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Song of the Day: Right In Time by Lucinda Williams
This seems country to me, but whatever class they put on the iTMS. Lucinda is excellent and more folks should know about her! (Folk)
07:30:22 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: DailyTunes.com
Yesterday at the PDC
The jet lag is fading and the Longhorn stuff is sinking in... I have heard lots of things about Longhorn from my MVP friends and colleagues at work and I was desperate to see what all the fuss was about...I wasn't dissappointed when Bill introduced the first Longhorn demos. Let me summarise Longhorn: Ooooh Fancy Graphics, Cool New File System, New service communication goop. I am definitely going to blog more about all this stuff as and when I have the proper knowledge and have done some investigation back in the office. The demos from Amazon give very cool inclinations of the rich smart client apps we will get to experience in the next couple of years. I saw some pretty cool stuff in the Exhibitors area of the Conference Centre which was neat - from Segway computers to Athlon FX boxes to the new Motorola SmartPhone to the cool areas of Longhorn such as Aero.
07:29:35 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Mark's mark on the www
Small Business Blogging site update
I've started adding sections to my website devoted to the book I'm writing, Small Business Blogging: Why and How to Do It. I've moved the About Weblogs page with articles in the media relevant to small biz blogging there, too. And I've added a page on categories of weblog posts that serve an organization's purpose.
07:29:15 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Wigley and Associates
Small Business Blogging site update
I've started adding sections to my website devoted to the book I'm writing, Small Business Blogging: Why and How to Do It. I've moved the About Weblogs page with articles in the media relevant to small biz blogging there, too. And I've added a page on categories of weblog posts that serve an organization's purpose.
07:29:15 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Wigley and Associates
Song of the Day: Gave Up by Nine Inch Nails
You'll want to scream along. (Alternative)
07:28:39 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: DailyTunes.com
loosesox
Loose and Simple Objects for XML
07:27:13 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: RAA
Matta Work
Last November, in my GoogObit for Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, I had no links to his actual paintings. I couldn't find any. Now here's a bunch:
07:26:19 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: GoogObits
The Gorilla Package-Iberostar Paraiso Beach
The Gorilla Package-Iberostar Paraiso Beach
07:15:55 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Caradonna Dive Specials
Yup, Microsoft is big on RSS these days
Especially if it's their own employee weblogs: eclecticism: "Good. That means that as it's your site on your own server, you have the right to say anything you want. Unfortunately, Microsoft has the right to decide that because of what you said, you're no longer welcome on the Microsoft campus." MS Employee (temp worker?) posts funny page. Employee gets laughs. Employee gets fired. Now, I'm sure there's more to this story than we've been told (remember: your side, their side, and the truth), but this is ugly. Right now, one side of Microsoft is sitting there, screaming at the top of it's lungs about how great Longhorn will be. On the other side though, is the same people running the same sort of strongarm tactics we've all come to know and love. This is (one of many reasons) why Microsoft is going to have an uphill battle for the hearts and minds of webloggers, techies, and anyone else who thinks about computers for more than 3 seconds a day. For a place with so many people with ...
07:11:20 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: esigler.2nw.net
More shooters added
I've added a whole bunch of shooters to the download section, so head on over and check them out!...
07:11:13 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ballistic Zen
Acceptance is an important thing.
Acceptance is an important thing.
07:07:12 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: http://www.thebachelorblog.com
Acceptance is an important thing.
Acceptance is an important thing.
07:07:12 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: http://www.thebachelorblog.com
JavaServer Faces In Action: The JSF Environment
Excerpted from Manning's 'JSF In Action' Book-In-Review, this chapter looks at the JavaServer Faces' application-related classes, which can be categorized into four general areas: Event Handling (for processing user input), Component Management (for manipulating components on a page), Application (for global resources), and Context (for request-handling).
07:07:08 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: http://www.jsfcentral.com/
4 Tons of Plants per Mile to Ride your Car. As you might know, I enjoy big numbers. So ...
(4 Tons of Plants per Mile to Ride your Car. As you might know, I enjoy big numbers. So it's just natural that I was attracted by this news release from the University of Utah, "Bad Mileage: 98 ...)
