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Metakit (via) Relational, object oriented, tree structured all in one database # 30th November 2003, 7:14 pm

Well-Designed Weblogs. Each of these designs makes me seethe with jealousy # 30th November 2003, 1:01 am

<LocationMatch> Directive. Is it wrong of me to get excited by this? # 30th November 2003, 12:54 am

Disinfopedia (via) The encyclopedia of propaganda—not quite sure what to make of this one # 30th November 2003, 12:50 am

Unusable Web. Keith’s superb web design guidelines # 30th November 2003, 12:46 am

New IE Holes Discovered. 7 new vulnerabilities, all currently unpatched # 30th November 2003, 12:45 am

Debuggers are a wasteful Timesink (via) It’s more a case of “don’t use them until you really have to” # 30th November 2003, 12:44 am

Repartitioning with Knoppix

I’ve been long bemoaning the fact that if you want to repartition your hard drive to install Linux as a dual boot with an existing Windows system the most frequently recommended method is to buy a copy of Partion Magic. You would have thought the open source software world would have provided a free alternative by now.

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Page and Brin’s Blog (via) Moderately amusing # 28th November 2003, 10:04 pm

Windows-to-Linux roadmap (via) Useful looking series from IBM # 28th November 2003, 4:43 pm

Why BitTorrent is a game-changer (via) Digital video is the killer app # 28th November 2003, 4:23 pm

The rootkit recently found on I won’t pretend to understand the C code, but it’s cute that it’s released under the GPL # 28th November 2003, 5:54 am

Can Google Grow Up? (via) It’s tough at the top, and it’s going to get tougher # 27th November 2003, 5:34 pm

Javascript Compression (via) Nearly halves the size of getElementBySelector.js # 27th November 2003, 4:49 pm

Minor spam victory. I’ve deleted the spam comments now but they were pretty amusing # 27th November 2003, 4:46 pm

Google vs. Evil (via) “Don’t be evil” # 27th November 2003, 4:24 pm


Charles Miller, in Google, Microsoft and Tall Poppies.:

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Dotcom Memories (via) It’s all about the M&Ms # 27th November 2003, 3:42 pm

IXR 2.0

Harry Fuecks has been hacking on my XML-RPC library, and has released a new version with some significant changes. His article on phpPatterns describes the changes and provides a link to download the updated code. He’s made a bunch of interesting architectural changes which take advantage of a number of useful PEAR classes, including HTTP_Request which provides support for proxies and authentication, two frequently requested features.

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Font Size: No Happy Medium. Sometimes I just wish for ignorance # 27th November 2003, 1:35 am

The rsync algorithm. The glorious technical details # 27th November 2003, 1:03 am

Tears for Istanbul. I wish I could write like this # 26th November 2003, 8:10 pm

Quake done Quick. Quake in 12 minutes 23 seconds # 26th November 2003, 8:08 pm

Super Mario Brothers 3... in 11 minutes. Wow. Reminds me of Quake Done Quick. # 26th November 2003, 8:07 pm

The End of RSS (via) Even with caching, RSS simply doesn’t scale # 26th November 2003, 4:58 pm

How to freeze Python classes (via) Fun with __setattr__ # 26th November 2003, 4:45 pm