Day: November 21, 2002

  • Web Services, Behind the Music

    Scott Hanselman gave a talk entitled Web Services, Behind the Music last night in Oregon. He points to several things that were mentioned at the DevCon, and he also put together a great list of tools that he used in the presentation. All of the web services heads in the audience should check it out.

  • Safer C Coding

    OpenBSD Journal points to several projects designed to make you/let you write more secure C code:

    A recent thread on secure programming idioms on the secprog list (hosted by securityfocus) raises a lot of good questions people here often have, namely “how can we more easily program more secure and robust code?”

  • Debugging SOAP with SOAP Scope

    John Udell writes about debugging SOAP, including using Mindreef’s SOAP Scope.  SOAP Scope is truly wicked, and worth more than the $99 that they are charging if free tools like Simon Fell’s TCPTrace aren’t enough for you.  I think changing views from looking at the raw XML going over the wire to pseudocode was truly cool, and can really help visualize what’s going over the wire.  I’ve said it before, but their presentation at Web Services DevCon East was an eye opener.

  • Did He Say Drag And Drop?

    Here are the installation instructions for Memo, a simple alarm clock/appointment keeper written in Python for Gnome.

    1. Make sure ROX-Lib2 is installed (drag it to your ~/lib directory).
    2. Download the archive above.
    3. Extract it (eg, by dragging it to Archive)
    4. Click on it to run it if your filer supports application directories, or run the Memo/AppRun file if it doesn’t.
    5. The documentation is in the Memo/Help directory.

    This is, of course, NOT the way that I would install the program.  People look at me funny when I drop to the DOS prompt in order to do some heavy lifting.  I would snag Memo and ROX-Lib2 via either Mozilla, Lynx, or ncftp, then do a little tar -xvf, and probably run ./AppRun & to test it out.

    Of course, Linux will never truly make it on the dektop until installing every program (RPMs, .tgzs, etc) install in a similar manner.  Listen up, Red Hat.

    Come to think of it, I’ll probably still drop to a shell…

  • Free Web Research Link Closed Under Pressure From Pay Sites

    Jonathan Krim at The Washington Post writes:

    The Energy Department has shut down a popular Internet site that catalogued government and academic science research, in response to corporate complaints that it competed with similar commercial services.

    Department officials said abandoning PubScience, an electronic service that cross-indexed and searched roughly 2 million government reports and academic articles, will save the government $200,000 a year because two equivalent services exist in the private sector.

    There’s no way that I can rationalize this as being a Good Thing.  Other agencies are worried that this might pave the way for other closures.

  • The World Needs Another Compact Storage Format?

    DPReview reports yet another itty bitty storage format, as if we didn’t have too many already:

    The MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) has approved a new RS-MMC (Reduced Size MultiMediaCard) standard. This new flash storage format has the same width but almost half the length of existing MMC cards, RS-MMC cards will be 24 x 18 x 1.4 mm. Hitachi are the first manufacturer to announced RS-MMC cards up to 64 MB in capacity. It’s clear that this new reduced size format is aimed primarily at the mobile phone / PDA market but I’m sure it would also offer digital camera manufacturers the opportunity to build even smaller digital cameras.

    So here are the formats available in order to store your stuff: PCMCIA solid state or hard drive, Compact Flash (I & II), Microdrive, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, xD (Fuji and Olympus’ stupid format), and [drumroll…] RS-MMC.

    Crap, which one does my camera take?  What about my PDA?  Oh, that’s right, they’re all different.

  • RussellBeattie++;

    Russell is getting back in the C++ saddle in order to play with Series 60/SymbianOS. 

  • UnitedLinux 1.0

    John Terpstra at IBM Developerworks takes UnitedLinux 1.0 for a spin.  I think I have .ISO’s for the UnitedLinux Public Beta, but I don’t think I ever bothered to install it.  Skimming the specs, I see GCC3.1 not 3.2, and KDE but no Gnome.  The installation screens look fairly useful, but not as easy to use as the Red Hat installed, and no where near as pretty.  It does look like quite a solid distro though.

  • New OpenOffice Standard

    Margaret Kane at CNet reports:

    Members of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) have formed a working group to develop an XML file format specification for the OpenOffice project.

  • Oldskool Screensavers

    Leo is taping a new pilot tonight:

    I’m trying to contain my excitement, but I’m getting to pilot a new show tonight. We’ll tape Leo Up Late (only the working title) tonight after The Screen Savers at about 9:30p Eastern. It won’t be on the air, but you can still help out.

  • Open Source CMS Roundup

    John McGrath has a good roundup of four open source content management systems at ZDNet. [via James Robertson (Column Two)]

  • Going Down?

    Kenneth Hunt points out that RAM is falling again.

  • Honey, I Shrank the Source

    Ovidiu Predescu writes about an oh-so-cool J2SE -> J2ME shrinker:

    Sylvain Wallez’s J-Fit seems to be an amazing tool. It essentially rewrites the code to remove debugging statements, rewrites the code to work with J2ME which lacks important functionality. Using this tool, Sylvain was able to fit Cocoon in a mere 1.1Mb jar file, and have it running on a PowerPC 50MHz with 32Mb of RAM. Apparently the tools is also very small, about 10 classes each with less than 500 lines of code. All the XSP pages are precompiled, so there’s no compilation happening. The result is that requests are served in less than 300ms. This includes time spent by Saxon, the XSLT processor, whose results are not cached at all. With precompiled pipelines, XSLT would no longer be necessary which would speed things up quite a bit.

    Hopefully he’ll release the tool as open-source, so we can all make benefit from it.