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Simon Fell

Saturday, August 31, 2002

Making good progress on the compression support, got de-compression working on both Win32 and PocketPC, just need to add the option to compress the request.
< 5:24:56 PM  # more elsewhere > Banco de Gaia - Amber (from Last Train to Lhasa Disc 1)

I just posted a new build of YATT.
< 12:48:37 PM  # more elsewhere > 12 - Catfish Blues

Hey Sam, what about RSS 0.93 ?
< 12:40:41 PM  # more elsewhere > 09 - Little Miss Lover

Cool, the problem with themes always getting downloaded is fixed!, that's a quick turnaround. Perhaps the Userland folks could go and talk to Apple developer support, I'm still waiting for a reply to my URLAccess question I sent them earlier in the week [come back PSS, all is forgiven!]
< 9:16:53 AM  # more elsewhere > Nookie - Natural Experience [Vocal Version]

I see Keith still has that funky random background color thing going, now if he'd just add an RSS feed ....
< 8:09:57 AM  # more elsewhere > Banco de Gaia - 887 (Structure)

Friday, August 30, 2002

Finally stopped procrastinating and got back to working on PocketSOAP, currently adding support for compression to the HTTP stack.
< 11:17:41 PM  # more elsewhere > Freakpower - New Direction [#]

I had YATT running to trace some SOAP stuff, and noticed a bunch of stuff Radio was pulling down, turns out it downloads all the themes every hour, that's 900k of themes every hour, ouch. You can turn it off, but the only options seem to be off or every hour. Given the ammount of HTTP stuff that Radio does, I really wish it used etags and last-modified where possible.
< 9:14:16 PM  # more elsewhere > Delerium - Silence [Dj Tiesto's in Search of Sunrise Remix]

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Grrhhhh, Windows Media Player sucks!, WTF doesn't it use CDDB ? [having just ripped a couple of CD's only to find all the track listings are all wrong]
< 6:44:32 PM  # more elsewhere > Grooverider - Starbase 23

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Just tested DIME Interop between PocketSOAP and the MS WSDK, looks good so far. Can we expect to see a DIME Interop endpoint for the WSDK (and Axis for that matter) ?
< 8:38:01 PM  # more elsewhere > Grooverider, Roya Arab - Rainbows of Colour

Jeremy Zawodny and Nathan Torkington both have interesting observations on [T]iBooks. I'm trying to resist ranting about the state of development tools for OS 9, which is just diabolical, it reminds me of doing Windows 3.0 developement!. I spent all afternoon tracking down some co-operative threading issues in our OS 9 port, all very 1990's, I'll be happy when we can get back to the OS X version.
< 7:24:50 PM  # more elsewhere > Moby - Signs of Love

Monday, August 26, 2002

Russell is continuing his prolific blogging pace, I'm impressed. Good luck with the diet, you might also want to have a read of The Hackers Diet, in particular you might be interested in the part on Weight Monitoring.
< 8:47:23 PM  # more elsewhere > Art Of Trance - Madagascar

.NET Compact Framework Hell  [T Bryce Yehl: Bryce's Dot Net Channel] Hopes that the CF was going to make the painfull PocketPC development experience go away seem to be misplaced. It looks like the PocketPC has managed to migrate its pain into the CF.
< 8:28:54 PM  # more elsewhere > Jericho - Personal Reflexion

Hey kids, what time is it? It's GXA toolkit time! [Peter Drayton's Radio Weblog]
< 6:41:52 PM  # more elsewhere > Fila Brazillia - Brazilification

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Cool, Ziv Caspi has added RssDistiller to Aggie
< 10:33:28 AM  # more elsewhere > Fila Brazillia - FILA Funk

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Switched back to WinAmp 2.81
< 2:57:35 PM  # more elsewhere > Underworld - Born Slippy (NUXX)

Bah!, my nowPlaying DLL for Radio doesn't work with winamp 3 :(
< 1:10:41 PM  # more elsewhere > [no music !]

Testing Radio from its new home. [ClearType rocks!, now I can see why Chris & Peter have been raving about it]
< 1:01:56 PM  # more elsewhere > [no music !]

More Web Services bloggers, welcome Sanjiva and Glen.
< 11:27:04 AM  # more elsewhere > Solar Stone - Solar Coaster

The .NET Guy has some comments on SACD & DVD-A, and a poll, 

1. Are you happy/unhappy with the audio quality of standard audio CDs?

I'm happy with the quality of well mastered, well engineered CD's, but there's still a lot of poorly engineered CD's released, increasing sampling rates, adding bits isn't going to magically improve that.

