Dave’s New Directory Handles Text

Scripting News: 3/19/2005
My new directory displayer now handles passages of text, so you can write little documents directly in the directory.

This cool. One of the things about the directories built using Frontier/Manilla/Radio that has bugged me is the lack of text support. No real way to have a chunk of explanatory verbage to explain what is going on. Looks like that is about to be possible.

Firefox Up, IE Down

Internet Week > > Firefox Eats More Microsoft Market Share > March 18, 2005
Firefox continues to steal market share from Microsoft Internet Explorer, according to Net Applications, a maker of Web-monitoring software. According to the company’s February figures, use of Firefox rose to 6.17% from 5.59% in January.

Firefox’s gain comes at the expense of Internet Explorer, which dropped to 89.04% market share, from 90.31% in December. Net Applications reports that other browsers maintained their user base.

CALI is seeing this shift. Our IE share is down to 93%, off from about 98% last fall. Of course that’s still a huge domination of the market.

EBay Spawns Drop off Stores

Internet Week > EBay Spawns Niche Market > EBay Spawns Niche Market > March 18, 2005
With the explosive success of EBay, it’s not surprising that several companies are jumping on the bandwagon to help people sell their unwanted items on the Internet auction giant.

In this growing niche, companies like ISold It, AuctionDrop, NuMarkets, QuikDrop, and Snappy Auctions are providing convenient locations where sellers can leave their wares and let the vendors handle the rest for a fee.

There is money to be made here, but there are a lot of issues to deal with. A franchise is probably the way to go for an individual interested in this sort of thing. Stuff to consider: storage space for sales items; minimum value of merchandise; not becoming an unwitting fence; developing expertise in pricing and/or spotting value; dealing with customers looking to unload junk. See, lots of work.

Programmer Alleges GPL Violations

Open-source programmer alleges Linux misuse | Tech News on ZDNet
An open-source programmer stopped by the CeBit trade show in Hannover, Germany, this week to tell Motorola and 12 other companies he believes they’re using Linux in violation of the license that governs the software.

Harald Welte said the companies have embedded Linux in their products but haven’t released the underlying source code, as required by the General Public License, or GPL, that governs the operating system. He tried to notify 13 companies of his complaint at the sprawling trade show, but three companies refused to accept it, he said in an e-mail interview.

Boston College, Calif. State University computers hacked

Boston College, Calif. State University computers hacked – Computerworld
The break-in at BC is the second such incident to be reported this week by a university. On Monday, officials at California State University in Chico disclosed that hackers had broken into a housing and food service system containing personal information — including the names and Social Security numbers — of about 59,000 current, former and prospective students, faculty and staff.

Colleges and universities will certainly be spending more on security going forward.

VB6 Protests Continue

Developers Prolong Visual Basic Protest
Microsoft may have hoped that the backers of the Visual Basic “classic” code would just roll up their petition and go home.

But it doesn’t look like that’s about to happen. In fact, the Visual Basic 6 faithful seem to be gaining momentum.

Seems that MSFT intends to EOL VB6 on March 31, 2005. MSFT wants VB developers to switch to Visual Basic .NET.

Answering the ODEO Question

MAKE: Blog: ODEO Podcast service
Live from Etech: Blogger.com founder Evan Williams from ODEO gave a preview of the podcast recording, hosting and publishing service. Users will be able to play audio from any page (from the source location via Macromedia Flash) use tags, subscribe, add to queues, share queues, post comments, download for iTunes, WinMedia, etc. Keep reading for more information and photos…

Google Launches Developer Site

BetaNews | Google Curries Favor with Developers
"Google engineers have used their flex time to create a set of online tools for open source developers. The tools, found at the Google Code Web site, include Google APIs and libraries, a source code repository and other language-specific programming utilities.

Google has turned to third party developers to build on its own technologies including its AdSense contextual advertising program, desktop search, Gmail and Google Maps. The site is intended to build community around these different initiatives."

IMHO – Istant Blogger

SourceForge.net: Project Info – IMHO Instant Blogger
IMHO Instant Blogger IMHO is a Windows Forms application that permit to edit posts for your weblog offline in WYSIWYG and to publish them asyncronously. It has many powerful features.

I’m going to take a look at this.