August 30, 2002
All the REST
REST article online: I wrote an introductory article on REST for the German IT magazine "XML&Web Services". Part of it is based on impressions from the OSCON presentations by Paul Prescod and Matt Sergeant - plus an OSCON breakfast talk with Sam. Also, reading Sams Essays is always a source of inspiration, so keep them coming please!!
Survived: Actually I survived the
Survived: Actually I survived the buying spree discussed a couple of days ago. Yesterday I unpacked my iPod and took it for a first test drive. Neato. As I had been previously storing music on a 64 Meg MP3 player I had imported most of my music at a very low sample rate (to be able to fit at least 45 minutes onto the player). I guess now I will have to import them all again.
Around 11pm I decided to do a quick install of Jaguar onto my iBook. That was the wrong decision. I went to bed at 1am and the installation still had not finished. But this morning things seemed fine. Not that I have had the chance to take a real look yet. My new bluetooth adapter works with my T68i - at least I checked that while having breakfast.
August 29, 2002
Sam & Max return
Coool: Sam & Max sequel announced. Another one that will bring on the "son, I played the original you know" and "no, you have to do it this way..move over".
Portal syndication with Cocoon.
Cocoon Review up: My short review of Cocoon is up on OSDir.com. Good morning Steve :-). It's always fun to see the other side of the Atlantic begin to wake up - just as I am about to leave work...
Groovy Baby: After reading so much about Groove, I decided to give it a quick whirl today and was quite impressed. Being an Outlook and Notes company would seem to be an ideal scenario for Groove. The first problem I had however was that I don't know anyone else who runs Groove. Luckily Frank is as cutting-edge as I am so he installed Groove as well. And then - separated by about 300 Kilometers - we Grooooved. I was impressed on the ease of use and how the different tools integrate into the spaces. Especially impressive is "surfing" the Web together or using the whiteboard. I really need to get more co-workers to try it out to be able to provide more of a "work-orientated" opinion. However - one quirk I have (or perhaps have not seen yet) - is that it seems to be only available as a Windows program. Is that correct?
Article updates: I have removed the articles that are now obsolete due to the continuing development of Cocoon (check there for the updated documentation) and added a link to an xml.com article on the Cocoon portal..
August 28, 2002
Talks at W-Jax
Busy, busy, busy: Looks as though I will be busy at W-Jax in November. I will be giving 3 talks - REST, Weblogs and the "Hitchhikers Guide to Web Services (Don't Panic)". That should be fun.
Saving the world
Saving the world. Many people do not realize this - but: buying gadgets is actually the only way to save the world. Read this for a tip on how you too can donate to this worthy cause.
Ovidiu wrote me a mail about using Titles in my Weblog. I used to have them - but for some reason (which I can't remember) got rid of them. So today I turned them on again. Hopefully something useful will now show up when the RSS gets aggregated. Thanks for the tip Ovidiu!
August 27, 2002
Goodbye T68i: Another one for
Goodbye T68i: Another one for the gadget list.
Scripting News: Thomas Madsen-Mygdal: "The next
Scripting News: Thomas Madsen-Mygdal: "The next Danish prime minister will have a weblog." ". Just as I was writing on Friday, weblogs will move into European politics. For sure. Just look at what is happening over here. Politics are conversations!
Moving On: Steve has moved
Moving On: Steve has moved his blog over to Movable type. Looks cool mate. And he's added me to the BlogRolodex.
August 26, 2002
iBook case mod: Oh yes......(via
German politics: Last night was the first ever head-2-head TV debate beween the 2 leaders of the main German political parties. Something the US has been doing for ages. I wasn't able to watch - but it seems to have been pretty boring.
August 23, 2002
Tara Grubb For Congress Radio
You know, I've just had a thought, Gerhard Schroeder's wife used to be a journalist. Now wouldn't she be an ideal political weblogger? Someone get her to email me - I can't find her address anywhere.
W-JAX: Carsten and I will
W-JAX: Carsten and I will be speaking at W-Jax in Munich. See some of you there hopefully. I'll post the talks we're giving just as soon as I receive written :-) confirmation.
Free (as in beer) chapters:
Free (as in beer) chapters: There is another free chapter (11) from our Cocoon book up on the New Riders site.
August 22, 2002
Vote now: XML Readers choice
August 21, 2002
802.11b/Wi-Fi News: News for 8/20/2002:
802.11b/Wi-Fi News: News for 8/20/2002: "Starbucks, T-Mobile, and HP reveal 1,200 hot spots, new software:". Now even though T-Mobile did this in the US - what about us here in "the old world"? This is the home of T-Mobile after all -- ok, so T-Mobile in the US is Voicestream Wireless really -- but it still sucks. Ok, so the number of Starbucks is limited here too (3 in Berlin) - but we do have other places they could install public hotspots! So wake up T-Mobile. UMTS is going to be a failure anyway - so you may as well get started on the WiFi!
Getting organized: An article on
Getting organized: An article on keeping private and business appointments in synch.
Service Desert Germany: Frank points
Service Desert Germany: Frank points to an interesting article where an American complains on the lack of a service culture in Germany. Having just spent a week in America it is always something of a shock to return and then I really notice the difference. The funny thing about it is that the Germans really do know this themselves - hence the term "Servicewüste Deuschland". But do they do anything about it... By the way Frank - your perma-links don't work.
By the way Frank - your perma-links don't work.
On Safari: Our book is
On Safari: Our book is listed under the "new books" section on the Safari web site
Book Reviews: The second review is up on Amazon. If you find typos in the book then please send them in. Thanks!
August 19, 2002
<free culture>. This has been
<free culture>. This has been up for a while - but in case you haven't read/heard the Larry Lessig keynote from OSCON - here is a site where you can get it all. If you have the bandwidth check out the Flash version.
Claim to fame?: I will
Claim to fame?: I will now also be writing a weblog here. I hope to focus on the European aspects of open source and emerging technology. My first post has - sadly - nothing to do with these themes..
August 18, 2002
Ugo reveals the reason behind
Ugo reveals the reason behind only one author being listed on his book list. That is quite interesting actually as it would seem that the Amazon xml generation only picks up the first author - which is pretty stupid...... So of course it was not his fault :-).
August 17, 2002
Author woes: Ugo lists our
Author woes: Ugo lists our book at the bottom of his page - but only Carsten as the author. You know - that makes me sad Ugo - what did I do :-).
Licence Quiz: Working with open
Back: Well after 2 weeks
Back: Well after 2 weeks in North Denmark, where thankfully the weather was better than it has been in other parts of Germany, I am back and guess what - nothing seems to have happened. Now normally I am the sort of person who hates to go on vacation and it takes me most of the break to get used to having a break. Basically I hate being "away from it all" and of course nowadays this mostly means "without Internet". Wow the things that will happen while I am gone - our book will be number 1 on Amazon, my weblog will be voted into the "weblog hall of fame", the company will come to a complete standstill because I am not there, I will have at least 10 mails from people wanting me to speak in Hawaii, San Fran or Sydney..you know that sort of thing. And then I am often surprised at how little has actually happened when I get back. But this time I was prepared: Weinbergs' Law of Twins: Most of the time, for most of the world, no matter how hard people work at it, nothing of any significance happens. (Gerald Weinberg: The Secrets of Consulting). One of the books I read while avoiding the sun (I get itchy spots).
Anyway - a few things have happened..so it's time to catch up.
August 01, 2002
Vacation break. Off to Denmark
Vacation break. Off to Denmark for 2 weeks and will be without Internet access. See y'all when I get back.
OSCON: Lots if images from
OSCON: Lots if images from OSCON. Check them out to see who else was there.