I have mentioned electronic books before, and I have been using my Palm to read several books – the Gutenberg Project (no not the one I referenced a few days ago, but the public collection of books formatted as simple text files) is a good starter for a lot of classics. And now there is a dutch site, ongebonden, that is offering several free short stories and novels. The site is serving a good cause as well, trying to bolster awareness for children’s rights.
Someday, when I have lots of free time, I am going to start writing a Java program to communicate with SOAP-RPC based tools like Manila/Frontier. I think I’ll start reading here: Jack Savin’s SOAP-RPC Interface for Manila . Unfortunately, since I have no free time (well at least not for another ten years or so), somebody will probably beat me to it.
Then again, maybe I don’t need Java to write such a program. Python could be just the thing one needs for this kind of job; I’ll better check out Python Scripting :Python, XML-RPC and SOAP. It’s a Scripting.com site, of course – and a sort of portal for everyone who want to use Python with SOAP.
On the subject of Mac OS X, I need to mention Open-sourcing the Apple. As a major FreeBSD developer, Jordan Hubberd is clearly impressed with all the Unix goodies Mac OS X delivers in its Public Beta release. But I hardly believe that Apple will take his advice for open-sourcing most of Mac OS X: after all, Apple has to survive as a company as well, and they won’t do that on hardware only…