2. Have you heard about Super Audio CD or DVD-Audio? Do you have a preference?

Yes I've heard, I have a slight leaning towards SACD, but given the hi-fi industries obbsession with home cinema, I'm expecting DVD-A to be more popular than SACD.

3. Do you think high-resolution multi-channel digital audio is important enough to warrant buying new discs and a new player?

What would i do with my existing large CD collection ?, would a new multi-channel player be able to play standard CD's as well as my existing CD player, or would i need 2 players ?

4. Do you think high-resolution stereo digital audio is important enough to warrant buying new discs and a new player?

Not yet, I'm currently toying with the idea of upgrading from my Genki to an Ikemi

5. Do you own a player that can play SACD or DVD-A discs in their high resolution format?

Nope, although the Genki supports HDCD, which seems to have flopped, I haven't heard much about it recently.

< 11:04:10 AM  # more elsewhere > 01 - Like Regular Chickens

Monday, August 19, 2002

PocketSOAP 1.3.7 just released, contains a couple of HTTP transport bug fixes.
< 9:55:34 PM  # more elsewhere > Marcus Intalex, St. Files - Nightfall

Picked up the long awaited new Future Sound of London CD today, Its completely and utterly different to anything they've done in the past, even "techno, heck no" Kelley would like it!.
< 9:54:22 PM  # more elsewhere > Marcus Intalex, St. Files - Nightfall

The dark side of tolerance. Don borders on heresy by questioning one of the basic tenets of the Internet. [Don Box's Spoutlet] Does this mean that ASMX will stop "helpfully" applying defaults when it doesn't grok the request ? [Almost every PocketSOAP / ASMX question I get is "I always get 0 back, what's wrong ?"]
< 7:34:07 PM  # more elsewhere > 11 - Baby D - Take Me To Heaven

Saturday, August 17, 2002

DJ talks about USB drivers on 98 and Linux. My current project involves a USB device, and the whole driver install/management is a complete nightmare, particularly on 98 and ME, the whole thing is completely hit and miss and documentation is non-existant. At least on W2K and XP there's something of a install/update API for the drivers, that lets you cope better with pre-installing USB device drivers, and/or updating drivers if the device was plugged in before the software install. But there are still holes in the system, in particular the update driver API requires the device to be plugged in for it to work, otherwise it thinks the device doesn't exist and leaves the old driver installed. To top it off, XP adds the "end of the world unsigned driver" dialog boxes, if you attempt to install an unsigned driver. It remains to be seen if Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X is any better.
< 6:37:14 PM  # more elsewhere > Underworld - Thing in a book

The Register: Media giants demand ISPs block Web sites. [Hack the Planet] Its enough to make you sick
< 6:10:42 PM  # more elsewhere > Underworld - Dark train

Friday, August 16, 2002

Big turn out at Platform last night, congrats to Bee and the rest of the Plado crew. The California Mods film was hilarious.
< 7:43:35 PM  # more elsewhere > Banco de Gaia - Amber

I am pleased to annouce the release of Aggie 1.0 RC4. [Bitworking] Cool, If I had the time, I'd add in an implementation of Marks Ultra-liberal RSS locator, but there just aren't enough hours in the day at the minute.
< 7:24:30 PM  # more elsewhere > Banco de Gaia - Last Train to Lhasa

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Its turned into a music week, Area 2 tomorrow, Platform on Thursday, and Stern Grove on Sunday, wow !
< 9:13:59 PM  # more elsewhere > Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

Redirection. This feed has moved to I've used a client-side redirect (HTTP-EQUIV="refresh") for the home page, but haven't figured out how to do the same for the RSS channel. If you see a way, please clue me in. Otherwise, if you want to keep subscribing to my feed, you'll have to switch your aggregator to the new link. Sorry for the inconvenience! - Jon [Jon's Radio] I know Aggie & AmpetaDesk will follow HTTP redirects (HTTP status codes 301 or 302), I beleive Radio does as well [perhaps Jake or Dave can confirm this]
< 12:55:38 AM  # more elsewhere > Groove Armada - Fly Me To The Moon

Sunday, August 11, 2002

The Electronica Primer
< 2:51:56 PM  # more elsewhere > Banco de Gaia - Last Train to Lhasa

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Tech giants back new Web services. Microsoft, IBM and BEA Systems plan to announce new specifications that the companies hope will help drive adoption of Web services. [CNET] I wonder what the BTP folks make of WS-Transaction [unless of course, its using BTP]
< 7:18:36 PM  # more elsewhere > Dominique Dalcan - Ritmo 2

