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daily link  Wednesday, June 30, 2004


"Kick-ass Software Developer looking for work": Excellent essay, with good commentary as well, on what makes a good programmer and how things have changed.  5:56:50 AM  permalink  


daily link  Wednesday, June 16, 2004


Joel on Software - How Microsoft Lost the API War: Another interesting article by Joel, this time on MS's "multiple-personality-disordered suggestions for how we should develop software."  He contends that virtually all developers have gone over to developing for the web, where the larger body of developers is now much cheaper to hire.  4:47:49 PM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, June 15, 2004


First cellphone worm: "The malicious code, dubbed "cabir", is a worm that replicates on the Symbian operating system used in several brands of mobile phones, such as Nokia, Siemens and Panasonic.  The worm was anonymously sent to experts in various countries, but has not been detected circulating among cellphone users. It propagates through the "Bluetooth" wireless technology, repeatedly sending itself to any Bluetooth-enabled device that it can find, regardless of the type. The worm will not damage a phone or its software but shortens the device's battery life by constantly scanning for other Bluetooth-enabled devices. ..

If the virus succeeds in penetrating the phone it writes "Caribe" on the screen and is activated every time the phone is turned off and on. Mr Gullato said the good news was that for the virus to spread, cellphone users would have to accept wireless signals being beamed to the device."

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GooFresh: A little tool for searching Google by date (it calculates the Julian dates for you).  10:18:45 AM  permalink  

TheOpenCD: "TheOpenCD is a collection of high quality Free and Open Source Software. The programs run in Windows and cover the most common tasks such as word processing, presentations, e-mail, web browsing, web design, and image manipulation."  Available via HTTP, FTP or BitTorrent.  10:14:58 AM  permalink  

Recent links about RSS:

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daily link  Sunday, June 13, 2004


Onion Networks: WAN Transport, Swarmcast, WebRAID, Antflow: Products for enterprise and wide area content distribution.  Originally commercialized through OpenCola, now reorganized into this company, that has some fast transfer technology and plans a new version of Swarmcast soon.

  • Fast parallel Scatter/Gather transfer (often 10x faster than FTP)
  • Automated data transfer with drag-and-drop Hot Folders.
  • Users are automatically notified by e-mail when a new file arrives.
  • Secure, firewall-friendly, encrypted data transfer
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Maven from Apache: "Maven is a Java project management and project comprehension tool. Maven is based on the concept of a project object model (POM) in that all the artifacts produced by Maven are a result of consulting a well defined model for your project. Builds, documentation, source metrics, and source cross-references are all controlled by your POM. .. The intent of Maven is to make intra-project development highly manageable in the hopes of providing more time for cross-project development."  7:46:22 AM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, June 12, 2004


CyberTracker: A PDA program designed for recording conservation data in the field, even by non-literate users.  12:24:58 AM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, June 11, 2004


the electric sheep screen-saver: "This software owes its name to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet.  When the screen-saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated 'sheep' appears. Behind the scenes, the screen-saver contacts a server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep. Every fifteen minutes 24/7 a new sheep is born and distributed to all clients for display. "  11:15:15 PM  permalink  


daily link  Thursday, June 10, 2004


The G8 using Groove: "at the G-8 summit in Sea Island, Ga., this week, in many sessions each leader worked with just one principal policy analyst -- known as a sherpa -- in the room. Each sherpa was issued a Motion Computing tablet PC, equipped with Microsoft OneNote for organizing handwritten information as well as encrypted collaboration software from Groove Networks "  11:48:33 PM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, June 06, 2004


I have created a new category in this blog to carry notes culled about virtual computing, including virtual machines, virtual storage networks, and distributed and grid computing.  Earlier blog entries on grid and distributed computing have been spread between General Networking and Network Software categories.  I have a backlog to blog in the new category today; my apologies to subscribers to the whole blog if this isn't your cup of tea...  10:29:49 AM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, June 05, 2004


Camera Phones Help Buyers: Brilliant - use a cell phone camera to scan bar codes in stores to get info about a product.  "With the camera-phone scanner, "you can aggregate a lot of different information from different sources just by scanning something. You can do that on your own or at a desktop computer, but then you have to look up a bunch of sources and go looking for all the individual sites and so on."  You might get competitive price offers, consumer reviews, or dietary information about a product.  Other codes (named QR for quick response, or Semacode) are in use in Japan for transferring business card info, getting directions and local event info, etc.  10:49:23 PM  permalink  

rss2email: read newsfeeds from your email client: "rss2email is a simple Python script that lets you subscribe to a list of XML newsfeeds and get new items sent to you by email"  9:03:02 AM  permalink  

Giving Feedburner a try: Feedburner is a service that counts and reports on news aggregators reading the RSS at a weblog site.  Interesting use of apache redirects.  8:59:54 AM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, June 01, 2004


Sun offer cut price products to third world: "In an interesting move clearly aimed at expanding their market share in the developing world, Sun Microsystems have today announced a new pricing model for their Java Enterprise System for users in developing nations.  The new pricing ranges from a mere 33 US cents per citizen per year, up to a larger but still incredibly low USD 1.95 per citizen per year. Prices are presumably based on licenses being bought for everyone in the country.

The exact price per country is worked out using two factors, the first being the number of citizens in the country, and the second being the stage of development of the country as defined by the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs classification."  The idea is to allow blanket lisencing for applications, especially e-government, health, and education.

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Science and Technology Collaborium:  An Italy-US collaboration on IT assistance for science in developing countries.  "On January 1st, 2000 the S&T Collaborium started as a spin-off initiative of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy in collaboration with the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (IITAP), Iowa, USA."  Projects include workshops on digital radio, the www4mail software suite (and server in Italy), VSAT demos, and training programs.  10:40:52 AM  permalink  

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