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Friday, August 06, 2004
Amazon's Web Services and XSLT: "Amazon Web Services (AWS) provide two ways to get XML versions of the information that Amazon's customers ordinarily get from HTML web pages: a SOAP interface and a REST interface." 80% of use is the simpler REST interface, where a carefully-composed URL yields XML. What's more, you can specify a URL to an XSLT file and Amazon will filter the XML before returning it - very clever.
The links in the article connect to Jon Udell's LibraryLookup : "bookmarklets for searching libraries. Apparently, quite a few libraries have ISBN lookup capabilities. Jon developed a piece of code that attaches itself to your browser menu bar. Then, when you are on, say, Amazon looking for a book, you can click on the bookmarklet and it will find out if your local library has it." The bookmarklet Java script regex's to find the ISBN and constructs the URL to the library system of choice. Cleverly, Jon added a link on his page so that users (mostly librarians) could hack up their own bookmarklets for their favorite libraries and submit them to his page. His readers thus built a library of solutions they all share. Great way to leverage a community to build shared value. 11:44:18 PM
Scripts in the media;
Krugman recommends this site, which details how the conservative message machine takes on and repeats falsehoods and spin as a "script". The site also berates the press and Democrats for letting the script go unchallenged, and provides corrective material. 10:56:23 AM
China backs Nigeria rural comms: "In the bid to provide cheap telephone services to rural communities, the Federal Government yesterday launched a rural telephony programme for the country for which it plans to spend $200 million (about N26.6 billion) in the next few years. The money is a loan package granted by the Chinese Government while the Federal Government will provide a counterpart funding of N2.8 billion...
The rural telephony programme will be delivered in three projects spread across 343 local government areas of the country. The three projects include Rural Radio Systems (RRS), which will be provided in 125 local government areas, Alcatel Shangai Bell (ASB) covering 108 local governments, and the ZTE, which will be provided in 110 local government areas. ..out of the $200 million loan facility, 50 per cent would be committed to ABS while the other 50 per cent will spread across the other two projects under the rural telephony programme.
He explained that the rural telephony programme would provide service in rural and under-served urban centres, local government areas through tele-centres and .. educational institutions.. " 10:19:46 AM
Zimbabwe prepares Internet controls: "The Zimbabwe government is planning to acquire high-tech equipment from China for the purpose of bugging the internet. This is to enable it to interfere with the flow of information it considers subversive as well as the operations of independent internet based media outlets. Authoritative sources within Posts and Telecommunications (PTC) and government circles revealed that the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) is already looking into ways of controlling internet communication as soon as the equipment arrives. 10:14:02 AM
The whole of Zimbabwe has during the past weeks been experiencing intermittent internet break-downs, which PTC management had failed to explain, according to sources at the PTC. 'They merely said that there was work being done in upgrading or some security measures being implemented. There are CIOs [agents] that seem to have been permanently stationed at Tel One (the state owned hub for internet providers) and were carrying out some surveys in the past weeks. We understand that there are some Internet Service Providers (ISP) who have agreed to cooperate with the CIOs and let them use their domains for the tests with samples of equipment brought from China,' a PTC source said.
Sources within the CIO said that the equipment from China is expected to be delivered next month. Government would push for the promulgation of a law allowing it to bug the internet for security reasons. President Robert Mugabe announced during the opening of parliament last week that government would introduce a bill in the house to give it powers to control communication systems for the sake of 'tightening state security'. .. Tel One recently asked ISPs to sign commercial contracts obliging them to take 'all necessary measures' to prevent the transmission of illegal material on line."
Microsoft touts Virtual Server as NT migration tool
: "Microsoft is pushing its upcoming Virtual Server 2005 software as the means for partners to migrate customers from NT Server 4.0 systems across to Windows Server 2000 and 2003. .. Microsoft Australia product manager for servers, Michael Leworthy, .. said up to 25 per cent of Microsoft server customers were still operating on a NT 4.0 platform. Of these, some 60 per cent were still running line of business applications incompatible with the newer 2000 or 2003 server products, including Microsoft’s Exchange 5.5 and SQL 7, as well as third-party business applications. Using Virtual Server 2005, customers could continue to run these applications on a virtual NT environment, underlined by a Windows 2000 or 2003 platform. This would give customers the benefit of the additional performance, resources, and stronger management and security buffers promised by the newer server software, while also taking away the costs of running multiple NT 4.0 server boxes, Leworthy said. It would also free up funds to invest in upgrading business applications or buying newer software products, he said. " 12:36:48 AM
SWsoft: Control Panels, VPS and Hosting Automation Solution
: "Mainframe-like dynamic partitioning, resource management with full isolation of each partition, OS virtualization that allows migration of a VPS to another physical machine, and templating to manage mass deployment of updates and applications" 12:33:18 AM
Virtual Server 2005 Released to Manufacturing
: "August 5, 2004: Virtual Server 2005 is released to manufacturing, a Microsoft spokesperson said Thursday. RTM marks the final development milestone in the server virtualization software's odyssey .. The precise delivery date is not public, although general availability usually follows RTM by less than two months. " 12:27:50 AM
Movie-swapping up; Kazaa down:
"Over six months of surveying, [CacheLogic] found that Kazaa use had slipped far behind rival BitTorrent, which accounted for 53 percent of actual peer-to-peer network traffic. It found also that overall traffic has not been falling, as some have suggested. By June, an average of 8 million users were online at any given time, sharing a petabyte (10 million gigabytes) of data.
"The overall level of file sharing has increased," said Andrew Parker, CacheLogic's founder and chief technology officer. "Users have migrated from Kazaa onto BitTorrent." The company's observations add to what have been growing indications of a generational shift under way in the peer-to-peer world, with computer users increasingly downloading big files such as movies and software, and reducing reliance on onetime file-sharing king Kazaa. " 12:24:09 AM
About IP Fabrics
: "IP Fabrics’ technology stems from the premise that future networks will demand three attributes that are often at odds with another: 1. True wire-speed performance; 2. Much more intelligence directly in the network; 3. Readily extensible to new protocols, new threats, and new silicon. We believe highly parallel NPUs (network processors) present the best opportunity for satisfying these objectives.. The radically different approach consists of a very-high-level packet processing language and a virtual machine environment for it. The language and environment are well suited for any application based on IP technology, including firewalls, VPNs, security gateways, intrusion detection, content switching, application-layer firewalling, SPAM filtering, traffic monitoring, and many more. " 12:08:32 AM