July 2000 Archives

A Personal Report on the

Winer respones to Napoli on

Winer respones to Napoli on Napster

Do I expect to get paid for the work I do? The answer, sadly, is no. That's because I choose to be creative and honest, and writing software is even less appreciated an art than being a musician. I could take a job as the CEO or CTO of a slimy dot-com startup and promote non-existent software and bribe reporters for good press coverage. I've had a few offers, but I turn them down with such gusto, the offers have stopped, which is OK with me. I choose to have integrity in the work I do. I also choose to write software. So money has to take a back seat. (She didn't ask if I'd like to get paid, the answer is an enthusiastic yes!)

Facing the Music: Beyond the

the world free web a

the world free web a proposal on how to defeat the slashdot effect.

Philosophizing the Kernel ... two

Philosophizing the Kernel

... two things about Linux: it's small (the entire kernel fits on the back of a poster-sized sheet, albeit in small type) and it's a gripping read. In an effort to trace the philosophy of Linux back to its source, the following is a brief and admiring look at what some would call The Writings of Linus Torvalds: The Hacker Way of Power.

Tapster: It's nice to know

Tapster: It's nice to know that no matter what happens, the torch will be carried on.

Supporting Artists: Napster Asks That

Supporting Artists: Napster Asks That You Support These Artists

Report on the Perl 6

Report on the Perl 6 Announcement
Last Monday, nobody knew that anything unusual was about to happen. On Tuesday, the Perl 6 project started. On Wednesday, Larry announced it at his "State of the Onion" address at the Perl conference.

Yes, it all really did happen that fast.

...according to Larry, "Jon Orwant ... pointed out that it was going to be useless to invent a new constitution if everyone was just going to say, 'Ho, hum.'" Jon suggested that Perl try to go in a new direction, and do something new and big; he used Napster as an example of a new, big idea.
The influence of Napster has influnced the Perl community as well as the music industry.

Study for the Development of

Against FreeNet, is FreeNet good

Against FreeNet, is FreeNet good or bad for society in the long run on Advogato. Like anything new that challenges the established rules new rules will have to be created, rules of society not just government. In the long run FreeNet, and other of kind, will help to improve the world society not hurt. There may just be some growing pains. Remember all the function of a network is to transmit data.

cURL - Client to fetch

cURL - Client to fetch URLs

is the tool for getting files with URL syntax, supporting FTP://, HTTP://, HTTPS://, GOPHER://, TELNET://, DICT://, FILE:// and LDAP://. Curl supports HTTPS certificates, HTTP POST, HTTP PUT, FTP uploading, HTTP form based upload, proxies, cookies, user password authentication and a busload of other useful tricks.

Net IBM Linux TV ad(.avi)

A Picture of Weblogs a

A Picture of Weblogs a Java map of weblog interconnectedness. Kinda cool.

Winner of the best slashdot

Winner of the best slashdot comment of the day:

Dual 500MHZ G4 - $3,499 MAC OS X - $500 Apple Cinema Display - $3,999.00 Being able to Kill -9 that fscking crashed quark session - priceless

Ask Slashdot: Why Port from UNIX to OS X?

Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Why

Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Why Open Source is the only choice
I don't remember who said it first, "good programers write code, great programers steal code".

McCain Authors Web Data Bill

McCain Authors Web Data Bill would require sites to disclose what will happen to all that personal date collected.

The Anagram Genius Server

Some UNIX histories: The Creation

Some UNIX histories:

The Beginning of Web Design,

The Beginning of Web Design, a rebuttle to End of Web Design

Why shouldn't it come directly to me, in a user experience that's uniquely tailored to my needs?

"In the End, we

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Familiar and Unfamiliar Quotations

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation, imagine what PowerPoint can do to your next presentation.
[via CamWorld]

Re: Why Stephen King is

Re: Why Stephen King is cool

The issue is them being a gatekeeper, a warden, a centralized force coming between me and the artist. A middleman. The net doesn't need middlemen. It doesn't need the overhead, whether financially or logistically. It doesn't need the inefficiency, whether financially or logistically. There's nothing to be gained by allowing entities, whether personal, corporate, or governmental, to "intermediate" our transactions online unless they are performing some service that is useful to both parties, e.g. escrow or brokerage.

InterBase has been OpenSourced under

Re: New Generation? This new

Re: New Generation?

This new notion is that we may NOT have to do without. Why should we have to do without having a copy of the Magna Carta in our house? We can have it. Easy. Or the compleat works of Shakespeare? Or Milton? Or Hemingway? Or King? Whoops... we crossed a line there. Why? Because King and his publishing house aren't dead?

