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CA Gets Sonar

Posted: July 15th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

InformationWeek:

New technology from Computer Associates code-named Sonar could provide CA customers with better knowledge of how applications, middleware, and databases work together. But the technology–meant to enhance CA’s Unicenter, eTrust, and other software–doesn’t yet have a clear path to market.

This sounds like mostly marketing hype, but they did pick a cool name.  Of course, this is completely different than Sonar by Cakewalk.

Ping!


A Bluetooth Keyboard For My Phone

Posted: July 15th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

PocketPC Thoughts notes the lack of Bluetooth PDA keyboards out there or being worked on.  There are mentions of a few, but not many.

I’d like to ask a similar question: When can I buy a Bluetooth keybord that I can use with my 3650?  T9 makes things much easier, but I long for the QWERTY.

Of course the more sensible yet less sexy solution would be an IR keyboard.


Free Pascal Compiler 1.0.10

Posted: July 14th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source | Comments Off

Sourceforge:

Version 1.0.10 of FPC has been released and uploaded to SourceForge. This will be the last 1.0.x version; we will now concentrate on the 1.1 branch, which will end in 1.2 or 2.0. The Free Pascal Compiler is a 32-bit Pascal Compiler for AmigaOS, DOS, Linux, *BSD, OS/2 and Win32; semantically compatible with Borland Pascal 7 with additional features such as operator overloading. The compiler itself is written in Pascal.

I’m sure many of us have done at least some time in Pascal or a similar language.  I remember spending some time in it back in middle school.  Pascal was a great learning language back then.  Now I think that Python fits that role much better, but it’s nice to know that there are some free alternatives out there if I ever want to play in Pascal again.


SSL Rises on Bid Talks

Posted: July 14th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

The Financial Times via Google News:

Shares in SSL International, the maker of Durex condoms and Dr Scholl sandals, rose SSL 10 per cent on Monday after it revealed it was the target of takeover talks.

Oh, I guess that’s a different SSL than I’m used to hearing about in tech circles.


4 Megapixel Nikon D2?

Posted: July 14th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Gizmodo confirms the rumors that I heard from inside of nikon.  There is a D2 coming.  I had also heard rumors about a D2X, but I’m not so sure about it anymore.  This camera is going to have to come in below the $1499 price point that the Canon 10D has set in order to succeed.


34 Million Melancholy Voices

Posted: July 13th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Weblogs | Comments Off

Leslie Walker at The Washington Post:

The “blogosphere” may never be the same after America Online releases free blog-publishing software to its 34 million members this summer.

Ack!  I know my nightmare for tonight.  I know the news of AOL Blogs is not new, but for some reason it just struck me.

If you start seeing things like A/S/L? in your comments later this summer, you’ll know why.


Box Down (and Up Again)

Posted: July 12th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

My Colo’d box is down at the moment, but I got a response from tech support about 2 minutes after I sent them an email asking about it.  The box is fine but they’re having internal network trouble.

They’re on it, and they’re quick to respond.  Rock on.

Note: this outage will not affect my blog and postneo.com, as they’re currently hosted elsewhere.

Update: The box is back online.


What Was Your IPv6 Address Again?

Posted: July 12th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Via Hack the Planet, IPv6 autodiscovery is a good thing.


Linux Journal 2003 Editors’ Choice Awards

Posted: July 12th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: MySQL, Open Source, Perl | Comments Off

Emergic points out the Linux Journal 2003 Editors’ Choice awards:

All lists like this are subjective, but I think all in all it’s solid.  Lots of open source projects, some cool hardware, and good content.  Congrats all around.


Web Services Toolkit for Mobile Devices 2.0

Posted: July 12th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

JSurfer:

Web Services Tool Kit for Mobile Devices provides tools and run-time environments that allow development of applications that use Web Services on small mobile devices. This tool kit’s JavaTM Web service run-time environment is supported on PoctketPC, Palm, and BlackBerry. The C Web service run-time environment is supported on the Palm and Symbian. What’s new in Version 2.0: Preview implementation of the JSR 172 Version 0.7 specification; C-based Web services now supported on Palm OS 5.0 and Symbian OS 6.0, 6.1; Java-based Web services now run on Palm OS 3.5.

