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Friday, October 30, 1998

Todd Rundgren has some great ideas about the future of music distribution.

I'll be out of town this weekend; Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 1998

They're putting geezers in space! What'll they think of next?

By popular demand, I have the first screenshot of the Casbah IDE.

Today on MacOS Rumors: More lies, inaccuracies, and misinformation. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 27, 1998

Sun announces Solaris 7: "We want to emphasize that Solaris Operating Environment has overcome the stereotype of complexity associated with UNIX operating system." We'll see.

Mithril is an interesting new programming language currently in development.

The Java Development Kit 1.2 Release Candidate 1 is now available.

Monday, October 26, 1998

Today IBM, Intel, SCO, and Sequent announced Project Monterey, a unified Unix for IA-32, IA-64, and PowerPC processors. Could this have anything to do with Sun's announcement of Solaris 7.0 tomorrow? During the press conference, SCO said that their UnixWare is the most popular Unix on IA-32; I seriously doubt that they have as many users as Linux.

MP3.COM: Can Music be Secure? For the alternate scenario, see Richard Stallman's The Right to Read.

Weasel is a JavaDoc-like automatic API documentation tool for GNOME.

I've got screenshots, screenshots, and more screenshots from my Linux setup.

Sunday, October 25, 1998

I just watched the menubar clock on my Mac roll over from 2:00:00 AM to 1:00:01 AM; you gotta love MacOS 8.5!

Cam says that ZapMe! is taking advantage of the school system. I'd say they're destroying it. Not only does advertising have no place in schools, but neither do customized, dumbed-down browser interfaces that can only browse certain pre-selected sites. What students need is experience using real software on real computers and access to real information on the real Internet.

Wired News has an interview with Steve Mann, the father of wearable computing.

Saturday, October 24, 1998

TechWeb: Microsoft Develops Java Killer.

Friday, October 23, 1998

Austin game developer crack dot com has rebooted.

Wednesday, October 21, 1998

All right! There's a LinuxPPC window manager setup FAQ!

Tuesday, October 20, 1998

Slashdot has been down all the time lately. I think Rob needs to get a staging server.

Monday, October 19, 1998

The Casbah Project has a list of goals for their Aleph release.

The HP Jornada looks like it would make a cool Linux notebook (with a little more RAM and a lower price...).

The GNUton project aims to write a replacement for NewtonOS.

Issue 0x02 of The Be Line has plenty of cool info on the next release of everyone's favorite alternative OS.

BeOS refugees might like Gpulse.

Sunday, October 18, 1998

Eric S. Raymond: The Loginataka.

Friday, October 16, 1998

MacOS 8.5 is just hours away from shipping here in the US. As much as I dislike MacOS, 8.5 is a huge upgrade over previous versions in almost every area. Now if only Apple would release the themes SDK...

Uh oh, the RIAA has temporarily blocked the sale of Diamond Rios. More details at MP3.com. It's corporate censorship, plain and simple.

Thursday, October 15, 1998

My how time flies! I spent four hours last night in an IRC meeting, but I leared about Gamora, an incredibly cool piece of Java middleware.

Michael Starke is working on an outliner for Squeak called golgi that can be used to edit code as well as do general outlining.

Wired News: Bruce Sterling wants peer review on the Net.

Monday, October 12, 1998

My apologies for the lack of updates; I've been actually doing my homework, cooking, installing themes and dock apps, etc.

Check out Geek Oppression. It's exactly like that at UT Austin, and even at my apartment complex, which outsources its Net access to a local ISP.

Seen on Usenet: "Bill Gates is a white Persian cat and a monocle away from becoming another James Bond villain. 'No Mr Bond, I expect you to upgrade.'" --Dennis Miller

Saturday, October 10, 1998

The RIAA is suing Diamond over their Rio portable MP3 playback device. About which an Anonymous Coward says, "In the real world the only law is the dollar."

Thursday, October 08, 1998

Jim Pick has a conspiracy theory about an ARM/Linux/Windows CE takeover of the low-end PC market. I like it!

Wired News has a confusing story on Netscape's SmartDownload. Is it a file format or a piece of software? Doesn't Navigator already have this feature?

I wish I had any idea what Carl Steadman is talking about. Is that supposed to be about jwz? It certainly doesn't seem obvious to me.

The WesCam is also back (when I'm not running Linux).

I tried something different tonight (early AM, actually) and compiled Window Maker; it actually worked.

Wednesday, October 07, 1998

Welcome back! For unknown reasons, my Net connection was down for 6 days. I didn't see any point in posting updates during that time, but I'm back now.

In the many-things-shall-come-to-pass department, Be did switch to ELF and Metrowerks announced that CodeWarrior Pro 5 will support Linux.

I'm getting back into those Web comics; Argon Zark is, well, colorful.

Thursday, October 01, 1998

Wired News: Hotline turns every computer into a server. So what? Haven't they heard of the Web?

Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet calls Microsoft tech support and gets... Steve Jobs?


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