March 2000 Archives

Pimpwar - The game [via

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ask jesus.org about fozbaca.org

i-opener - A Market Begging

Joel on Software Painless Software

Joel on Software Painless Software Schedules: Thoughts on software development

ApachePDA I can't believe it,

ApachePDA I can't believe it, well maybe that is not totally true. Now I can play with Apache on my Visor, come on Perl or Python for the PDA/PalmOS.

code_rush is on tonight 10

code_rush is on tonight 10 PM on PBS.

Software Development, Apache-style

How Do I Apply for

Speller is a lightweight spell-checking

Speller is a lightweight spell-checking application tailored for the web.

So You've Decided to be

So You've Decided to be Evil: A Step-by-Step Guide to joining the Forces of Darkness

How to Succeed at Getting

The Internet-Have We Reached A

The Internet-Have We Reached A Turning Point?

"People have an innate preference to share with others when it benefits them. This is why Free Software works, and why programs like Napster and other file sharing protocols work. Same cause, although different legalitiy...

IMHO, people follow their instincts. Most intellectual property laws follow against people's instincts, and the only think that protected them in the past was the copying cost (ie for books and movies that cost a lot to copy on paper and film).

We're going to see legal disobedience on a large scale, on the basis of what comes naturally. You can't fight that, no matter how many laws you make. Even then, smart people will find a way - they always have and always will."by bbk

Luna Law: The Libertarian Vision

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Luna Law: The Libertarian Vision in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Quotable Heinlein an interactive community

Quotable Heinlein an interactive community for fans of Robert Heinlein.

Finally sucess. I have found

Finally sucess. I have found the definative Babylon 5 Timeline on chronology.org, Science Fiction Timeline Site.

A slightly better Timeline for

A slightly better Timeline for Babylon 5.

A short Timeline for Babylon

A short Timeline for Babylon 5. I wold like to find one that had everything from the episodes, books, comics, etc,.

PerlDB "PerlDB is database project

PerlDB
"PerlDB is database project to create a new database written entirely in Perl. PerlDB will be closely related to the Perl DBI project and will be created in line with the ANSI SQL-92 database standard. If you would like to join us, please get in touch."

20 Years of Berkeley Unix:

Iopener as a Thin Client

Iopener as a Thin Client with the Linux Terminal Server Project. Still waiting for my Iopener.

Laugh of the day, Potty

Laugh of the day, Potty Training

Technology Patents on Science Friday

Apple open source OS to

Apple open source OS to ship on Intel
Darwin is the foundation of Mac OS X. Maybe Apple will get back into the OEM liscensing game again. Imagine OS X on Crusoe.

Linux Quotes

Meerkat: An Open Wire Service

Scripting language Perl 6 to

Dyson Sphere FAQ

The iMac Rack-Mount Project: A

A Ladies' Man and Shameless

A Ladies' Man and Shameless by John Perry Barlow

I'm not as optomistic as

I'm not as optomistic as engel after reading Cringely's Don't Touch That Dial piece. Regardless of the connection to local and network TV the concept of everyone haveing high speed acccess to the internet is a good thing.

The problem is who will run it and what type of control will they exert over content? I don't trust the national network TV execs. I do think that they are the players that will push for broadband not just for internet content, if they don't they will go the way of the Passenger Pigeon. Just look at technology like TiVo, buypass the scheduled program times and buypass the comercials. Look at what great broadcasting the networks have given us, Friends, Perfect, Party of Five, etc. Do you want them feeding your internet content?

"If the station owners are smart, that's what they will do, subvert I-Beam by creating something even better. Let the best technology win. And that would be good for us all." Cringely

Not saying that the local affilates are any better but there are more of them, more potential for competition. In order for broadband in every home, and all communications traveling over the same pipe, the system will have to follow the basic principals of the internet, distributed and decentralized. Otherwise what we get will be usless.

