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Archive for March, 2007

Newton Is Not Dead… Well, at least Apples Newton isn’t: Simon Bell has just released a tool to “to backup your Newton data to your Mac desktop, import and export Dates, Names, Notes and NewtonWorks, install packages and use your Mac desktop keyboard to enter text on your Newton device“. In this case, “Mac” means Mac OS X, without Classic – neat. Now where’s my serial-to-USB-connector?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-03-29

Tweak! I (finally!) installed and played with Stellarium, a fantastic tool for people like me who occasionally look at the skies at night. However, when I tried it on my iBook (a 500Mhz G3 ‘dual USB’ model from 2001) the text did not display correctly: all I got was blocks, not letters. I tried to teach the program to use another TrueType font, but that did not work out either. After a bit of Googling, I found a forum message saying that in order to get OpenGL to work correctly in Ubuntu, the bit-depth had to be set to 16, not 32. And sure enough: changing the ‘bbp_mode‘ parameter in the~/Library/Preferences/Stellarium/config.ini file from 32 to 16 solved the problem. Easy, but it took me some time to find the trick!

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Right On. “Creating Passionate Users” writes about what it means to Code like a girl: “‘girl code’ is quite a compliment. Because caring about things like beauty makes us better programmers and engineers. We make better things“. So that’s what I have been doing all the time, trimming and refactoring and making sure even my code looks good, without knowing I was creating what some call “girly code”. But I don’t mind what it is called – I have always felt that it is the right thing to do – and I’ll continue to do so!

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Is This The Future? Farata Systems has built MyFlex.org, a website that is destined to become a showcase or catalog for Flex 2 components – if you’re building such components, you can show them off in MyFlex.org. The site looks very nice, has a few interesting features such as the “Hide Header” button in the catalog. But… Well, I’m not very comfortable with the site (and I am not the only one). The whole thing is built as a Flex (Flash) application. That means you get nice visual effects, which I certainly appreciate. But it also means: no URI’s to individual “pages” (there are none, remember?). That also means: a number of handy browser functions become useless: the scroll button is not functioning properly on long text zones; there is no way to enlarge the character size. On top of all that it is quite probable that search engines won’t be able to index the content of this site – and not very interesting if you want your product to be found! If Flex is to become part of our future, this is not the way to do it, especially not for textual content…

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Client-Side Engine For Web Applications. Is Konfabulator aka Yahoo! Widgets a competitor to Apollo (Flash) or the browser (Ajax)? Have Java applets really lost the race already? Only the future will tell, and I’m not betting on either of these solutions!

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Trying To Do ORM? Reread This! Rereading is what I’ll do, but even after reading only half of this I’m pretty sure many of Joe Rhineharts comments on Rails are right on the mark. No, that doesn’t mean that Rails is bad; it means that Rails is not always the best choice for application development – now there’s news for you, no ;-? Anyway, the best part is indeed all those snippets of wisdom on how a good ORM layer should behave… And then there’s all the rest, on Controllers and Actions, etc.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-03-22

Good QuestionDoes fuzzy logic tickle?

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