April 30, 2003
Opera released for Series 60 phones
Opera released for Series 60 phones: Something to try out tomorrow (a holiday here in Germany).
Opening my office
Opening my office: Someone sent me some slides in a format I didn't recognize ".sxi". But of course I found the answer and this evening I installed OpenOffice (for the first time - I kid you not). Digging.
Which language is this
Which language is this: My bad. Often read in emails and heard last night on a West Wing episode. But what exactly does "my bad" mean? Being born and raised with British English, I have no idea. My bad...what?
Later: Scott points me to this. Thanks Scott!
DNS woes: My iBook lost its DNS settings yesterday "out of the blue". It took me a while to work out why I couldn't connect to the Internet through my home WIFI setup. I re-entered the DNS stuff and everything worked fine again. Any ideas out there what may have caused this?
April 29, 2003
Jon Udell on blogs
Miles and more
Later: More information on this release is now provided here.
In the flow
Apple lock out
Apple lock out: Apple locks out the rest of the world. As Ben says: This is the Internet you daft sods.
April 26, 2003
Hotel California: Russell is at it again. Just when you thought he'd settled down - Bang. This time he's decided to go back to California and take up a mobile/java related consulting position. Sounds just like the sort of thing he should do as well. And California...well...what can I say....envy.
Saturday summary: This morning I'm waiting for the
mob gang to arrive back from their UK trip. I've cleared away all the leftovers from last-nights party (Yeah right) and made sure most of the stuff I bought is hidden or looks as though it has always been here :-).
April 25, 2003
7 Habits of Blogging
7 Habits of Blogging: I laughed out loud at this. So good.
Founders licence: O'Reilly to release over a hundred out-of-print books for free download.
Read all about it
Read all about it: If you're looking for some of the presentation material from ETCon then go here.
Hydra - a collaborative experience
Hydra - a collaborative experience: The Mac OS X tool Hydra is popular at ETCon. It's being used there to aid group-notetaking at the various presentations. What's even more interesting is the fact that the authors are a group of students out of Munich university.
Alan Kay on children
Alan Kay on children: At ETCon, Alan Kay gave a keynote "Daddy are we there yet" and talked on how children use computers. Interesting picture here.
April 24, 2003
FM on iPod
Stefano, Linotype and weblogs:
Blogger meets TypePad
Blogger meets TypePad: In an interesting development on the blogging scene, Ben and Mena Trott (the MovableType husband and wife team) have quietly launched TypePad. Basically an enhanced version of the Movable Type software - but hosted (like blogger). Read Ben's article for more. With the recent "Google buys blogger" move, this means that TypePad will be facing stiff competition. On the other hand I really like MT and so look forward to the start of TP.
Cocoon article on xml.com
Cocoon article on xml.com: I seem to have missed this one. Steve Punte talks about Online Magazines with Apache Cocoon.
Steve's going: Looks like Steve will be at OSCON and doing a BOF on open source in general. This is great and something that should draw crowds (if only because it's Steve). Seriously though, this sort of thing was missing from OSCON up to now - telling people what open source actually is, how they can get involved, what mistakes are to be made (and how to avoid them). Stuff like that. Hopefully I'll be there too and be able to help out with things like this.
Good morning Europe!
Good morning Europe: Spent a lot of time last night on the #etcon channel. Lot of chit-chat going on but not the play-by-play commentary of keynotes etc. I was hoping for. Or I was there at the wrong time.
April 23, 2003
IRC U at ETCon
IRC U at ETCon: I've decided to hang out a bit tonight on the ETCon channel for ETCon (#etcon). There already are quite a few people "there" so come along and join us.
Later: So cool, I've already chatted with Sam and Steve. Fun.
RSS on the move
RSS on the move: Just as I am preparing my RSS presentation, things start moving on the RSS front. I like that - because it means I can add some "last minute" information to the presentation. Nothing worse than a stale presentation.
Sister will kill
Sister will kill: I've removed Joanna from my blogroll on the right because she hasn't written anything since February. She'll love me for doing that :-). Bing.
