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Hack the Planet Archives: November 1998

Sunday, November 29, 1998

The media is still clueless: Open Source Java at Last? Open Source Java is already available and it's called Japhar and Classpath. Thanks for playing, though.

Wednesday, November 25, 1998

Along with half of the US, I will be out of town for the next few days and thus Hack the Planet will not be updated.

Tuesday, November 24, 1998

jwz: fear and loathing on the merger trail. Business as usual, nothing to see here, return to your code...

Today I ran into an IBM banner ad that played sound. These are truly the end times.

Monday, November 23, 1998

I have a cold and haven't felt like updating.

Seen on CamWorld: The Manifesto of the Futurist Programmers. Henry Massalin is one of the original futurists.

Robyn Miller's new company Land of Point finally has a Web site.

Sunday, November 22, 1998

Mozilla.org has some new and improved RDF documentation.

Saturday, November 21, 1998

In almost all of the Java stories I've read lately, people are talking about browsers. Are Web browsers an important use for Java? I've yet to see a useful Java applet. What ever happened to plain old applications?

Friday, November 20, 1998

A font that's like me: Periodically Coherent.

Sun's much-hyped Jini is now available for download. I have yet to see an official announcement and Slashdot is down, so maybe you heard it here first.

I'm looking through the new Jini specs and I don't see where it configures IP addresses. I'm not sure how Jini devices are supposed to communicate if they don't have IP adresses.

Thursday, November 19, 1998

Ask Tog. It's approved by Don Norman. These gurus are weird: they know good design when the see it, but their sites are never very visually appealing.

Monday, November 16, 1998

Well, well, I see that MacOS Rumors has finally caught up with me in showing some screen shots of the MacOS 8.5 Architect/Drawing Board theme.

It's also nice to see that Be agrees with me that you cannot retrofit an old OS to be useful for today's applications.

IBM has a slick new XML site.

I just don't understand the new Slashdot comment-reading code. It's like being in an elevator with Willy Wonka: am I going up, down, or forward?

Sunday, November 15, 1998

Oh yeah, I definitely have to enter the Enlightenment Theme Competition.

Saturday, November 14, 1998

A few days back I said that it looked like Sun was claiming to be porting JDK 1.2 to Linux while the work was being done by volunteers. According to the Java-Linux porting team, Sun has been helping with the porting process. It's nice to see Sun start to provide support for another major platform.

Dave is pointing to the Web site for Buck's, by Dan Shafer. Their burgers are better than their Web site.

Microsoft is working on "revolutionary" ClearType technology. Just don't tell them about T2K or TrueDoc.

Slashdot says IBM is hiring Linux people in Austin to do phone tech support. Could be interesting...

Friday, November 13, 1998

I am (ostensibly) involved with the Open Source Streaming project, which apparently has a home page.

Thursday, November 12, 1998

The Toshiba Portege 7000 looks like it could overturn the Sony VAIO 505FX as the coolest notebook on the planet.

News.com: "Microsoft may have rushed Chromeffects to market in order to help it compete against Real's G2 player." The difference is that RealPlayer can actually serve a useful purpose.

MacInTouch has a special report on MacOS Themes and Appearances.

Fortunately, nothing ever gets "Steved" in the Open Source community, so you can get a preview of gtk.themes.org.

Wednesday, November 11, 1998

I've finally found a screen shot of the MacOS "Architect" theme.

Tuesday, November 10, 1998

jwz is back from his vacation. I hope he didn't scream too loudly when he found out that Mozilla switched from Motif to Gtk+. And remember, the one thing you should never say to jwz is "please don't put this on your web page".

Monday, November 09, 1998

I went to ESR's talk at UT tonight; I had an interesting conversation with him and Joe Trent about how to protect BeOS from getting destroyed by Open Source. I also ran into Dan Connolly from the W3C and got questioned by some reporter from the Washington Post. Not only that, but they had lots of food.

InfoWorld: Sun to open Java process. It's about time Sun started making the distinction between the Java standards and their Java implementation.

Friday, November 06, 1998

The Casbah IDE runs on Windows, Unix, and MacOS.

Today, the Anonymous Cowards are embracing & extending Frost:
"The Xterms cover the desktop dark and deep, but we have World Domination promises to keep and compiles to go before we beep, and compiles to go before we beep...."

Thursday, November 05, 1998

From Halloween II, we learn that "there is no such thing as a 2-day device-driver for NT". ESR is coming to UT next Monday; what perfect timing.

It's a good thing that Microsoft hasn't discovered that most CVS servers that coordinate Open Source development are subject to the -z9 denial-of-service attack...

I finally found some information on GNU Rope, which can reduce an app's memory usage by 30%.

Scott McNealy: "Jini is available right now on the Net." Wrong, try again.

Salon's Ivory Tower has some interesting reading today.

Monday, November 02, 1998

Microsoft meets Open Source in The Halloween Document.

Sun says they are porting JDK 1.2 to Linux, but what they mean is that they convinced a bunch of people to port it for them for free. Tsk, tsk.

At least JavaHelp 1.0 beta is finally available.

I found some evidence that MacOS may start supporting SRVLOC. There's also a new reference implementation from Sun.


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