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Archive for October, 2004

NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-10-31

Grade A For A9. I have started to explore the A9 universe. It’s a very interesting experience, and not just because A9 allows you to keep your bookmarks on the Internet, amongst other things. I was impressed with the ergonomics of the editing functions – we all know (hah!) that a browser page is not exactly the place to look for fluid editing and drag-and-drop, but A9 is doing a great job!

[Update 2010-11-11: A9 no longer does what what it did 6 years ago…]

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-10-30

The Indymedia Affair Continues. I have found some more details and comments on the Inymedia server seizure on the German magazine Telepolis, and – through Telepolis – in the blog of a UK Member of Parliament. As noted by one of the commentators, if the UK authorities were not involved in the affair, the real question is: why not?. Were they not informed? Did they fail to act? Or are they refusing to disclose their involvement?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-10-29

Of Course. Setting an explicit locale to start the Pebble Deskblog solves the problem I had yesterday. Something like this does the trick without a hitch:

java -jar -Duser.language=en -Duser.country=US pebble-deskblog.jar

Nostalgia? I have used Norton Commander for many years, but that was a decade ago. A NC look-a-like, specifically the one called muCommander, can be quite handy at times. And this particular tool runs on Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and more – even on Windows!

 

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No Bug In Pebble! So here I am, using the Pebble Deskblog – installed on a USB memory stick – on a Mac (OS X) as well as a PC running Windows2000. That works great – until my first entry in the month october. The PC (at work) is configured as a “belgian” machine when it comes to dates, whereas Pebble on my Mac (or should I say: the JVM?) refuses to parse dates like “15 okt 2004…”. I haven’t investigated the source code, but that seems to be a i18n problem – and it’s a bug to my way of working with Pebble.

Well, I had to know, so I wrote a teensy program to output the locale info, and guess what? On the Mac, Java is speaking English (‘en’), and my PC at work wants Dutch (‘nl’). Methinks it’s not a bug – but I’ll have to add a single locale specification to all my startup scripts, so that all the blog entries in Pebble are always recognized correctly… The ‘-D’ option should do that.

Rumor: 1, Wish: 0. Apple Computer Inc. did not listen to my wish, but at least they do offer the iPod Photo! And since a simple presentation can be saved as a series of JPEG’s, I can see this little machine pop up in professional setups as well…

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Repeat After Me: Open Source Is Good – Even For Microsoft. The October 2004 issue of Microsofts MSDN Magazine contains an article on Unit Testing using so-called “mock objects”. Funny how the Microsoftian editors seem unable to write and speak the words “open source”: NMock is called a “publicly available dynamic mock object library”, and there’s no mention of the BSD license…

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For CSS Beginners (Like Me): “Web Design from Scratch‘ is a practical training course in web design for everyone interested in creating effective web pages“. Runs on Coldfusion, too.

Mania Indeed. “I’m a mac junkie. I collect the machines that I once longed for but as a kid couldn’t afford, and somehow managed to accrue over fifty macs. They’re my hobby and my obsession“, says danamania, proceeding to install Mac OS X on a Mac Centris 60 from the year 1993 or 1994…

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An Interesting Story. It’s not that often that you can follow the development of a web application from scratch (excepting whitepapers from software development software vendors, of course). That makes Jonathan Snook’s story all the more interesting. I haven’t read all currently published stories and comments yet, but I’m sure to disagree with Jonathan on more than one point – which is quite useful, because it will force me to make my on ideas and/or choices more explicit (and possibly change them after doing so!).

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Computing History. OK, so I’m a bit late to signal this event, but I have a good excuse: I was away for the weekend, starting friday noon! “To understand why UCSD Pascal was important, you have to transport yourself back to the time before computers were on every desk, before tiny, powerful chips and cheap memory existed: and that means back to 1974, as Christine Foster describes in her article UCSD Pascal and the PC Revolution. To celebrate those 30 years, the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD hosted a Pascal Reunion on October 22nd, 2004.

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More Blogger Stuff. Owen has written an extensive (but incomplete – Pebble is missing!) Blog Software Breakdown. His personal choice, and the reasons behind it, is documented as well: Blogware Choice. Good reading, if only because it makes you think about your own choice.

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Fly. If you care about graphical design and CSS, have a look at Design In-Flight – at USD 10.00 per year it looks very much like a winner!

It’s Time To Move On…Browse Happy!

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-10-20

Gagh. Yup, it must have been a Klingon who wrote this: “Due to a sports accident, the doctor has immobilized my food today until next Monday“. Seriously now: I would have expected a cook to do so, but hey… a bit of give and take hasn’t harmed anyone, is it?

I have added a few links to the One-liners page…

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Talking About Computational Power. Impressive: “MathLink for AppleScript combines the power of Mathematica and AppleScript. It is very simple: call Mathematica from AppleScript and vice versa”.

(Updated on 2004-10-20 in the early hours)
Happy AnniversaryOpenStep: you API was published exactly 10 years ago. Rich Burridge’s Weblog has a few lesser known details about what followed during the implementation of that API…

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-10-18

Imaginary Monster Used To Frighten Children? A Source Of Concern? That’s more like it, although the seriousness of the voting “bugaboo” in the USA, and in Florida in particular, should not be underestimated. If a single party (any single party!) gets its hands on the complete voting process, as seems to be increasingly the case in some American states, then there are nothing but losers, with democracy itself the first and largest loser. And after that, what else can you lose?

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Wiki PlusPlus. Read a little documentation about DokuWiki. I was pleasantly surprised to see interesting features integrated in a Wiki. Especially interesting are the “section editing” and the corresponding automatically generated tables of content, the “namespaces” for categorisation of content, and “syntax coloring” on code sections. I suppose JSPWiki could be made to jump through the same hoops….

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Let’s Talk CMS. I wonder what the Cocoon gang is going to say about Jeffrey Veen’s views on “Making A Better Open Source CMS“. Let’s admit it, he’s making a few very good points – and he’s funny too: “The last system I evaluated had something called “mambots” which, to me, sounded like robotic assistance for breast feeding…”

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