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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-08-31

Apple Does It Again – reinvent a major product, I mean. Just look at it:

iMac G5

(Copy of a file from the Wikimedia Commons - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IMac_G5_Rev._A_front.jpg)

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-08-30

Going Olympic?The new champion is Ville Piippo“: 5th international Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship. I suppose an MP3 Player Throwing Championship is already being prepared, with a special section for iPod Throwers…

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Wicked And Challenging. “In terms of efficiency versus productivity, perhaps Wicket is to JSP as Java is to C“. Officially, it’s just “perhaps” – but to me it is clear that the authors/owners of this project want to get rid of JSP.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-08-25

Sign Of The Times. Athletes are still competing at the Olympic Games in Athens, so it is an ideal moment to mention JudoScript. JudoScript is… hard to define if, like me, you haven’t used it (yet). Try the excellent, on-site presentation (Flash player required – but that should not be a problem) or go get it and us it!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-08-24

Could Be Interesting: Grady Booch’s Handbook of Software Architecture – but I can’t get registered! All I see is a “General Error”, without any further explanation of what went wrong or why I can’t go on…

From Paper To The WebExploration Through Example is the blog of Brian Marick, technical editor of Better Software magazine – and that’s a most readable and useful magazine, even (or perhaps especially) for software developers!

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Why, Oh Why? Last week I had to unblock my father, today one of my best friends was the victim of spyware and a teensy virus on his PC. I’ll help them as best as I can, but why won’t they just buy a Mac and be a lot safer?

Basic Flash. No, it’s not about Macromedia’s Flash, it’s about Securing Key Chain Flash Drives or USB Sticks as I call them. And you can learn from this article even if you don’t have a Mac <grin>…

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Unofficial But Worthwhile. The Macromedia Benelux Blog can be found at WaldoSmeets.com.

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Reading Matter. The Internet has changed the way in which we communicate on a personal and a social level. The Internet was also a strong factor in the rise of the Open Source Software movement in it’s many forms. Tim O’Reilly writes about OSS in “The Open Source Paradigm Shift“, and it’s a piece well worth reading – I’ve just skimmed it, but it’s on my reading list for the next weekend!

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Back Home! Indeed, my iBook is back – at great cost, but I’m happy anyway. According to the bill, Apple has “only” replaced the screen (LCD); according to my calculations, two screens buys you a brand new iBook that’s twice as fast… <grinding-o-teeth />

The Internet Is Just Technology, says Wired: “That it transformed human communication is beyond dispute. But no more so than moveable type did in its day. Or the radio. Or television.“. Goodbye, “Internet”, and welcome, “internet”.

Plus Or Minus. Take a loyal Apple fan, add a bug and a blog, and voila: Apple Flunks First Grade Math. Do read the ensuing discussion, please, because there is lots of humour and mathematical insight in there… When you’re there, also take note of the beautiful web page design – great stuff, Mike!

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Hard Work. For the last few days, I have been developing a first test application with the Mach-II framework for Coldfusion. That means that I have been “forced” to think “event-based application” from beginning to end. Which turned out to be pretty hard to do, but at the same time it results in simple code, if your classes and Listeners are well defined. It’s also becoming clear that developments on this basis can go really fast, once you have a few example applications to guide you – after all, you don’t really want to reinvent the wheel all the time, or use “copy-paste” for even the most general functionalities?

Dirty Fingerprints are all over the Internet.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-08-18

Getting Sentimental. More than 25 years ago, I was the young but very proud owner of an Olympus OM-1 SLR camera. A splendid compact, reliable, and sturdy camera… I wonder what happened to it after I exchanged it for a Nikon F-50.

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“Dat Wordt Smullen”: that’s a dutch expression, something like “yummy” in english. I’m not certain whether “smullen” means the same thing in swedish, but Smultron is a tasty dish, that’s for sure. Smultron is a text editor for Mac OS X, and it has a few unique features: there’s an easy “code snippets” mechanism in the sidebar, “.Mac Sync” functions, and a few simple but handy text functions, like the suppression of “needless whitespace” and capitalisation. I’m not throwing SubEthaEdit away, but I’ll be using Smultron as well – if only for the snippets! The .Mac Sync is a feature that I’ld like to see in other applications as well – why can’t browsers like Safari use that on their bookmarks?

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Information Architecture, Information Design, Interaction Design, Interface Design: Here’s A Source Of informationBoxes and Arrowsis the definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape“. I’m not too fond of the term “definitive” in any context (I must be showing my age here!), but it is certainly a source of interesting literature about a subject that will take on larger and larger importance in our society, once we understand that hoarding gazillions of files is not enough in itself if we want their content to remain significant…

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Web Apps Are Hot. This time, it’s not the title (or the byline) that counts, it’s the content. Dave Shea’s blog entry is an excellent summary of a discussion that is bound to be remembered when the history of the twentyfirst century is written. “Personal” computers are here to stay, but that doesn’t mean that they will continue to contain all your personal data – we’ll have networked applications (servers) for that.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-08-13

I am not alone in my appreciation for both Macintosh computers and Nikon cameras – and that is how I found MacDigit (especially with the entry on August 11th, 2004).

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