Saturday, March 08, 2003

RDF goes off the deep end

the social meaning of facts. What is truth? What is meaning? What does it mean for something to be right? Why do I feel a debate on jurisprudence coming on?

Friday, March 07, 2003

Brother Viktor sounds like a very interesting guy

Open Source puts down roots in Finland.
Sample

    "We began using Linux at the beginning of 1998," Brother Viktor explained. "We run the usual stuff like firewall/router, web server (including a web store) and email, with the main infrastructure, and then also your typical disk and print sharing for Windows clients, and of course the centralized backups."

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Behold the evolution of English

"My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 : kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

The above phrase translated here occured in an English school essay in the UK.

Begorrah and jaypers, what a shockin age we live in! Dem gassures is taking liberties with the poor English crayture. Never seen the like on my oath :-)

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

What does it mean 'to talk'?

In the ITWorld archives What does it mean for one enterprise application to 'talk' to another?.
Business types and geek types have, for the most part, diametrically opposing models of what it means for one application to 'talk' to another.
This is the source of considerable confusion at best. At worst, it is at the root of why computing has such an awful ROI now that we have got passed WP and spreadsheets.

Some poetry from Guy Kewney in an XML rant

The full piece is here: http://www.pcw.co.uk/Analysis/1139183.
I've added some punctuation and line breaksin what follows, but doesn't it read well?

    "...and teams of beavering clerks,
    setting up identical two-phase commit,
    in a mental state of complete tedium."

Worthy of Sir John Betchman!

Monday, March 03, 2003

All six parts of interview with Guido van Rossum now available

Well worth a read from start to finish

    Bill Venners: What didn't you like about the DOM API?
    Guido van Rossum: There are too many things that look different than what they are.

Yup.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Groundhog day in feedreader

Wow. Posts to my blog from ages ago have popped up as new entries in my RSS agregator feedreader. Weird.
I've also managed to get it to consume 175 MB of RAM on one occassion. Still its a pretty cool little thing - all in 1 exe. Just as nature intended apps
to be:-)

Living in the heart of action (in 1599)

Okay, so nothing much happens these days where I live in Collooney. But if this was the fifteenth century again, I'd be doing some serious reportage blogging from the Castle down the road with the Battle of the Curlew Mountains raging all around me.

Simon Phipps switches to Mac Powerbook G4

I want one too:-(