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Archive for August, 2005

A Bug Doesn’t Matter? Of Course It Does! To think that even today some programmers are not convinced that they should deliver faultless software, when Louis, par la grâce de Dieu, roy de France et de Navarre, wrote in 1645: “Notre cher et bien aimé le Sr Pascal nous a fait remontrer qu’à l’invitation du Sr Pascal, son père, nostre Consr en nos conseils, et président en notre Cour des Aydes d’Auvergne, il auroit eu, dès ses plus jeunes années, une inclination particulière aux sciences Mathématiques, dans lesquelles par ses études et ses observations, il a inventé plusieurs choses, et particulièrement une machine, par le moyen de laquelle on peut faire toutes sortes de supputations, Additions, Soustractions, Multiplications, Divisions, et toutes les autres Règles d’Arithmétique, tant en nombre entier que rompu, sans se servir de plume ni jettons, par une méthode beaucoup plus simple, plus facile à apprendre, plus prompte à l’exécution, et moins pénible à l’esprit que toutes les autres façons de calculer, qui ont été en usage jusqu’à présent ; et qui outre ces avantages, a encore celuy d’estre hors de tout danger d’erreur, qui est la condition la plus importante de toutes dans les calculs” (the complete text can be found online at http://www.fourmilab.ch/babbage/pascal.html).

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/31…)

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More Food For Thought. In the words of Florian Muëller: “However, the European Patent Office and national patent systems keep issuing patents against the law… [and] until they are invalidated, patents can be used to intimidate the innocent” (from his commentary in the EUobserver). That’s not a problem of law, it’s a moral (and thus a political) problem. And that’s also why we need nosoftwarepatents.com.

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/29…)

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A Philosophy Lesson… for IT professionals: James Bach says there are “No Best Practices“, and he’s very right about that. If that means that it gets even tougher to make choices, so be it – that’s part of IT!

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/23…)

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-08-21

Ist ganz Köln papstbesoffen? While I totally agree with protests against the European Commissions subsidy of the event, I’m not yet sure whether these guys aren’t going a bit over the top. But: the site is well done, there’s humour and fun, and yes: we need more space that is free of religion, precisely to avoid the horrors of wars fought in the name of whatever god…

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/21…)

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-08-19

The Big Five Story Continues… Getting a machine up and running is one thing – and an easy one at that (and not just when unpacking a Mac!) – but getting it in a state where it can be used is something else. Well, at least that was true in the past, but I’m happy to report that Apple’s “Migration Assistant” does a splendid job of moving user accounts from one Mac to another. In case you need it, you’ll find it in the Utilities folder.

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/19…)

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-08-18

The Big Five Is Up And Running. Yup, the big Mac G5 arrived today, and I got it unpacked, installed and running in no time. I’m impressed by the hardware design, from a users point of view: upgrades will be simple to execute, and even the interior of the machine is nice to look at. Well, off to “Software Update” now: apparently there are at least a dozen updates waiting…

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/18…)

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No Trouble At All. Although the latest feedback on VersionTracker was a bit frightening, I downloaded the MAL Conduit (connecting my Tungsten to the AvantGo servers) and installed it without problems: my favorite sites are back in my hand. I’ll admit it right away: seeing Wired in glorious colour in the palm of your hand is quite thrilling! I hope the problem mentioned on VersionTracker has nothing to do with Tiger… but perhaps I really should investigate Plucker anyway – that could be a nice addition to, and not just an alternative for, AvantGo.

(First published at http://nukleos.editthispage.com/2005/08/15…)

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