Hack the Planet Archives: December 1998

Sunday, December 13, 1998

Enjoy the current content on Hack the Planet, because I won't be updating it while I'm out of town for about a month. If you're new to the site, maybe now would be a good time to peruse the archives, or maybe read Helen, UF, or Argon Zark from the beginning. I'm sure Dave, Cam, and Tomalak will have interesting ideas and links, too. I have temporarily unsubscribed from the ScriptMeridian list to keep my mailbox from overflowing.

I downloaded the Zope binary release; it's quite polished for beta software. The hierarchical security scheme is very interesting; I've never seen anything similar.

Mail to the Future is a Frontier site according to Netcraft.

Saturday, December 12, 1998

The digital video magicians at Play recently announced GlobeCaster, which lets you essentially broadcast TV over the Net from your computer. Think Wayne's World, but with the power of the Net.

The Geek Report is right up my alley.

Friday, December 11, 1998

"A family of five should have five votes." -- Steve Wozniak's .sig

Tomalak found the info on Web Accesories and Browser Extensions in MSIE 5.

David Gelernter: The end of academic computer science as we know it.

To put it another way: When I graduate from college, I will have been taught how to write a compiler or a class library or a database or an operating system. But I already have all of those things; in general they are fast, cheap and reliable. What I won't have been taught is what to do with those things.

An interesting note: Work on classic HTML and HTTP is over. All versions of HTML after 4.0 will be based on XML, and the next version of HTTP will be a completely new binary protocol. The Web standards of late 1998 are stable and mature, but instead of incremental improvements we may see a totally new Web emerge from the standards bodies. Will it gain traction?

I found an anonymous paper about Open Source™ called The High Priests of the Bazaar.

Thursday, December 10, 1998

Apple announced a special student developer program, but for $89 you mostly get a CD-ROM of demo software. The equivalent BeOS developer program is free, and Linux is practically one big free developer program. Not to mention that I could get Visual Studio 6.0 and NT Workstation 4.0 for about $40. For Apple to gain mindshare among students, they need to Think Different. My suggestion: Free copies of MacOS X.

Tuesday, December 08, 1998

There has traditionally been a large divide between MacOS and NeXT systems which have a single menubar and all other systems which have a menubar attached to each window. KDE looks like the first desktop environment to support both modes.

Monday, December 07, 1998

Apple II hacker Steve Gibson examines Microsoft's ClearType technology and John Markoff has some good coverage in the New York Times.

I heard something today about QuickTime 3.5 and streaming; I hope we don't have to wait much longer...

Sunday, December 06, 1998

Mozilla's NGlayout is now known as "Gecko". Cute!

I like www.ipnot.org.

Today in User Friendly, ESR, Tux, and the Dust Puppy meet up with Lan Solaris in an out-of-the-way spaceport... Even the number 1138 appears again...

Friday, December 04, 1998

Today was the last class day. Phew!

Xerox spin-off dpiX is making super-high-resolution LCD monitors. But will today's software be able to handle 150 dpi? 300 dpi? At some point the widgets end up too small to click on.

Thursday, December 03, 1998

Allison mentioned Meet the Grass-Roots Threat to Microsoft in the Washington Post.

Jakob Nielsen: "it will be easy to knock [the Palm VII] out with a true mobile Internet solution." Like a MessagePad with a built-in Ricochet? How long have I been saying that?

Linux kernel hacker extrordinaire David Miller got married; check out the wedding cake.

GNOME and KDE hackers take note: The Keychain.

Insane Mac game programmer Andrew Meggs survived Antennahead's reboot and is back with Nightwings.

Wednesday, December 02, 1998

I hear that Abercrombie & Fitch is advertising clothes using naked college students. Clever! You have to wear something.

Java Project X, as in XML.

MySpace, "which makes it possible to run two operating systems (like Windows and Unix) independently, and simultaneously" in addition to putting a little button bar "outside" your screen, is now available for download. If anybody downloads this, let me know if it explodes your monitor.

Tuesday, December 01, 1998

The rumor-mongers of MacNN Reality are back as AppleInsider.

Seen on Slashdot: Three Step Plan: 1. Take over the world. 2. Get a lot of cookies. 3. Eat the cookies.

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