Entries from 2004
Cringely: Between an Xbox and a Hard Place
I love Cringely's analyis of Sun's dilemma: "What are they to do? Their current strategy of selling processing power by the cycle is like a new car dealer renting back seats of cars on the lot to teenagers looking for a place to make out."
Phillip Eby: Python Is Not Java
Phillip chats about the problems for which Java programmers naturally turn to XML, and Python programmers to .... Python.
DRDB Network RAID
Designed to work with Ultramonkey in a HA cluster, DRDB is a cheaper, less featureful cousin of RedHat's GFS.
Harry Fuecks blogs about an interesting survey...
Generating python module dependency graphs
I want it for Zope!
AMK's Journal: Python Archives
Authprogs: Remote sysadmin over SSH
Memory jogger. See also: http://www.hackinglinuxexposed.com/articles/20030109.html
LWN: Oracle patents content management systems
I guess this means Zope Corp. needs to shut down, then. ;( Bloody stupid patents!
Life Assessment Quiz
An interesting checklist; I might not agree with all of them, and might add some additional ones, but it makes a good starting point. Via http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/06/09/life-assessment
Only in Nashville
I was laying over in the Nashville airport on my way to Austin this evening, ...
Techno-curmudgeonry ([dive into mark])
I knew Mark Pilgrim was a really smart guy...
Lazarus Project: Cross-platform Delphi
I made a pretty good living for several years as a Delphi guru; if I had to go back to GUI-programming hell, I would want to use Delphi, or something damned close. Lazarus looks like it might fit the bill (but they need lots of help on their website!) Lazarus is the foundational tool for the newly-released CBTracker, an open-source checkbook manager.
I, Cringely: A Lose-Lose Situation
Cringley writes of the mess created by a foolish fixed-price contract between EDS and the Department of the Navy. Althought I have never been involved in anything that huge, I know the pain which a bad fixed-price engagement brings.
Using Zope 2.7.0 and CMF 1.4.2 in OpenPKG 2.0
I recently repackaged Zope for OpenPKG, upgrading it to version 2.7.0. I also packaged CMF, version 1.4.2. Here is how you can install them (note that Python 2.3.3 is a prereq, with make, binutils, and gcc as the "transitive" prereqs).
Wow! I can imagine lots of uses for this: editing XML-based content, for instance, as well as other "structured" text content.