My mind got ta thinking

My mind got ta thinking after reading Cringely's Piece on the future of broadcasting. I think it would be awesome to have all of our media come through one high-speed line for cheap.

I mean, think about it: what if by getting a $40-$50 DSL/cable connection, you could have: free long distance calls, free phone, cable (actually, any broadcast station in the world), 'radio', and internet access all in one line?

A friend of mine, Steve Cook, once said that instead of breaking up the Bell Monopoly in the 80s, the government should have given Bell a choice to either break up OR finance about 10 strands of fiber-optic cable to every house in the US.

Instead of forcing companies, including Microsoft, to break up, maybe the governement should give them a choice to 'do the right thing'. Could you imagine the shape of the internet and media today if every person had a much-faster-than-LAN speed connection? Could you imagine being able to have enough bandwidth to do whatever you wanted PERIOD and not have to worry?

Feedback: Who Owns Ideas JonKatz

Feedback: Who Owns Ideas JonKatz speaks again.

Cthulhu For President The Dawning

Cthulhu For President The Dawning of a New Era

LlamaCard
"Hypercard, Supercard, and Metacard are all hypermedia, stack-based, WYSIWYG, persistent, event-driven, rapid software development systems. Each provides extensive customizability through a proprietory scripting language.

The aim of this project is to create a free implementation of a similar application (LlamaCard), using Perl as the scripting language and various standard Perl libraries to help implement the GUI, so that the entire package is platform-independent."

Looks very intresting.

Tales form the Inbox The

Tales form the Inbox

The following is the Customer Service number for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation. Dial the number and listen to their message, until the time you are requested to choose an extension-and then you can hang up. The opening message is priceless, and worth the toll-free call.

1-800-578-7453

Understanding Anime A nice Anime

Understanding Anime
A nice Anime site. One of my college carear highlights was the Anime presentation to my Japanese Culture class. Succeded in converting the professor to a Anime lover, in the academic sense.

POD is Not Literate Programming

POD is Not Literate Programming
POD (Plain Old Documentation) is Perl's documentation system.

Are you a Yettie: young,

Are you a Yettie: young, entrepreneural, tech-based, twentysomething?
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I love these NeXT machines.

I love these NeXT machines. Nice piece of work there.

Wana practice your demolistion skills?

Wana practice your demolistion skills? Try to implode the KingDome (500k flash).

102 ways to kill your

102 ways to kill your computer
My favorite was the burning NeXT Cube. I didn't realise the NeXT shells were made of magnesium.

Roadside America your online guide

Roadside America your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.
[via /usr/bin/girl]

Monty Widenius interviewed. He is

Monty Widenius interviewed. He is the "Da MySQL Man."

"... They are talking about setting aside a percentage of the profits, approximately 10%, and distributing it evenly among the employees based on how many hours they worked. 'A janitor will get just as much as a programmer,' based on hours, says Widenius. 'We try to keep all salaries open. In the long run we think that should be fair to everyone."

Good point about the 'one

Good point about the 'one click buying' patent, Foz. You know, most of the ideas on the internet are not new ideas, they are extentions of current ideas made digital instead of made flesh.

People have been running tabs for thousands of years. What makes Amazon think that because it is now done digitally instead of physically it can patent an idea that has been around since the beginning of history?

A phrase that was overused a few years ago but makes sense: "Right now the internet is us writing on the digital cave."

That's right, and let's face it, Amazon got a patent on painting.

Click once to buy... Here

Click once to buy...
Here is a test of prior art.

During spring break of '94 I spent one glorious evening in Key West. Me and some friends, the three amigos, went to the Hog's Breath for some drinks. Apon walking up to the bar the bartender collected one of our credit cards. When we wanted a drink, or to buy one for a pretty senorita, one would just, "Hey another margerita over here!" and low and behold there was a margerita at the table. At the end of the evening my amigo got his credit card, or I think he did everything is fuzzy at that point.

