Week ending Sunday 2009/03/29

Monday 12:02 · Software pricing is inherently insane: www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/03/23/oracle_power6_pricing/ [Original.]

Monday 13:55 · Grumpy. Drowning my sorrows in code. Works better than neurochemicals. [Original.]

Monday 16:00 · QCon ran this nice but not-terribly-newsy interview with me. Weirdly, /. picked it up. Puzzling information flows. www.infoq.com/interviews/tim-bray-future-of-web [Original.]

Monday 16:02 · Warning @mezzoblue is a decent-looking guy but not nearly as pretty as his avatar. [Original.]

Monday 16:34 · It's hard to keep an eye on the Net for what it thinks about the Sun Cloud. Weather reports keep getting in the way. [Original.]

Tuesday 0:15 · Gavin Bryars' "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet" is good late-night listening. [Original.]

Tuesday 11:28 · Yow, @mjasay suggests an HP/Oracle bid for Sun is in play. Gotta love the juiciness of that one, whether it's true is totally irrelevant. [Original.]

Tuesday 12:04 · SLRs don't have to be black; tasty olive Pentax: www.pentax.jp/japan/news/2009/200909.html [Original.]

Tuesday 12:13 · @efreese G1 is the best phone I've ever had. Worst: GPS, battery. Best: maps, slick UI, & I can program it myself, easy! [Original, responding to @efreese.]

Tuesday 13:38 · Am I bad person for wishing that Gmail had a single delete-all-unread button? [Original.]

Tuesday 14:31 · There are apparently a substantial number of people who sit there & copy news headlines into Twitter. [Original.]

Tuesday 17:13 · To get '@@fields' from a's class, you use a.class.instance_variable_get("@fields"). Of course. [Original.]

Tuesday 17:16 · Oooh I want one of the new OpenSolaris shirts: blogs.sun.com/jimgris/entry/the_new_opensolaris_t_shirt [Original.]

Tuesday 18:59 · @mentalguy Seems to work just fine, as long as I don't mind feeding Ruby an extra '@' [Original, responding to @mentalguy.]

Tuesday 18:59 · @jimweirich Why? I sense a valuable lesson lurking in here. [Original, responding to @jimweirich.]

Wednesday 11:00 · Cloud computing, n. - The latest in many waves of technology chiefly aimed at routing around the IT department. [Original.]

Wednesday 14:15 · Someone just referred back to this 2004 piece, 47 Ways To Say “Broken”, which might provide a midafternoon smile: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2004/08/18/Borked [Original.]

Wednesday 14:33 · Mixing recursion, mixins, and a big stupid gap in the unit tests can produce some amazingly opaque stack traces. [Original.]

Wednesday 15:56 · @pkedrosky Hoping the injuries are non-serious. Or at least that you had enough fun on the way down to make it worthwhile. [Original, responding to @pkedrosky.]

Wednesday 16:22 · Hah... CraigMcC's code just successfully integrated with mine for the first time. Cloud combinatorics. HTTP FTW. [Original.]

Wednesday 20:47 · Kenai gits git: kenai.com/projects/help/pages/SourceControl#About_Git [Original.]

Wednesday 21:53 · On Rack: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/03/25/On-Rack [Original.]

Wednesday 22:53 · @adambosworth T is yet another communication channel that we didn't know we needed until we had it. Wonder how many more there are? [Original, responding to @adambosworth.]

Thursday 11:41 · Looking at portablecontacts.net/draft-spec.html & thinking about API design choices. Really don't like the JSON-*or*-XML trend. Adds work, no benefit, pick 1. [Original.]

Thursday 12:00 · Msft says there's a secret "Cloud Manifesto" in the works. Secret from me too, FWIW. blogs.msdn.com/stevemar/archive/2009/03/26/moving-toward-an-open-process-on-cloud-computing-interoperability.aspx [Original.]

Thursday 12:52 · On the other hand, just because Microsoft is paranoid doesn't mean... [Original.]

Thursday 13:12 · This Ruby class is growing like cancer & I can't see how to split it. Usually this means the core idea of the class is wrong. [Original.]

Thursday 16:35 · >> JSON.parse("true")
JSON::ParserError: source 'true' not in JSON!
erggh [Original.]

Thursday 16:39 · >> JSON.parse "[true]"
=> [true]
>> JSON.generate(true)
=> "true" [Original.]

Thursday 16:43 · @kidehen Sure, the RDF.net challenge is still on in principle. Whatcha got? [Original, responding to @kidehen.]

Thursday 16:47 · @binary42 Hah, per RFC4627 Section 2.2, I believe you're right. In which case JSON.generate is busted, but hey. [Original, responding to @binary42.]

Thursday 22:58 · body = JSON.parse env['rack.input'].read - why of course [Original.]

Friday 0:08 · @morrildl Thank you for saying that [Original, responding to @morrildl.]

Friday 11:25 · Sitting in a future-of-the-Net consultation run by www.isd.org - one of the few geeks in the room which is good. [Original.]

Friday 14:45 · News flash: social/environmental activists generally think the Net is part of the solution. This makes me happy. [Original.]

Saturday 14:36 · Unrelievedly miserable day in Vancouver. [Original.]

Saturday 14:51 · Watching Portugal-Sweden 2010 World Cup qualifier. Both teams playing well; Portugal better but are shameless divers. Ref should card 'em. [Original.]

Saturday 15:09 · RT @br3nda "They're full of green useless space." UI critique not bad urban planning. [Original.]

Saturday 22:38 · Big New Yorker piece about mideast peace (Hersh gets email from Bashar?) is busted, page 3 is page 1. Anyone know anyone there? [Original.]

Saturday 23:34 · Green Eggs and Toast: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/03/28/Green-Eggs-and-Toast [Original.]

Sunday 0:20 · Dark-morning market lights: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/03/29/Granville-Island [Original.]

Sunday 0:34 · @joshu Difficult to read on what? [Original, responding to @joshu.]

Sunday 10:03 · Amusing that Nick Carr has turned off comments on his latest "Nothing new in Wikipedia" article. www.roughtype.com/archives/2009/03/potemkin_villag.php Carr's piec is misleading [Original.]

Sunday 13:49 · Get yer Cloud Computing manifestos (plural): wiki.cloudcommunity.org/wiki/Cloud_Computing_Manifesto and gevaperry.typepad.com/Open%20Cloud%20Manifesto%20v1.0.9.pdf - in related news, motherhood and apple pie are good. [Original.]

Sunday 17:02 · Watching hockey on TV and blogging. Pleasantly indolent Sunday afternoon. [Original.]

Sunday 18:07 · Canucks/Black Hawks turning seriously nasty. Well, in an entertaining kind of way. [Original.]

Sunday 19:06 · @blaine The chutneys are the thing. [Original, responding to @blaine.]

Sunday 19:56 · Wikipedianism: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/03/29/Wikipedianism [Original.]

Sunday 21:59 · David Lindley & El Rayo-X: "Very Greasy" - outstanding music [Original.]

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