Session burnout: I'm trying to find a way of printing out the session overview from the upcoming OSCON so that I can look through it and see which sessions are interesting. All that O'Reilly offers is this grid-view which is about 3 browser panes wide. And this list is either by day or by topic. None of which is any good for printing out a complete - easy to read - overview. Bah.
Decisions: Well, yesterday I went and bought a new console. After much debate (meaning moving from one foot to the other while standing in front of the piles of boxes) I went for the Gamecube. In the end, the 50 € rebate and the availability of kids games won it over. Unpacked the box at home, hooked up the controller and took a look at the Metroid Prime game that came in the bundle. Impressed. I also got Luigis Mansion as the first kids game. Now all I need is a memory card and a second controller and ..... Oh - and don't mention this around yet - meaning you :-).
April 22, 2003
Fast movers: Fast food comes to Iraq. Only on the bases for now...
Open source alternatives
Open source alternatives: Does anyone know of an open source alternative to CheckPoint SmartView Reporter (i.e. a reporting tool that can work with Checkpoint log files, do ip based reporting, graphical presentation, offers encryption and password protection. etc.?
RSS book and request
I'm also looking for anyone out there serving enterprise data (i.e. non news/weblog stuff) using RSS. Please drop me an email.
Chandler 0.1 out
ETCon starts today
ETCon: ETCon starts today. Sam has posted the slides for his Web Services tutorial here
Good morning Europe!
Good morning Europe! Up early this morning, as there is a lot to get done today.
April 21, 2003
And they're off
And they're off: Family is strapped into this thing and on their way to see Mum.
It's the babes, stupid!
It's the babes, stupid! Steven kindly explains the reasons behind getting an XBox. Of course he brings up two very good points: DOA and XBox Live - broadband gaming. Hmmm...... Well, the Gamecube also has broadband capability - but as far as I know only 1 game out that currently uses it - and no more planned for 2003.
Later: Another plus for the XBox is that I can also use it for DVD playback (30€ extra) - which is something I was thinking of for the room where it will "live".
April 20, 2003
Steven goes XBox
Steven goes XBox: Steven bought an XBox. I'm thinking of getting a Gamecube and would be interested in why Steven went for the XBox. I like the Gamecube because a) we had an N64 before b) our kids like the Mario style games c) there now seems to be quite a few "grown-up" games for the Gamecube and d) I get a 50 € rebate on the price because I got an Advance SP.
Can't see the Forrest..
Forrest is an XML standards-oriented project documentation framework based on Apache Cocoon, providing XSLT stylesheets and schemas, images and other resources. Forrest uses these to render the XML source content into a website via command-line, robot, or a dynamic web application.
Forrest removes much of the beginner problems when it comes to setting up Cocoon for things such as web-site publishing. Cocoon itself powers Forrest and provides a wide range of functionality such as - but not limited to:
- Multiple task-specific XML formats can be used (howtos, FAQs, changelogs and todo lists supported natively). This list will soon expand to include Docbook and Wiki formats.
- Multiple output formats supported, currently HTML and PDF (using Apache FOP).
- SVG to PNG rendering (using Apache Batik); simply drop a SVG in the appropriate directory and it will be rendered as PNG.
- Transparent inclusion and aggregation of external content, like RSS feeds.
- Anything else possible with the Cocoon sitemap. Database queries, charting, web services integration; the possibilities are constantly growing as Cocoon grows.
- Based on Java, Forrest is platform-independent, making for a documentation system that is just as portable as the XML data it processes.
April 19, 2003
Osterlauf over: The Paderborn Easter run is over - without me participating. However our kids ran in the children's races (1 and 1.5 Km) which was fun to watch. Here's a pic of 2/3 rds of our team this year. Taken with the 3650 - so the quality is not as good as with a regular camera.
In all there were around 6000 participants in all the races and aroud 1400 children. Organisation was pretty chaotic with not all the children receiving their certificate - because they had only planned for 1200. Luckily the rain held off until the races were pretty much over.
Open Source support myths
Open Source support myths: A spot-on article that details some of the advantages of open source software from a support point-of-view.
April 18, 2003
It's the company, stupid!
