September 2002 Archives
How to tell your personality type from your code.Now if one were to look at the idea seriously, like the literary writing analysis to figure out one's personality and mental makeup.
A command line app written in Java which, using the Xalan XML parser and an XSLT stylesheet, allows you to convert native AbiWord, (*.abw), files into HTML pages. Features include being able to convert a single file or batch convert a directory of files and turning http:// web address references into anchor tags under HTML. For more information see the README and CHANGELOG files.Kinda cool, but as another idea how about a MovableType plug-in that takes a .abw file upload and translates it to embeded (X)HTML?
- What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind? Taking a walk or doing the dishes, I'm strange that way.
- What do you do the moment you get home from work/school/errands? Change clothes or go to the bathroom.
- What are your favorite aromatherapeutic smells? Vanilla
- Do you feel more relaxed with a group of friends or hanging out by yourself? Usually more relaxed by myself, though some types of hanging out is better.
- What is something that you feel is relaxing but most people don't? Doing the dishes.
Now this got me to thinking about what I am really looking for in a computer book. First I listed the "good" books and noticed a couple of things. The list was surprisingly short. Second that they seemed to fall into 3 categories Reference, Page Turners and Just Cool.
- Programming Perl, 3rd Edition
- Perl Cookbook Tips and Tricks for Perl Programmers
- The Perl CD Bookshelf
Page Turners are the ones that are worth reading cover to cover again and again. These were more paradigm types of works. Something that changes the way one thinks about using a computer. There are definitely more of these than what I listed but if something is to change one's thinking it needs to be presented in a short mentally manageable format.
The Just Cool are just that, there were just not enough of these books, only one. The Panda books use of photos makes it something that even has life as a coffee table piece after the contents are no longer useful.
So what did I learn?
Well reference is dead. With the advent of the ambiguous network and great search tools print reference material only serves it's usefulness when one can't get access to the net. Very few thick books are anything but reference.
The thick books that are not reference generally have too much to say in too many words to really be useful. Maybe more Thin Books would be a start, who knows?
What started out pretty simple, no computer books for fozbaca, has gotten quite long. Time to get back to where I started.
What I would really like to see is more thin books, something of the 200 pages or less. Drop the reference material. Something that is introducing new paradigms, methodologies and the like. Focus must be on the practical how this information is useful and worth wasting time on reading. Finally it should not be like a Unix Man page. Something that has a little life around and behind the words.
This article explores some of the best practices that can be adopted while using CVS as the configuration management tool in your software projects.And Software Configuration Management for Open Source Projects by the same fellow
This HOWTO discusses the applicability of Software Configuration Management to Open Source Projects. It explores various models of Software Configuration Management for Open Source Projects of various sizes.Both look to be intresting reads.
An introduction to Objective-C for programmers familiar with C or any other OOP language.Whenever I can finally scrounge up the cash for a Mac Objective-C is definately in my future.
Babylon 5 - The Complete First SeasonA bit pricy but definately worth it. I hope the audio commentary is for eacy and every episode.
List Price: $99.98
Our Price: $74.99
Availability: This item will be released on November 5, 2002.
- Introduction and audio commentary by series creator J. Michael Straczynski
- 22 episodes
- The making of Babylon 5
- Widescreen anamorphic format
- Number of discs: 6
I gather you are particularly concerned about Vice President Cheney?Which isn't one of the more pretinant comments but still quite an ironic situation.
Well, there is no doubt. He opposed the decision to release me from prison [laughs]. The majority of the U.S. Congress was in favor of my release, and he opposed it. But it�s not because of that. Quite clearly we are dealing with an arch-conservative in Dick Cheney.
- What was/is your favorite subject in school? Why? Math, Computer Science mostly because they were problem solving types of classes and thus not boring.
- Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Mrs. Smith, Computer Science teacher in High school. She just continually went above and beyond the job to do what students needed.
