Month: August 2003

  • YAR: Yet Another Roundup

  • AMD Has Its Next Duron

    El Reg:

    AMD will shortly ship a new low-end processor, codenamed ‘Appalbred’, the successor to the Duron.

  • MySQL 4.x Dubbed “Production Ready”

    MySQL AB:

    SEATTLE, Wash. – (March 25, 2003) – MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular Open Source database, today announced that the MySQL™ database version 4.0 has been labeled “production,” indicating that it is ready for any MySQL deployment. To reach production status, MySQL software must pass a series of rigorous tests with no fatal bugs and then undergo “battle-testing” in live environments for a minimum of three months. Starting with the newest release, 4.0.12, MySQL version 4.0 is now the standard code base for all MySQL database downloads.

  • LuPy Released

    LuPy, a python port of Jakarta Lucene, is out with minor changes:

    Some minor changes were made for Python 2.3, although a couple of warnings about bit operations remain. This release breaks some code: field.Keyword() must now be used instead of field.Field.Keyword(). If you are using the Indexer wrapper, searches are now more accurate because the query is tokenized first.

  • Tendra in OpenBSD

    OpenBSD Journal notes that Tendra (an open source BSD-licensed C compiler) is now in the OpenBSD ports tree.

  • What’s New in Python 2.4

    Garth Kidd:

    Already out: AMK’s What’s New in Python 2.4.

    That was quick.  Luckily the only real content in there is a minor tweak in curses.

  • Palmspring’s New Name


    In preparation for its split into two separate companies, Palm has come up with a name for its new, hardware-only self: PalmOne.

    It looks a lot more like pa1mOne from here.  And Russ had me thinking that they might have actually come up with something good…

  • Gnome 2.4 Beta & The Fork of the Week

    OSNews has two good stories this evening.  First off, they cover the Gnome 2.4 Beta announcement.

    They also cover the fork of the week: XFree86 has been forked into Xouvert.

  • Tech Evangelist and Worm Support

    I think it’s awesome that Scoble and other Microsoft employees are volunteering to help out at call centers in order to help customers get patched and protected from MSBlast.

    Talk about above and beyond.  Rock on.

  • wxBasic

    Via quick links from Keith and Les, wxBasic looks pretty cool.  Of course wxPython is already pretty darn powerful and easy.

  • Straw 0.19: Bugfix Release

    It’s nice to see a bugfix release of Straw, a Linux desktop aggregator, see the light of day.

  • Consumer Digital SLR Rumblings

    I can’t classify this as an official rumor, and I can reveal my source, but there are rumblings out there that Canon is going to announce internally that they are aiming for a Digital Rebel, a consumer-level (or prosumer) digital SLR camera targeting the sub-$1000 price range.

    If this is true, it could rock the camera industry.  I don’t know any more, but if I find anything out, you know that I’ll post it.  No, my information didn’t come from a website somewhere, but a person.  I just hope that they’re right.

  • Apache Newsletter #1

    The Apache Newsletter, a top-level “what’s going on” style newsletter, edited by Tetsuya Kitahata, is extremely informative.  Here’s a quick rundown:

    This newsletter is an excellent idea.  I don’t think I’ve seen so much information about the various Apache projects in one place before.  Hopefully the next newsletter will be even more informative!

    Quick request: an RSS feed, please.  I don’t need the complete text, I’d just like to know when the sucker updates.  Thanks to Ted Leung for the link.

  • More Than One Way To Skin A Cat


    Microsoft Corp. has pulled the Internet address in an effort to thwart an attack on its systems by computers infected with the Blaster worm, the company said Friday.

    MS: We’ll show that worm that we can beat it.  Let’s take our site down.

    Worm: Mission accomplished.

  • Apache Cocoon 2.1 Release


    The release of the long-awaited 2.1 version of Cocoon on August 13th marks the transition from a publishing-oriented XML/XSLT server engine towards a componentized XML-based web application development framework.

    The Cocoon news page has a little more information.  Keep an eye on Matthew Langham‘s blog, as he might have some more info in the near future.  Also be sure to be glued to the Cocoon Dev Blogs.

  • My Colocated Box Is Down Again

    My colo box has been down for most of the afternoon.

    It’s definately not my box, as has been unreachable most of the afternoon.

    I might swing by in the morning to see what’s up if it’s not fixed by then.

    Mail is bouncing, but at least I don’t have any production stuff on that box yet.

    Hopefully it’s a network outage and not a power outage, as I’d rather not loose my 70 or so days of uptime.

  • Most Reliable Web Hosts Still Run FreeBSD

    Netcraft has released this months list of most reliable web hosting companies.  Here are the top five: USWest, Cable & Wireless, Hypermart, Pair Networks, OLM.  FreeBSD is still king:

    Following June, when the top five hosting company sites with fewest failed requests were all running FreeBSD, FreeBSD is again disproportionately represented at the top of the table with five of the top 10 and seven of the top 13 sites running that operating system, but in other respects the Top 10 again come from all segments of the industry from shared hosting through to high end colocation services.

  • PocketFeed 0.6

    PocketFeed got a nice writeup at Pocket PC Thoughts.

  • New Itty Bitty Sony Cybershot DSC-U50

    DPReview lets loose a Sony press release about the DSC-U50:

    Sony has today announced the ultra-compact and stylish Cybershot DSC-U50. This $250 compact digital camera has a rotating lens element with a fixed focal length lens and a two megapixel CCD. The DSC-U50 is the first Sony Cybershot to record images to the smaller MemoryStick Duo format, so far only used on PDA’s and mobile phones. The press release also makes note of a new ‘Memory Stick Duo Pro’, something we’ve not heard of before.

    I’m not sure how tiny it is, but I’m an extremely happy user of the DSC-U20, and it’ll have to be microscopic for me to think about picking it up.  It does take the Memory Stick Duo format, which means that it has the potential to by tiny!

  • Roundup: I’d Rather Be Whistling In The Dark


    There’s only one thing that I know how to do well
    And I’ve often been told that you only can do
    What you know how to do well
    And that’s be you,
    Be what you’re like,
    Be like yourself,
    And so I’m having a wonderful time
    But I’d rather be whistling in the dark

    And on that note, cue the roundup:

    • Via Hack the Planet, RFCola: “We describe a market mechanism for providing incentive for the review of IETF documents. Reviewers would be “paid” by the IESG to for their reviews. In turn, document authors would need to “pay” the IESG to take up their documents. This mechanism rewards reviewers for their reviews, thus (hopefully) increasing the quantity and quality of reviews.”
    • Guido Speaks at O’Reillynet: “Also I will have time carved out in my regular work week to work on Python. So I’m pretty hopeful that once the dust of the move has settled, say in mid-August or so, I will have enough time for Python.”
    • Rob Flickenger wonders exactly how secure your wireless network is.  I’ve got more to say on this, but I’ll save that for later.
    • Mono 0.26 is out.  New in this release is Cairo support, Corba remoting, and sports a managed XSLT engine.  This release also boosts Windows.Forms, compilation speeds, web services, and other goodies.  Scan the release notes for more.
    • Someone give Sean Bonner a job, mmkay?
    • This hot microbe can survive heat at 121 Celcius.  Wow!
    • Was it a lightning strike that cause the power outage?