# Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Sky Robo (Hirobo XRB-SR)

A bit of fun when one gets bored with finding needles in plugable protocols:

(The training safety skid is for the son <g>).

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Not in the rurals then....

Operators are expected to build out networks so that they cover 80 per cent of the UK population by 2007 [via UK 3G rollout targets 'too tough' | The Register]

I don't suppose Radwinter will be in that 80% given that even though we are only about 40 miles from London we will be one of the last in the country to get broadband (I'm assuming we will get it and BT won't wriggle out in the next 6 months). Ah well, comes of living a 'lifestyle' - I should have a real job and live in a city. Don't really know why I even half expect to get 3G, here even 2/2.5G only gives 1 bar on the mobile if you stand still in the right place and its a nice day and there is an r in the month and.....


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# Tuesday, 09 November 2004

.NET Survey Software

NSurvey v1.6 has been released.  The 1.6 version of NSurvey a free, open source survey / form engine is now available. New features like multi users / rights management and a new "user provider" model have been added to support large corporate or universities environments. [via TheServerSide.NET: Your Enterprise .NET Community]

Might be worth a look. Appears to be unencumbered by strange licensing.

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# Saturday, 06 November 2004

Apparently its next week (is that three days time?)......

According to this article: Coming next week: Konfabulator for Windows .... Now Konfabulator is coming out for Windows, allegedly on Monday of next week ... I’ll be experimenting with Konfabulator as soon as it comes out and posting more about it here. [Thanks to Marc at The Office Weblog for pointing this out.] [via The JavaScript Weblog]


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Konfabulator Coming to Windows.

Konfabulator Coming to Windows.  islandroots writes "Arlo Rose, developer of the popular Konfabulator widget, is moving his application from Mac OS X to Windows. Back when Apple unveiled their next OS, Mac OS X Tiger with Dashboard, Arlo Rose accused Apple of copying his application. 'We're all diehard Macintosh developers here, but we recognize that Windows is the dominant platform,' Rose said in a statement. 'When you have a great idea, you want more than 2 percent of the global market to have access to it.'" [via Slashdot]

According to /. ers, Konfabulator is a rip off of various things - couldnt be bothered to see how many (hint - if any!) predate Zeepe/WPM. I thought this Konfabulator thing was meant to be coming to Windows yonks ago. Anyways, if you want very similar stuff now - go get Zeepe.

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# Friday, 29 October 2004

Good PR

For ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Web Developer, we have to be able to deliver a super high quality product that is rock solid from a functional perspective, can run the world’s largest sites/applications for months without hiccups, is bullet-proof secure, and is faster than previous versions despite having infinitely more features (do a file size diff on System.Web.dll comparing V2 with V1.1 and you’ll see that it is 4 times larger). [via Testing ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Web Developer]

The sort of claims that can come back and bite you very hard (bullet-proof secure was perhaps a little unwise given Oracle's experience) but a very interesting article with good PR value (the open source people will have a job responding to this).


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# Wednesday, 27 October 2004


Under Gmail's hood.  .... So what's this got to do with Gmail and the future of Web UI? I suggest there's no one-size-fits-all solution. In many cases, what will make the most sense is a hybrid application that uses Web 1.0 for all it's worth, pushes the DHTML envelope, and weaves in rich-client technology where it adds the most leverage.  [via Jon's Radio]

Absolutely; the phrase I used years ago was "bread-board" programming - DHTML is great for this (and Zeepe provides a great platform in which to do wonderful presentation of the results <g>).

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# Wednesday, 13 October 2004

To be inactive is not to be unemployed.

There are probably definitions of these things somewhere that clear up the confusion but the close jaxtaposition of these two factoids [from a Reuters page of October stats from the ONS], both using 'since 1984' stood out:

Still, the more internationally-recognised ILO measure of the unemployment rate in Britain fell to 4.7 percent in the three months to August, the lowest since comparable records began in 1984.


The ONS also said the number of inactive people of working age rose by 91,000 on the quarter to 7.93 million, the highest figure since this series began in 1984.

I wonder what the official definition of full-employment is - its what the govt seem to keep claiming we have.

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# Monday, 11 October 2004

Stoopid things said by the MS spin machine - part 87

Rob Relyea on Fixing the XAML Attribute Grammar.  Rob's been talking about fixing various parts of XAML lately ... However, Rob isn't telling us just want the changes are likely to be because, as he puts it, "I'm not going into great detail in the description of our fix because I'd prefer to be the first company to ship our design.  :-)"

... it's nice to see us grow into the role of thought leader instead of follower. [via Marquee de Sells: Chris's insight outlet]

Getting a bit desparate when syntax changes to a disastrous piece of design work is sold as leading the pack, they've not got a lot of track record that their second round of design (.NET 2 is still being revised - this is the third bite at the cherrry) is going to be that much better than the first so they might regret the secret approach.

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