X-Box Flaw: MS Won't Use DMCA [Slashdot]
< 7:15:29 PM  # more elsewhere > Sabú Martínez - Hotel Alyssa-Sousse, Tunisia

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Peter mentioned recently that Keith Brown has some C# Kerberos sample code, could be useful if you're looking at WS-Security [which'll let you transport around Kerberos tickets]
< 6:50:04 PM  # more elsewhere > Enigma, Kuo Hsin-Chu, Kuo Ying-Nau - Return to Innocence

Frustrated Microsoft users explore options. User resentment and dissatisfaction at all-time high, analyst says [InfoWorld: Top News] [Lucas Marshall's Weblog]
< 6:43:48 PM  # more elsewhere > Enigma - Shadows in Silence

Is WS-I FUBAR?. With a plethora of web services standards initiatives under way in dozens of separate working groups at an ... [Loosely Coupled weblog]
< 6:41:10 PM  # more elsewhere > Enigma - Modern Crusaders

Monday, August 05, 2002

Chris Sells: Tim Ewald ... has an RSS feed  Subscribed. [Sam Ruby] Woooo Hoooooo !
< 8:11:19 PM  # more elsewhere > Enigma - Modern Crusaders

[dotNetGuy]: Microsoft is trying to slip by a EULA requirement in W2K SP3 and WXP SP1 that grants them administrative priviledges on your machine. I'm pro-Microsoft, but this kind of underhanded crap has got to stop somewhere. I don't care what the stated reason is. There's no way I'm going to let them do that to my boxes. And don't even get me started on Palladium. How much is too much? Personally, I'm getting there. Quickly.

Totally agree, this is getting a bit nuts. [The Furrygoat Experience] Yup, seems to be getting out of hand, Its this sort of crap that has me looking at OS X, Debian and anything else that might be an alternative. I was already pissed at having to shell out extra to record to MP3's in WMP [on top of a $300 O.S.], especially given that a full copy of OSX is cheaper than a W2k Pro -> XP Pro upgrade, and iTunes puts WMP to shame big time. On the other hand Apple don't seem to get developer support like MSFT does, the MSDN library is in a league of its own compared to what Apple or Metrowerks ship for Apple development.

< 7:56:01 PM  # more elsewhere > Enigma - T.N.T. for the Brain

Sunday, August 04, 2002

Bruce Sterling: A Contrarian View of Open Source. [Hack the Planet]
< 7:49:54 PM  # more elsewhere > Grace - Not Over Yet [Bt's Spirit of Grace]

Went to Musée Mécanique this morning, its awesome!, If you're in the bay area, check it out before it closes.
< 3:14:03 PM  # more elsewhere > Cassa De X - Elastic Reality

More MS EULA Fun [Slashdot] Where's the Debian 3 download ?
< 9:31:10 AM  # more elsewhere > Prana - The Dream

Saturday, August 03, 2002

A taste of home :)
< 9:35:00 PM  # more elsewhere > Sasha & BT - Heart of Imagination

< 6:25:19 PM  # more elsewhere > Jean Michel Jarre - Last Rendez-vous (Ron's Piece)

A few people have reported problems with the keep-alive handling in PocketSOAP 1.3.5. I posted a new build that should fix it. Please give it a go, if you've had this problem
< 11:14:55 AM  # more elsewhere > Vangelis - Tears in Rain

Friday, August 02, 2002

Keith has some comments on Dave's recent comments on open source. I agree with Keiths comment The amount of money a programmer is paid has nothing to do with the usability or quality of the software
< 6:33:42 PM  # more elsewhere > BT - Firewater

Apple to Slam Lid on Mac OS 9 [MacSlash: A daily dose of Macintosh News and Discussion] - About time, too. [Lucas Marshall's Weblog] It should of been put down long ago. Hopefully [but unlikely i guess], it won't take as long to die off as Windows 95.
< 6:29:13 PM  # more elsewhere > BT - Firewater

Thursday, August 01, 2002

Bought the t-shirt [dive into mark] More of a Guru Meditation fan myself.
< 10:07:06 PM  # more elsewhere > The Crystal Method - PHD

Justin Disappeared.  Very interesting...[The .NET Guy] Hey, come back!
< 6:30:47 PM  # more elsewhere > 01 - Like Regular Chickens

Another Web Services blogger lands!, welcome Chris, Chris has been working on Kafka, an XSLT based SOAP server, Its way cool, it handles way more than I thought you'd be able to do with XSLT.
< 6:25:06 PM  # more elsewhere > Underworld - Dark train