Simon Fell > Its just code
I just posted a new build of YATT.
Cool, the problem with themes always getting downloaded is fixed!, that's a quick turnaround. Perhaps the Userland folks could go and talk to Apple developer support, I'm still waiting for a reply to my URLAccess question I sent them earlier in the week [come back PSS, all is forgiven!]
I had YATT running to trace some SOAP stuff, and noticed a bunch of stuff Radio was pulling down, turns out it downloads all the themes every hour, that's 900k of themes every hour, ouch. You can turn it off, but the only options seem to be off or every hour. Given the ammount of HTTP stuff that Radio does, I really wish it used etags and last-modified where possible.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Jeremy Zawodny and Nathan Torkington both have interesting observations on [T]iBooks. I'm trying to resist ranting about the state of development tools for OS 9, which is just diabolical, it reminds me of doing Windows 3.0 developement!. I spent all afternoon tracking down some co-operative threading issues in our OS 9 port, all very 1990's, I'll be happy when we can get back to the OS X version.
Monday, August 26, 2002
Russell is continuing his prolific blogging pace, I'm impressed. Good luck with the diet, you might also want to have a read of The Hackers Diet, in particular you might be interested in the part on Weight Monitoring.
.NET Compact Framework Hell [T Bryce Yehl: Bryce's Dot Net Channel] Hopes that the CF was going to make the painfull PocketPC development experience go away seem to be misplaced. It looks like the PocketPC has managed to migrate its pain into the CF.
1. Are you happy/unhappy with the audio quality of standard audio CDs?
I'm happy with the quality of well mastered, well engineered CD's, but there's still a lot of poorly engineered CD's released, increasing sampling rates, adding bits isn't going to magically improve that.
2. Have you heard about Super Audio CD or DVD-Audio? Do you have a preference?
Yes I've heard, I have a slight leaning towards SACD, but given the hi-fi industries obbsession with home cinema, I'm expecting DVD-A to be more popular than SACD.
3. Do you think high-resolution multi-channel digital audio is important enough to warrant buying new discs and a new player?
What would i do with my existing large CD collection ?, would a new multi-channel player be able to play standard CD's as well as my existing CD player, or would i need 2 players ?
4. Do you think high-resolution stereo digital audio is important enough to warrant buying new discs and a new player?
Nope, although the Genki supports HDCD, which seems to have flopped, I haven't heard much about it recently.
Monday, August 19, 2002
PocketSOAP 1.3.7 just released, contains a couple of HTTP transport bug fixes.
Picked up the long awaited new Future Sound of London CD today, Its completely and utterly different to anything they've done in the past, even "techno, heck no" Kelley would like it!.
The dark side of tolerance. Don borders on heresy by questioning one of the basic tenets of the Internet. [Don Box's Spoutlet] Does this mean that ASMX will stop "helpfully" applying defaults when it doesn't grok the request ? [Almost every PocketSOAP / ASMX question I get is "I always get 0 back, what's wrong ?"]
Saturday, August 17, 2002
DJ talks about USB drivers on 98 and Linux. My current project involves a USB device, and the whole driver install/management is a complete nightmare, particularly on 98 and ME, the whole thing is completely hit and miss and documentation is non-existant. At least on W2K and XP there's something of a install/update API for the drivers, that lets you cope better with pre-installing USB device drivers, and/or updating drivers if the device was plugged in before the software install. But there are still holes in the system, in particular the update driver API requires the device to be plugged in for it to work, otherwise it thinks the device doesn't exist and leaves the old driver installed. To top it off, XP adds the "end of the world unsigned driver" dialog boxes, if you attempt to install an unsigned driver. It remains to be seen if Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X is any better.
Big turn out at Platform last night, congrats to Bee and the rest of the Plado crew. The California Mods film was hilarious.
I am pleased to annouce the release of Aggie 1.0 RC4. [Bitworking] Cool, If I had the time, I'd add in an implementation of Marks Ultra-liberal RSS locator, but there just aren't enough hours in the day at the minute.
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Redirection. This feed has moved to http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/rss.xml. I've used a client-side redirect (HTTP-EQUIV="refresh") for the home page, but haven't figured out how to do the same for the RSS channel. If you see a way, please clue me in. Otherwise, if you want to keep subscribing to my feed, you'll have to switch your aggregator to the new link. Sorry for the inconvenience! - Jon [Jon's Radio] I know Aggie & AmpetaDesk will follow HTTP redirects (HTTP status codes 301 or 302), I beleive Radio does as well [perhaps Jake or Dave can confirm this]
Sunday, August 11, 2002
Tech giants back new Web services. Microsoft, IBM and BEA Systems plan to announce new specifications that the companies hope will help drive adoption of Web services. [CNET News.com] I wonder what the BTP folks make of WS-Transaction [unless of course, its using BTP]
[dotNetGuy]: Microsoft is trying to slip by a EULA requirement in W2K SP3 and WXP SP1 that grants them administrative priviledges on your machine. I'm pro-Microsoft, but this kind of underhanded crap has got to stop somewhere. I don't care what the stated reason is. There's no way I'm going to let them do that to my boxes. And don't even get me started on Palladium. How much is too much? Personally, I'm getting there. Quickly.
Totally agree, this is getting a bit nuts. [The Furrygoat Experience] Yup, seems to be getting out of hand, Its this sort of crap that has me looking at OS X, Debian and anything else that might be an alternative. I was already pissed at having to shell out extra to record to MP3's in WMP [on top of a $300 O.S.], especially given that a full copy of OSX is cheaper than a W2k Pro -> XP Pro upgrade, and iTunes puts WMP to shame big time. On the other hand Apple don't seem to get developer support like MSFT does, the MSDN library is in a league of its own compared to what Apple or Metrowerks ship for Apple development.
Sunday, August 04, 2002
Went to Musée Mécanique this morning, its awesome!, If you're in the bay area, check it out before it closes.
A few people have reported problems with the keep-alive handling in PocketSOAP 1.3.5. I posted a new build that should fix it. Please give it a go, if you've had this problem
Friday, August 02, 2002
Apple to Slam Lid on Mac OS 9 [MacSlash: A daily dose of Macintosh News and Discussion] - About time, too. [Lucas Marshall's Weblog] It should of been put down long ago. Hopefully [but unlikely i guess], it won't take as long to die off as Windows 95.
Thursday, August 01, 2002
Another Web Services blogger lands!, welcome Chris, Chris has been working on Kafka, an XSLT based SOAP server, Its way cool, it handles way more than I thought you'd be able to do with XSLT.