XML and software
XML, web and software in general, with notes on Radio Userland resources

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daily link  Thursday, March 24, 2005


Ourmedia.org: "We provide free storage and free bandwidth for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever. No catches."  Appears to build on the Internet Archive.  9:23:44 AM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, March 20, 2005


Blogcast: How to: The comments section gives links for using Windows Media Player to capture demos from your screen while recording your words. "The files usually end up in between 2 and 3 mb for about 6-8 minutes worth of blogcast"  11:30:40 PM  permalink  

Mapping Google: How Google Maps works in the browser.  Turns out they use XMLHttpRequest, a hidden iFrame and the browser-based XSLTProcessor.  Great to see that XSLT is now working well in browsers, both IE6 and Firefox.  More info on it here, and a broader comment about "AJAX" here:  "AJAX seems to be the new "buzzword of the day". In short, AJAX stands for "Asynchronous JavaScript And XML", an acronym coined by Jesse Garrett recently. The basic idea is very nice - you can actually perform client-side programming directly in the DHTML code, in the embedded JavaScript. And, while the DHTML page interacts with the user, it talks asynchronously in the background with the server through a variety of methods, notably by sending/receiving XML fragments."  Used in Google Maps, GMail, and even Outlook Web Access.  10:42:50 PM  permalink  

The XML User Interface Language: (XUL) is a markup language for creating rich dynamic user interfaces. It is a part of the Mozilla browser and related applications and is available as part of Gecko [and Firefox]. It is designed to be portable and is available on all versions of Windows, Macintosh as well as Linux and other Unix flavours. With XUL and other Gecko components, you can create sophisticated applications without special tools.

XUL was designed for creating the user interface of the Mozilla application including the web browser, mail client and page editor. XUL may be used to create these types of applications. However, it may also be used any place you would use currently use a web application, for instance, when you need to be able to retrieve resources from the network and require a richer user interface .. This means you don't have to look for third party code or include a large block of JavaScript in your application just to handle a popup menu. XUL has all of these elements built-in. In addition, the elements are designed to look and feel just like those on the user's native platform, even supporting OS level themes in Windows XP and MacOS X.  .. In fact, XUL is powerful enough that the entire user interface in the Mozilla application is implemented in XUL. "

Example: GeorgeNava.com.  (Use Firefox to view.)  Very slick, fast, pleasant to use.

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OpenLaszlo: Next generation, open source, supported by IBM:  "With Laszlo, you can:
  • Develop standards-based rich Internet applications with one code base in XML and JavaScript
  • Deploy them from any J2EE application server or Java servlet container running under Linux, UNIX, Windows or Mac OS X
  • Display them in any Web browser enabled with the Flash 5 Player or above, reaching 97% of all Web-enabled desktops

Since 2002, Laszlo-powered applications have demonstrated proven usability, scalability and reliability in public Web deployments to millions of users."

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daily link  Tuesday, March 15, 2005


A9.com > More Columns: Nifty.  Amazon's A9 search engine can add columns of specialized searches to your search results, for a more specialized and personalized search experience.  Reminds me of using the Google taskbar tool, but from a website instead of a desktop tool, and with the easy ability for third parties to add new search services.  10:25:14 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, March 14, 2005


Apollo 11 - 17 Mission First man on the Moon: panoramas.dk continues to collect great quicktime VR images, these from the moon missions of 30 years ago.  10:26:12 PM  permalink  


daily link  Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Google Desktop Search Plug-ins:  Now there's an SDK to extend the Google Desktop search, to things like IM and IRC sessions, intranet pages crawled to your desktop, odd file formats (like *.url, *.vb), and open office documents.  There's also a Firefox add-in to integrate desktop search into the browser better.  Maybe someone will do an RSS search that returns whole items, rather than page excerpts (which I use all the time to look up stuff on my own weblog, and bloglines and other services do for other blogs).  Makes we wish for a package that integrated all this into a simple-to-install linux (or even coLinux) desktop. [thanks for the tip, John]

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vnc2swf - Screen Recorder: "Vnc2swf is a screen recording tool for X-Window (X11), Windows and Mac OS Desktop. Vnc2swf captures live motion of a screen through VNC protocol and converts it a Macromedia Flash(TM) movie (.swf). "  9:35:55 AM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, March 07, 2005


ObjectGraph Dictionary: Nifty demo of a dictionary that looks up with every character typed into an HTML form. Like Google suggest. The best part: they document How to do it.  From ObjectGraph, a software contracting firm.  1:00:03 PM  permalink  

Radio Time: "TiVo for radio? You bet! Just like TiVo, you can listen, pause, fast forward, or move radio as MP3 files with RadioTime software. Listen to your favorite programs --anytime, anywhere. Record one airing or every broadcast of your favorite programs."  Wonder if it has made peace with the RIAA?  12:49:41 PM  permalink  

BrightPlanet - Deep Query Manager:  Enterprise software to search online data bases and combine the results.  Emphasis is on the "deep web" that is inaccessible to search engines.  They claim preconfiguration to 70,000 online databases and specialty search engines, extendible to include in-house databases, with a tool to automatically select the relevant engines for a query if desired.  One package component does tracking, executing stored queries at intervals and reporting new results.  9:47:24 AM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, March 06, 2005


WordPress: "an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL. .. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there. "  11:31:47 PM  permalink  

iftop: display bandwidth usage on an interface: "iftop does for network usage what top(1) does for CPU usage. It listens to network traffic on a named interface and displays a table of current bandwidth usage by pairs of hosts. Handy for answering the question "why is our ADSL link so slow?". "  11:16:58 PM  permalink  

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