Re: New Generation?

Yeah the Kids Are All Right, it's the old farts that have the rotten values and do the irresponsible things.

How a Hybrid Car Works

The Anti-Mozilla FUD Campaign Continues

The Anti-Mozilla FUD Campaign Continues

Microsoft would especially like Netscape to come out without XUL. It is XUL that changes Netscape from a simple browser, into a hardware-independent platform for Internet applications. XUL delivers some of what .Net only promises, and furthermore, it's Open Source XUL may be the biggest threat of all to Microsoft's plans for Internet dominance.

Zero-Knowledge is releasing some code.

Zero-Knowledge is releasing some code.

Microsoft and Oracle to Hassle

Microsoft and Oracle to Hassle Customers: Reason for Open Source

The point ESR and others have made, however, is that the software industry should look at itself as a service industry, not a product industry. The only substantial exception to this is games.

The Ideavirus Manifesto

Microsoft Goes Bonkers with .NET

Microsoft Goes Bonkers with .NET

It almost seems as if Microsoft .NET doesn't fill a single customer need, it only fills Microsoft's need to find something for 10,000 programmers to do for the next 10 years. We all know it's been a long time since they've thought of a new word processing feature that anybody needs, so what are all those programmers going to do?

The Phone Call by LadyJane

The Phone Call by LadyJane

"I tossed my purse in the far corner and dropped into the swivel seat next to my desk. Running my hands through my loose hair, I pulled it back into a ponytail. I yanked open the side drawer and dug out a rubber band. With my hair tied back, I scooted closer to my desk." Read More...

A list of her storis is up in LadyJane Stories.

Go.com has opensourced their content

Go.com has opensourced their content management system at opensource.go.com.

What to do if you're

Kevin Smith's on The X-Men

Kevin Smith's on The X-Men Movieand his Top 5 Comic Book Movies.

d a i l y

d a i l y b r e a d

i want to be my fabulous self and one day be surprised when someone walks into my life who astonishes me. my own miracle, packaged in flesh and blood, who looks in my eyes and understands with warm equinamity that we are mutually miraculous and together we will take over the world.

dito that

One man's story of The

One man's story of The Quarter Booths.

Tales of Woz's Genius "So

Tales of Woz's Genius

"So he started disassembling the program to see how it was protected. But as he was disassembling it, he noticed that the floating point routines were suboptimally coded. So, in true Woz fashion, he wrote a program he called VisiCrook, which patched VisiCalc to eliminate the copy protection, but also to make the math run three times faster."

A music artists story: The

A music artists story:

The sad fact is that there are very few artists for whom any record company will spend millions of dollars. They only do that if they think they have a sure thing, and a sure thing in their eyes is the one that sells the most CDs, not the one who'll do the best at live shows, or the one who will stay popular for the longest. They're in it for the quick buck, not the long haul, and once you're not in vogue anymore, they just drop your contract.

Some of the same issues that face musicians also face OpenSource hackers, now to feed the family.

John Perry Barlow speaks on

John Perry Barlow speaks on the issues around Napster:

A profound moment, indeed. Indeed, it is an assault on everything that has stifled the cultural expression of our society. It's an assault on the system that stole every dime The Chambers Brothers ever made while grotesquely enriching Brittany Spears.

Once again Barlow is d'man.

What do ladies like to

What do ladies like to vibrate and men like big? Here is a hint, it is not what you think.
[viz mouth organ]

The Perlhacktut has been published,

The Perlhacktut has been published, hack the Perl.

Unix sucks, but not for

Unix sucks, but not for the reason you think.

There will be a Perl

There will be a Perl 6.

Salon found Advogato.

Salon found Advogato.

The Open Sex Page: Open

The Open Sex Page: Open Sex is an idea whose time has finally come.

"Its Prohibition, and Napster

"Its Prohibition, and Napster is a bathub full of gin."

seen on the decentralization list

A new definition: Stealing is

A new definition:

Stealing is when someone gaining something "owned" by you directly affects your loss of the same thing.

A person does not own something if they are not affected by its "loss".

It's Your Civic Duty to

Iambe speeks out on Canadian

Iambe speeks out on Canadian government stupidness, game ratings/censoring.

Wanna download web pages/sites to

Wanna download web pages/sites to your PalmOS device? Sitescooper maybe the answer. Still trying it out.

