Day: November 18, 2002

  • Web Services

    I have managed to set up a web service that generates the same output as the SOAP::Lite implementation I hacked together last week using Axis.  It was a little less trivial to implement, but most of that was squashing the nitpicky Java stuff without an IDE, which was extremely educational but a little time consuming.  I’ve managed to call it from another Linux machine with a SOAP::Lite-based client.  I may still have to work out a few kinks in order to get a .NET-based client to work properly.  Right now it is timing out, which I’m sure is my fault on either the server or the client side.

    I also got an email this afternoon from Jake Savin about my problems with the AggregatorAPI.  I’m still pretty sure that these are my problems (I still get bogged down on a lot of gotchas), and not with the XML-RPC interface, but I will put an email together this evening and shoot it off to radio-dev.

  • Washington Apple Pi’s Winter Sale

    Mac Central reports what I found out by checking Washington Apple Pi’s calendar a few weeks ago:

    Washington Apple Pi’s “Winter Edition” of its Computer Show & Sale (also known as the Garage Sale) is coming next month. The event takes place at the Northern Virginia Community College Gymnasium in Annandale, Virginia on Saturday, December 14, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    The Washington, DC-area Macintosh user group bills its Garage Sale as “the largest Mac computer show and sale on the East Coast.” The event is expected to have deals for folks looking for Mac hardware and software.

    I went to my first garage sale last winter, though I missed the spring/summer one.  It is held at a gymnasium of a community college.  To give you an idea of size, it is comparable to a packed marketpro computer show & sale, but it’s all Mac, baby!

    I’ve found that the best high-end deals happen in the first 15-20 minutes, while the best ‘junk’ deals can be had starting at about 1:30, when people realize that if they don’t sell it, they’ve got to lug it back outside.  Last year I scored about a half-dozen pre-powermacs (for a total of about $30), a sweet ergonomic keyboard, and all of those odds and ends that you always need but never want to pay $20 on ebay for.

    So if you’re in the need of Mac junk and stuff and live within an hour or so drive of Northern Virginia, you should probably check it out.  I’ll be tailgating with my friend Roger, but if any bloggers out there will be there, let me know.  Here’s the Winter Sale page, poster [pdf], and coupon [pdf], but don’t bother with that.

  • PalmOS on your Wrist

    CNet reports that Fossil wants to put PalmOS on your wrist.  Cool idea, neat watches, but it’s not going to work.  $199-$299 for a low-end PDA on a stylin’ band is a little too much to pay IMHO.

  • Office 11 and XML

    John Udell hypes the ability of Microsoft’s Office 11 to let grandma read and write XML.  I’m a little scared to think what a Word-authored XML document would look like.  Does anyone remember the kind of HTML that it produces?

  • Get Your Dell Handhelds

    That’s right, they’re finally here. They’re priced at $299 after rebate for a 400MHz X-Scale, 64MB RAM, 48MB Rom, or $199 after rebate for 300MHz X-Scale, 32MB RAM, 32MB ROM.  Both units run Pocket PC 2002 Premium. [via Slashdot]

  • Virtual Linux Tech Observer

    Kenneth Hunt set up a virtual linux account with JohnCompanies last night.  Congrats.  Have fun.  🙂

  • Hooray!

    Axis is installed on the server, all associated jars are in their appropriate directories and mentioned in CLASSPATHs, the AdminClient works, deploying by way of .jws works, and everything that I need to finally start using Axis for development works.

  • Visual Studio .NET 2003

    Chris Sells notes that Visual Studio .NET 2003 (a.k.a. Everett) Final Beta is available to MSDN subscribers.