For those of you that didn't make the connection I call it "1 shout drinking." We setup an agreement with the bar to pay for anything we ordered with the credit card, just like Amazon but they sell books not drinks.

Finally ordered an I-Opener from

Finally ordered an I-Opener from Cricuit City today. I don't mutch care for Circuit City, too expensive and the "sales people" are generally very unknowledgable, but it beats paying $40 for shipping.

Biting The Bullet: Publishing And

Biting The Bullet: Publishing And The Net

"As the Net traumatizes one institution after another, some appear to be eating their young.

...

People selling things on the Net -- whether books, newspapers, chocolates, banking or ideas -- interact with their customers in jarring, often invasive ways. But both sides can benefit.

...

It is no accident that the companies that have managed to profit most from the information revolution are the ones that devote the most energy to maximizing customer responsiveness."

That would be mean neither the newspaper nor publishing industries, both of which have made it a sacred virtue to be disconnected from and unresponsive to their customers.

The old industries <voice="Doctor Evil">Just don't get it&lt/voice>.

fuck you [via Metafilter]

The Offical Johnny Cash Page

The Offical Johnny Cash Page The Man In Black. My most regreted missed opportunity while a college student, not seeing Johnny Cash when he preformed on campus.

Guru of Internet never made

Guru of Internet never made millions off it
About Michael Hart Porject Gutenberg creator with a little about the Powers That Be(tm) fighting the free flow of information even in Gutenberg's time.

Ramen Recipe Page Too bad

Ramen Recipe Page
Too bad I didn't know about all these Ramen recipes bach in The Slum days. We started, tried, a tradition of "Ramathom" where the week before finaly was a Ramen only diet for the slumites. It would all kick off with a party around a big pot of Ramen and some friends.
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The New York Times has

The New York Times has done a piece, From Geek Improvisers, a $99 Personal Computer, which is mirrored for those free subscription shy.

The ChromeZone - Your source

The ChromeZone - Your source for Mozilla skins and addons! For those souls running Mozilla the begging of a new world of customization.

Landing a Linux Job

Source file management in a

Creative Daemon Contest must be

Creative Daemon Contest must be written in Perl. Winner will recieve Mastering Algorithms with Perl plus some cash. Randal Schwartz will be the judge.

10 gigabyte storage capacity on

soulbath.beta is just too cool.

soulbath.beta is just too cool.
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Alan Cox on a Chip,

Alan Cox on a Chip, for those of yo that don't know Alan Cox is second to Linux Torvalds in the Linux Kernel setting.

Free BeOS 5 due next

Free BeOS 5 due next week.

German Chameleon Inks Deal with

I'm watching Tombstone on <shudder>Fox</shudder> tonight. I was struck with the thought of how mutch the 'modern' american action movie is just a western, even the old westerns.

An I-Opening Hack: $200 PC

An I-Opening Hack: $200 PC Wired joins the coverage.

"He too reported local Circuit City outlets out of stock. "I think we've 'Slashdotted' Circuit City," he said."

Linux will Change the Way

Linux will Change the Way Computers Work

" First look at http://www.linux-hacker.net/iopener/ to see an example of what I am going to rant about. It is not the best example, and it won't change the world, but it is a beginning."

BTW: I'm planning picking up a couple of those I-Openers.

The romantic in me just

The romantic in me just loves this.

Dull Men's Club "A place

Dull Men's Club

"A place � in cyberspace � where Dull Men can share thoughts and experiences, free from pressures to be 'in and trendy,' to enjoy instead the simple, ordinary things of everyday life."

[via /usr/bin/girl]

The Dead Media Project and

The Dead Media Project and Bruce Sterling's Dead Media Manifesto, which is an intresting read.

Cool XUL Provides Cross-Platform UI

The Harm of Patents: An

The Harm of Patents: An Exchange Between Richard Stallman and Tim O'Reilly

Point Break: Iambe, Intimate and

Point Break: Iambe, Intimate and Interactive
For the uninitiated the Fozbaca in the story is the same Fozbaca that clutters up the web here.

