Day: February 3, 2003

  • on Firebird

    NewsForge points to a Linux World Australia article about Firebird:

    When you think of open source databases, MySQL or PostgreSQL may first spring to mind. However, hot on their heels is Firebird, a relational database which has been a hotbed of development activity for the past two and a half years.

    Although a worldwide development effort, Firebird does have an Australian flavour: the FirebirdSQL Foundation (Inc.), an international non-profit organisation, was formed in New South Wales late last year. To discuss the Foundation and the development project, LinuxWorld talked to Helen Borrie, a Firebird project admin and documenter who is based in the Central Coast.

  • Tyler Eaves’ Python Tutorial

    Matthew Langham:

    Steven points to this tutorial [pdf] on Python. Even though it is still a work in progress, it looks promising.

    I’ve just begun to skim it, but it looks informative.

  • GPGrelay

    Speaking of public keys, here’s a SourceForge announcement for GPGrelay:

    GPGrelay is a small email-relaying server that uses GnuPG (the GNU Privacy Guard) to sign/encrypt (SMTP-Relay) or verifies/decrypts (POP3-Relay) emails. This enables many email-clients to send and receive emails that are PGP-MIME conforming. This release includes bugfixes and minor feature enhancements.

  • Public Key Cryptography and Weblogs

    Garth Kidd:

    As I see it, the most practical uses of public key encryption in blogging are going to be securing all those other things that we’re currently relying on a lack of idots to keep safe: Trackback, this FOAF thing, communication to community servers, and so on.

    I’m hearing this more and more.  Sam Ruby thinks that signing might be involved in his email comments experiment:

    Signing is the next step, particularly given that e-mail clients already tend to have built in support for this. Ultimately, when the spam starts arriving, only signed e-mails will be accepted.

  • Really SMaL Megapixels


    SMaL Camera Technologies have today announced their new Ultra-Pocket 1.3-Megapixel digital camera, this builds upon the award-winning 6mm thin Ultra-Pocket® VGA digital still camera. It has the same credit card size of its predecessor, with only a slight increase in thickness due to higher resolution optics, plus a strobe flash and an SD card for expanded memory storage.

  • Blojsom: Download, CVS, Javadoc

    David Czarnecki has been hard at work on Blojsom.  It is available on SourceForge, committed to CVS, and the javadocs and site docs are available.

  • Weblog Comments Via Email

    Sam Ruby is experimenting with weblog comments via email.  He’s got the proof of concept up and working.  The rest will follow.

  • C# Namespace Aliasing

    This is too cool.  Sam Gentile gets the scoop from John Lam:

    using Channels = System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels;

    This is really nice if you have namespace conflicts and need to disambiguate your type references, or if you’re from the school of thought that says that you must always use fully qualified type names, but don’t want to obscure your code with giant namespace references.

    This is a great little tip.  I am in the process of committing this to memory.

  • Russell Beattie: Redesign

    Russ redesigned his site.  I like it, even though I usually read it via RSS.  Clean lines are good.

  • Python News and Linkage

    A sneak peek of some of the tracks and presentations for PyCon DC 2003 are available on the PyCon Wiki.

    OSNews points to an InformIT article (free reg req’d) about writing a multithreaded GUI app with Python.

    LinuxToday has this weeks Python-URL.  There are a few interesting links, but nothing spectacular.

    I think that’s about it, I’m pretty much caught up on Python stuff.

  • Slow Day


    I’m tired.  I’m hoping to catch up on my feeds later this evening.