January 2000 Archives
SCIENCE HOBBYIST: Traffic Waves, physics for bored commuters
Now I have something to think about when going home in the interstate, AKA parking log.
"'Microsoft's latest security glitch' has become a cliche. But it doesn't have to be."
"The problem is that security is not a feature. It is, rather, a function of how features respond to unexpected circumstances or combinations."
A user based Perl FAQ. Lots of good info for the Perl Hackers out there, me included.
Tim Sweeney of Epic Games: A Critical Look at Programming Lauguages
"... our language not only defines how we communicate with each other, it also defines how we think, what concepts we are able to ponder, and how we internalize the workings of the world in our minds."
It is on my "to buy" list, although I accept gifts :)
Ten Things I Hate About the Web Business
My most hated is adding "e" in front of any word.
In reference to the Perl newsgroups but it applies to many of the unanswered questions floating around the internet.
Slashcode:Slashcode open source project
The place to go for one's slash code informatin.
Iambe, Intimate and Interactive
Why? Well I felt like it, and she was gracious enough to be interviewed for an upcomming article. Thanks.
Studly Work: Talking Transmeta with Linus Torvalds
"The reason I work for Transmeta is that I think the approach is so studly from a technical view" Linus Torvalds
"As Larry himself said in one of his State of the Onion talks, three virtues of coding are Diligence, Patience and Humility. Diligence (the opposite of Laziness, if you're paying attention) is necessary when you're working with other programmers."
Linux Visor USB @ sourceforge.net
Excelent, now when my home machine makes thw switch to, "Windows only for games" my Visor will not hold me back.
A developer at Handspring has contacted Greg about writing the driver. This is excellent news. I am excited to hear that they are willing to help after all. They seem to be pleased with our efforts. "
Good job Handspring.
Memorable Quotes from Dogma
I loved this moie, and I'm Catholic. It is so unfortunate that some Catholics didn't realise that this movie was ment for them, it is pro-catholic. Well remember it is all about marketing "Catholic Yeah!"
Jay: "I feel like I'm Han Solo, and you're Chewie, and she's Ben Kenobi, and we're in that fucked-up bar."
[To shocked passenger, after throwing Bartleby off the train]
Silent Bob: "No ticket!"
No real technical reason but I just can't trust PHP given the similarities to ASP (Active Server Pages).
What is FreeNet?
"The Freenet project aims to create a client that implements the protocol described in Ian Clarke's paper 'A Distributed Decentralised Information Storage and Retrieval System'. Running this client would allow anyone to join a system called the 'Freenet' that will allow thoughts and ideas to be published and read without fear of censorship of any kind. The client is being written using the Java programming language. Please read Ian Clarke's paper for more information."
"Beginning later in the first quarter of 2000, you will be able to download BeOS 5 -- the upcoming version of Be's acclaimed personal computer operating system -- free for personal, non-commercial use."
It will be avialable at http://free.be.com/ (currently a redirect). Good news for all. So how long til they GPL or BSD liscense BeOS?
" A cyberbabe modelled on a mixture of Posh Spice, Kylie Minogue and TV presenter Carol Vorderman is set to become the world's first virtual newscaster."
"Often times we get requests for advice on special effects and how to make your fan films. We'll here's a new section on TFN in our Theater, one that will help you filming the movie, as well as handling the monumental task of special effects."
Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation Visits Cincinnati January 24th. See ya there.
100 websites that will change the world
- MoveOn.org "2 guys, $90, one web site, a simple viral mechanism, email. They created a 'Flash Campaign' to lobby congress to censure Clinton and move on."
- porn sites "Sexual attitudes 20 years from now will likely be completely different because sexual exploration by children can no longer be repressed by adults."
- cluetrain "If only companies (and countries) would stop acting like Marvel comic book villain-gods (Galacticus, anyone?), the whole WTO Seattle scene wouldn't be necessary -- everyone who actually *works* for the entities represented there would hear the complaints and be able to take action on them. Why aren't they on the cluetrain?"
- The Birth of Grey Forest Walt "Wow. Beautiful."
Pictures and commentary of a very natural child birth on a mountian ridge.
