Day: August 31, 2002

  • Marklar: Every Mac conspiracy theory enthusiast’s new favorite word.  From eWeek:

    As Apple Computer Inc. draws up its game plan for the CPUs that will power its future generations of Mac hardware, the company is holding an ace in the hole: a feature-complete version of Mac OS X running atop the x86 architecture.

    According to sources, the Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker has been working steadily on maintaining current, PC-compatible builds of its Unix-based OS. The project (code-named Marklar, a reference to the race of aliens on the “South Park” cartoons) has been ongoing inside Apple since the early days of its transition to the Unix-based Mac OS X in the late ’90s.

    There’s a discussion at Slashdot.  The best post is from Metafilter, though it will only be funny if you’re familiar with South Park:

    Codename Marklar: Marklar is maintaining a feature-complete marklar of Marklar running on Marklar as a fall-back marklar in case the Marklar is no longer viable. Maintained since the early days of Marklar, Marklar gains greater relevance in the context of Marklar‘s inability to deliver higher-frequency Marklars, but is seen as less likely given Marklar‘s forthcoming 64-bit Marklar-based Marklar. (via Marklar)

  • VMS Utilities and Sundries: A great FAQ about OpenVMS and other vmsen stuff.

  • Deathrow OpenVMS Cluster: Public (non-commercial) access to two clusters of OpenVMS servers.

  • RSS Quck Summary: A nice view of all the elements included in the various versions of RSS.

  • Wireless in Ocean City, NJ:

    So, where was the bandwidth coming from? No idea. Who was paying for it? Same answer. Is it stealing to use it? Debatable. West Avenue in Ocean City is lined with two story homes which people rent to others. Someone downstairs, next door, or across the street has either a cable modem or DSL and a Linksys Wireless Access Point. They likely did not intend for their bandwidth to be “borrowed” but on the other hand they didn’t turn on their WEP encryption to block others from using it. If I had known who the “provder” of the connection was I would have been happy to pay for using it. In a way it is like finding a $10 bill on the street. If we knew who it belonged to most of us would be happy to return it.

  • O’Reillynet: Article on Mozilla SOAP API.  Read later, go to bed.