It just gets better from here.
Day: August 5, 2003
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) plans to use more than 1,450 Dell Inc. servers in a powerful Linux supercomputer that will be used for everything from predicting the demise of the universe to discovering new drugs to keep you alive until that happens.
With all of the recent supercomputer news, it looks like the Top 500 list might have to be shuffled around a bit.
An open letter from Greg Stein as posted in The Inquirer:
The project (tentatively named “Apache Geronimo”) builds upon the many Java projects at the Apache Software Foundation. In addition, the project is bringing together leading members of the Castor, JBoss, MX4J and OpenEJB communities. We would like to extend an open invitation to everyone involved in the J2EE space, both commercial entities and talented individuals, to join the community and build a world-class J2EE implementation.
This struck my by suprise, but I haven’t been paying too close attention to J2EE rumblings as of late. It’s an excellent project to undertake, and I wish the Geronimo developers good luck.
There’s a bit of Mono news today:
Gonzalo rearchitected our Apache module for hosting Mono and ASP.NET. The previous incarnation hosted a Mono runtime on each Apache process, which lead to a slow setup for webforms. The new setup uses a shared mono process for all the incoming requests. Daniel later improved up the new architecture and added dual support, so now in addition to Apache 2.x, we support Apache 1.3 with the same codebase.
The new code is available via CVS. A new module, mod_mono is also available. Rock on, guys.
MySQL AB is going to rename SAP DB MaxDB:
MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced that it is re-branding the SAP DB database “MaxDB, which it will offer as a MySQL AB product beginning in Q4 2003. Through a technology and cross licensing partnership with SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced on May 27, 2003, MySQL AB has acquired full commercial rights to develop and market future releases of SAP DB, SAPs enterprise-level open source database. MaxDB by MySQL is targeted at large SAP R/3 environments and other applications that require maximum enterprise-level database functionality.
After rebranding issues are ironed out, there will be a MaxDB release with increased MySQL interop, which is “A Good Thing.”
Loudmouth is a lightweight and easy-to-use C library for programming with the Jabber protocol. It’s designed to be easy to get started with and yet extensible to let you do anything the Jabber protocol allows.
Last year, Powell directed his staff to take the steps needed to make the FCC one of the first federal agencies to provide public WiFi access. Visitors bringing their own hardware and software can use the service on the Twelfth Street, Courtyard, and Eighth Floor levels of the headquarters located at 445 12th Street, SW in Washington, D.C. The system uses the 802.11a and 802.11b protocols, commonly referred to as WiFi.
Hmm, I’ll have to head downtown and blog from the FCC. It will probably have to wait until I get back from Florida.
Imaging Resource has some information and a logo for the new Minolta/Konica company:
The color of the oval has been changed to a different shade of blue which has been dubbed “Innovation Blue”, with the five horizontal lines that “represent light and express the wide range of technical capabilities in the field of imaging” retained as-is. Minolta’s logo is sometimes shown with four lines currently, but only in smaller versions where we presume the fifth line makes it look too busy – the larger versions currently use five lines. Meanwhile, a new typeface with a clean, modern look underneath lists the name of the new company – Konica Minolta.
I honestly think that Konica got the shaft on the logo, as they had the cooler non-AT&T looking logo. It had color. The font doesn’t really thrill me either, but they obviously didn’t check with real people after designing the logo.
I just hope that a little bit of Konica shows through the merger, they were by far the more helpful and more understanding company to dealers. Their digital cameras have also been top notch and inexpensive.
Konica stopped making point and shoot film cameras this year. I really hope that this merger isn’t the end for Konica completely.