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IntEgrate not separate June 30, 2003

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Yet another M$ move to combine IE as the only browser suitable for Windows users. They now plan even more integration with the Windows OS. So much in fact that they are actually stopping the download of IE6 as a standalone browser, so you better rush to get your copy before it’s too late… source: ZDNet |UK|

Software Patents contd. June 30, 2003

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In an earlier posting I ranted about the proposed introduction of software patents. To follow up on this line here’s the viewpoint of the register on the same subject matter source: The Register

Upgrading to 2.64 June 30, 2003

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Just upgraded my MovableType from 2.63 to 2.64 to combat the issues associated with the CSS bug and the XML-RPC issues also. Seamless upgrade and looking forward to more stable blogging.

Leaky Abstractions June 30, 2003

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Just read this nice little article by Joel Spolsky passed onto me by Mchel Foghl. It deals with the evolution of programming abstractions and how they have inadvertently made our lives more difficult by making them easier. It’s one of the best and most concise articles that I have read on the paradox of technical abstraction and well worth a read… Joel on Software – The Law of Leaky Abstractions

It’s not Gnu! June 27, 2003

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Well, this is a startling announcement that may change the way software is controlled from now on. Previously unable to patent software somebody has come up with a way around this and it looks as though it might put a squeeze on open source developments thanks to a few capitalist management types. Do these people realise that by introducing software patents that they can never use any open source code in them and hence the money derived from the patent will surely be eaten up by the costs involved in developing everything from scratch? Well done guys you’ve got a company worth money on paper pity you’ll never see the cash and will ruin the lives of several developers who struggled to put you there… source: Yahoo

M$ lands a big fish June 27, 2003

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Well, well it looks as though M$ have not only secured the biggest market share in history but now they have also included the biggest single deal in history by supplying the US army. So it’s true that every American has a ‘bush’ outside their windows. Hmm I forsee some new and interesting titles emerging onto the scene pretty soon…

  • Black Hawk = down
  • Apocolypse now – System failure
  • The rise and fall of general exception
  • and you get the idea

Read on to find out more… Yahoo! News – Microsoft Lands Large Army Software Contract

Terra Firma no Talamh Crua June 26, 2003

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Well back to the grindstone after a fantastic two weeks of travelling around South-Eastern Europe. Saw some fantastic places and sights and I can only hope now that the film footage comes out well and reflects the memories of the various attractions. It was tough going being on our feet the whole time but there’s also a great amount of satisfaction derived from getting around these places on our own; mostly down to the effort and time put in by Siân in organising the route and schedule.
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Blogging Vienna June 21, 2003

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Well we managed to make it to Vienna and currently I am hooked up via my pda to a WiFi hotspot I found for free in Brauer Strasse 🙂 Sin and I had a great time in Budapest and would definitely recommend the place for a visit. So far the trip has been great with a huge variety of different sites across the countries we’ve visited. We’ve had no trouble finding our way around (well thanks to Sin, my sense of direction leaves a lot to be desired). Looking forward to discovering Vienna now so until next time…

Hoildays June 19, 2003

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Holiday update!! Well I’m in Budapest at the moment with Sin (http://www.jbwan.com/bio.htm) So far we’ve been through Venice, Lake Bled (Slovenia) and Zagreb in Croatia. Can’t really say much about Zagreb as it wasn’t the best experience but the rest of the places are somewhat enjoyable. Looking forward now to enjoying a thermal bath somewhere downtown Buda. 🙂 More when I next log on…

Drop the blog June 9, 2003

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Well I didn’t think that my lack of postings would result in such action by Google to consider dropping the indexing of blogs for the sole reason of a lack of valuable information. I’ll have to start posting some interesting stuff again 🙂 source: The Register