November 29, 2001
Some random notes on OSD.
Some random notes on OSD. (Thanks to Mike Tavis for debugging my pinboard OSD and pointing out its major flaws...)
November 27, 2001
Aren't librarians great? The History
November 22, 2001
Jeff at WebSlice has a
Jeff at WebSlice has a nice story about "Mobile Toys dot" (No longer "dot com", just "dot"...)
On the PostScript theme: how
On the PostScript theme: how to hang your printer for a half-hour in 20 lines of beautiful code.
Thinking in PostScript. Still one
Thinking in PostScript. Still one of the great programming languages. I wonder, is there a Postscript-equivalent for 3D, with the same sort of flexibility? Does X3D come anywhere close? (apparently not, from a very quick skim of the FAQ...)
Heh. I saw a 3d
Heh. I saw a 3d printer today (and some stuff produced with it; white, not colour). Much fun. Quite slow in action, apparently, and noticeably low-resolution (~60dpi?) compared with the stereolithographic alternatives. But incredibly useful.
November 21, 2001
So, let me tell you
So, let me tell you (this being written for my regular reader, Mum, in case you decide to upgrade from Win95...) about this Linux-on-a-laptop business. It's not as bad as TheReg might have you believe. But then, it could still be a whole lot better.
November 20, 2001
The Economist: "Infringements of civil
The Economist: "Infringements of civil rights, if genuinely required, should be open to scrutiny, and considered a painful sacrifice, or a purely tactical retreat, not as the mere brushing aside of irritating legal technicalities". BBC: "MPs are angry at the lack of time they have been given to scrutinize a bill that will have serious implications for civil liberties. In total, the Commons has been given just three days to look at the legislation". Observer: "As Home Secretary, [Blunkett] has ordered foreigners to study British traditions before they receive citizenship. Will the young and the alien now learn that Britain is a country where the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus are dispensable fripperies, where the police can search without a warrant and where you can be jailed without a judge, let alone a jury, hearing your case?"
Animated graphs of arbitrary networks.
What is Conzilla?
What is Conzilla?
A few days without blogging.
A few days without blogging. Back with Debian on the laptop. (Mostly, anyway... still working on the X bits...)
November 14, 2001
What does this mean, I
What does this mean, I wonder? Someone put quite a lot of work into making it look that way...
Jon Udell has it. (This
Jon Udell has it. (This from the guy who wrote "Practical Internet Groupware", of course). On Reed's Law: "There's no free lunch; it always costs something to form communicating groups. What's becoming clear is that we must identify those costs, and begin to think architecturally about how to reduce or reallocate them".
November 13, 2001
Part 10 Section 93 of
Part 10 Section 93 of this (PDF) seems to have slipped past the newswatchers. Rock-star shades are definitely no longer de rigeur here in sunnie England - and that includes travelling through British airports, folks.
This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform -Beside which, internment (detention up to six months without trial) pales into insignificance. (Oh, did you miss that? It's OK - only applies to foreigners, really...)
Well, troove.net disappeared pretty quickly
Well, troove.net disappeared pretty quickly - the server flaked out (circumstances beyond my control!), and it's now (temporarily) running at http://www.cabezal.com/troove/home/ instead.
November 12, 2001
troove.net "will be an intelligent,
troove.net "will be an intelligent, independent 'web-zine' for Groove users and developers"... starting soon...
Reports from the O'Reilly P2P
Reports from the O'Reilly P2P conference last week.
November 11, 2001
Ken Kesey - RIP -
Ken Kesey - RIP - "Poets have to come up with the vision and they have to turn it on so it sparks and catches hold".
Installing Drupal is incredibly easy.
Installing Drupal is incredibly easy. Even knowing absolutely nothing about mysql or PHP (or Linux or Apache) I could have done it blindfold. Now to make it work nicely... the documentation kindly omits to say that categorization is really important (heh! just as well I knew that already!) and the defaults are all backwards, but we should be up and running shortly.
