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XML highlights for PHP 5

XML in PHP5: An in-depth look into advanced XML features (via Keith) does exactly what it says on the tin. Here are the bits that caught my eye:

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I’ve ordered my PowerBook

Thanks to everyone who provided advice on buying a Mac—it provide incredibly helpful in making my selection. I placed my order this afternoon for a 15" 1 GHz PowerBook with a SuperDrive, backlit keyboard and 60 GB of Hard Disk space. I went with the minimum possible memory (256 MB) and plan to buy an extra 512 MB from Crucial (for less than half the price Apple charge) in a few weeks time.

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Donate to the PSF! Support Python as well. # 20th December 2003, 10:02 pm

XML in PHP5 (via) An in-depth look into advanced XML features # 20th December 2003, 9:56 pm

Donate to the Mozilla Foundation. I’m waiting until after Christmas to see if I can afford $50 for the T-Shirt option. # 20th December 2003, 9:55 pm Make A Donation. I tipped them a few bucks this year. # 20th December 2003, 9:54 pm

Anatomy of a linkblog. Keith’s design process for building his linkblog # 20th December 2003, 9:53 pm

Atom autodiscovery test suite

Mark Pilgrim has released the Atom autodiscovery test suite, comprising 148 tests:

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Con Job at Diebold Subsidiary (via) Unbelievable: 5 convicted felons at Diebold, one a programmer convicted of falsifying records # 20th December 2003, 12:37 am

Open Mosix

I can’t remember how I stumbled across it, but Open Mosix looks like a really interesting project. It’s a Linux kernel extension that makes creating a Linux cluster is as simple as installing a kernel module on a number of machines and supplying each one with a shared config file.

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Restoration Software (via) Digitally restoring films with Macs # 19th December 2003, 4:44 pm

The RIAA Succeeds Where the Cypherpunks Failed (via) Shirky compares file sharing to prohibition # 18th December 2003, 7:58 pm

Google gets digital toilets (via) Imagine what they’ll be buying after the IPO # 18th December 2003, 12:52 am

Turn On Search. Tim Bray’s open source search engine call to arms # 18th December 2003, 12:41 am

Google Search: programming language. Python, then Perl, then Java # 17th December 2003, 4 am

404 ERROR— (via) Usability error starring Jakob Nielsen # 17th December 2003, 3:41 am

PostScript control structures. PostScript is a full on stack-based programming language # 17th December 2003, 3:39 am

2004 Digital Edge Awards Finalists. We’re up for 5 different awards! # 17th December 2003, 3:16 am

Blaster and the great blackout (via) Bruce Schneier writes for # 17th December 2003, 3:10 am

Q+A—Edward Tufte (via) “There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.” # 17th December 2003, 3:03 am

CSS, Accesibility and Standards Links (via) Great selection of links, nicely formatted # 17th December 2003, 2:52 am

Microsoft Security FAQ (via) Point your less technical friends here # 17th December 2003, 2:50 am

Color scheme. Awesome colour scheme helper tool from pixy # 17th December 2003, 2:43 am

BitTorrent and RSS. Maybe RSS can scale after all # 17th December 2003, 2:40 am

Winamp 5. Winamp 2 + Winamp 3 + Winamp 5 # 17th December 2003, 2:38 am

Innapropriate Abstractions. Anders Hejlsberg + Bill Venners + Bruce Eckel = fascinating conversation # 17th December 2003, 2:09 am

About Google Print (BETA) (via) Google’s take on “search inside the book” # 16th December 2003, 7:31 pm