I recently had a delightful call with the members of the IFIP working group on software architecture. I wish I could have been there in person - there are many of my personal heros in this group - but unfortunately I had to meet by phone. I filled in the group on my work on the Handbook and they in turn gave me some great feedback and offers for help.
Among other things, this group sponsors WICSA, the Working Conference on Software Architecture. This will be the fifth year for this conference, to be held in Pittsburgh in early November 2005.
Oh, I made some minor changes to the forces discussion in the Handbook, adding a new category of forces, namely, values. I've become increasingly aware of legal constrains upon software (for example, under Windows, each application's window has a menu bar because Apple had patented putting the menu bar at the top of the screen and changing it as each different application became active) as well as ethical and moral ones (in theory, though we'll probably never really know, the CIA's Echelon system has elements that limit its use).