March 2001 Archives

Scripting News "If the only

Scripting News "If the only environment that works with all the others is Microsoft's we're all fucked, including Microsoft."

AOL SUCKS!!!!!! I finally got

AOL SUCKS!!!!!!
I finally got a decent Jabber client up and running, so that I can consolidate all of my IM contacts into one client...and AOL blocks the Jabber servers! Here's a nice commentary on the situation.

DaveNet : Unstalling SOAP I've

DaveNet : Unstalling SOAP

I've come to see them primarily as a bully that uses its advantage at every step, whether they need to or not, to achieve their goals, and they play on peoples' ignorance and willingness to believe that somehow they're special, that Microsoft respects them even as they dis the others. Even in an area that's probably of minor significance to them, they don't ever show restraint, repeated calls for them to back off and let people work openly are ignored.
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My experience now matches the stories I've heard from others, they must have a playbook for dealing with outsiders, and they stick to it. I don't believe they can participate in an open development process without spoiling it.

Extreme Programming FAQ just for

What is WinXP Blade?

What is WinXP Blade?

Extreme Programming FAQ

Serious Sam Review by arcterex,

Serious Sam Review by arcterex, gets my total agreement. I have been trying my hand at map making in Serious, no luck so fay, but at lunch an inspired idea poped into my head. Why not remake some of the Classic Dungeons & Dragons modules in Serious Sam? If it goes anywhere there will be downloads.

Evolution of Alphabets very very

Evolution of Alphabets very very cool.

Ok, a SUV I want,

Ok, a SUV I want, Amphibians.

There is a new look,

There is a new look, and I'm assuming some PHP addes to the mix, for geekish.com :: weblog. Amazingly the site looks good with CSS turned on in Linux Netscape, one of the web sites I can say that about.

An Introduction to Scalable Vector

Mac OS X - Theater,

Mac OS X - Theater, in all it's glory. Damm that TitaniumPowerBook fund is still a little low. Needs OS X. When is engel going to get if for his iMac?

Looks like there is going

Looks like there is going to be a new Babylon5 Series about the Rangers. Outstanding!!!

Drizzle, Dan's response to HailStorm.

Drizzle, Dan's response to HailStorm.

Now K12Linux Terminal Distribution looks

Now K12Linux Terminal Distribution looks pretty damm cool and a definate step in the right direction. Kudos dudes and dudets behind this project.

I'm not usually a reader

I'm not usually a reader of Zeldman, like Darren, but Sooz mentioned him over the weekend. Good thing he has something to say on a topic egnel and I end up discussing.

If teachers and janitors and policemen and art directors live in a world where actions have consequences, shouldn't companies be held to the same rules?

Why do companies get the some of the benefits, via the 14th Amendment, of being a person without the penalities? When a person preforms a crime they can recieve punishment, companies get a slap on the wrist if that. The situation is even worse for government sanctioned monoplies. Has anyone out there really been happy with their phone or cable service? Didn't have much of a choice they were probably the only player in your area.

Fake Fans, Fake Buzz, Real

Fake Fans, Fake Buzz, Real Bucks

After being blindsided by the Web hype on 'The Blair Witch Project,' movie studios are paying for phony sites, often striving for the clunky naivete of a genuine effort.

So maybe no one really likes to listen to Brittney Spears they are just payed to say they do.

Writing Database Oriented Web-based Applications with Perl - Part III Interfacing Perl with the database (I):

amazoning the news, kinda a

amazoning the news, kinda a scarry thought. Just look at the mock-ups. Some of the ideas are sound, once one gets past using Amazon as the example.

Dave Winer on Hailstorm One

Dave Winer on Hailstorm

One more HailStorm comment. On the feedback form they asked what they could do to make HailStorm more successful. I said "Lighten up on the World Domination thing."

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For all you stuck maintaining

For all you stuck maintaining apps with a MS Access backend there is a tutorial on migrating to MySQL, which runs on Windows and Unices.

A developer's perspective on Transmeta's

A developer's perspective on Transmeta's Midori Linux, because it might be useful to some of the coworkers and they have a really cool logo.

Recently, at work, KDE has

Recently, at work, KDE has been my desktop of choice, which makes it nice to see attempts at a KDE Usability Study. KDE, it isn't perfect but pretty damm good.

Park Wars: The Little ,

Park Wars: The Little , all I have to quote,

... the greedy Canadian Trade Federation...

George Lucas will freeze your balls in carbonite.

Just go watch it.

kurodot

US Gov't Scientist Fired for

US Gov't Scientist Fired for Web Post
[via K5]
Thought fozzy might be interested in this one given his college work. Bad press for the USGS.

The Myth of 800x600

A comparison of the deb,

What is MindGuard? [via evhead]

What is MindGuard?
[via evhead]

TheSlumWiki so all the slummites

TheSlumWiki so all the slummites can start sharing the stories. Go at it slumites!

HOWTO: Multiple local XFree users

So who is Yankee Doodle

So who is Yankee Doodle and why does he call the feather in hist hat macaroni?

Installing and Using CPAN.pm

Japanese Engrish, checkout some of

Japanese Engrish, checkout some of the translations, Comming candy.

Found on Peer-to-Peer Journalism list:

Found on Peer-to-Peer Journalism list:
I think wiki (the concept) kicks ass, and that some unholy alliance of wiki and weblog is going to be the next big step in all this.
Here! Here! The WikiLog has some more ideas. Now what will it look like?