4 Tons of Plants per Mile to Ride your Car. As you might know, I enjoy big numbers. So it's just natural that I was attracted by this news release from the University of Utah, "Bad Mileage: 98 tons of plants per gallon." A staggering 98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material is required to produce each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles, according to a study conducted at the University of Utah. For a reasonably efficient car, riding 25 miles per gallon, this translates to 4 tons of prehistoric plants per mile, or more than two tons per kilometer. "Can you imagine loading 40 acres worth of wheat -- stalks, roots and all -- into the tank of your car or SUV every 20 miles?" asks ecologist Jeff Dukes, whose study will be published in the November issue of the journal Climatic Change. So how did Jeffrey S. Dukes calculate this? Dukes calculated how much of the carbon in the original vegetation was lost during each stage of the multiple-step ...
07:02:30 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ed Pimentel: BusinessToday
Why Wal-Mart Sucks
The Morning Call, Donald P. Russo: Wal-Mart is setting for culture war battles Incredibly, Wal-Mart's pseudo-Christian, true-blue, patriotic-American, moralizing-crusader mindset blends well with its vigorous gun and ammunition sales and gun magazines, not to mention its glossy photographs of presidents striking faux warrior poses.[ via catch (#) ]
07:01:30 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: bit.ch
Eric Rudders key note address
Eric Rudder supported by Ari Blixhorn gave the key note address this morning. Instead of me rehashing his address this morning you can read a synopsis here. Ari showed some very cool features of ASP.NET 2.0. and this RAD capability seems to be particular to VB.NET only... I'll check out the bits and see if it's true that C# won't have this type of RAD capability built in. There was an extremely cool SmartPhone demonstration two from the mobile team (complete with batman action figure - see the webcast). The demo showed live debugging on a mobile device i.e. set break points while running the code on the device. The demo also showed seamless access to the phones camera and GPS systems with a couple of lines of code... wow!
06:53:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Blog on the run...
NSA Turns to Commercial Software for Encryption.
NSA Turns to Commercial Software for Encryption. According to eWEEK, the National Security Agency (NSA) has picked a commercial solution for its encryption technology needs instead on relying on its own proprietary codes. In an extraordinary move, the National Security Agency has purchased a license for Certicom Corp.'s elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) system, and plans to make the technology a standard means of securing classified communications. As part of the $25 million agreement, the NSA can grant sublicenses within a limited field of use. This most likely will include other government agencies, federal contractors and other parties that send sensitive data to the agency. It is a premiere for NSA which initiated the deal. Certicom officials said the agency approached the company about licensing Certicom's ECC intellectual property. ECC is a type of public-key cryptography that utilizes much smaller keys than other systems such as RSA. The technology is designed for use in ...
06:52:42 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ed Pimentel: Security_Privacy
MattsBlog V1.1 Released
I am releasing version 1.1 of my blog. I added XML based categories and xml based commenting to the system. XML based categories allow you to specify the categories available for your blog entries in the "/categories.xml" file. A list is generated on the home page that allows access to the categories, and the dropdown on the edit page is populated with these categories. A category in RSS allows you to filter your entries based on a certain type. My initial categories for my site are General, .Net, Life, Programming, and sports. The xml based commenting takes advantage of my RssDocument class to build comments for entries in my blog. Comment files are automatically generated when someone views the comments for a given blog entry. These comments are stored in RSS.
06:50:09 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Matts Blog
USA: Wählerbetrug und Unterlassungsklagen
Of course everyone knows perception is reality ("Jeder weiss, Augenschein ist Wahrheit"), so beginnt eine der Mails des Chef-Entwicklers Ken Clark der Firma Diebold Incorporated. Eine von ca. 15.000 internen E-Mails dieser Firma, die vor kurzem an die Öffentlichkeit geschmuggelt wurden und für Aufregung sorgten. Diebold ist die weltweit zweitgrösste und derzeit am schnellsten expandierende Firma, deren Geschäft das Betreiben von elektronischen Wahlurnen ist. In 37 amerikanischen Bundesstaaten kamen ihre "Accu-Vote" genannten "direct recording electronic voting systems" (kurz DRE) bisher zum Einsatz. Die meisten der an die Öffentlichkeit gekommenen Firmeninterna sind belangloser Natur, doch so manches lässt vermuten um welche Art von Geschäft es sich dort handelt. Offen reden Entwickler über Schwächen ihrer elektronischen Wahlmessmaschinen, die es geheim zu halten gilt. Hinweise auf Fehlbarkeiten des Systems werden abgewiegelt und Mitarbeiter konkret dazu angewiesen, der Presse ...
06:42:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: de.indymedia.org Features
New Book
In addition to getting the PDC bits for Longhorn - we also got a book on how to develop Longhorn applications. I can't seem to find this book on the MSPress site anywhere, so I am wondering when it might be available to others who weren't able to come to PDC.