- What is your favorite memory of school? Having a "first kiss" at a school dance while Moni Moni as preformed by Billy Idol played and students sang the alternative lyrics. It was just such a surreal experience.
- What was your favorite recess game? Climbing the flag pole or the school.
- What did you hate most about school? Most of the other kids, spent most of school thinking I was one sentence away from getting beat up.
Happy Birthday DelJust remember your 21st, or more importantly the day after your 21st. Oh, send me your address have something to send ya.
- JSP Standard Tag Libraries (JSTL), Jakarta Taglibs Project and Other Libraries
- Apache's Struts Project
- EXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML)
- Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
- Applet Programming
- HTTP Protocol
- Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
- Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI)
- Other Tools
I expect a good deal of the problem is that you are busy disbelieving a different God than the one I am busy believing in.Larry Wall from his Slashdot QA
And I think this one helps to highlight why I like Perl so much, the bolded is the reason why I love technology.
And this creativity is intended to be transitive. We are expected to be creative. And we're expected to help others be creative.
And that leads us back (finally) to the last part of your question, how all this relates to Perl.
Perl is obviously my attempt to help other people be creative. In my little way, I'm sneakily helping people understand a bit more about the sort of people God likes.
I have attempted to give the Windows X86 PC industry a report card on key issues faced from watching my recently retired parents experience in buying an OEM PC this past summer. I expect their experience to be similar from stories I have heard.
Amount of standard RAM: F
Standard PC still ships below realistic system minimum needs, 128 MB RAM too low. System should boot out of the box without needing virtual ram.
Third party hardware suppliers: F
When attempting to make a simple stick of ram addition the wholesalers were entirely inadequate for any except the experienced PC hardware person. Actually they are pretty bad for the experienced.
OEM after purchases upgrades: F
I have never experienced such difficulties when trying to spend money, especially given the current economic conditions. It took 4 phone calls and once being transfered to a voice mail box of someone who no longer worked at the company to make a simple memory upgrade. At one point the sales person swore that memory didn't exist for the motherboard, even though the machine shipped with a stick of RAM.
Ready to run out of the box: F
System received had numerous patches and service packs that should have been applied at the OEM. There is no excuse for a system to need patches more than a week old. As a very poor alternative the OEM should ship a CDROM that contains all the patches, but this is a bad alternative.
OEM documentation: F
Wholly inadequate to useless. First what limited instructions were present were borderline useless for any but the experienced. Second most of the specs for existing hardware or replacement hardware were incorrect.
"Bundled" ISP: F
Currently almost all OEM PCs come with the free 6 months of AOL and/or MSN, probably as a tie-in service like DellNet with MSN. In either case the services require unnecessary information at initial account creation and attempted to trick the user into making purchases through deceptive placement of dialogues. After the accounts are created the attempt at branding whole confuses most users. Rather providing a clean gateway to the Internet and differentiate through quality and prices of the value adds they go so far as to obscure other providers of said services like search engines.
Overall Grade: F
For all the improvements in touted in the industry they still have not came close to requirements to really expect any but those required to participate in the computing revolution. I would not recommend a Windows X86 PC to any that have not already acquired substantial experience, say through work or school, or had a very definite and real need. Honestly for most a computer and related services are a waste of $1,000+.
I'm looking for comments on this one for any and all. I deliberately kept Apple out of the rant due to lack of recent experience.
... developing from a core group of conservatives who are trying to realize long-pent-up ambitions under the cover of the proclaimed war against terrorism.
I think it's that God doesn't think we're as important as we do.
mod_dav_psql is a webdav interface to PostGreSQL databases. It facilitates the browsing of tables, columns, rows, functions, languages, sequences, and other database objects thru any webdav enabled client.Now that looks like a pretty cool idea.
ewok is a web content management system (CMS), written in Perl (Embperl)...Would have been real handy back in the dayn at Merilus.
You are Kermit!
Gee would have thought fozbaca would be a fozzie. Oh well.