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Archive for April, 2002

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.NET: Microsoft’s Enterprise Ticket?: “In practice, CORBA never reached the critical mass that XML is achieving, thanks to XML’s inherent simplicity and to the rich assortment of off-the-shelf tools that can, as a result, support it.”

Stuctured text

Haiku as a medium for the fast-paced world we live in? Serge Tomé seems to think so…

Space

Apparently, the second space tourist, South African Mark Shuttleworth, has been something of a hero in the PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) world.

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Apple and the Mac

Apple Computer Inc. continues to amaze, if only by releasing the new eMac to educational customers only. At the same time, there’s a fast new Powerbook G4 as well: 800 Mhz is more than just nice…

Software Development

Matthew Stephens is running a bizarre website called Software Reality.

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I’ve updated quite a lot of pages of this log, by adding the “Previous” and “Next” links to facilitate navigation through the site. I hope you will like and use them!

Sidebar: Going through all these pages, I got a few surprises. One of them: I should have known before April 26 that Dave Winer is not a Zionist (cf. /2001/09/28/nukleos-weblog-102/ ).

I’m also putting a link to the Electronic Intifada site (electronicintifada.net) in the navigation bar on the right. I’m not ready to swear by every word they write, but I do know that this side of the story is insufficiently heard by a lot of people and politicians. Why not read this Debunking 6 common Israeli myths for starters? By the way: yes, I’m aware of the fact that this page does not have many readers – does that matter?

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Blogging through Jini: 2Blog even uses a USB keyhanger with a few megabytes of memory to go around the world. Goes to show that Jini is about web services, too, although it does not use XML-based RPC.

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In september 2001, the US of A – or at least that part of it that we heard here in Europe – were adamant that they had “the right” to fight terrorism, and that they had the right to choose the place and the way to do that. This meant a golden opportunity for Israels PM Sharon to do the same thing in Palestine… Luckily, some Americans – Jews and others – have managed to shed the irrationalism and nationalism of the post-9-11 days, and are beginning to see that Sharon must go. IMO, Sharon is still fighting his wars from the past, he is not leading Israel to a peaceful future without terror. Let’s hope that America’s top brass will see that too!

Anything is better than having a self-proclaimed “atheist Jewish” politician declare himself to be almost ready to work with an extremist right-wing party – a party that upholds the belief that almost no Jews were slaughtered in the Second World War, that Germany should have won the war, and more revisionist and fascist stuff.

Just by coincidence, I saw the movie “The Siege” (dating from 1998) on TV tonight. The plot must have looked like science fiction just a few years ago, but it could be tomorrows news cast. Chilling? Indeed!

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If you’re developing Java software for Mac OS X, you have to read this Apple Technote about Java Runtime Properties for Mac OS X.

A game as an example for good development practice: it’s not a new concept, of course. But Tetris meets the Java Bean and might end up on a Java-based cell phone…

A significant analysis? I don’t know, I did not follow the case. But Feel my pain! – mapping the mind of chairman Bill is a worthwhile read.

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Mac OS X

Mac Net Journal contains many interesting articles and comments for Mac OS X aficionados.

Or you might want to Dive Into OS X

Software for OS X by Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme. Software from a company with a alluring name: Late Night Software Ltd..

XML, XML-RPC and SOAP

I’m intrigued by the xmlStorageSystem. Being able to store documents as XML can be very useful – but how about performance when you have a lot of requests to process?

Fun

Let me classify this under “fun”, even when it leaves a yukky aftertaste: Apple Deals with Devil, Communists (slashdot.org).

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Goodies

Still a bit too thick for my liking, but intriguingly close to one of my dream toys: OQO – Ultrapersonal Computing. Of course, what it certainly misses is a good operating system…

Mac OS X

Another resource for Applescript developers: Studio Log: Script Snippets.

You might want to apply these instructions to get rid of a unwanted e-mail on your Mac: Free Spam Filtering for Mac OS X: How To Do It. No need to fear the Unix command line!

Java

On 2002-03-03, I wrote about quality assurance software for Java development. Here’s another one: JQA – and it’s quite affordable, too.

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Weblogs and Wiki’s

Interesting, and yet “déja vu”: Why RTFM Won’t Work: Documentation as Narrative. I mean “déja vu” as in: “well, of course, documentation is narrative by nature – that’s not a new thought”. Does a tool like Radio Userland (or any other tool) help you write good documentation? Nah, don’t think so. Can it help a group of people, when they are trying to collaborate and write better documentation? You bet!

(Just a thought: when I was discovering computers and software tools, my first question was always: “What does it do?”. These days, I care about what “it” will allow me to do…)

0xDECAFBAD is a website that combines a four tools, including a Wiki, to create a blog and more (according to Dave Winer). And even then, this guy is wondering whether to write his own tools

iPod

As far as I can tell, Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod is becoming more and more attractive: it’s a fast portable Firewire harddisk with MP3 playback. Check out this example, along with all the tools to take take your contact lists etc. along as well. Please Apple, make me a 40MB version!

Java

Java Developer Journal pointed me to Jdiff. Jdiff allows you to compare two versions of a Java API – comments included. Looks quite useful if your developing in and/or for large teams.

Back to reality

An excellent one-liner by Hanan Cohen: “Look outside the window. The graphics are amazing.”

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Web development: PHP and Java

Combine PHP with Java: read this article on DevShed to see your escape from JSP…

Java in detail

Extended Static Checking for Java is a very interesting research project at Compaq. Java Pathfinder goes towards at least partially similar goals: check for (programming and other) errors in Java code.

The Internet is International !

Sites like Hoehel and Goegel prove that the Internet is truly an international medium ;-)

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No, it wasn’t “blog silence” – I just went on a holiday trip with the whole family. Yes, the holiday was great: fine weather, excellent hotel, and happy wife and kids. Computers? Didn’t see any for a week – without ill effects!

Just took the time today to catch up with some e-mail and read Dan Bricklin’s report on riding a Segway.

Humour?

Still funny: BSOD.

Mac OS X and Java

Of course, Web Start isn’t new, but this Mac OS X Hints story shows that it’s alive on Mac OS X as well.

System management

s l a m might prove to be a worthwhile site in a few months – if the author can keep his promises…

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Go read them for yourself: Electronic Intifada Diaries.

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Oops: High-profile anti-Unix site runs Unix (the site is sponsored by…. right: Microsoft). Update (2002-04-03 20h00 GMT): I don’t think a Unix crash explains the fact that the site in question is down!

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Mac OS X

Unexpected, because of the IBM logo on the homepage, but true nevertheless: there is some great Mac OS X software to be found on the site of Marcel Bresink Software Systeme.

If you need it, this could be a life saver: Mac OS X software like ‘monolingual’ that allows you to get rid of all the language resources you don’t need…

Photography

Waterlogged Camera Turns Magic – but I’m not throwing mine into the bath! Or this just a prank?

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