Remember, there are also libraries available in J2ME for SOAP, XML-RPC, UDDI, XML parsing and more at Enhydra.org.


Giving Up

Posted: July 11th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Warner Vogels is giving up on his Sidekick.

Read his entry to find out why.


Runtime

Posted: July 11th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Doug Kaye’s glossary is really excellent.  Here’s a new entry on runtime:

The moment of live operation. Runtime is the point when a software program springs into action to perform a task.

Follow the link for more.


Linus Turns to 2.6

Posted: July 11th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source | Comments Off

CNet:

Torvalds, who founded the Linux kernel project in the early 1990s, on Thursday finalized the 2.5.75 kernel, which he said would be the last in the series. The 2.5 kernel, a development project aimed at experimenting with new technologies, will be integrated into the 2.6 kernel for use in finished products.

Forward motion is good.  There are many goodies in 2.5 that I can’t wait to see on mainstream Linux desktops.


T-Zones Offers Unlimited GPRS For $9.99/mo

Posted: July 11th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

I recently signed up with T-Mobile when I purchased my 3650.  I signed up for the $9.99/mo 10MB GPRS plan, but today I stopped by their website today and noticed that they had changed every mention of 10MB to Unlimited!

Further details can be found on their T-Zones website.

I am one happy camper.


Newest Wi-Fi Security: WPA

Posted: July 11th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

WiFi Networking News points to Tom’s Need-To-Know: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).

WPA is designed to work in Enterprise situations with RADIUS and other authentication systems, as well as a simpler SOHO/home use system.

Anything is better than WEP.


Quake II .NET

Posted: July 11th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: .NET | Comments Off

Via Clemens Vasters, Vertigo Software has ported Quake II to managed C++:

Now, in July 2003, Vertigo Software, Inc. is releasing Quake II .NET, a port of the C-language based engine to Visual C++ with a .NET managed heads-up display. We did this to illustrate a point: one can easily port a large amount of C code to C++, and then run the whole application as a managed .NET application using the Microsoft Common Language Runtime (CLR) without noticeable performance delays. Once running as a .NET managed application, adding new features is easy and fun.

The radar feature is pretty slick!


Shoe News

Posted: July 10th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

In other news, Nike purchased Converse today:

NIKE, Inc. announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Converse, Inc., the globally recognized footwear brand with nearly a century of sports heritage. The total price to be paid for 100 percent of the equity shares is approximately $305 million plus the assumption of certain working capital liabilities at the time of the transaction’s consummation.


Table Tennis Reloaded

Posted: July 10th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

I’m sure they’re making the rounds, but Scoble pointed out a really amusing video: table tennis, Matrix-style [windows media].  Here’s another version for those that don’t have the Windows Media option.


Duron to be Renamed Athlon FX

Posted: July 10th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

The Register:

Farewell, Duron. Hello, Athlon FX.

That’s the name AMD will adopt for its future low-end processors, if unnamed sources cited by DigiTimes are anything to go by.

The Athlon FX will be based on the Thorton core, essentially a version of the top-end Athlon XP’s Barton core with half the cache: 256KB instead of 512KB.

Somebody in marketing finally realized how stupid Duron sounded.  Tech geeks have known that since day 1.  Move along.


EPAL: Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language

Posted: July 10th, 2003 | Author: | Filed under: Web Services | Comments Off

Information Week:

IBM has developed a programming language for building software that automatically enforces privacy rules. The vendor, which unveiled the new Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL) on Wednesday at the Catalyst Conference in San Francisco, says the language is more sophisticated than current privacy technology, including the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) specifications.

Another item for acronym soup.  I hope that it helps and doesn’t just add another layer of complexity.