The Code Freeze for Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 has begun
"The code freeze for the next Debian release, code named "potato", has begun", says Richard Braakman, current Debian Release Manager. He expects the freeze process to take about two months.
Until the new version is released, there will be three distributions available on our servers: `stable', `frozen', and the new `unstable'.
"The new `unstable' distribution, code named �woody� (Debian releases are code-named after characters from the movie Toy Story. Woody is the main character, the cowboy action figure.), was created today", continues Richard. The `frozen' and `unstable' distributions start out with the same set of packages. While `unstable' will be updated rapidly, `frozen' will have only bugfixes applied in preparation for its release.
There is mutch rejoicing at the fozbaca organization.
These are my results. The scary part is that this is actually pretty accurate. I hate when those damned things are accurate.
You are most like a ST. BERNARD. You are one loyal and good-hearted individual! You have a naturally protective personality that is reflected in the way that you treat people close to you. Your do-gooder approach to life earns you a great amount of respect and admiration. You aim to please, and your focused and determined demeanor enables you to accomplish this goal. You are a pleasure to be around, and people admire you because of your strong morals and ability to live by them. It's a breed like yours that makes the world a better place!
What Breed of Dog Are You?
I took the test, like everyone else seems to be doing. Results:
You are most like a GOLDEN RETRIEVER. You are loved by all. Your extroverted and fun personality automatically makes you one of the coolest and most popular people around. In addition to being socially elite, you are also attractive both inside and out. You seem to have a magnetic personality that makes you the life of any party. You are probably pretty accomplished at anything you set your mind to, and have a very supportive and fun-loving social network. A Golden is a great dog to be!
I finally did the IRC thing with the bloggers. Kinda overload but cool. Oh and I need something to blog when IRCing about blogging, go fugure :)
The timing if finding this couldn't be better. Currently working on XMLing fozbaca.org
- Think Outside - Stowaway Portable Keyboard
- Quo Vadis HandyGPS - The Geography Major in me loves this one the most.
- Custom Visor Stylus from PDA Panache
"When the interface is all set, then the real core programming is continued relentlessly, without interruption... only there's a deadline hanging over, and it must all be finished. Code compromises, left-over bugs, inelegant implementations - there you have a typical piece of proprietary software. "
Been there done that. I have been in "maintenance hell" over a webapp that "looked good" but didn't scale past the beta users. The whole problem, interface first backend whatever. Now it starts all over again, it only took 12 months to get someone to approve fixing the problem. Oh well corporate america is such fun, it is amazing that we ever became a "world power".
Google Apple/Macintosh Search
All I have to say is "Insanely Great Product" , nice logo too.
"A while ago, I dyed my hair red, a rather bright red. Well now it's seeming pink, and I don't like that. So I'm soliciting opinions: what color should I dye my hair? Your input is appreciated. Majority rules."
My vote "shave it all off", have been wanting to do that myself but never got the courage.
Sex and Free Speech by JonKatz. Lots of lively discussions after the article. Very good Katz piece.
Realized that I have yet to receive any email from the site, so send any comments my way firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Well www.fozbaca.org has been up for a little over a month. Having my own domain name is such a good feeling. The funniest thing is one month into it and I get more hits than the company I used to work for did.
Introducing Debian GNU/Linux
I so what to run Debian but the installation is a b*tch.
Is Navigation Useful? (Alertbox Jan. 2000)
"users look straight at the content and ignore the navigation areas"
Content is king, content is everything, what is the 3 components to a good website content, content, and content. Well my thoughts are known now.
Just an update on the DicePro thing (fozbaca puts up interesting stuff like philosophy, i put up stuff about gaming. who knew?): Dicepro works awesome in a game. A single click you've got a roll. No moire fumbling for dice! Love it!
the document is the program
A good article on documenting computer development.
Perl's creator shares his thoughts on a subversive lifecycle. by Larry Wall
As always Larry's words are interesting, insightful, and a good laugh.
Website Doctype looks very promising for use in a website management system I have been trying to develop.
as soon as i posted i found out how to do the highest 3. love it! Gaming and technology should merge like crazy.