06:41:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Bill Evjen looks at Longhorn
MSBuild
I usually end up doing the build and release engineering on whatever project I am on, so I’m actually a bit excited by MSBuild. True, it’s a nAnt copy, which is, in turn, a copy of Ant, but what is imitation if not the most sincere form of flattery? (I’m relatively certain that MS didn’t use this line in the anti-trust suit.) One of the complaints about VS.NET 2002 was its lack of support for a true ‘build’ environment. One could no longer export to nmake, though that was never a preferred solution in the first place. C# and VB were also considerably weakened by the fact that Visual Studio did not support pre and post build events, though VS.NET 2003 later added this ability for C# projects. Elaborate hacks and an elegant VS add on were invented by the community, but it wasn’t an ideal situation. Several people used java’s Ant to build .NET solutions, and the nAnt project was born to copy the idea of Ant to the .NET world. While careful observers will point out that nAnt predates ...
06:39:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Jerry Dennany's Occasional Clue
Delay Tolerant Networks
One way to get an idea of what's in store for the internet is to peek over the technical horizon by reading the Internet Drafts put out by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). One interesting current research area is that for Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs); networks where the conventional TCP/IP assumptions of continuous connectivity and "low" delay are broken. One of the things this translates into is standards for an Interplanetary Internet, but it also has relevance for sensor networks, communications with submarines and web access for reindeer herders.
06:01:30 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Technology Stir Fry
Nero v5.x
Automated application deployment notes for Nero version 5.x from Ahead Software...
06:00:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: AppDeploy Package KB
The Long, Hard Road
At the moment I am sitting in Jerusalem having arrived this morning from Jayyous. The West Bank is under closure...
05:52:59 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: ISM-Vancouver
Just a Misunderstanding
New News, Brent Johnson: Iraq: "No One Ever Told Us Major Hostilities Were Over"Months of speculation as to why Iraqi militants continue to fight on -- long after George W. Bush declared hostilities over -- were answered today, when an Iraqi "resistance fighter" announced that America had never told him to stop resisting.[...]"There's no way them Iraqis didn't know the war was over," Press Secretary Scott MeClellan said. "Everyone in the world saw Bush tell the world that we'd beaten the fight out of them damn Iraqis."[...]A common misperception among Americans is that Iraqis don't understand the rules of civilized warfare, which state that if an American invasion force tells you to stop fighting, you do.
05:51:16 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: bit.ch
New SQL CE stuff from PDC
Version 3 of SQL Server CE will eliminate a lot of the problems that developers have neen dealing with, working with SQL Server 2. One of my greatest shocks when I first userd SQL Server CE was that if I left SQLCE Query up and connected to my database, when I ran my applicaiton that accessed it, I got a sharing exception. No more with SQL Server CE 3 (Net yet available, due for Yukon B2 timeframe). Also, the new Workbench allows you to run SQL CE queries on your handheld from the desktop, and more important, can show the execution plan, and accept hints (implemented slightly differently than on Sql Server). The bad news? Still no stored procedures, so it is still likely the database layer will have to be seriously refactored for Pocket PC use.
05:44:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Doug Reilly's Weblog
First reflections on the PDC
So here's my interpretation of the information revealed at the PDC thus far. This round, I'm going to list my...
05:43:55 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Stu says stuff
iPaq me!
My cute little iPaq came in the mail yesterday (finally!) and I've been playing with the little beauty ever since... (99 words, 0 comment(s).)
05:43:13 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: eliot
Whidbey General Session
Eric Rudder presented a session this morning on the next version for Visual Studio.NET code name “Whidbey”. There are a lot of cool new features inside of Whidbey including, but not limited to: A stripped down web server that runs on a random port so you no longer have to install IIS Code flags that are color coded so you know what code was changed since the last time a file was saved You no longer need to have projects for ASP.NET apps, you can just have the .aspx files in a directory and point the IDE at that directory and it will know what to do. There is support for master pages that can be inherited, which is really cool especially if you want to lock a certain design in place As well as so many other features... I am kind of tired and it's hard to think, but I still wanted to give an update. One comment I heard was, “Damnit, there making VS.NET as annoying as MS Word. So when do we get the .NET Assistant? Think we could get a Ballmer assistant that will say developer 37 ...
05:27:00 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: Eric Maino
Farmers Denied Access to Land
On Wednesday, October 8th a group of farmers from Jayyous joined by internationals representing such groups as I.S.M. and...
05:10:54 October 28, 2003, Tuesday (PST) Source: ISM-Vancouver