Month: March 2003

  • HTTP Error 410: Stop Calling Here

    Mark Pilgrim:

    Embracing HTTP error code 410 means embracing the impermanence of all things.

  • Command and Conquer: Restricted


    CNet is reporting that Germany has placed EA’s newest Command & Conquer game ‘Generals’ on its restricted list, which means it may not be advertised or displayed on shelves although it may be kept under store counters and sold to adults. The reason according to Elke Monssen-Engberding, director of the Ministry for Family Affairs: ‘It portrays war as the only way to resolve conflicts.

    Well, any game that gets this treatment is probably a good game.  I’ve played C&C:G a few times.  The engine is amazing: It’s all 3D all the time.  The cut scenes are not compressed video like in the past, they’re rendered in the game engine.  You can go seamlessly from a battle to a cut scene that unfolds another part of the mission, back to battle.  There were even a few matrix-like 3d freezes.

    The only problem is that it was just about as fun as the original Command and Conquer that I played on the family Pentium 60 when I was in middle school.  Sure, it’s fun for a bit, as C&C has always been, but it seemed to get old fast.  I would think that a fully 3d engine would awe and wow me, but aparently it’s something that I’ve just come to expect from games.

    I haven’t tried multiplayer yet, which might be its killer feature.  I played the original C&C in multiplayer mode via modem a few times, which was mind blowing at the time.  Now if it’s not massively multiplayer, it’s not buzzword compliant.

    Haiku review:

    3D graphics are amazing
    So good that it’s restricted
    Buy it, but on sale.

  • Blogging Theme Song

    Joi Ito via Chris Prillo:

    Steven Frank has composed a song about blogging called Ben and Mena. He blogs about it here, and the 3.8MB mp3 file is here. Probably interesting to hardcore bloggers only, but VERY funny. 😉

    Send me a ping… send me a trackback.  I promise I won’t complain…

  • Secure Code

    The Register via LinuxSecurity:

    Until Unix and Linux programmers get over their macho love for low-level programming languages, the security holes will continue to flow freely, argues SecurityFocus columnist Jon Lasser.


    To be sure, some software must continue to be written in lower-level languages: Database servers such as MySQL will inevitably be written in lower-level languages for legitimate performance reasons. And it would be both unlikely and counterproductive for the Linux kernel or the system library to be rewritten in Perl, Java, or Python.

    But none of those concerns justify writing an IRC client in C. And if it seems unimaginable for a print server to be rewritten in a high-level language, the reality is the benefit would be substantial and the performance costs negligible.

  • IBM to Manufacture Nvidia Chips


    IBM landed a major foundry deal expected to be worth over $100 million Wednesday, agreeing to manufacture the next generation of Nvidia’s GeForce graphics processors at its fab in East Fishkill, N.Y.

  • XMLTP Light: Another Web Services Protocol

    Linux Journal:

    XMLTP/L, or XMLTP Light, is a lightweight RPC protocol that uses XML to encode the stream of data. XMLTP/L has been designed to do fast RPC calls over an intranet, within an enterprise. More specifically, the first purpose of XMLTP/L is to forward transactions (RPCs) to a database server. But, it also can be used to do method calls to any server that follows the common RPC technique introduced by XML-RPC and older client/server protocols.

    I’m torn between wanting to know more and being horrified about YAWSP (Yet Another Web Services Protocol).  It looks like it has its uses though,

  • Mexico to Abolish Public Domain


    Is promoting Hollywood really what the Mexican Congress is for?

  • Moving from Access to MySQL

    Derek Willis:

    Paul DuBois has an article on migrating from MS Access to MySQL, complete with links to other resources, including a script that helps export Access files for replication in MySQL. DuBois, who wrote a MySQL book, has a collection of similar articles. (via Sanjay’s Coding Tips)

    Cool.  Thanks for the tip, Derek.

  • Zen Lenses

    NewsFactor via Roland Piquepaille:

    The creation of an unusual flat lens may finally resolve a long-running controversy about the existence of materials that have metaphysical qualities — so-called “metamaterials” — that transcend the laws of nature.

