Archive | July, 2004

MS Friday Security Bulletin

Garrett Fitzgerald’s Blog breaks the news of a Security bulletin from MS. “Microsoft breaks its normal security release schedule today to address the download.ject vulnerability, among others. Patch it while it’s hot! :-)”

Garretts also got a link on his blog to a really neat graphical demonstration of sorting algorithm efficiencies:
Sorting Algorithm Demos.

Danese Cooper asks ‘What if Mozilla were to win in the end?’

Danese Cooper reports on a rare event:

Anyway, the presenter was doing his pitch in a polished way and at one
point he said he wanted to show us a “really cool” feature and he
looked up into the audience and said “Show of hands…How many of you
use Internet Explorer?”. Probably 99 times out of 100 when he asks that
question all the hands go up, right? Well first there was a pause and
then a giggle and then a whoop of laughter as the audience looked
around and realized that NO ONE had raised a hand.

This was a pretty unusual crowd, but perhaps they know something…

JibJab threatened with copyright infringement

Outrageous! Parody or Satire, the hysterical JibJib take-off on “This
Land is Your Land” deserves protection as a work of art. There is
something wrong with a copyright system that doesn’t protect but rather
prevents the priviledge to use a song that has become part of American
culture. The song is sixty years old, and it’s author sadly left us too
soon, nearly four decades ago.
Parody or Satire? Threat To Sue JibJab [Slashdot:]
The Founding Fathers intended copyright (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8)
“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by
securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive
Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;” and the Congress
created a 14-year term for copyrights, later doubled, doubled again and
has since expanded to many times. Let us return to the Founder’s
Copyright or the doubled term, and return to the modern world the right
to use, derive and build on the great works of those who have come
before us.

Google’s got Bosworth: wow, what’s next from them?

Steve Gillmor makes some interesting predictions
in his news that Adam Bosworth has moved from BEA to Google: Google’s
quiet in its pre-IPO phase, but Steve tells Microsoft: Be afraid.

Interesting news, too: ECMAScript has been standardized with XML
datatypes, effectively making it the XML scripting language. That
should make for some interesting applications. Thanks to The Doc Searls Weblog for the link.

Rick Strahl: Flexible Web Service Consumption Using VFP

Rick Strahl’s got a great article on his site that shows how VFP can
consume more complex Web Services than the silly “Hello, World”
examples, using Rick’s free wwSOAP classes. I recently worked with a
client who was transferring data back and forth (from a non-Microsoft
based service) using parameter objects, and the VFP work was not
trivial. Wish I’d had this article then. Great stuff!

[Updated, a better link and article — ed]

“Article: Calling .Net Web Services for Data Access with Visual FoxPro.
Find out how to create a .Net Web Service that serves up data in a
variety of ways, then see how to consume this data with Visual FoxPro.
.Net Web Services are easy to develop, debug and deploy, but consuming
the data, especially with Visual FoxPro is not always as straight
forward as you might think. This article discusses how to pass complex
data between .Net Web Services and Visual FoxPro and provides several
tools to facilitate and standardize the process of building solid Web
Service clients for your applications and workaround some of the
limitations. By West Wind Technologies.” Link via FoxCentral News

Convention Bloggers

Fifty bloggers were credentialed as journalists to blog the convention from the Fleet Center. I just saw CNN cut to Dave Sifry of Technorati fame to tell CNN what the blogosphere was saying. Keep up with the bloggers at


It’s too tempting not to peek: the six feeds from NPR are links of the
topicId=3 and so forth., You just gotta know, dontcha? It looks like
topicID=1 is for the real NPR news junkies – everything! Mmmmm, news
from the firehose!

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