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Archive for September, 2003

Ouch. Seems a bit harsh as an assessment tool: Assess Your Software Process Ignorance Quotient – but then again: why ignore all those tools that can really help you, if you use them correctly? But let me admit it: I do not score a perfect 10, but the ideal of zero is far away still… and at the same time, I’m not sure I want to attain that target – as usual, “context” is important!

“Mail Thinks This Message Is Junk Mail”, and so do I.

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Now Is What CountsWhat Makes a Blog a Blog?

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Collaboration Is Not Easy. Sure makes me feel OK to read that Word (or any other word processor) is considered harmful when looked at from a collaborative point of view: these tools and the documents they create were meant for a single author to get text on paper, nothing more. But as one of the commentators points out: But because of their non-hierarchical nature [Wiki’s are] terrible at outputting in the way we humans are accustomed to. And most people are fundamentally used to reading large quantities of text in hardcopy. Where’s the middle ground? We need a new kind of tool, and Wiki’s are just a first step in the right direction!

Haha! Who would have thought that BMW dealers have a sense of humour?

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As Always… it can be most interesting to put opinions and beliefs to the test. In IT, that inevitably means: benchmarks. Don Park has assembled a few links to studies (perhaps not recent enough for you) with sometimes surprising results… Remember: benchmarks do not tell the whole story, but they sure make you think again – and isn’t that important enough?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-25

Hilarious! Is it serious, or is it cynical: The Language Removal Services. Now just imagine the same thing with video images included…

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-24

The Thin Blog Line. Check out the Most Popular Blogs at Bloglines, and see a “web of trust” in the form of characters on a web page. It’s no coincidence that this list mixes news sites and personal blogs: technology (like RSS) is just the material that the web is built upon, but it’s the content (facts, stories, opninions, humour, and more) that determines the looks of the edifice. Random thought: This is one example of technology that did not need porn (sorry, “adult content”) to make it big – or is that yet to come? Of course, in a blog you’re supposed to contribute, not consume…

A Man With A Mission: “Michael Moore responds to the wacko attackos… (thanks for the link, Cory).

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-23

Murphy DetailedThe Fastest Man on Earth, a detailed series of articles about the birth of Murphy’s Law and the actors in that story. Great stuff, really!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-22

Sideline? The Cold War may be over, but the arms industry is not suffering to badly, thank you. Indeed, they have found new niches, in line with the technology trends of the last decennium: “The transfer of surveillance technology…” (concerning the Internet) “…from first to third world is now a lucrative sideline for the arms industry“, writes a report from Privacy International (http://www.privacyinternational.org) and GreenNet Educational Trust (http://www.greenneteducationaltrust.org.uk). The report has lots more to say, and most of it is highly critical of the current state of affairs concerning privacy and censorship on the Internet. Recommend reading if you stll think that the Internet is some sort of paradise…

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-21

Topical PhysicsHyperPhysicsis an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation“. It seems to me that this site could easily be expressed in a topic map!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-20

Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou! When dug was a kid (he) used to try and learn all the words – and I just remembered the Hou! etc. part from Plastic Bertrands song!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-18

Indeed: “We’ve come a long way since 1984“, writes John Gruber.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-17

Lovely. Just a clock

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XML To The Rescue? Janne Jalkanen is not happy with the MetaWeblogAPI. It’s obvious that he will have to invent the MetaWikiAPI, of course. Let me offer a hint about what it could be. I’ve been thinking about Wiki’s and some of their shortcomings lately. One thing I miss is a way to categorize posts, so that I could also have pages with a chronological view of all postings in a a particular category. Better yet: what I really want is a way to add multiple categories to a single post, and have a selection mechanism to search through them. As I’ve said before, other tools like Roller have a (partial) solution for my problem – but I really like JSPWiki. That got me thinking: how can you add categories to JSPWiki? If all wikipages were encoded in XML before writing them to disk (or to a database for that matter), adding any kind of metadata to a wikipage would be really easy – even versioning could be tackled that way (if you really wanted). And just think about how easy it would be to package a wikipage in a MetaWikiAPI…

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2003-09-15

Infoworld Loves Mac OS X. “Now, you might ask: What does this really have to do with enterprise IT? The answer is simple: I used the Mac running OS X to replace a PC client and Linux server; the level of functionality was raised; and I did more with less“, writes Chad Dickerson, CTO of Infoworld.

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Voila. I could not have said it better: Response to SCO’s Open Letter. BTW, Slashdot has more interesting links to this subject, including a very clear article from the Computer Business Review called “SCO Challenges the Open Source Community“.

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