It's the company, stupid! After having being pointed to VentureBlog by Stefan Smalla, the title of this article on how VCs invest in companies and not products has been rotating through my brain for the past few days. Let's just dwell on that sentence for a moment, shall we. Now let's check up on how companies present themselves on the Net. Slightly different picture - isn't it?
Apart from the way a VC sees an investment - isn't it the same way a potential customer will see your company? After all what is a great product without a great company behind it offering support, service and "a face"?
Does your company have a face? A voice? Or just a bunch of products it hides behind? So, the next time I come to your website I'm not going to be looking for the "products" tab - but for the "weblogs" link.
More Gaming: Looks like I might well go and buy a Nintendo Gamecube next week. Nintendo is currently offering a 50 € rebate on the price of a Gamecube if you happen to buy an Advance SP - and of course I did.
ETCon next week
ETCon next week: Lots of fine people will be converging at ETCon next week. I would very much have liked to go and as I have written before - why does this sort of thing only take place in the US?
Those were the best of times
Those were the best of times: I saw the Styx DVD Return to Paradise this week and that brought back memories...
Decision time: Heavy-hearted - I've decided not to run tomorrow. I am still not fully over the cold I have been suffering from this week and to run would perhaps not be the best of choices. Luckily there is another local 10 k run in about 5 weeks.
April 17, 2003
About me: Found on a weblog:
Well in case you're still figuring out who I am - then read this.
So i'm poking around at Matthew Langham's blog via Ed Brill, sort of figuring out who this fellow is. still not sure exactly...
Interesting discussions: My recent posts on Lotus Notes and corporate weblogging have sparked off an interesting email discussion with Ed Brill on where IBM is on all this. Seems that at the moment the weblogging templates are being developed by a sort-of "grassroots" Notes blogging community that thinks Notes is an ideal platform for this sort of thing - and all that is missing is a template or two.
Being a Notes user and being quizzed by (non-weblogging) colleagues on why we would want Notes to have weblogs - when we have the discussion forums - I tell them that it just isn't the same thing. Digging deeper into the Notes community brings up this article with additional pointers that echoes my feelings entirely ("value is where you find it").
Something else I found interesting was this:
Like many web trends, at first I was a skeptic. My cynicism reached an all-time high when supposed industry pundits started claiming that blogs would spell the end of Lotus Notes. Since then, though, I have found that I learn a heck of a lot about the world we live in from reading, and more importantly participating in blogs. So the time came to start my own.
Reading this quote from one of Ed's pages on his weblog and then taking a look at the growing interest in corporate weblogging and you can see why this may be dam just waiting to break. I hope the conversation continues.
Heli-Pressie: Still time to send me an Easter present! This for example.
Later: Of course there are also these small remote controlled tanks (via Frank). Just the job to drive round the desk and shoot up all the junk lying there.
April 16, 2003
Eating with the Dead
Eating with the Dead: Check out this menu of the stuff they're eating at Google. The Chef used to cook for the Grateful Dead. Ovidiu, the secret is at last out. It wasn't cash, it wasn't the perks - it was the food :-).
April 15, 2003
Hanging with Frank
Hanging with Frank: Drove 4 hours down to this part of Germany to hang with the new father. Spent 1 hour standing on the Autobahn - which gave me a chance to send some pictures of the jam using my 3650. Neat-o.
Guido is going
Guido is going: Dave is telling people to go to the Open Source Content Management Conference in Boston. Actually our little group will be attending - with Guido flying over to hang with the big guys. If you want to know what we're doing with Cocoon, Eclipse, Slide and WebDAV in general, then Guido is the person to track down.
Easter break: I have a few days off before Easter. Still trying to get over my annoying cold before the 10 k run on Saturday (if you have tips then let me know). Blogging will be light until after Easter so have a happy time hunting down those eggs!
April 14, 2003
New Safari Beta out
New Safari Beta out: The browser of choice for Mac OS X just got better. And yes it has tabbed browsing. Now what do we wait for?
Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen: Give it up for Fiona Koehntopp! Congratulations Frank and Sonja - and now the main question: How long did the Gameboy batteries last?