"We are able, by a
"We are able, by a mixture of sleight-of-hand and raw processing power, to persuade an IBM 4758 running IBM's ATM (cash machine) support software... to export any and all its DES and 3DES keys to us... banks are vulnerable to a dishonest branch manager whose teenager has $995 and a few hours to spend..." (via The Register). Dialectic wins out every time.
November 09, 2001
Of course I have bad
Of course I have bad things to say about Groove. Just not very often; and mostly in private, only occasionally hitting surface in a very tangential way when I'm at low ebb. Mostly, my dislikes are either incredibly specific - "hey, this doesn't work" - or too vague to write down without sounding like an incoherent freak. At least I'm on nobody's org-chart.
Tangentially, then. Is Groove vernacular? That's a relative term. How about dialectical? The vernacular - forged in the white heat dialectic of open development, say - seems at odds with building stuff in private (or is that, "in secret"?).
But, on the other hand, we're having lots of private conversations inside groove spaces (and I've made a point of connecting some of those to more public places, with groovelog / rendezvoo / easyweb - this will continue, likely with sharepoint and drupal). Those conversations aren't markets, yet. They're not secret societies, either. Here we're getting closer to Groove's big, under-discussed, challenge. Is it really OK to do stuff in private? I mean, to have conversations in private; to build code in private? Even in these times?
linux.oreillynet.com/features - brings plenty of
Hehe. I get a mention
Hehe. I get a mention in Mark Pilgrim's weblog: "if Groove is ever going to take off, it'll be because of Hugh" (!) Of course I have to disagree: if Groove is ever going to take off, it'll be because people pay money for it... (btw, Mark has a good book about Python).
What is groupsupport.com?
What is groupsupport.com?
November 08, 2001
"CityDesk is a desktop application
"CityDesk is a desktop application -- I'm running it on my own Windows 2000 laptop. It produces plain ol' static HTML files which are then ftp'ed to a generic web server (in this case, Microsoft IIS 5.0).". Some of the same thinking behind EasyWeb (which is getting some cracking use now).
Broadband? DSL is pretty good,
Broadband? DSL is pretty good, all considered. Enough for a mid-sized office. Could Wokingham use an office-like Internet cafe?
Meanwhile, I installed Moveable Type
Meanwhile, I installed Moveable Type today. Experimental, not yet sure if this will stay around. Good stuff, though; strange to be using a linux shell. This is probably just a stepping-stone (now I have more disk) to something heavier, like drupal.
Having pulled his earlier post
Having pulled his earlier post saying Groove was a "closed box" (I wonder why?), Dave Winer's reduced to publishing love-letters instead. Meanwhile Userland's ex-military CEO has more interesting links.
November 06, 2001
David Reed on broadband and
David Reed on broadband and IP transparency. More here. I'm reminded of a P2P conference where the mobile-networks people were talking about per-application-type billing, everyone seemed to think they were in cloud cuckoo land but nobody said so. With the huge sunk cost of 3G licenses, the mobile networks have a real financial need to charge per application, but doing so would wreck the medium-term infrastructure.
What is the Eclipse Project?
What is the Eclipse Project?
November 04, 2001
So, last week, I was
Bushwhacked (apparently the work of
Bushwhacked (apparently the work of Chris Morris): "a part of our campaign against diplomacy, intelligence, freedom, clock, tire, the freezing of food..."... bizarre and increasingly obscene. (via vowe)
November 03, 2001
"Now is the appointed time".
November 02, 2001
Ashok says, "the darkest time
Ashok says, "the darkest time is the hour before dawn". Must be later than it feels, then.
'BEHEMOTH was also a strange
'BEHEMOTH was also a strange bicycle. At 580 pounds fully loaded (plus me), the name was apropos even without its acronymic coding: "Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine... Only Too Heavy." A 105-speed transmission helped me schlep it over mountains...' (here, but start here)
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