I wrote that the Google Mini was “communicating with Google to get PageRank information for public pages.” It turns out that it doesn’t. Today I spoke to the product managers over at Google and they told me that because of all the customers who want to use the Mini on an Intranet, they are very religious about NOT phoning home to Google under any circumstances.

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