Don't trouble shoot Linux the

Don't trouble shoot Linux the Windows way.

Some good advice on Choosing

Some good advice on Choosing a Perl Book.

Is Copyright Dead? Part 1:

Is Copyright Dead? Part 1: Let's Think About It

Some costs obviously are unchanged, but others are radically reduced. The key issue is how these changes relate to underlying assumptions behind copyright. Think about it, and check back next time to see what difference the net has made -- in my opinion.

Outlines the history of copyright and the reasons for it's existance.

Bloated content management tools on

My current choice: Larswm. Why?

My current choice: Larswm. Why? because, while it sits right on top of X, it doesn't have all the crap that GUIs normally have. There are two separate problems with the current linux desktop GUIs: 1) performance 2) ease of use

1) X sucks at performance. Someone should make a GL-based X replacement. Don't worry about legacy cards. Anyone using one will still use X for a while, but the future is GL. This would be small, fast as hell becuase of no legacy, and able to do anything apple can do, maybe better.

2) the window manager is not dependent on X for usability except for anti-aliased fonts and nice effects. hey, guess what? larswm is SIMPLE, it is EASY TO LEARN (given some rough edges are gone), and it WORKS. Sure, I would love anti-aliased fonts while browsing or coding, but we don't need widgets and wadgets to do work: simple is better!

(an ironic note: larswm is closer to 'modal' interface of set-top devices than other window mangers, if ya think about it :-)

Developing Gnome Application with Python

Developing Gnome Application with Python (Part 1)
So you want to design GUIs engel?

osOpinion: X Windows Must Die!

osOpinion: X Windows Must Die!

But X cannot live on its own: it needs a Window Manager and a widget toolkit to do anything. More millions of lines of code, layered on top of an already overweight system. GNOME, KDE, even Motif exact a huge performance hit and add further complexity. Worse yet, no one in the Unix community seems to be able to agree on any kind of GUI standard, so you have an explosion of window managers, desktops, file managers, and widget toolkits which are mostly inoperable with each other.

Dealing with the which Window Manger, how to configure, and which widget set to write to is the biggest pain in the butt of Linux/UNIX. So much duplication of effort to achieve the same end result.

Providing Reliable NT Desktop Services

Providing Reliable NT Desktop Services by Avoiding NT Server, a good no b.s. what is the best choice.

Free Geeks Want Good Gnus

Free Geeks Want Good Gnus
RMS of GNU fame wants .gnu as a top level domain name (TLD). Why not allow any 2-3 letter TLD? Let registars control up to 3 TLDs.

Web Developer's Journal: Web Site

Web Developer's Journal: Web Site Trends
Black text, whtie backgrounds, defult link colors and apache are the winers.

The very very short tutorial

This Congressional candidate is a

This Congressional candidate is a breath of fresh air.
Michael Moore strikes again. This has to be one of the best coups he has ever launched. Ficus gets my vote for sure.

Doc Searls on .NET, Java,

Doc Searls on .NET, Java, and buisness not getting the internet.
They talk inclusion, but on their terms. So the programmers will find ways to include both of them.

Hatch Warns Labels, Don't

Hatch Warns Labels, Don't Make Me Come Over There and Spank You

Facing a veritable who's who of the music-copyright wars, Chairman Hatch threatened -- in surprisingly direct terms -- to force the music labels and publishers, by legislation, to make their content digitally available for a standard fee if the record business continued to ensnarl e-music with lawsuits. As a capper, Hatch suggested that Congress might even go so far as to offer its own comprehensive definition of ''fair use'' to hasten the arrival of paid digital music -- an action that would have implications far beyond music.
...
'Legislation is going to have to straighten this out,'' Ulrich told Hatch. ''You're dreaming if you think we can work this out between us. We can't work this out without your involvement.''

''Fair and reasonable licensing needs to take place,'' Hatch flatly told the industry as he closed the hearing. ''We'll be watching closely.''

Tuition-free MIT, how about tuition-free undergraduate university for all?

Re: fallacies On the music

Re: fallacies
On the music industry and MP3s and Napster.

"There has grown up in the mind of certain groups in this country that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of protecting such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have the right to come into court to ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back." Robert Hienlien - Life-Line, 1939.

It is still true now. I do believe that OpenSource is the way to do software, and dropping all Intelectual Property. If that belief means that I no longer have a job writing software so be it. I can get non-programing job.

