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Monthly Archives: August 2004

No bull?


As an American with German and British ancestors, the following makes an odd sort of sense :). Stolen from: – comments on cheer bear TRADITIONAL CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income. AMERICAN CORPORATION […]

Maybe using XHTML is not such a good idea


File these under “why you should not use XHTML” – why DOCTYPES not relevant? and Sending XHTML as text/html Considered Harmful. My conclusion – always declare the DOCTYPE from HTML 4.0 for web pages, and ignore XHTML. Frankly using XHTML is like filing all your bills alphabetically – it sounds like a good idea, but […]

Patents and Linux


An interesting, and sobering story about Patents and Linux from Tim Bray.

Litmus tests for Java


After reading Gosling’s posts on Java and whether open-source makes sense when applied to the Java platform, I have to admit that my interest in open-source Java is a means not an end. I do think Sun’s control over Java in the present form is a problem, but I am not at all clear on […]

Sun was cool


Tim Bray asks an interesting question in The Back Door. I remember a time where a Sun workstation was possibly the coolest thing to have on a programmer’s desk. Much of the most interesting new software and research was done on Sun boxes. Techies loved Sun and pulled Sun hardware in the back door whenever […]

Upgraded my wireless network


Setup a Linksys 802.11b router and notebook and a bit over a year ago (a bit before 802.11g was quite standard). Worked pretty well – could use the notebook anywhere in the house, and both in the front and back yard. Over the last several months the range and reliability of the wireless network dropped […]

IBM and Linux


Interesting take on IBM and Linux in IBM is in a Pickle (Again). Given this is a significant Sun guy talking, this might even be mistaken as Sun’s point of view (don’t take that last literally). I do think Jonathon has a point – but I suspect he is a little off target. On a […]

Backyard needs work…


Hired a gardener to cut the grass a bit over a year ago. Have to admit that since I have not paid a lot of attention to the state of the backyard. A few weeks ago I noticied the north side of the house was getting soggy*, and there seemed to be a dry spot […]