I say to my brothers and sisters out there: Create like madmen!
"Finding a recruiter willing to work on these terms is easy: all it requires is a disorganized pathological liar with no imagination, an IQ below 60, an atrophied sense of basic ethics, and an obsession with becoming a millionaire before turning 30. Business schools put these out all of the time."
My experience with recruiters only reinforces this statement. Hey any recruiters out there get a clue. Learn something about the field you are recruiting for, example learn the difference between Perl and Java. Learn to be accommodating, when a prospective recruite says they can't talk at work then make yourself available after business hours. Remember you are a service industry, to the employer and employee, so serve. You have a job because of us.
Another peve, from the talk of recruiters, job listings, and companies hiring, everyone out there has 50-100 employees, is planning on hiring 2-3 times that number in the next year, and will be IPOing with in the year. I just have a hard time believing you when you just send like everyone else. Something to remember the most valuable "capitol" are your employees. Treat potential employees like your Venture Capitol because we are just as hard to "acquire".
A definition, "the company is moving real quick on hiring for the position" really means 6-12 months from now they might be making a decision. Why do companies what a new employee to start the day of the offer, not allowing for the standard 2 weeks notice and posable moving time, but allow weeks to elapse between contacting the applicant?
So can you tell I have been frustrated by the job searching process :)
Interview: CmdrTaco and Hemos Tell All
The slashdot guys get interviewed. The question of "practicing what you preach" is brought up. Basicly the code that runs slashdot is released but it is a very old version. CmdrTaco mentions having more important things to do with their time than clean up code for release. Problem guys, release it even if the code sucks. Maybe some of that time that is taken up fixing bugs would leave if others could attack the bugs, kinda a big plus to sharing the source. It isn't about being perfect, just do it. Posted comment on slashdot "Not to be a jerk about it, but perhaps if the process were more open, there'd be someone who would write the install scripts and whatnot for you. Making huge projects manageable is part of what open source is all about, isn't it?"
BTW: engel you were right yesterday. I just like to argue when NT is giving me fits :)
Interview: Steve Wozniak Unbound
Woz sounds like one great guy. The interview is almost as inetresting as the man himself.
"Consider the situation of two trauma surgeons arriving at an accident scene. The patient is bleeding profusely. If surgeons were like programmers, they'd leave the patient to bleed out in order to have a really satisfying argument over the merits of two different kinds of tourniquet."
found at Philip Greenspun's Vignette StoryServer review
It is scary how true that statement is between friends who are programmers, now imagine what it is like amongst enemies.
"What most people need is someone to tell them what to do. It is cheaper and better to adopt a false religion than to remain a skeptical atheist, seeking after truth oneself. Of course, it is better and cheaper still to adopt a reasonable religion."
More highlights form MacworldExpo
Jobs offers a peek at Mac OS X
Live Coverage - Macworld SF 2000
"OS X will be completely open source, like the popular Linux operating system"
Woooo, this would be incredible. I'm still waiting to see the keynote address to hear the details for myself.
"All the analyses I've seen of the DVD DeCSS hearing have missed a key event: this is the first widely-publicized case where somebody has tried to enforce a "shrink-wrap" license. Corporate lawyers until now have avoided testing such licenses in court because they would risk having a judge declare for all to hear that shrink-wrap licenses aren't worth the pixels they're printed on."
My bet is that the DVD industry bring the suit will do everything in their power to keep the "shrink-wrap" liscense out of the case. If a court invalidated "shrink-wrap" liscenses the commercial software industry would bet screwed.
The Great International DVD Source Code Distribution Contest
Well this is one way to do an end run around the DVD silyness.
10 Predictions for 2000
"After reflecting some on the events of 1999, I decided to try my hand at prognosticating what might occur in 2000."
An unsentimental look at the medium he helped propel
About Adult: The Endless Hours...
"This is a site ABOUT the online adult industry, not for promoting it."
Vaporware '99: The 'Winners'
Number 1 in NT5/Windows2000. So how many times have they pushed back the release date and removed from the feature set?
The new features sound good. I hope the "beta version will be available either late in 1999 or early in 2000" comes out soon.