MPTrip Discman for $115. It

MPTrip Discman for $115. It plays normal audio CDs but also plays MP3s off a CD (ISO 9660Level 1). It is soposed to be able to read into directories. Now they need to make a model for the car that is dash mountable.
[via ScriptingNews]

fuckedcompany.com - the dot-com deadpool

Myth of the big screen

Myth of the big screen

Strangely, Network Computing is seen as a failed technology which never happened. Well I would argue that it did but we call them PDAs and WAP Cell Phones, and Information Appliances.
...
In order to design effective small wireless devices, you have to understand people. The devices are by their very nature Modal devices. So you are stuck with a modal design. In order to solve the puzzle you have to figure out which modes will best suit your Users. Screen size has nothing to do with it.
...
The point here is that a heterogenous set of modal devices used appropriately and designed for how people live will always be better than a single general purpose device.

Found on sabren.com They say

Found on sabren.com

They say that if you place a frog in a boiling pot of water, it'll jump right out. But if you put the frog in lukewarm water, and only bring it to a boil slowly, the frog will not notice the slow increase in temperature, and will happily let itself be cooked. Why anyone would like to eat a frog is beyond me. However, the metaphor fits.

How happy people become miserable and don't even realise it, one little thing after another leads to a steaming pot of boiled frog.

A simple CMS lets you

A simple CMS lets you edit the contents of a page from a templated mechanism using SSI.

Python to Palm Port Downloading

Python to Palm Port
Downloading now.

Is it a Mac Cube?

Is it a Mac Cube? They do look kinda neat. I do like Apple making the computer box a kind of art. The Colbalt Cube gives me a similar kinda feeling, I just want one to sit on my desk.

I want to Quake it

I want to Quake it up on a Reality Centers.
[via CamWorld]

Canadians spend more time at

Canadians spend more time at work doing personal websurfing than Americans, go Canada.

FTC seeks courts battle with

FTC seeks courts battle with Toysmart- - Jul. 10, 2000

The FTC voted unanimously in a closed session on Friday to seek a preliminary injunction against Toysmart, majority-owned by the Burbank, Calif.-based Walt Disney, to prevent the Web retailer from selling names, addresses and buying habits on thousands of customers who used the site, the Journal said.

What's that, a federal group is trying to make a corporation follow through on it's promises. Go get'm FTC.

BlowTheDotOutYourAss [via lemonyellow]

The Linux Advantage: Locking Out

The Linux Advantage: Locking Out the Lock-in Artists

This is just sick A

This is just sick A Model Employer, a story of doing buisness in China. It is pretty sad when a buisness person wants to Do The Right Thing(TM)but is told not to.

Patently Mythological, debunking some of the myths surounding patents.

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror -

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - I Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident....

nyone expecting to see the elimination of all closed-source software from the commercial market is just as delusional as the people who think open source is a fad that will disappear quicker than a dot-com's VC funding. The two camps will coexist for a very long time, and they should accept that fact as soon as possible.

and the world is not a perfect place but one can hope for a better future.

Natural Language Principles in Perl

Free Software as appropriate technology

Free Software as appropriate technology

Imagine you are putting water pumps into a village somewhere in Africa. You have a choice between two products:

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

Added to my to read

Added to my to read list: Building an Online Community

A web revival. Yes it

A web revival. Yes it is comming. Hopefully this time, the next generation of the web, will be focused on the people.

LinuXML looks like an intresting

LinuXML looks like an intresting project.

The Blogging Revolution publishing for

The Blogging Revolution publishing for the people, what really makes the web so powerful.

Play Gameboy games on the

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Play Gameboy games on the Visor with Liberty, if they fix the bugs

Playboy on Peacefire "It's not

Playboy on Peacefire

"It's not a crime to be smarter than your parents." That's the motto of Bennett Haselton, a 21-year-old former Microsoft programmer who's fighting to keep the Net open and uncensored for everyone under the age of 18. For the past three years, Haselton has been running Peacefire, a grassroots online group that tracks and, more importantly, hacks Internet-filtering programs such as Cyber Patrol and CYBERsitter. "Whenever you have politicians or blocking-software companies promoting the point of view that four-letter words or bare breasts are dangerous to people under 18," Haselton says, "the end result will be more censorship for everybody, including adults."

Source Talk: Perl Source Talk:

Source Talk: Perl Source Talk: Perl Source Talk
New place for deep vodo Perl.

GNU coding standards [via GeneHack]

'perl is my bitch' on

'perl is my bitch' on shirt for YAPC::Europe
[via perl advocacy list}

What is the demand and

What is the demand and pay for open source skills?

