Day: November 13, 2002

  • Status-0.0.1 – Web Service using SOAP::Lite

    This is an idea that I’ve had brewing in my head for awhile, and I finally took some time this afternoon to start on it.  I envision a SOAP-based *nix monitoring server and client suite on several different platforms (hence web services).  I decided to try out  the SOAP::Lite implementation to create a quick test/proof of concept service using that implementation.  I fired up CPAN, installed the module, and began.  I was slightly frustrated at how seemingly vague the examples were, and that the same example was used on so many sites on the net.  Here’s all that the service does at the moment:

    [Curveball perl]$ perl

    Calling uptime SOAP service

    4:47pm up 6 days, 17:41, 2 users, load average: 0.08, 0.06, 0.15

    SOAP call finished

    Right now this web service is extremely simplistic, but over time I envision it evolving into a fairly sophisticated service that would be able to echo back to the client a lot of information, for example, returning a struct that contains values such as uptime.days, uptime.hours, uptime.minutes, load.average, users.numusers, and so forth.

    Perl is the ideal language for this, because it is trivial to execute a command line program like uptime, strip it down to what you need, and return away.  I’ll have to eventually put a proper page together, but for now you can snag the source in tgz or zip form.  There’s a README and an INSTALL included in there which should be sufficient for most people with limited linux/*nix experience to test it out.

    I’ll try to put together a coherent example using this at some point, and I’ll post any development news in here as well.  I also plan to incorporate WSDL, just as soon as I read up on that part of SOAP::Lite.

    Now I’m off to look at cars with my girlfriend.  🙂

  • Brent Simmons’ Law of Weblogs

    Brent Simmons has this to say about weblogs and RSS:

    Brent’s Law of Weblogs: If you’re not syndicating, you’re not publishing.

  • 72 Mile 802.11b Link?

    Heck yeah!  72 Miles!  Computerworld has the scoop [vis Slashdot]:

    The link to San Clemente Island — used to carry data from a seismograph, data logger and Global Positioning System receiver — runs with the maximum 1-watt power output allowed by the Federal Communications Commission for 2.4-GHz equipment, Werner-Braun said. At both ends of the link, HPWREN technicians installed high-gain, 2-ft. parabolic antennas to provide an additional boost to the signal.

  • Intel Confirms Price Cuts

    Infoworld reports on the price cut:

    INTEL HAS CUT the prices of its Celeron and Pentium 4 desktop processors in advance of the expected launch of a new 3.06GHz Pentium 4 processor this week, the company confirmed Tuesday.

    To bring slower processors in line with the new chip, the 2.8GHz Pentium 4 will fall in price from $508 to $401, and the 2.67GHz and 2.60GHz Pentium 4 processors will decline from $401 to $305, according to Intel’s Web site. All prices are in 1,000-unit quantities.

    Intel will also cut prices on its budget line of Celeron desktop processors. The 2.0GHz Celeron will fall from $103 to $83, the 1.8GHz from $83 to $69, the 1.7GHz from $69 to $54, and the 1.4GHz from $74 to $54, Intel said.

  • Referrer Madness

    I usually glance at my wusage-digested server logs every few days.  This evening I saw the strangest thing pointing to 10/1 on my weblog: solitare downloads for mac OS X/T=1037006744/F=da6c3a21153f1686e3c45b90bc9f20bd/*

    Is it just me, or is that one funky referrer?

    Other server log goodies:,, and liked 9/17 so much in this last week that they decided to crawl it.

    One other thing that perplexes me is that if I type, I find out that they are running Apache 1.3.9 and I am forbidden to do anything with / on their server.  However, if I type, I get a happy fun corporate homepage.  I know that most web users out there couldn’t fathom a website without www. in front of it (don’t worry, I’m not talking about you, I know you know better), but it saves wear and tear on my wrists and fingers, so I avoid www. as much as possible.

    You’ll notice that I have set my blog up on all of the search engines and news services and stuff as, not  I like it, it’s shorter, simpler, and looks hella cooler.  I also use to shorten things (when I’m not in mozilla, which is set to search google of course), and usually forget the http:// thing unless neccesary.  For the sake of this ramt, prefixing urls with http:// means that Radio hyperlinks them, which is good for a lazy weblogger ranting.

  • Oracle Joins Eclipse

    Infoworld reports a really cool thing:

    SEEKING TO UNITE disparate development camps, Oracle on Tuesday announced a two-tiered strategy for promoting standardization in the tools space: The company is joining the IBM-led Eclipse tools initiative and introducing a proposal for a single API to access multiple vendors’ Java-based IDEs.

    This has got to be a win-win situation.  This is something to keep an eye on.

  • NetNewsWire on TechTV

    Congrats to Brent Simmons

    It looks like NetNewsWire will be on television, on TechTV, Wednesday night. I think that’s pretty cool.

    (I hope I’ll be able to watch the video from the site since I don’t get TechTV.)

    Here’s the Download of the Day page featuring NetNewsWire.