Day: September 5, 2002

  • Project-Based Calendaring System:

    Project-Based Calendaring System (PBCS) is an open source web-based calendaring system, designed to be a useful tool for project managers or project planners. In PBCS you can have appointments of multiple people in one overview, making it easy to plan appointments for projects in the future. Of course the people whose appointments are being scheduled have special overviews to see them all at once for a week or a month. Next to appointments you can add notes as reminders of things to do.

    I have pointed out many weblogging tools/content management systems in the past on this blog.  I think calendaring is fairly on topic, and this seems to look like a pretty good one, though I have never seen the perfect calendaring system yet.

  • WebKNotes: A k-log/notes database/wiki/web site written in Perl.  It is themeable, easy to install (./configure, baby!), and open-source.

  • phpSecureSite:

    phpSecureSite is an authentication and session-handling system for Web applications built using PHP. It is designed to be very secure and easy to deploy. It gives newbie Web developers an easy way to add session-handling and authentication to their sites, and provides experienced developers with a trustworthy, functional, and flexible security system.

    [SourceForge Page] [Freshmeat Page] [Release Notes]

    This sounds like a great way to add some security and sessions to a php-based app/website without having to do all the work yourself.

  • Masukomi:

    DoctorJ will go through your Java code and check for all sorts of common mistakes, including spelling mistakes in your javadocs and unnecessary import statements. It looks like something that could be really useful

    Check out what happens when you run it.  It catches spelling mistakes, bad or missing javadoc elements, syntax errors, and also generates some statistics.  Very cool!

  • Maxtor bumps their IDE drives to 160GB/ATA133/7200RPM.  The new 7200RPM lineup consists of 60, 80, 120, and 160GB.

  • Zoe: A Java and web-based email client that has recently been open-sourced.  Screenshots are here, and the success story at Newsforge is here.

  • Sony DSC-FX77: Europe will get a 4 megapixel bluetooth enabled digital camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.  It means that you can take a picture and have it stored on a computer in the area, thereby bypassing internal storage media problems.  However, there is a gotcha: a 4-megapixel image takes 47 seconds to download.  A 640×480 only takes a reasonable 1.5 seconds to download, though the bluetooth camera may be a little more proof of concept and a little less practial than it is being touted as. [via Slashdot]

    The announcement today by Sony Europe of its first Bluetooth enabled Digital Still Camera represents a significant advance in the design and operation of Sony digital cameras. This advanced feature lets the user share information with a range of computers and other devices supported by Bluetooth BIP (Basic Image Profile) from a distance of up to 10 m without any cable connection. Data transfer between the camera and a range of devices is smart, fun and convenient. As more and more peripheral devices develop BIP Bluetooth interfaces, the future vision of a wireless world comes closer to being reality.

  • Cape Science: A free [as in beer but I don’t think as in speach] WSDL editor.  It appears to be easy to use from the screenshot.  There is also an article on about it.  Here’s a blurb:

    The WSDL Editor is a graphical tool that enables you to create and edit WSDL definitions of Web services. It facilitates the creation of Web Services Description Language (WSDL) files and manages your WSDL file syntax and validation. This enables you to generate and maintain Web service descriptions rapidly and accurately.

  • Millstream Software: A good article about setting up an openbsd box on DSL.

  • The Doc Searls Gnomedex Roundup:

    I lost her card, like I lose everybody’s card–I have a positive business card valence.

    That just made me laugh out loud.  The article is a great wrapup of what happened at Gnomedex.

  • Internet Traffic Report: It looks grim out there.  Currently the index is at 19, the lowest I have ever seen it.  I actually brought up the site while I was at school this morning and thought that the numbers were way low.  A quick spot check revealed that at least a few of the routers reporting a 100% packet loss responded fine to me.  I have a feeling that these extremely low numbers might be on the Internet Traffic Reports’s end, though I have heard a few people mention that they have had problems throughout the day.

  • Harvest: An open source search system that can search darn near everything.  For some reason I have ignored it coming down the freshmeat train until now.

    Harvest is a system to collect information and make them searchable using a web interface. Harvest can collect information on inter- and intranet using http, ftp, nntp as well as local files like data on harddisk, CDROM and file servers. Current list of supported formats in addition to HTML include TeX, DVI, PS, full text, mail, man pages, news, troff, WordPerfect, RTF, Microsoft Word/Excel, SGML, C sources and many more. Stubs for PDF support is included in Harvest and will use Xpdf or Acroread to process PDF files. Adding support for new format is easy due to Harvest’s modular design.

  • Call For Help: Leo’s weblog has a hot tip– if you want to be a caller on The Screen Savers, your best bet is to call in this week:

    We’re taping shows all week to air the week of September 16 and since we’re not live we’re having trouble getting calls. In fact, if you call us this week, Morgan says you’re pretty much guaranteed to get on.

    Call 1-888-989-7879 toll free…

    Wed 9/4, 7-8:30p Eastern (call as early as 6p)
    Thurs 9/5, 7-8:30p and 9:30-11p Eastern
    Fri 9/6, 7-8:30p Eastern

    Oh yeah and They Might be Giants (TMBG) will be appearing on The Screen Savers (TSS) this Friday.

  • Russ Lipton on non-dead tree publications about weblogs:

    First, really good content about Radio will find an honorable audience willing to pay to keep more stuff coming. (One reason I refuse to use Blogger or MovableType is that they cut away the ground for a revenue-based aftermarket, even with professional versions).

    Second, I’ll bet that only a relatively small percentage of that audience will share my sweat with others without paying for it.

    If users will pay $5.95 or $7.95 or $9.95 or $12.95 for a useful text, I’ll write another … and another … and another. If they don’t, I won’t. It’s really not going to be very complicated.

    Bring it on. [via Dave]