In case you have not caught on yet wikis and the philisophy behind them has been captivating me since engel requested one for work.

Writing Database Oriented Web-based Applications with Perl - Part II, Choosing the Database

Mom sent me a clipping

Mom sent me a clipping form the local Cincinnati paper, here are digital versions of KENDRICK: ADD part of son's daily life and A mother's poem about ADD.

Uncovering the secrets of

Uncovering the secrets of SE Linux

If you haven't been following the cryptography area lately, let me assure you that this action by the NSA was the crypto equivalent of the Pope coming down off the balcony in Rome, working the crowd with a few loaves of bread and some fishes, and then inviting everyone to come over to his place to watch the soccer game and have a few beers.

"White-Collar Sweatshop" by Jill Andresky

"White-Collar Sweatshop" by Jill Andresky Fraser reviewed on Salon. Reminds me of my time served in cube city.

handspring.com is currently unreachable. Probably getting slashdotted due to the 11:30 AM PST announcement. Now if everyone's local browser caches were publicly accesiable I might be able to get a look at the changes.

WikiLog: an attempt (currently theoretical) to synthesize the best aspects of WikiWikis and WebLogs.

Need to install a Wiki

Need to install a Wiki at work, Why Wiki Works.

What Is A Jabber Client?

What Is A Jabber Client?
Recently the Jabber clients have gotten truely usable. JabberIM (Windows), Gabber (Gnome) and Konverse (KDE) have been on feature par allowing me to keep all my contacts where ever I'm logged in. Now to add that Jabber server at work.

Why The Offshore Napster Server

Why The Offshore Napster Server Initiative May Not Work
The servers maybe in a "Data Haven" but the owners have to live somewhere. Are there any countries that the big media companies don't have significant influence?

What big business can learn

What big business can learn from weblogs

... weblogs can teach the creators of corporate web sites and intranets. Too many sites in these two categories fail because they fail to inspire and interest their readers.

Many of those boring corporate web sties and intranets are created and maintained by people that maintain personal weblogs. Buisness sites are boring because many of the decision makers are boring. Give the intresting people some control, share the power, and really cool things start to happen.

I love what megnut is

I love what megnut is doing. Hint do a view source.

Offshore Napster Server Initiative

HandsOffMy.org/, ICAN is trying

HandsOffMy.org/, ICAN is trying to screw with the TLDs again, this time they want to require .orgs to be registerd non-profits. Not a problem for me other than the processof getting non-profit status is a royal pain in th eass. Maybe they could start cleaning up the .com side of the fence first.

Test Shows 99.99% of High

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Test Shows 99.99% of High School Seniors Can't Read Perl, what is duba going to do about that problem.

Website profitability: an economic analysis. Very scarry numbers. If prices don't go up and/or subscription prices then web content is doomes for anything other than the small niche site. Good for hobbiests bad for someone wanting to make a living publishing on the net.

This one is for engel,

This one is for engel, Live Simple: Rule your stuff

DaveNet : The next trend:

DaveNet : The next trend: B2R

... George Bush the First learned, if you don't spend your capital you lose your bid for re-election.

Strange to think that we, in North America at least, are in a recession with comparisons being made to the late 80's. recession

An extended decline in general business activity, typically three consecutive quarters of falling real gross national product.

Anime Timeline, incrediable. Still my

Anime Timeline, incrediable. Still my favorite anime character, Harlock and series Macross.

"Claudia it was never a game..." - Roy Folker

One porn coder rants (Excessive

One porn coder rants (Excessive code and excessive nudity. What gives?) on the social ostrisation when associates, porgramers, find about the day job. I find this surpirsing, well maybe not the trouble getting hired by a non-porn company. Friends have asked me to help write code for a potential porn site, the site ended up not happening. I have interviewed and almost got a job for a rather large porn site, couldn't aford the move at the time. Everyone that I mentioned either posiability to was positive and supportive. Maybe my friends are just a strange bunch, probably. So Seeking Sin if you ever want to talk shop with a another Perl monkey don't hesitate to let fozbaca know that you work as a coder in the porn industry.

On a somewhat related note did a certian geek ever register the NaziLesbianMigits domain :)

OpenCola Here's how OpenCola works.

OpenCola

Here's how OpenCola works. Say you enjoy reading about rock climbing. You'd install an OpenCola program on your computer and feed it a couple of rock climbing articles, or simply type in some keywords, such as "flapper," "hang-dogging" and "dirt me." OpenCola will construct a software robot (sort of a single-purpose search engine) that goes onto the Net to dig up stuff that matches your criteria. It does two kinds of digging. First, it fetches files from the Web just like any other search spider. But the robot goes one step further by looking for other users' OpenCola robots looking for the same kinds of things you are. Then, your robot grabs files the other users have fetched and found worthwhile. In other words, you benefit from the decision-making of the other like-minded OpenCola users. - Nouveau Niche

SecureMac for all you security

SecureMac for all you security concious mac heads. Have fun engel :)

The Harry Potter movie trailer

The Harry Potter movie trailer is here.
The joy I've felt reading and immersing myself into these books takes me back to the summer of my 7th grade year when I read The Lord of the Rings. And from all appearances, the movie version is shaping up to do the book justice.

The state of the blog

The state of the blog Part II of WriteTheWeb's interview with Evan Williams

To me, the blog concept is about three things: Frequency, Brevity, and Personality.

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