Open Source communities
Open Source communities: An introduction to open source communities
Lotus Notes weblogs
Lotus Notes weblogs: A few days ago, I posted about looking for weblogs inside corporations. I've never received so much feedback - especially from the Notes-community. That even included a mail from Ed Brill, whose name I at least recognized. Many thanks for all of that. My next goal is to sift through all the information so that I can expand on the idea of perhaps consulting corporations we know on establishing Notes based weblogs as part of their infrastructure. Many large companies here in Germany/Central Europe use Notes and adding weblog capabilities could prove to be an interesting business case.
Later: I've just noticed Ed's weblog doesn't support RSS feeds. Duh.
Serious gaming: Looks like Frank is seriously testing his Gameboy SP. We hope all goes well!
April 12, 2003
3650 snapshot: I am really enjoying my new phone. I've just transferred a family video that I shot with my Canon A40 via my PC on to the phone to watch. Easy. I am also using the phone as my main gaming device at the moment. Slightly wondering why I went and got the Gameboy Advance. There are plenty of games around for the 3650 and the great thing is that they're cheap. Download Splinter Cell for the 3650 for 3.99 €. The Gameboy version will set you back around 50 € when it comes out. Of course the quality is different - but for quick mobile gaming - I'd go for the 3650. On the down side - the battery doesn't hold out that long and the cursor button-thingy is sometimes hard to control.
Timed Telnet? Someting completely OT: Does anyone know of a way to set up Telnet so that the user-id / password combination is only valid for a certain length of time? The idea being to give out user-id / passwords for Telnet but making sure that they are only valid for a certain period.
IM'ing: Quick IM chat with Russell to see what the plan is :-). Hopefully it will include Cocoon - which is of course close to my heart and well suited as a mobile platform.
Sunny Saturday: The weather has taken a turn for the better and it looks as though the coming week will be warm and sunny. As I have a couple of days holiday - this is good news. I've noticed quite a few other webloggers writing about the interesting things they've been doing today (like Steven and Russell). Well, so far today I've been shopping, made a marinade (honey,mustard,chile,lemon juice) for chicken and made a (simple) cake. Unfortunately it seems that we've also been struck with a new round of sniffles and cold-like symptoms. Bad news - seeing as how the Easter run is now only a week off. Tomorrow I had planned on a 10k run to see what my time is like and then I wanted to do some faster paced stuff on Tuesday. And after that it's relax until Saturday. Sounds as though I plan on winning - doesn't it? Well, I'll have to see how bad the cold gets.
April 10, 2003
Vienna: Ok, so one of my favorite songs used to be "Vienna" by Ultravox. Now Andreas Hochsteger from Vienna joins the ranks of the webloggers - and it seems I inspired him to do so. Welcome Andreas! Actually I've just realized that Vienna was released in 1981 - that's over 20 years ago....oh my........
We walked in the cold air
Freezing breath on a window pane
Lying and waiting
A man in the dark in a picture frame
So mystic and soulful
Snow: It snowed here last night. Not much but enough to remind you that the war isn't over yet. Oh, wait - I'm getting mixed up....
April 09, 2003
Penguins are human too
Penguins are human too: After some email from Tim OReilly, I have posted some additional thoughts in a new O'Reilly weblog entry today.
Being quiet: I have not been able to post much lately due to a lot of work and new gadgets - like this one - to play with. It'll pass.
And then there were 2
April 08, 2003
Resignation in the air
Resignation in the air: You know that sort of day, you come to work all prepared to do Great Things - and then something happens that brings the whole plan crashing down. Well today it's this.
April 07, 2003
April 06, 2003
2 weeks left
2 weeks left: While the rest of the world gets on with more important things, I'm counting the days until the yearly 10 km Paderborn Easter run. Yours truly will be taking part for the third time and this year it's "break the hour or bust". Things are looking good and after todays training trot I do think there is a chance I'll get in under 60 minutes. Murphy willing.
Communities calling: (My O'Reilly weblog) Is Microsoft trying to adopt open source communities?
Another RSS reader
Another RSS reader: SharpReader is an RSS reader that looks interesting. It offers more than readers I've seen up to now.