Mozilla Developer Meeting on April

Mozilla Developer Meeting on April 7
Coolness. Wish I could go.

Geographic Screening the restriction of

Geographic Screening the restriction of Net access by geography -- is the latest nightmare stemming from the culture wars launched by the music and movie industries against a free Internet. This time the firewalls aren't coming from the People's Republic of China, but out of Canada.

My favorite slashdot comment, "Blame Canada! With their beady eyes, and floppy heads..."

PHP and XML, technical or

Journal of Mundane Behavior

Why the internet is like

Why the internet is like war
The Internet like War is all about the delta.

Contest time at /usr/bin/girl. Let

Contest time at /usr/bin/girl. Let her know a "shinny thing" you want and maybe you will get it.

A New Way to License

A New Way to License Games? the grand daddy of role playing games Dungeons & Dragons maybe opened under The Open Gaming Foundation. Richard Stallman has truely changed the world.

Say It Once, Say It

Introducing Apache one rock awsome

Introducing Apache one rock awsome web server. Eagerly awaiting the Apache 2.0 release.

Linux University brought to you

Linux University brought to you by SGI and Linux Journal. Well SGI be the first major UNIX vendor to fo Linux and do it right?

One way to beat the

One way to beat the Linux IPO craze is an old fashioned auction like LinuxFool.com is doing at eBay. Maybe VA Linux or RedHat would be intrested.

Patently Absurd (James Gleick) "In

Patently Absurd (James Gleick)

"In ways that could not have been predicted even a few years ago, the patent system is in crisis. A series of unplanned mutations have transformed patents into a positive threat to the digital economy. The patent office has grown entangled in philosophical confusion of its own making; it has become a ferocious generator of litigation; and many technologists believe that it has begun to choke the very innovation it was meant to nourish."

What You Really Need to

What You Really Need to Know

"If you're just starting to learn Linux in the hopes of becoming a paid professional, or have been using it for some time for personal use and are interested in making a career out of it, the main question on your mind, is probably "what do I really need to know to make a living doing this?". This subject could easily be expanded to a full length book of suggested learning, but I will outline some of the basic concepts and skills you should be seeking to acquire for yourself in the interest of becoming a paid Linux professional."

Patent Death Pending on the

TCI/SmartWorld Launch Free Internet for

TechSightings Review: The Blogger Web

Fozbaca and I have been

Fozbaca and I have been having a debate on what the next 10 years will bring in the form of gas-efficient cars. His position is that everything will remain pretty much status quo. My position is that something will change in the next 10 years to make the general populace go toward alternate/hybrid cars.

I-opener and Linux Too cool.

I-opener and Linux
Too cool. A $99 flat screen system running Linux, BeOS and others. There is a discussion on slashdot.

Blogger, what I am using

Blogger, what I am using to blog, has a new look and remote editing. Too bad I have bowling tonight and will not be able to play with Blogger changes til Tuesday night.

The National Electric Drag Racing

Talking to Mark Stone:The latest

Talking to Mark Stone:The latest on VA's vision for its new Web holdings

"When VA Linux bought Andover.net, the first question on many people's lips was why. Eileen Cohen sheds light on that question in an interview with Mark Stone."

Really a usless interview. Nothing is answered, almost sounds like Clinton being interviewed.

The 10 Driving Principles of

SciFi Channel is going to

SciFi Channel is going to have a six-hour miniseries ofFrank Herbert's Dune this fall. Now I might have a reason for getting cable.

Jolie To Play Lara Croft

Jolie To Play Lara Croft

"Angelina Jolie is in final talks to play Lara Croft in the upcoming Paramount movie Tomb Raider, based on the Eidos Interactive video game series of the same name, according to Variety.

... Jolie embodies some of the qualities of Croft, who is intrepid and resourceful as well as easy on the eyes. ... Tomb Raider is set to begin production this summer."

