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Archive for May, 2004

Cultivated. A blog to follow closely if you like what Wired (Site and Magazine) write about the Mac: The Cult of Mac Blog

KiKouka has a nice blog that talks about Macs and New Zealand and other stuff.

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An Interesting ExperienceTables vs. CSS – A match to the death. Sergio’s blog seems worthwhile in itself, too… trythis comic to get a feeling of his humour!

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Back To The FutureTest Drive A Macintosh … using System 7.

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Working With XML: The “the little-known XMLHttpRequest object” is on its way to become a mainstream player.

Working With XML (bis)How to Reduce the Burden on Web Designers.

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kurf’uful? Did you know the word kerfuffle? Neither did I, until I read “Some Notes on the “Who wrote Linux” Kerfuffle, Release 1.5“, by the hand of Andrew Tanenbaum, the author of Minix. A very instructive text, offering insight into the history of Minix and Linux as well as into the “mission” of the President of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (no, the link isn’t worth mentioning here).

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Rats! During the weekend, which we spent with family in the Ardennes, my digital camera (a Nikon Coopix 885) broke down: extreme over-exposure on every picture leaves nothing but white blobs on a poisonous green background. Even worse: my local retailer tells me the repair will cost about 170 € – for what may well be a software bug! Software is not cheap, indeed…

Not Just Chitchat. “The simple truth is, many organizations may need plogs to discover their own simple truths about how well (or how poorly) their projects are going“. FYI: a “plog” is just a “project blog”.

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Oh Boy. I received an invitation from Sun Microsystems, to cast a vote in the Java Masters 2004 competition, where Java programmers get to show what they can achieve on a mobile-phone-with-Java platform from Siemens. I was very, very, very disappointed. Not because the quality of the competition entries was low, but because all of the ten finalists are games! Mind you, I have nothing against games – I have been known to play them myself. But come on, Sun, you should know that you need more than games to prove that Java is worth something! Or are you ready to admit that Microsoft got the best part of the recent deal between you two?

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Surprising? Yes.At some point in the next few months, there will be an open source release of the Frontier kernel“. Smart? Time will tell… I do remember Frontier with fondness, though, since it was the first “content management system” that I worked with (programmed in, even), way back in the late 1980’s…

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-05-18

Elections In Belgium. European and regional elections are coming up in Belgium, so it’s time (actually, it’s too late) to pose the question: is electronic voting safe? Let’s see:

  • Here’s an association that want to see a (much) better system before agreeing with the principle of electronic voting:“Pour une Ethique du Vote Electronique (French and Dutch)”
  • The “Association Electronique Libre” has collected a few links about the subject: Electronic Voting (English)
  • aFront (a rather discrete firm, if it is a firm) has taken a look at the source code of the voting programs – and they’re not too happy about it

So I guess there’s only one thing left to do: let’s build (continue to build?) a Free, Open Source solution for electronic voting. Any takers? Or does that solution already exist?

Counting Votes. According to Heise Online, my favorite IT news aggregator, there is already a serious OS solution for what happens after the vote itself: Europawahl mit Open Source will happen in Germany.

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Working With XMLHow to Reduce the Burden on Web Designers – not that they can’t take anything, of course, but it’s best to let everybody do what they can do best (is that a bad sentence, or what?).

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OS X On Your PC? Can Do. Just use PearPC (from the Heise NewsTicker).

Looking GoodForwarding Address: OS X has a new look since May 9th, and I like it a lot – it’s simple and clear, yet sophisticated. That shows you hat a little attention to detail can do. Update: it’s a Blogger.com template called “Tic Tac Blue”, if I’m not mistaken. Not a TABLE in sight: a great job!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-05-15

It Pays To Use Your Head. Or at least use your eyes to read Derrick Story’s article on Digital Photography Hacks: for really steady shots, try using your foot instead.

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Show Me!. This is what’s missing from many open source projects: a good introduction like this one for Tapestry.

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Another Aha MomentMo’ Better Blogging With Newton.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-05-11

Better Learn This By Heart. (Christian) bigotry is not new, of course – but it’s not always simple to explain why bigotry (and by extension any literal interpretation of the Bible) are not exactly your best guide on the way to a moral life. So you had better read a bit of satire worthy of Swift Himself! to be armed. Oh, and if you can point me to similar exposés for other religions (even if they’re not as funny) I’ll be happy to mention those as well.

[[ Update 2010-08-29: I hve replaced the original link << http://www.gulliver.cc/opinion/laura-letter.htm >> with one that is probably/hopefully  more resistant to link rot. But that new link fails to explain the connection with Swift, of course, hence this note. ]]

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