Month: April 2003

  • JEP-0072: SOAP Over Jabber

    I didn’t catch this when it was released back in Feb, but JEP-0072, currently labeled ‘experimental’ outlines how to send SOAP messages over Jabber.  Jabber::RPC, an XML-RPC over Jabber module for Perl has been around for some time.

    Yet another thing to keep an eye on.

  • Radio Userland KickStart

    Cool, Rogers Cadenhead is working on a Radio book:

    Now that the book has been announced by the publisher, I can finally start talking about what I’ve been working on lately: Radio UserLand Kick Start will be published this summer by Sams Publishing.

  • Union Break

    There’s a first.  My main XP box decided to reboot as soon as I hit the ‘post’ button.


  • Loud

    Mikel Maron:

    Timo Maas, you are almost forgiven for destroying my hearing last weekend, with the hardest set I’ve heard in San Francisco.

    Wow.  That’s excellent.  After picking up Loud, I’ve wanted to see him live.

  • Damn Small Linux

    Damn Small Linux is a great name for a compact, business card sized (~50MB) Linux distro.  It is derived from Knoppix and features about as usable an X desktop as you could expect in 50 megs.  Lots of minimalistic goodness.

  • Mainstream Media Lagging Behind

    For those keeping score, Lessig bet his job on anti-spam legislationon in his blog January 1, 2003.  The mainstream tech media (Infoworld, ZDNet, PCWorld/IDG) noticed a few days ago, a time delay of almost four months.

  • Compile on Xeon, Run on Opteron

    The Inquirer:

    One integrator told the INQ today: “The Intel compilers are by far the best for optimising X86 but of course do not recognise an AMD Opteron.”

    He continued: “The Opteron has SSE2 support, but to get a binary calling SSE2 one has to compile the binary on a Xeon machine. Move the binary over to the Opteron box and it flies.” Further – the integrator, who sells Intel server machines too, he claimed that the SMP performance is excellent on the Opteron platform. He said: “Typical SMP benchmarks in HPC show about a 30% gain with 2 CPUs over one on a Xeon/P4 platform. The same tests on Opteron show an 80% gain”.

    Cross-compiling: It’s not just for the embedded market anymore.

  • Loosely Coupled and Package Tracking with Web Services

    My copy of Loosely Coupled has started its trek across the country.  Thus begins the tradition of stalking (er, tracking) of my shipment as it meanders about.

    Every time I track a shipment from the UPS or FedEx website, I wish that there were an official SOAP or XML-RPC interface to the data.  An open-to-the-public interface directly to the data.  I found two SOAP interfaces from xmethods: FedEx Tracker [WSDL] and UPS Online Tracking Web Service [WSDL].  These are both third party implementations that no doubt take in your information, call out to the UPS/FedEx www tracking page, parse what comes back, and send it back to you.

    I’d really like to point a client directly to some WSDL at either or  Until that happens, tracking packages via web services is just there for the “cool” factor.

  • PHP 4.3.2RC2

    From the PHP QA Team:

    PHP 4.3.2RC2 has been released. This is the second release candidate and should have no critical problems/bugs. Nevertheless, please download and test it as much as possible on real-life applications to uncover any remaining issues.

  • Applied XML DevCon

    Chris Sells is at it again, this time with The Applied XML DevCon, tentatively scheduled for July 10-11 somewhere near Portland.


    It looks like Chris will be keepin’ it real, even after taking the red pill:

    BTW, just because I’m a Microsoft employee now, doesn’t mean that I plan on taking away what’s great about the DevCon, including cross-industry and cross-platform coverage. The only thing that’s different it’s that I’ve found a sponsor willing to pick up more of the cost (like my pay for the rest of the year : ). What that means is that I hope to keep costs at or below their traditional DevCon levels while adding some things we’ve never had before, like wireless access during the sessions to drive your blog readers mad w/ envy.

  • Terabyte Linux Server Under Eight Grand

    Via NewsForge, ServerWatch took a look at the $7,389 Pogo Linux StorageWare 3800:

    The Pogo Linux StorageWare 3800 has the usual basics: a dual processor Xeon Super Micro X5DP8-GL motherboard with up to eight GB of RAM, a 40G boot disk, Red Hat Linux 8.0, two built-in 10/100 Ethernet connections, and dual power supplies in a 3u chassis. But it also has something unusual — in addition to the boot drive, the 3800 has eight 203.9G ATA hard drives attached to a 3Ware RAID controller in a RAID5 configuration, with a formatted capacity of a little over 1.2 terabytes (1.4 TB raw).

  • Apple Roundup

    Gizmodo notes that Apple’s new iPods are thinner but not come in 15 and 30GB models.

    MacCentral also reports on the release of iTurnes 4 and Quicktime 6.2.

    The Apple Music Store is now open.

  • What’s a Weblog?

    Scoble had a laugh out loud exit interview.

  • Heading Out the Door

  • Loosly Coupled

    I ordered up Doug Kaye’s new book from NerdBooks this afternoon.  I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.

  • Userland Trackback

    Dave Winer:

    In progress: Trackback in the UserLand Environment.

    Thank you!  It looks like an implementation for Manila will ship first, with Radio support coming later.

  • Python 2.3b1

    Guido on Sourceforge:

    Python 2.3b1 was released today (April 25th). Download it from Final release expected in two months!

    Perhaps now would be the time to start playing.

  • Only Slightly Less Confusing


    An interview with an anonymous Mozilla developer put forward the idea that the names “Firebird” and “Thunderbird” were for internal use only. This has since been verified by Mozilla developer Christopher Blizzard. The Mozilla Application Suite will continue to be known as “Seamonkey” internally. The new Web browser and e-mail client will be known as “Mozilla Firebird” and “Mozilla Thunderbird” respectively until the 1.4 release, after which they will become “Mozilla Browser” and “Mozilla Mail”.

    The interview is worth reading.  It seems to show that there is even a little confusion in the Mozilla development community.  It looks like things are on track to become less confusing in the long run, but I don’t quite buy the excuse of “it’s just an intermal project name.”

  • QOTD: Judicial Style

    Overheard outside a courtroom:

    “He couldn’t outrun the helicopter.”

  • Spaces Beta Released

    Diego pushed out the beta of Spaces today, now under the company name of clevercactus.  Congrats, Diego.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to fiddle around with Spaces, but my early early alpha experience was quite enjoyable.