I hope the "talks" work out. I woudl love to see Jolie as Lara.

"This is a list of

"This is a list of some (not all) public Blogger-powered blogs that we have verified are not junk.*"
WhoHa! made the list.

GNU Free Documentation License General

GNU Free Documentation License
General Public Liscense (GPL) for documents and documentation.

DaveNet: Next week at Esther's

DaveNet: Next week at Esther's

"The concern is about patents used to stop things from happening. The logical outgrowth of that is software developed solely by lawyers. If you want that kind of software and web services, stay quiet. If you care about the future of technology, now is an excellent time to make your point of view known, respectfully of course."

The Last Page of the

What If Python Replaced Elisp?

Emigrating to Canada [via Ala

An Open Letter from Jeff

Cam's links has gotten more

Cam's links has gotten more intresting since he started working for Alphanumerica, Inc., who has been doing some stuff with Mozilla.

The Twelve Networking Truths [via

Weblog Nation: an occasional compilation of highlights from the independent weblog community

"Today's new feature for Weblogs.Com

"Today's new feature for Weblogs.Com is the Recently Updated Weblogs panel on the home page. It shows your favorite weblogs in the order they were last udpated." Dave Winer

Weblogue Windows weblogue editor.

Weblogue
Windows weblogue editor.

SinFest a Pimpin' comic strip.

SinFest a Pimpin' comic strip.
"oh my god that is fucking funny!" engel
[via Metalog]

Ask Tim -- Responses to

Ask Tim -- Responses to Amazon Patent Questions

"As Dan Gillmor, crusading columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, said in a conversation we had about the issue, 'It may be legal, but IT ISN'T RIGHT!'"

Sim Adult Patch Now if

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Sim Adult Patch
Now if I only had The Sims

A Call for Genome Peace

A Call for Genome Peace

"I think the Human Genome Project should produce a genome sequence that's available to everybody, but biotech companies should also be able to protect their intellectual property,"

Intellectual property (IP) isn't a right. IP is granted for the good of society and for the advance ment of useful scientific and artistic pursuits. IP is not a right, it is a a privlage.

"I get myself psyched up

"I get myself psyched up to make a difference, and then we always end up with the same old things: men who have no personality or charisma, who are as impassioned as planks when speaking, who seem to have sketchy morals, and who exist totally disconnected from the majority of Americans." megnut

Tough Love for MacBird Why

Tough Love for MacBird
Why open sourcing MacBird was handled wrong.

The Congressional Hearing on the

Whassup Boys

The Economics of Software Complexity

The Economics of Software Complexity

"Why does it happen? Specifically, what are the economic forces that drive it? How does free software differ from proprietary in this regard?"

Is MS heading for a

When XML Gets Ugly

"I was not inclined to

"I was not inclined to visit a site called Fozbaca for some reason. I did anyway and it's not bad at all. Just another weblog, but it does what a weblog should do." browse0tron March 2000
Thanks.

YOU MIGHT BE A GAMER

YOU MIGHT BE A GAMER IF...

"...you consider Altoids, Salt-&-Vinegar chips, and blue Teeni Hugs a balanced diet. (or even an acceptable combination.)"

But they are a good combination :)

Greed undermines benefits of digital

Greed undermines benefits of digital technology

"WHEN they wrote the Constitution, the nation's founders didn't figure on digital technology's impact. But I'm convinced they would have been appalled by the way greed has overcome the public interest when it comes to intellectual property."

The relevant constitutional language is the eighth clause in Section 8 of Article I. It gives Congress the responsibility ``To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.''

The Jeff Bezos vs. Tim

The Jeff Bezos vs. Tim O'Reilly debate

"Without patents, the customers **always** win. With patents, he who dies with the most patents wins."

Extreme Programming: A Gentle Introduction.

The Future Of The Programmable

The Future Of The Programmable Browser, Jon Udell DHTML Standards? XUL?
I have not done a serious technical evaluation of either XUL or DHTML. My hope is for XUL to "win". Why? I don't trust Microsoft, they have burned me too many times in development projects.

