Day: March 4, 2003

  • Washington Interns Gone Bad

    I’m off to see a one night engagement of Washington Interns Gone Bad at Visions Cinema.  That’s my older sister with the intern slaying knife.  She made mom proud.  🙂

    Wonderful B-Movie goodness for all involved.  This time hopefully I won’t end up lost in Virginia.  I never actually made it to the world premiere, but this time there is one turn in the directions, so I should be okay.

  • Microsoft Resigns from OpenGL Architecture Review Board

    Via Newsforge, The Register:

    Microsoft has tendered its resignation from the consortium governing the OpenGL standard, signalling an intention to go it alone with its Direct3D graphics platform.

    I have a feeling that the OpenGL and Open Source communities will loose on this, but the article is optimistic:

    The sheer number of applications that require the presence of OpenGL suggests that Microsoft will continue to support it, even though its priorities lie elsewhere.

    Time will tell.

  • Animatrix, Part 2

    Slashdot notes that the second installment of the Animatrix is available for consumption.

    Personally, I’d be nice to their servers and let their pipes cool down a bit.  I’ll probably download and watch the super big version in a few days.  I saw teh first one, and I was quite impressed.

  • 802.11b/GSM/GPRS From Sony Ericsson

    Via WiFi News, ZDNet:

    Sony Ericsson’s card supports three GSM bands, GPRS Class 10, and 802.11b, and will allow roaming when more of the backend components are built. This card would allow a carrier to bill using EAP SIM, which encapsulates messages over the GSM network to allow Wi-Fi network authentication using the SIM authentication module. I’m unclear whether this will use simple MAC address clearance — your MAC address sent over GSM and then the hot spot unlocking access for that address — or something more sophisticated. If just MAC address unlocking, it’s easy for someone with a sniffer to clone your address. According to IETF presentations a few months ago, all of the EAP-plus-method flavors lack cryptographic binding between network layers, which allows address spoofing, but not necessarily network access.

    So when can i get my 802.11a/b/g/etc, Bluetooth, GPRS/CMDA/GSM/everything else card?  I’ll take two.  This is really cool tech though.

  • Scott Hanselman brought up an interesting question:

    Also, is it a sin to screen-scrape the bible?

    And Moses said, “Thou shalt not scrape screens, especially when the Bible is involved.”  Everyone looked confused, but decided that it must be good.  Moses continued, “If thou needest quotations from the Bible, thou shalt invoke a web service.  Thou may use XML-RPC, SOAP, REST, or whatever suits your situation.”  The people looked around and smiled, for they knew nothing about web services.

    I might be setting myself up for a good smoting.  Oh well.

  • JXTA PR, JXTA 2.0


    Sun’s Jxta software, introduced with great fanfare nearly two years ago, has been downloaded by more than 1 million users, the company said. Sun also noted that there are 12,700 members of Project Jxta, an open-source development organization led by Sun.


    On Tuesday, Sun said it has updated the Jxta specification in what it’s calling Jxta 2.0. The updated software lets developers create a “super peer” on a network that can handle more of the network traffic than less powerful devices.

    Sun has also made the Jxta code more modular so that developers can more easily download and use what they want. The first instance of Jxta 2.0, which is available for download, is for Java programmers.

    Very cool.  I putzed around with JXTA shortly after they announced it.  Has it been over two years now?  While I was at LinuxWorld Expo, I spoke to a couple of Sun guys that were demoing JXTA apps.  One was a shared space app ala Groove, but it ran on any platform supported by a recent version of Java.

    Go, JXTA!

  • Ultra Liberal wxPython Aggregator

    Sam Ruby:

    Mostly to get a feel for what development with wxWindows is like, I mocked up a three paned aggregator using ActivePython, wxPython, and Mark’s ultra-liberal RSS parser.

    Very cool, worth looking into indeed.  What if the killer aggregator isn’t three paned?  NetNewsWire looks really easy to use, although I’ve never had a chance to use it (8500 with a G4 card doesn’t like OSX).  I like my one paned aggregator for reading up over the web, though I keep thinking that there must be a better solution to the problem lurking out there somewhere.

  • Sony Ericsson T610

    In other mobile news, Sony Ericsson has released the T610, replacing the T68i.  There is further coverage at Slashdot and mobitopia.  Weblogging technophiles everywhere are drooling.

  • Mobitopia

    MobitopiaRussell has set up mobitopia, your one stop multiblog for mobile news.  I’m definately going to subscribe once things slow down at work a little bit.

    The community is also open to submissions, which I think is really cool.  If I get really motivated, I might send Russ an email later so that I can submit entires.

  • Crippled Windows Server 2003 For $399

    This just in from The Register:

    There will be no price increases (as such) when Microsoft ships its next server OS, Windows Server 2003, on April 24th, but there will be a new budget-priced version of the product aimed squarely at the web server market. Server 2003 Web Edition comes without client access licences, with a 2gig limit on memory, 2-way SMP, and is $399.

    Head over to Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 comparison chart to see exactly what you’re getting for $399.  Look at all the empty circles.  The $399 is a hard sell to web hosts and ISPs who can put Linux on there for free.  I think that the pricing for this is just above the sweet spot, but not by too much.  For example, an unlimited domain copy of Ensim that runs on top of Red Hat 7.2 will run you $399, but there are 30 and 300 domain versions available for $199 and $299.

    I’m quite curious to see how well Windows Server 2003 performs.  I took a look at RC1 back when it was called .NET server, and I was quite impressed.  It was as stable as some of the highest uptime Windows 2000 servers that I have known.  I think after the initial config, I rebooted it once or twice in my trial, and that was to pull some hardware.  It was easier to administer than 2000 and has all of the .NET goodies.  It never crashed on me.  Everything just worked.

  • WSDL 1.2 Without SOAP Encoding?

    Simon Fell:

    Sanjiva confirms my earlier thoughts that WSDL1.2 can’t really describe SOAP encoded messages. Please Please provide a consistent set of features across the specs, either drop SOAP encoding from SOAP 1.2, or add soap encoding support to WSDL, but don’t leave us with different specs doing different subsets. Shouldn’t the WSA folks be keeping these things all lined up and pointing in the same direction?

  • Mixing Managed and Unmanaged Code

    Sam Gentile’s new Managed C++ article is up at O’Reillynet:

    Welcome back! Last time around, in the first article of the series, I focused on what Managed C++ was, some of its advantages and roles, as well as scenarios in which it excelled. One of those scenarios is the focus of the second article of this series: the ability to mix managed and unmanaged code in the same module. This is an ability that is unique to Managed C++; no other Common Runtime Library (CLR) language possesses this capability. In this article, I will explore why this is important to you as a working developer, and how to make use of this capability.

  • The Chosen 1U Heatsink/Fan

    Copper 1U HeatsinkAfter doing a little bit of googling, I have decided on the Dynatron DC1206BM-R1 for my 1U cooling needs.  It got a favorable review at FrostyTech, which seemed to have more 1U cooling reviews in one spot than anywhere else that I have seen.

    It’s made of solid copper, with more fins than any of the other coolers I looked at.

    It is available for $18 + shipping at some random Yahoo store in California.

    What Memory?

    I’m not sure which memory to go with.  Crucial says that it can take straight up PC100, ECC, and ECC Registered.  I don’t have enough server experience to know which one to go with.  My gut says ECC Registered because it’s a server platform and that is the most expensive stuff available.  Any thoughts?  Is Registered ECC worth the $17 per 256MB stick difference over straight PC100?  I dunno.

  • Software Development Skeet Shooting

    Kat Donohue:

    The requirements keep changing. I’m trying to hit a moving target. An undocumented moving target.