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Monthly Archives: June 2004

NPR – National Jewish Public Radio?

27-Jun-04

First, let me be very clear that NPR has since the 1980′s been and remains one of my favorite sources of news (at least when driving). One of the first things I do after buying a new car is preset the radio for KCRW (the local radio station that carries NPR). At the same time […]

Safer with Mozilla

27-Jun-04

Ken Dunham, director of malicious code at iDefense Inc.(?) cannot have made Microsoft happy. Check the last paragraph in MS issues warning on Web attacks, pushes XP SP2 beta. I heartily agree, though mostly just because Mozilla is in fact a better web browser.

Social engineering

27-Jun-04

Slightly amusing. An example of a “social engineering” attack. I received the following with decoration from MailScanner that (naturally) tagged the message as containing a virus. Note that “The Bannister.us team” would be me :). Dear user, the management of Bannister.us mailing system wants to let you know that, Some of our clients complained about […]

ACDK

26-Jun-04

ACDK is an interesting bit of work that does not seem to have attracted a lot of notice. Since I do a fair amount of cross-language coding, am looking to build in support for scripting (for a Windows-based product), and am aiming to migrate the product from Windows-only to something more portable – for this […]

Why open-source Java?

24-Jun-04

A good argument for open-sourcing Java at: The Cliffs of Inanity. There are other arguments.

A crossroads in software development.

24-Jun-04

The article What The Perl Community Needs Is a Good Enema gives me hope things might break loose in a useful way. I really like Perl for some sorts of problems, and the CPAN library is wonderful. I really like Java for other sorts of problems, and the amount of available stuff in the Java […]

Mis-labeled by the RIAA?

24-Jun-04

Heard a bit of music on iTunes that I would to buy – but wanted to check that I would not be buying from an RIAA member. Turns out the not all the labels listed on the RIAA site are members, so how do I know who to avoid?? BTW – the video on iTunes […]

Lisp and blurring the line between code and data.

24-Jun-04

Seems Keith found my prior reference too obscure. I was assuming that a someone fluent would Lisp could draw the analogy without help, and folks unfamiliar with Lisp probably could not follow the analogy without way more writing than I have time to do. On reflection, that left out the folks not yet fluent with […]