Day: September 10, 2002

  • CNet: Coverage of Apple’s new iCal program.

  • Code Orange, GO! A Washington Post article via Dane Carlson.

  • STunnel 4.00: An article/tutorial on Hacking Linux Exposed. [via Linux Security]

  • Kryzysztof Kowalczyk on buffered blogging:

    The hard part about blogging is keeping the pace. Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. That number on a calendar without corresponding link is the worst thing that can happen to a blog. So here it comes: Buffered Blogging TM (patent pending, of course). The idea is simple: have a few pre-written entries and have an automated system to post them if there are no post on a given day. Preparing a few posts in advance is easy. Automated posting shouldn’t be that hard to do either in some systems (e.g. Movable Type). Probably just a bit of hacking. Or someone could provide a web service that would allow people to create a bunch of blog entries and would post them automatically using Blogger API if it would detect that there were no post that day on a given blog.

    While this may appear to be cheating, it makes a lot of sense. If you have a really busy day and can’t sit down in front of the computer, you can pull out that mini article or observation that you’ve been meaning to talk about and autopost it. I don’t know if buffering your blog like this is exactly legal in the blogosphere, but then again, only if you get caught… Perhaps it would be something like Userland’s Mail to the Future service. An interesting thought at the very least.

  • Bluefish: Newsforge points to this open source html/php/css editor for Linux.  The screenshots look good.  I’ve been editing most of my html in the browser lately, though.

  • Russell Beattie‘s coworkers dig eclipse.

  • LaNewsFactory: A phjp-based news system and forum system that does not rely on MySQL.  This is good stuff for people using bargain basement web hosting that does not give them access to MySQL.

  • Emergic points to an InfoWorld article about SAP’s new mySAP CRM.  This is cool, but as I’m reading the article, I roll over the many links in the article.  They all link to stories or metastories at InfoWorld.  I know that they need to do that to make money, keep the user trapped, get more ad impressions, but it stinks at the same time.  I guess it is in contrast with weblog entries that I read more of that tend to hand out external links with pleasure.

    I’m just an external link snob then.

  • Slashdot: Linux may be outpacing Mac on the desktop.  I don’t know if the article referenced is authoritative or not.  The author, Nick Selby seems to be a travel writer, aviation writer, and tech writer on loan to the International Herald Tribune.  From the article:

    Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst for International Data Corp., said Linux had a 3.9 percent share of desktops worldwide, outpacing Macintosh’s 3.1 percent.

    The article doesn’t quote whose bum these figures were pulled from.  A Macworld article from July of this year pegs Apple’s market share at 3.48 percent.  A recent BBC article pegs it at 5%.  I’m not saying that this author is wrong, I’d like to see the market share of both Mac and Linux higher than the figures quoted.  I think it will be hard to find hard numbers out there that aren’t skewed by the mac vs. pc mentality.

    As a sidenote, the International Herald Tribune article left me looking for the scrollbar, but instead I had to find the ‘next page’ button on the bottom right.  I don’t feel too good about this interface, it didn’t feel right.  After playing a bit, the interface on the bottom right is kinda slick.  It allows you to resize text on the fly and change between a single column and multiple column format on the fly also.  I definately like that part of it, but I think that this type of interface still needs a little work.

  • Powerbook Duo/Picture Frame: How to turn obsolete hardware into that digital picture frame that sells for too much at the store. [via Slashdot]

  • VeryQuickWiki: A simple yet functional JSP-based wiki.