Day: February 11, 2003

  • Intel Eats Its Own Words


    Intel wants to take your mind off chip speeds — especially if you’re going to be in the market for a new laptop. That might sound crazy to anyone who has watched Intel constantly crank out newer, faster chips — and constantly try to convince consumers and corporations that the speediest semiconductor is the answer to all their computing prayers. But in a reversal of emphasis, Intel is about to start pressing the public to buy laptops with new brains that aren’t faster than existing ones. Instead of simply running more rapidly, says Intel, its new laptop chip will result in better overall performance in real-world applications.

    But.. but… so much for Intel FUD.

  • NetNewsWire 1.0 Ships!

    Congrats to Brent for all his hard work.  He has shipped NetNewsWire 1.0!

    All the OSX users in the house should buy it now.

  • XML::RSS 1.01


    I think I forgot to mention that version 1.01 of the XML::RSS module for Perl was released. My code that generates RSS 2.0 was included, but the other people on the project did most of the real work.

    Sweet.  It’s nice to see RSS tools deal with 2.0, some of the open source projects that I looked at a few months ago lacked support for RSS 2.0.  Great work!

  • Exception in Aisle 6

    Will Cox on self checkout aisles:

    So I kicked the piece of shit aisle. And cussed in front of my daughter for the first time. And now they know how I treat the machines at work.

    I tend to do okay at the self checkout aisle at the Weis Market around the corner, but I don’t have child processes throwing exceptions.  Every once in awhile I’ll find myself in a situation where the aisle freaks out, but it doesn’t happen too often.

    I’ve also found that self checkout is really only worth it if I’m getting a handful of things.  Once I’m beyond a few things in a basket, I’m better off letting the pros handle it.

  • Falling In Love With Eclipse

    I’ve been using Eclipse 2.1 M5 quite a bit for the last few days after spending a lot of time in Python and .NET.  I must say that I’m falling in love with Eclipse all over again.  I tried out Eclipse on a slow machine many moons ago and also tried the Motif version under Linux and was dissapointed, but saw promise.

    I’ve chosen to use Eclipse as my IDE for a Java web programming course that I’m taking.  Its CVS integration is really slick.  I really like that if I start a javadoc tag (/**) above a method, it automaticly picks up any arguments or return values.  It will add @param and @returns as neccesary.

    File that under wicked cool.

  • Doing It With Ant

    Rafe Colburn:

    After waffling, I finally looked at the list of basic Ant tasks and figured out that I could, in fact, put the whole thing in a build script and be done with it.

    Ant rules.  Read the rest of Rafe’s entry for the juicy details.

  • New Web Services Book by Ballinger

    Sean & Scott (via Christian Weyer):

    New Web Services book by Kieth Ballinger is due out Feb 14th.

    Keith is crazysmart, and his upcoming book has the potential to rock.

    It’s funny, I’m much more likely to pay attention to a book (especially in the web services area) with an author that I’ve heard of (on the web), actively read (their weblog), or have met.

  • How to Prepare for a Terrorist Attack

    Duct TapeTerrorist Attack Preparation List:

    • 3 gallons of water per person, check.
    • 3 days worth of food, check.
    • Plastic sheeting, check.
    • Duct tape, check.
    • Can opener, check.
    • Blankets, check.
    • Flashlights, radio, batteries, check.
    • Kiss yer ass goodbye.

    On a serious note:

    The officials said they believe the al Qaeda terrorist network is particularly targeting New York and Washington.

    I’ll blog it live if I’m still alive and with power/internet 🙂

  • Windows Forms Smart Client Sample

    David at Chris Sells’ site pointed to an MSDN article entitled TaskVision Solution Overview: Design and Implementation.

    It looks like it has lots of good nuggets about .NET, Windows Forms, and Web Services.  It also contains the answer to a question that I had a few months ago:

    The ASP.NET file extensions (.aspx and .asmx) must be registered with Internet Information Services (IIS). (In the case that IIS was installed after the .NET Framework was installed, you must run the following application “C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv1.0.3705aspnet_regiis.exe –i”.)

    I ended up deploying my test stuff to a remote server, but finding the answer to a question without actively looking for it is always a good thing.


    C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv1.0.3705>aspnet_regiis.exe -i
    Start installing ASP.NET (1.0.3705.288)
    Finished installing ASP.NET (1.0.3705.288)


  • Userland on the Microsoft Patent

    Dave Winer:

    It’ll be interesting to see when Microsoft claims to have invented this. We were creating APIs for a network software platform in the late 80s. We eventually worked with Microsoft on this stuff with the understanding that they had not filed any patents in this area. As I write this I’m sitting in a building filled with lawyers.

    John Robb:

    Hmmm.  Microsoft’s patent application for .Net sounds exactly like Radio.

  • Sharing Sessions

    Scott Hanselman:

    Disturbing, not for the faint of heart, possibly evil on at least 3 levels…but potentially useful…
    How to share sessions between ASP and ASP.NET

  • 100 Stories

    Mark Pilgrim introduces his 100 stories of unfamous people:

    They are not syndicated. They are not categorized. They are not archived in reverse chronological order.

    Mark is an amazing storyteller and I look forward to those little squares filling up.

  • .NET Cryptography


    The .NET Framework offers basic support for cryptographic operations inside of the System.Security.Cryptography namespace in the mscorlib assembly. Out of the box, you are provided with implementations of many common symmetric key and public key-based algorithms. In addition, the cryptography framework was designed to be extensible, so that your implementation of any algorithm can be plugged in quite easily.

  • Dual G4’s on a PCI Card


    TechnoWarehouse has released “Windjammer,” a $4000 PCI card that contains dual-PowerPC G4 processors. The “self-contained super computer ” card can run Linux, and can be installed in a “standard desktop computer” or can be “scaled-up” for industrial applications. It uses 25 to 50 Watts, contains one serial connector, two Ethernet ports, an IDE controller, two RAM sockets, and other connectivity and upgrade options.

    Pretty cool in that too expensive for me kind of way.

  • .NET Patents


    Microsoft is applying for a patent that covers a variety of functions related to its .Net initiative. But critics say if approved, the wide-ranging patent could stymie innovation.

    Hmm, this could suck big time for open source implementations of .NET such as Mono.