Open Idea Project: generating ideas,

Open Idea Project: generating ideas, protecting ideas, distributing ideas.

clwg: common license working group

clwg: common license working group

Some details on the upcoming

Some details on the upcoming ZopeBook.

A Pictorial History fo the

A Pictorial History fo the "Apple Desktop Interface" 1979 - 2000
Will we ever see a new GUI model?

The Ugle Secret Behind Top

The Ugle Secret Behind Top Media Sites, some of the big media sites are defecting from Story Server, the content management system created for CNet and spun off through Vingette, for home grown solutions.
SSH-Protocol Software for Sundry Platforms
There is even a SSH client for the Palm OS.

Get some of your X-Men

Get some of your X-Men fix over at Mutant Watch, remember Senator Kelly SUCKS!

The BSD License and the

The BSD License and the GPL: Why we need both, the best comment, BSDand slavery. By losing the freedom of owning a person we all gained the freedom of not being owned. So maybe more comparisons to the eventual economic failure of human slavery as an economic system would also apply to economic system of propierty software. It would make for an intresting analysis by someone skilled in the ways of economics.

Writing On Your Palm

The Fitaly One-Finger Keyboard

Compose Java Applications in XML:

Compose Java Applications in XML: Bean Markup Language opens up a whole new world for dynamic applications
Incrediable. Now the same XML file needs specify the app for web, handheld, client server, etc.

The Thrill of OpenSource Programming

The Law of Software Envelopment

The Linux Kernel Book: Blueprints

The Linux Kernel Book: Blueprints for World Domination

"The KernelBook Project is a collaborative effort of open source and commercial developers to create an architectural guide to the Linux 2.4 kernel. The book-in-progress is available online for peer review and will be published by Macmillan Computer Publishing under the Open Publishing License."

Using Perl to Read

Using Perl to Read Mail

"It's been said that if you work on any program long enough, that program will eventually be able to send electronic mail. It doesn't matter what the original purpose of the program was (if you can still remember)--if you develop it long enough, some day that program will send its first piece of email."

Ture, true.

Java and XML: Chapter 9:

Java and XML: Chapter 9: Web Publishing Frameworks, maybe it is time to crack the spine on that Java book collecting dust on the bookself.

Coldjava bunches of Java Servlets

Coldjava bunches of Java Servlets ready for download

URLS! URLS! URLS!, how to

URLS! URLS! URLS!, how to make your CGI URLs readable.

Alzabo Alzabo is a two-fold

Alzabo
Alzabo is a two-fold program. Its first function is as a data modelling tool. Through either a schema creationinterface or a custom perl program, you can create a set of schema, table, column, etc. objects that represent your data model. Alzabo is also capable of reverse engineering an existing data model.

Its second function is as a RDBMS to object mapping system. Once you have created a schema, you canuse the Alzabo::Runtime::Table and Alzabo::Runtime::Row classes to access its data. These classes offer a low level interface to common operations such as SQL SELECT, INSERT, DELETE, and UPDATEcommands.

VTech's Helio PDA to Run

LinuxFund.org needs projects to fund

LinuxFund.org needs projects to fund

"A ceiling of $1,000 per grant will be imposed, but the organization is also donating tape drives, SCSI hard drives, and other equipment to suitable seekers."
XMLBoard
An XML-Driven Multi-Form Message Board
Looks intresting.

.NET? Are we insane?

.NET? Are we insane?

"Now, our information won't reside under our control. It's empowerment favoring corporations, not consumers/users.
...
People! Wake up! Don't you know what excessive power causes? In the first place, it causes corruption! What is stopping content/access providers from spying on your information? The law? How could you possibly enforce the law in case of a crime, if you weren't able to know in the first place if the crime was committed? You already know your privacy is being invaded with targeted ads and the like. Is it time to give up more private information to a service provider?"

Don't forget what happens when service companies go under, like boo.com selling customer information to pay off creditors.

This claims to be the

This claims to be the web page of Neal Town Stephenson, the author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and other works.

The Space Shuttle and the

The Space Shuttle and the Horse's Rear End

"Specifications and bureaucracies live forever."

top 10 jobs men want,

top 10 jobs men want, now the 10 worst

Testing Without a Formal Test

Failed dot-coms may be selling

Failed dot-coms may be selling your private information
One glowing reason why industry/self regulation doesn't work in the on-line privacy realm.

Chivalry as a model for

Chivalry as a model for hacking in the OpenSource world.

Starship Schematic Database

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