April 05, 2003
Mobitopians reply: We combined our thoughts on 3G and Wifi into this lengthy article.
Gadget weekend: Yesterday, just minutes before the shops closed I went and bought a Gamboy Advance SP. It came with a game (Colin Mcrae Rally 2.0) for 129€. So I also went and bought Rayman Advance to go with it.And then this morning I awake to an email in my inbox stating that the Nokia 3650 is in stock at t-mobile. So I immediately rang and hopefully one will be arriving in the next couple of days.
Weblogs inside corporations
Weblogs inside corporations: I'm currently trying to establish weblogs as an information system inside our company. We have different groups inside the company and the idea is to give each group a journal (a group-blog written by members of the group). Then by linking the various journals with each other (Trackback etc). I want to create a mesh of information that also has the relevant links to the outside world. I'm up against stiff competition - Lotus Notes - and a strong following. At the moment I'm focussing on guerilla tactics. I've set up two weblogs and I'm spreading the word on them in a clandestine fashion. The day is nearing though when I'll need to leap out of the ditch and yell - "Weblogs are better than Notes for corporate information flow because...". So - apart from my own thoughts, I need anything I can get (links, arguments). Thanks.
April 03, 2003
Secrets of the Deep
Secrets of the Deep: What happens if a small squid swims to close to an atomic powered submarine - take a look. Introducing - the colossal squid. And you wouldn't want one in your pond - that's for sure.
Book sales: On the subject of books - we just recieved the first "numbers" for the Cocoon book for last year (actually half-a-year). We didn't do bad. But not great either. Taking the numbers as they are it means we still actually owe the publisher some money. We got an advance on the book and until we've sold the number it takes to make up the advance - we don't get anything.
Not me surely
Not me surely: Looks like Steve is set up to start work on a book on open source for O'Reilly. Actually he's upset that no-one blogged about the first time he mentioned it. Can't imagine who he's referring to. Actually I'm pretty jealous. So there. Need a co-author Steve?
Vomit on demand
Vomit on demand: Russ is enjoying fatherhood.
Photoshop in the desert
Found the penguins!
April 02, 2003
Russell on weblogs
Russell on weblogs: I agree with this.
Where are the penguins?
Where are the Penguins? Anyone know where Doc got the penguins he used in this classical presentation? I will be speaking on the commercial use and involvement in Open Source at Jax2003. The presentation is called: "Penguins are human too" and guess why I want Doc's penguins....
Bringing down the house
Bringing down the house: The battle for Baghdad has started. I wonder how the timeline is in fact being altered to meet the growing unrest?
MSDN now with RSS
MSDN now with RSS: MSDN now provides RSS feeds.
April Fools Highlights
April Fools Highlights: Even though April Fools Day was yesterday - this is still worth a read.
The Myers-Rumsfeld Show
The Myers-Rumsfeld Show: Watched the show on CNN last night - oh wait - it was a press briefing - right. When it suddenly strikes me why they are having such a hard time facing the press: They've been Cluetrained! Opening up to allow embedded reporters to file reports from the field and with the tremendous coverage by media and weblogs, every step is being closely watched and commented on. And there is no way back.
April 01, 2003
First SARS case in Germany
First SARS case in Germany: Web.de is reporting on what looks like the first SARS case to arrive in Germany. And not so far away from here either.
Sex sells volleyball
Sex sells volleyball: Tecmo is trying to ban "nude" patches to its volleyball game for the XBox. Don't they realize that patches like that will actually sell more games for them? Perhaps I should get an XBox next...
Guido goes 3650
Guido goes 3650: Guido bought a Nokia 3650 at the weekend and so we all took a look yesterday when he bought it into work. Neat device - but with a slight "plastic" feel to the keyboard. And it'll bulge your pocket for sure. Still very nice in all and I want one.
Shaping the language
Shaping the language: Notice how the war is adding new terms to our everyday life? Last week it was "embedded" and this week it's "friendly fire".
Another Cocoon fork
MT Hacker: Today I hacked my first MoveableType template. We're doing an internal setup for information management and looking at using MT for part.