Quite the list. I’m really starting to like the podcast thing.
PBS | I, Cringely . May 12, 2005 – Inflection Point
“This Week Changed the World of High Tech Forever, Though Most of Us Still Don’t Know It“
Cringley sounds about right. In 12-18 months I’ll be d/l’ing HD movies to some box connected to the Elmerplex system and watching them on the big screen for less than the 24.99 I pay Blockbuster now for the ‘all you can eat’ plan. I’ve certainly got the bandwidth to the house to handle movie downloads. Comcast Cable easily cruises at 3.5 Mb per second for downloads. I was able to download 4 CDs of CentOS Linux via bittorrent (2.1 gig of data) in less than 90 minutes yesterday. Imagine Google bittorrent:) I expect that by the end of 2006 I’ll be able to d/l a DVD quality movie in less than 60 minutes.
It is exciting.
freshmeat.net: Project details for MinGW Developer Studio
A way to configure the GNU toolchain was added. The editor may be customized by the user. Programmers may develop Win32 applications using the MinGW C/C Cross compiler and execute Win32 applications using Wine.“
Mash up Google maps and Chicago police stats and this is what you get. There is a lot of very cool stuff developing around the Google Maps API. It’s easy to imagine hotels and the tourist industry using this info to differntiate themnselves.
WSJ.com – Rock’s Oldest Joke: Yelling ‘Freebird!’ In a Crowded Theater
“Yelling “Freebird!” has been a rock cliché for years, guaranteed to elicit laughs from drunks and scorn from music fans who have long since tired of the joke. And it has spread beyond music, prompting the Chicago White Sox organist to add the song to her repertoire and inspiring a greeting card in which a drunk holding a lighter hollers “Freebird!” at wedding musicians.“
Freebird is fine, but I’ve always preferred yelling “Zepellin” myself:)
freshmeat.net: Project details for Echo2 Web Framework
I’m starting to see a lot of AJAX stuff and it is impressive.
Latest Sober worm sends German spam – Computerworld
“E-mail users perplexed by the barrage of German-language spam waiting in their in-boxes this morning can blame the latest version of the Sober mass-mailing worm, which began rapidly spreading over the weekend.
Sober.q uses both German- and English-language messages to direct recipients to Web sites with right-wing German nationalistic content, according to an advisory from e-mail security company MX Logic Inc. in Englewood, Colo. One of the URLs points to the Web site of the right-wing German National Democratic Party, the security firm said.“
I’ve seen several of these from different zombies hit CALI’s server and picked up a couple from Emory.
IBM to employees: blog on | News.blog | CNET News.com
“IBM on Monday issued a company policy on blogging and encouraged its employees to take part.
The guidelines and policy were posted by long-time IBM blogger James Snell, a member of the company’s software standards strategy group, as well as by Ed Brill, an executive at IBM’s Lotus division.“
Picked this up via Scripting News. Something to keep an eye on.
BetaNews | MSN Desktop Search Moves Out of Beta
“Microsoft’s MSN division on Monday launched its Toolbar and Windows Desktop Search product after five months of beta testing. The new toolbar promises to give a taste what search experience Longhorn is expected to bring. Noticeably missing from the final release, however, was a tabbed browsing feature that appeared in early betas.
Microsoft planned to bring a tabbed experience to Internet Explorer 6 through the toolbar, but pulled the feature shortly before release, sources told BetaNews. Microsoft plans to add tabbed browsing to the product in a future release, but fully integrated tabs will only come in Internet Explorer 7, the company said.“
Too bad about the tabbed browsing featuer. It sure is something that will help IE.
IEBlog : Internet Explorer 7 User Agent String
“IE7 running on Longhorn will send the following User-Agent header:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0b; Windows NT 6.0)“
Well, now I’ll know how to identify it when I see it. The IE6 UA string is something like:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1) when the request is made from XP.