Archive | August, 2002

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Chris Browne has some interesting links to xBase database technology and formats here.

Growing up in New England (weather) must scar one for life.

The battle of the biggies: in this link Sam Ruby pits Doc Searls, Dave Winer, Lawrence Lessig, Josh Allen and Tim O’Reilly, in a single sentence. Talk about name dropping. Everyone seems to be up in arms about what everyone else is saying about what everyone else said about copyright. Boy, am I confused!

Found another contestant in the email biz today: Pegasus Email and Mercury Mail Transport are free. Manuals and support are extra, but pretty reasonable, too.

Post dated 2002-08-20 00:00:00

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Tonight is the first meeting of the New England Info Security User Group, run by former co-worker Brad Dinerman. Official kick-off is the September meeting, so we’ll see how this one goes. Getting a demo from SonicWall on their firewall products tonight. Should be fun.

Post dated 2002-08-18 00:00:00

Sunday, August 18, 2002

Sunday. Spent the morning digging yuck out from between the floorboards upstairs and scribbing them down with bleach. It seems this was a place the dogs used to like to mark, and now it seems wet and slimy. Hopefully killed the mold.

Assembled the last three porch screens today and got them out to the porch. Assmbly was too much to consider in the heat today. Yet another 100 degree day.

The folks over at are trying to add in Rich Site Summary (RSS) information that would make it easier to have sites produce summary information that could be aggregated. Jon Udell explains some of what this means here. The Twiki folks are working here.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Steve and I saw “Signs” today. What a good film.

Sent out some invoices and signed contracts. Always a good thing.

Continuing to research feasibility of email book. We’ll see.

Updated some sections on the SourceSafe wiki.

New Service Pack 6 for SourceSafe 6.0, “The Last of the Six-Oh Apps Standing,” although VB die-hards might disagree with me.

Hot night, too hot to sleep. Going to add Breaking Windows to my when-I-get-around-to-reading list. And perhaps The Innovator’s Dilemma, too.

Post dated 2002-08-13 00:00:00

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

SlashDot’s Slashback column had a mention of “Revolution OS,” a documentary on the Linux, Open Source and Free Software movements. Preview a nine-minute short from the film here or visit their website here. The film should be out on DVD and VHS this year.

Novell is pushing a white paper titled “What Microsoft Doesn’t Want You To Know,” a brutal beating of Microsoft for security failures, and the laundry list of complaints on Microsoft Licensing 6.0.

TWikiGuest – 13 Aug 2002

Post dated 2002-08-12 00:00:00

Monday, August 12, 2002

FoxPro makes the news!, although not in the way that Fox zealots would like. The article details a conversion of Westport River Wineries away from FoxPro to Linux, thanks to IBM. Remember when IBM was the bad guy and Microsoft the scrappy young promise?

Ah, the pieces start to fall into place. I missed the announcement Microsoft made about Trustbridge, their proposal for security within Web Services. That relies on WS-Security, a proposed standard. That’s written with some IP from Microsoft, IBM and Verisign that’s threatening to require royalties, introducing the “reasonable and non-descriminatory” (RAND) fee charged for an “Internet standard” that will push the open source movement off to one side. I think. So many players. So many stories. In this article. Verisign is promising an open-source version on SourceForge, so that doesn’t add up…

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. — Mark Twain

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