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{ Monthly Archives } March 2004

Microsoft IIS URLScan inflexiblities

Well this certainly sucks. I’ve been working with IIS a little bit and have installed URLScan and locked down the IIS server the best that I know of with all the tools available from M$ to help lock this stuff down. (The Microsoft Baseline Auditor Tool works well for this). So here I am happy […]

PLT doesn’t support Unicode (yet)

I’ve been thinking of dabbling in PLT Scheme since it seems to be one of the nicer Schemes however it seems that it does not support Unicode. Bummer. This puts a damper on trying to use it seriously for awhile. Thanks to 80/20 for pointing this out to me 80/20 post on it

What’s the point of DotGNU and Mono?

The Register comments on DotGNU and Mono. Personally, I’ve been ignoring any of the Open Source .NET projects until they hit 1.0. And even then I’m going to wait until some killer app convinces me I need to install any of these frameworks just to try that app. In the meantime, I’ve not seen anything […]

Getting Python to talk to Manila

I’ve been looking to find something that I could use to send posts to Manila without having to login to the Web interface. I work MUCH faster with vi than I do with a web interface. Here are three links to I found really handy for getting you started if you can program Python (I […]

AT&T Labs losing researchers due to economic cutbacks.

Seems AT&T Labs which was carved from Bell Labs has almost halved their number of researchers. The parallels between this and the Xerox ParcPlace exodus seem high. I doubt the research branch will ever recover from losing so much talent. However, at the same time if your bottom line sinks to the red and keeps […]

Markdown: Text -> XHTML

This is a seriously cool project: Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). Check it out

Managing multiple CVS branches under 1 dir

I’m not a hardcore CVS user yet. I’m slowly getting there with tracking like 10-15 open source projects in CVS. (Need to start seeing about code reviewing more). However, one of the things that has puzzled me was how to hold onto seperate branches in CVS so I could compare 2 branches in a simple […]

Women Linux Users in Japan

Umm…. here’s something you don’t stumble across everyday.

Interview with Gopher designer

I found a link to an old interview with Dr. Mark McCahill who was one of the inventors of the Gopher protocol. Interesting perspective on an older search technology and the design decisions that governed it. Here’s a snippet: McCahill: … My dream environment is a Mac client and a UNIX server … My dream […]

Turning off browser based editor in Manila

Executive explanatation: Prefs -> Editorials -> Editing Tool -> NONE The long version with lots of rants The Browser based editor is a *&(*^#!@# annoyance to me when posting from Windoze. If I use IE or Netscape this stupid WYSIWYG editor pops up and it’s taken me months to figure out how to disable it […]

The 1/10th Rule

The 1/10th Rule: When passing software code to others, strive to pass comprehension to others in 1/10th of the time it would have taken you to learn it without any guidance. Programming isn’t an easy job (although for some it might be). A critical moment in time in any software project is when a 3rd […]

DARPA Grand Challenge Updates

Looks like the Grand Challenge is finally under way. I’m still cheering for the RPI Team (Team LoGHIQ) to do their best and kick some butt. They’re still up for the QIDs (Qualification, Inspection, and Demonstration) sometime soon. So if you’re cheering for underdogs here’s one to cheer for. Seems the Red Team which is […]

A peek into Harvard Business School’s Tenure Process

Michael Watkins gives an illuminating description of his tenure process (which ultimately resulted in a nay) at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Watkins also gives some thoughts on why he feels HBS might be creaking at the seams: To what extent are business schools producing insights of use to practicing manager? Is the investment that […]

What does a start of the art ISP look like?

Now you know

MySQL on OS X, let me count the ways to get it

I was looking at installing MySQL on OS X and I was bouncing between either fink, source compile myself, find some random person’s installer on the Internet when lo’ an behold: MySQL Corp offers downloads of binary packages for OS X. I’d like to think that the company that hosts this project would know how […]