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Wachovia: It’s Still First Union

Posted: July 31st, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

This is just a quick public service announcement:

Don’t let them fool you.  The name on the front of the bank may have changed, but it’s still First Union.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…


Interview with Ralph Meijer

Posted: July 31st, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source | Comments Off

Jabber.org interviews Ralph Meijer:

Dutch programmer Ralph Meijer is the creator of the famous Jabber World Map and the lead coder on Idavoll, an implementation of the publish-subscribe protocol.

The world needs even more cool Jabber stuff.  Make it so.


Burningbird on RDF

Posted: July 31st, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Shelly posts a great RDF primer at O’Reilly’s XML.com.  She points out cool stuff (like FOAF) that you can do with it as well as tools available so that you can get your hands dirty with semantic goo.


A-A-P 1.0 Released

Posted: July 30th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Python | Comments Off

A-A-P, a high powered make replacement by Bram Moolenaar has reached version 1.0.  Here’s the release announcement:

After more than a year of development Aap version 1.0 is ready. The functionality it offers is comprehensive. This is illustrated by the documentation: The PDF version is now over 170 pages long. Building software, up- and downloading, version control and much more has been implemented.

This seems like a pretty big announcement.  I first mentioned AAP last October, recently after Bram went public with the project.


PyPE: Python Source Code Editor

Posted: July 30th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Python | Comments Off

Via PyPI, PyPE is a lightweight source code editor written in Python using wxPython.  It looks like it has potential.  I currently use a combination of PythonWin and edit-run-edit for developing Python apps, though I’m always looking at alternatives.


Rendezvous Under Java

Posted: July 30th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Java | Comments Off

Seth Ladd has a tutorial for working with Rendezvous under java (with jRendezvous).

The jRendezvous library is released under the LGPL, which is (or perhaps isn’t) viral in Java, rendering all of your code GPL (or not).  Yes, it’s ambiguous.  I’m pretty sure it was meant to be that way.


Python 2.3 Final Released

Posted: July 30th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Python | Comments Off

Python 2.3 final is out.  No more alphas, betas, and release candidates.  This is the real thing.  All of the idlefork goodies are now in the main distro.  Here’s a quick list of goodies:

Lots and lots of good stuff all around.  I plan on playing with the new release in the morning.


AMD Chip Prices Down

Posted: July 29th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

CNet notes a drop in prices for AMD processors:

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD lopped as much as 31 percent off its list prices for Athlon XP-M processors and reduced prices on a handful of Opteron server chips by as much as 35 percent.

According to Pricewatch, it looks like the sweet spot in Athlon XP processors is on the 333FSB Athlon XP 2600 (currently at about $97 + shipping).

Now where is my Athlon64?

Update: Kenneth definately has the right idea: go with the Barton core 2500+.


DasBlog Released!

Posted: July 29th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Weblogs | Comments Off

Clemens Vasters released DasBlog today.  DasBlog is a server-side blogging environment, derived from BlogX.  It is released uner a BSD license, so do with it as you please.  It runs under version 1.1 of the .NET environment.

Cool, thanks for the donation to the community, Clemens and contributors.


Leo’s Moblog

Posted: July 29th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Weblogs | Comments Off

I stumbled across Leo Laporte’s moblog this morning at Textamerica.

RSS-subscribed.


Firebird 0.6.1

Posted: July 29th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source | Comments Off

I also snagged Firebird 0.6.1 last night and have been using it without issues.

I like it.


Live For Speed

Posted: July 29th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

I checked out Live For Speed this morning.  It’s a racing game.  I checked it out because of a Slashdot Games story from last night.  The game is published online, no in-store boxes.  It’s not really a new idea, but a definately a cool one.

I don’t think the wheel that I have works with XP, so I was only able to try out mouse and keyboard combos.  It was definately entertaining for a racing game, the ability to race 8-10 people online is very cool.  In the end I’ll probably stick to playing console racing games, and silently waiting for Gran Turismo 4.


Thunderbird 0.1 Released

Posted: July 29th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source | Comments Off

Via Slashdot, Mozilla Thunderbird, the lightweight newsreader/mailreader has reached a 0.1 release.  To the right you can see a screenshot of it running on my XP box.

It seems quite zippy so far with IMAP.  I’ll put it through its paces.  I tend to do a vast majority of my emailing remotely (with Squirrelmail of course), so anything at my desktop is pretty much supplementary.


Yet Another WS-* Spec

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

WebServices.Org:

A consortium lead by Sun today announced the publication of the Web Services Composite Applications Framework (WS-CAF). The framework is a collection of three specifications and “designed to solve problems that arise when multiple Web services are used in combination to support information sharing and transaction processing”.

Don’t worry, I stopped paying attention to the WS-* specs several silly specs ago.


Mono Daily Builds

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Linux, Open Source | Comments Off

The Mono team is now providing nightly snapshots in three different flavours.  They provide release-style tarballs, a tarball of componenets built on that day, and a lightweight distro for bootstrapping.

Get your daily mono goodness here.


Bob Hope

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Bob Hope is dead at the age of 100.


All Thiings (Quickly) Distributed

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

It looks like Werner Vogels will be doing some hardcore research into high-performance XML/soap processing for pub/sub systems.”


Gnomedex Wrapup

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Brad Wilson has a good wrapup of Gnomedex for those of us who were on the other side of the country when it happened.


News Spotter: RSS Reader

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Weblogs | Comments Off

Via Freshmeat, here’s NewsSpotter:

News Spotter is an RSS headline viewer. It distinguishes itself from similar applications through its minimalist user interface, which proactively displays an alert upon receipt of additional news items.

You can snag a tarball or a zip file, or find more info on Sean Gallagher’s blog.  It looks like it is written in Java.  It reminds me of WinAmp for RSS.


Back

Posted: July 28th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

I’m back from California.

I’ve got some catching up to do.