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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-31

Remarkable Pictures coming from a mobile phone can be seen on the Image America site, where photographer Robert Clark shows what a professional can do with a non-professional camera. OK, so the show is sponsored by Sony-Ericsson, but it’s Robert taking the pictures – and they are good indeed!

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Nondisent les Français. It remains to be seen whether politicians in Europe are willing and capable of reading that resounding “No” to the proposed correctly… What I have seen, yesterday evening on the French television and today on Dutch television, does not raise my hope: telling the public that “the message is unclear, because the extreme right and the extreme left all voted together against Europe, Chirac and Raffarin” is a clear indication of political blindness and lack of willingness to have a democratic debate about what should be in a constitution – and about what should not be in it. After all, everyone says the nay-sayers fall in two camps: those that are against a united Europe, and those that want a united Europe – but a Europe with a heart and a caring soul. Well then: it should be sufficient to convince the latter camp (the others cannot be convinced by definition). Project “Europe” has, up until now, always been about “economics” – is it so strange that people clamour for a political constellation that is capable of restraining the excesses of unmoderated liberalisation and globalisation?

Anyway, while pondering the political debate of the day, you can a look at the Zoomquilt, a collaborative art project. Yup, Flash it is; and endless too.

And For Linux AficionadosGetting to know Puppy Linux (hey, I’m only mentioning this because of the cute name of the distribution concerned!).

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-29

Something Think About When Writing Constitutions. By sheer coincidence, I have just found this proposal from Nova Spivack to add “the separation of Corporation and State” to the American constitution. In his words: “Corporate influence on government, if not carefully regulated, is a threat to democracy [that] may not be as dramatic as terrorism, but in the long-term it may be far more damaging to society. Read the full text; even if you don’t agree with his ideas, you’ll find a lot of food for thought!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-28

Satire With A Message. The Organic Trade Association has made a great piece of Star Wars satire – with a good message to boot: Store Wars. And it’s funny too!

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I Didn’t Know They Were ComingZappa Plays Zappa – Tour de Frank or “Ahmet & Dweezil Present & Perform The Music Of Frank Zappa With Sternly Accomplished Special Guests & Other People“. This is a hard decision: on the one hand, I would love to hear Zappa’s music performed on stage; on the other hand I’m unfamiliar with the Zappa sons – and I don’t like the acoustics of the Belgium stage (Vorst Nationaal). Luckily for me the ticket sales haven’t started yet… or so it is being said in the press.

Write! If you live in Belgium and want to help the fight against European software patents, then go read Oproep aan het Europees Parlement: stop softwarepatenten! and act as you see fit.

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I Knew They Were ComingiMuffs Bluetooth headset for iPod and cellphone.

It Ain’t New… but as far as can tell, there are still people around (certainly in the Netherlands) who need the facts from this 2002 article: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-24

Let’s Face It: Mac’s Are Very Good. And I have to stories to prove it (again!):

I wonder: how will my friend and neighbour (who works at Microsoft) react to this?

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And The Worst Part Of It Is… that there is probably a lot of truth in these (humourous/cynical/…) translations:Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe’s ‘FAQ’ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia (from the ‘Daring Fireball’). As a user of certain Macromedia products, there is only one thing I am sure of: the future contains guaranteed uncertainties!

Excellent. It’s just a silly shortcut on “any Mac“, says the author, but I’m happy it works on my iBook. Try it for yourself and Put your Mac to sleep with this keyboard shortcut: Command-Option-Eject. Don’t forget to press the keys for a few seconds if necessary…

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Beeb Beeb! “The greatest irony here is that it takes a publicly-funded broadcaster from a cozy liberal democracy to teach America’s lumbering, anti-competitive Hollywood dinosaurs what a real, competitive offering looks like…“, concludes Cory Doctorow in Wired News. And it is true: the BBC is clearly leading the way in terms of innovation in the broadcasting industry. Here in Belgium, we’re supposed to be happy with DVD releases of popular local TV series – compare that to the Beeb’s Creative Archive.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-21

Well… According to Wired News, the movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is not exactly what many Douglas Adams fans (including me) would have hoped. Too bad, but I’ll probably go see it anyway ;-)

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-19

Seriously.The American Popular Photography Magazine says it like this: “If you consider yourself a serious photographer and don’t yet own a digital SLR, it is our duty to inform you that you have officially run out of excuses“. Luckily for me, I don’t yet have the money to call myself a serious photographer (but I’m tempted anyway ;-). And besides: I want to see reviews of the new Nikon D50 before making any decision.

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Goodies Galore. On the software front, the notable item of the day (well, of May 15th actually) is the release of Free Pascal 2.0, a “free” Turbo Pascal compatible language compiler – even for Mac OS X. On the hardware front, today marks the announcement of PalmOne’s LifeDrive. I must admit it: if I hadn’t just bought a big iPod, then I might have preferred this beast!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-05-16

Ars Technica Makes My Day Once MoreA History of the GUI. Now I know another reason to call 1968 an important year!

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Can It Be Done? Of course it can: Ubuntu Linux, Yellowdog Linux and Mac OS X, all on one PowerBook. I just wish I had a bigger hard disk in my iBook – time to start tinkering?

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IT News Of The WeekIBM Purchases GlueCode Software. Why is it important? Because it’s a vindication of the quality of OS projects like Geronimo, and of the good work done by small companies on the basis of that OS product. I do wonder what this means for WAS in the long run. And: how will the other AS players like BEA and JBOSS fare in the future?

Again? Yesterday’s blog entry got eaten by the bit bugs. It’s not the first time that happens, but a repetition of such a mishap is not a good sign either. Is it a Manila bug, or is it just me?

2005-11-26 – Userland corrected the problem with yesterday’s entry – now you can read it twice!

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