Day: June 19, 2003

  • Openwave to Cut 180 Jobs

    This just in from CNet:

    Openwave Systems, a maker of cell phone browsers and messaging products, said Thursday that it plans to cut another 12 percent of its work force in an effort to make a quicker return to profitability.

    Ouch.  I know that Openwave powers most of the WML 1.x browsers, at least here in the US.  The current trends is towards WAP 2.0 and XHTML mobile profile.  I’m not sure if Openwave is positioned to take advantage of this shift.

    They do have a secret project that is burning through resources, so perhaps they have something up their sleeve.


    Ed Cone reports on the recent NASCAR announcement.  As a casual NASCAR fan, it’s no longer NASCAR to me if they change the Winston Cup to the NEXTEL Cup.

    I’m sure I’ll forget about it soon enough, but NASCAR without the Winston Cup doesn’t seem worth watching or racing.

    (The above is a mini-rant.  It’s really not a big deal.  I’ll get over it)

  • Hearing RMS Speak Tonight

    I’m leaving work early this evening to hear Richard Stallman speak at George Washington University.

    Hopefully I won’t get lost.  I’ll be bringing my camera and a notebook.

    Update: Mental note: double check your dates before you drive to DC.

  • Email Back

    My old standby email address is working again, sorry if mail bounced in the meantime.

  • Brett Morgan Signs Off as I Ponder my Blogging Future

    Brett Morgan:

    If I don’t get around to firing up this software again before it expires, I’d just like to say bye bye.

    Wow, has it been a year already?  I’ve only got 16 days left on my serial number.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to renew my Radio license or if I’m going to look for other blogging solutions.  I’ve tested out Movable Type but it doesn’t feel quite right yet.  I either need to find a good blogging client or find some other ways to tweak it to my liking.

    Radio’s aggregator would be hard to loose.  It might be worth $40 a year just for that.

    I’ve also been considering Blosxom, Blojsom, and many other blogging packages.  Nothing has jumped out at me yet.  As always, I’ll keep you posted.

  • Producing a WAP/WML Index in Movable Type

    Ewan at SymbianDiaries has a nice tutorial on producing a WAP/WML index for a Movable Type weblog by adding a simple template.

  • Is Your USB 2.0 Device Really a 1.1 Device?

    USB Hi-Speed Slashdot posted a story earlier this evening that sounds like a major loss for the consumer:

    According to this Bangkok Post article, in December the USB Forum renamed USB 1.1 to USB 2, and USB 2 stayed as USB 2. They did this because consumers were demanding that the computers they buy have USB2 on board. The story also claims that both Sony & toshiba have released laptops with the USB2 that is really USB1.1. This was the first I had heard of this and the article said the change took place in December, has the USB Forum really been able to pull a fast one on us?

    The USB Forum site doesn’t seem to mention USB1.1 at all.  If this reporting is corrent, the move is confusing at best and blantant misdirection at the worst.

  • Jumpdrive: Source Code In My Pocket

    JumpDriveI was excited earlier when I found out that I could get Win98 drivers for my new JumpDrive.  A little background: I recently picked up a 128MB version (yeah, it’s purple) at my local Micro Center last week.  It’s more fun than useful at this point, but this evening I discovered that IT WORKS PERFECTLY WITH LINUX.

    Things sounded good when I read this post on Everything USB, but it really was this easy:

    mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/jump

    This has now become about 100% more useful, as it can now travel back and forth between all of the machines that I use on a regular basis.  It is now traveling back and forth between Windows 98, 2000, XP, and Linux.  That’s pretty darn cool.

    So now I’ve got source code in my pocket.


    Erik asked me how I like it, and that reminded me of a few things.  First off, I bought this particular device because it was really cheap.  It was $30US after rebates, only one of which was mail-in.  I only have one complaint so far: the little clip that covers the USB port is only held on with friction, and it likes to come off.  It can connect to a keychain, but I think that the plastic and the cover wouldn’t hold up to the abuse that they would get on my keychain.

    Alll in all I’m quite happy, though if it were on sale, I would suggest a more rugged version.