Open Source - On why

Quake Noir: The Game as

Outlines: The Do Everything Tool

Outlines: The Do Everything Tool

"Writing is remarkably like software development."

RSS Viewer Applet: Window to

RSS Viewer Applet: Window to the World of News

Copyright Protection Is for Dinosaurs

LANSS: Linux Application Naming Scheme

LANSS: Linux Application Naming Scheme Service

WhatWeNeed - the Linux app

WhatWeNeed - the Linux app wishing well

Free Film Project

The hard roots of open

The hard roots of open source software
How the road forked when proprietary software was invented

Kevin Mitnick was no hacker

Kevin Mitnick was no hacker in testimony before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

"The human side of computer security is easily exploited and constantly overlooked," Mitnick explained ..."

The Sims Review I want

The Sims Review
I want this one.

Jakob Nielsen Answers Usability Questions

Jakob Nielsen Answers Usability Questions on slashdot

"Interestingly, research by Jack Carroll at IBM in the 1980s proved that a "training wheels" approach to computers makes people better at understanding the expert features once they get to them. The reason being that users learn the conceptual structure of the system better when they are presented with the smaller set of features first. Not seeing something during initial use of the system would result in better use of the hidden features later.

...In the old days, an operating system was designed to optimize the utilization of the computer's resources. In the future, its main goal will be to optimize the user's time."

A Ralph Nader Plan That

A Ralph Nader Plan That 'Sucks'
Get your .sucks domain.

Zend.com is live.

Zend.com is live.

Earthport claims prior art in

Earthport claims prior art in Amazon patent
Thank god for prior art. The question "are patents really useful to society?" is not answered.

Learning Perl, Part 1, Martin

Learning Perl, Part 1, Martin Heller An Overview For Novices

Storm Linux Review "Storm Linux

Storm Linux Review

"Storm Linux 2000 is a very nice distribution. Although it's not as polished as Mandrake 7 in many aspects, Storm Linux is a nice, easy to use, solid distribution. I particularly recommend Storm Linux for anyone who wants to setup a small home network. Storm Linux isn't as ready for the desktop as Mandrake is, but Storm would definitely feel right at home in just about any server/workstation. "

So far Stormix is my distribution of choice.

Download Short Films "If you

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Download Short Films

"If you are interested in seeing short films, you may find that they can be elusive, so here are some downloads from around the world."

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Mozilla M14 (Milestone 14) is

Mozilla M14 (Milestone 14) is out. Burn that bandwidth.

the 5k award Now this

the 5k award
Now this sounds like an intresting contest. Design a site in under 5k, 5 kilobytes. The winner gets 5120 (5k) US cents.

Peanut-Linux "The entire system when

Peanut-Linux

"The entire system when installed is less than 150Mb!..and makes it the most convenient, fastest, operable and appealing Linux distribution ... "

Looks like there is another distribution on the streets. The only problem that jumps out is exclusive use of KDE which I just can't stand. Now what I want to see is a 20-50 meg Linux distribution that is GNOME and Debian based. The beauty is Debian has a very rational upgrade/instalation path. For the end user off the bat has a simple to use easy default setup that can be easily configured and upgraded as their experience level increases.

Sex addicts rule online I

Sex addicts rule online
I find this one hard to believe. So are people who play games on line more than 11 hours a week game addicts? Are people that have more than 11 hours of sex, in real life, are sex addicts?

Method of exercising a cat

Method of exercising a cat (US5443036)
I think there is prior art on this one.

Method of exercising a cat

Method of exercising a cat (US5443036)
I think there is prior art on this one.

stupidpics.com [via /usr/bin/girl]

THE HACKER CRACKDOWN Law and

THE HACKER CRACKDOWN Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier, Texinfo Edition 1.2, February 1994

Mac OS X DP3: Trial

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