    Roland also got the article up on Slashdot.

  • Why Feedster Rocks

    Rick Klau:

    Set up Feedster queries for you, your clients, your competitors, your friends… you get the idea. If anyone is talking about things that matter to you on a weblog somewhere, you’ll know about it. Within the hour.

  • Not Getting Ripped Off: Priceless

    My friend Mike puts it best:

    We did a Ctrl+Alt+Del on Matt’s car 😀

    We got the OBD-2 connection to work on my car this evening.  We plugged an old P75 laptop into my 98 Golf, and whadda you know, the check engine light was due to a misfire in Cyl 2 a few days ago.  (I remember it now, I went into second right after starting the car while going up the hill, it was a mistake)  Mike cleared the error, we ran diagnostics again, error gone.

    I’m glad I didn’t have to pay the dealer to find that out.

  • Red Hat 9 (Shrike) Preview


    I installed Red Hat Linux 9 (Shrike) to see what has changed between it and the previous major version of Red Hat (8.0). The article features some installation screenshots and of course some post-install screenshots showing Bluecurve in Gnome and KDE (more shots here), user experience and discussion of whether you should upgrade or not.

  • Bluetooth Under Linux

    BlueZ is a Bluetooth stack for Linux.  The list of supported devices includes several lower cost USB models (in the sub-$50 range).  I’m not sure what Bluetooth support might be baked into the kernel or OS itself, but Marcel Holtmann’s Bluetooth and Linux site has gobs of info.

    I don’t exactly remember why, but Kenneth got me on that tangent.

  • Adobe Prefers PCs?


    Adobe put a page up (named ‘pcpreferred.html’) stating that the PC is preffered to run Adobe products. Adobe, along with Quark and Macromedia, are the long standing allies to Apple, offering the most important products that literally drive Mac sales in the Pro market. For historical reasons mostly, it is now of surprise to see Adobe openly verifying and backing up Digital Producer Magazine’s benchmarks and recommending PCs instead of Macs to their customers (even if PCs have indeed overtake Macs speed-wise the last 1-2 years). This is a blow for Apple, sales and marketing-wise and we will wait for a reaction from Apple towards Adobe.

  • Red Hat 9 Release Date

    Slashdot notes that Red Hat 9 will be released to paying customers on March 31st and the general public April 7.

  • Linux on Centrino


    Although the Linux support software for Centrino is working at Intel’s labs, it hasn’t been fully tested and full completion of the project hinges on the timing of requirements from computer makers, company spokesman Scott McLaughlin said Monday.


    Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel hasn’t yet decided whether to release its Linux work for Centrino as open-source software, McLaughlin said.

    Message to Intel: Submit a patch to the kernel and please please please release your other drivers as open source.  The flavor isn’t as important as people think.  Just make sure that it’s some sort of free and get it out there.  You’ll thank yourselves later.

  • Web Services Security

    JavaWorld via Java-Channel:

    Security is important for any kind of distributed computing environment. For Web services environments, security is becoming even more important due to Web services’ unique characteristics. In this article, Sang Shin discusses these characteristics and explains why Web services need a different set of security schemes. He then examines the various Web services security schemes being designed and implemented by the industry. These new schemes are expected to accelerate the adoption of Web services, especially in the business community, where security is always a top priority.

  • Upcoming Cool Stuff in PHP5


    Via Simon, there’s a slideshow of what’s new in PHP 5. Unfortunately, the server is super slow right now (the slideshow one, not Simon’s), so you may have trouble getting to the slideshow. Lots of interesting stuff.

  • Happy Uptime


    Today it’s been 365 days since I last rebooted the machine that hosts this site.

    Linux Rocks.


  • Filtering Out War

    Scott Johson:

    If you go to, you can now choose to Include / Exclude / Only search about the war.  Here’s what it looks like:

    War Filter

    Thanks, Scott.