# Wednesday, 23 February 2005

Call to stay in bed.

Well, it's pretty cold right now, so tomorrow seems an excellent opportunity for us all just to stay in bed, and see if the Government falls. [via Guilty! New Labour could arrest self under new terror law | The Register]

Oh please lets. Actually, if everyone stayed in bed it could get interesting.

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Licensing and music and sort of broadcasting

The Hornet's Nest of Podcasting Music.  Anyone who thinks that a podcasted music show is an easy ticket to fame, or, less ambitiously, that music podcasting might rise effortlessly from grass roots to level terrestrial radio in a grand sweep, is in for a shock. And you can start getting shocked here. Matt May has summarized preliminary music licensing information for podcasters.  [via The RSS Weblog]

I dunno - is it this complicated in the UK? If not does that mean UK based 'casters' have an advantage?

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Hip hip hooray for DHTML

... What rich and smart client technologies enable this magic? DHTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, and XSLT. ... Savvy Web developers have known about these features for a while, ... [via Jon's Radio]

I suppose if 6 years is a while, then yes. Back then XSLT wasn't readily available but even the venerable IE4 was a powerful beast to do things with, such as ALF. Jon goes on to comment:

... but now Google has legitimized them ... My guess is that we'll see an explosion of pent-up creativity as more Web developers discover, and begin to exploit, the full power available to them.

Since it's something I've believed in all the years then I hope so, but I still reckon you need to break out of the browser and have have control over the windows as you can with Zeepe.

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# Tuesday, 22 February 2005

The Paper Said The Poll Had Also Found That Outside Labours Core Support Many Voters Thought The Prime Minister

The paper said the poll had also found that outside Labour's core support, many voters thought the prime minister was arrogant, out of touch and untrustworthy. [via Top News Article | Reuters.co.uk]

The implication is that Labour's core support thinks he's still trustworthy and "a regular kind of guy" - wow.

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# Friday, 18 February 2005

Semantic music

University launches semantic web interface ... The University of Southampton has launched a new semantic web interface, called mSpace, that it says will make searching for information online, and learning about a subject, much easier.… [via The Register]

Interesting idea, plain doesn't work in IE because they view Firefox javascript as 'standard' but doesn't work in my FireFox either, but that may be because I still only have 0.9.

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# Thursday, 17 February 2005

More wisdom

... If we're the best software development house on Earth, what in earth does it mean that we can't ramp up to write great software to protect our own OS ... Our focus is wildly mismatched with customer needs. ... And in reality, the esoteric features we pile on beyond XP and Office 97 are simply an echo-chamber of geeks' delight. ...  [via Mini-Microsoft]

Go read to fill in the dots. Some good points. There was prediction in 1995/96 that the Internet and Netscape was the end of Microsoft; they'd be dead within a year. I thought it was a completely daft analysis, in part due to the agility of Gates. It is beginning to feel that MS is rusting this time round - somehow one is not quite so sure that they will wake up.

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# Wednesday, 16 February 2005

Managing those expectations

Don't call it a comeback!.  .... IE7 is going to be a great product. I've seen a little bit of what they have booked so far and it's an impressive plan. .... [via Microsoft WebBlogs]

In the vein of setting expectations appropriately? This statement is far wilder than the very limited statement from Mr Gates. Here we have someone who has only seen a little bit and they are impressed, perhaps they are easily impressed.

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The wisdom of Phil

... If ten thousand very loud and obnoxious web geeks ... [via phil ringnalda dot com: Customers and users]

Phil went quiet for a long time but has been back a while - concerning the IE7 announcement he draws the distinction between the clamour for "standards" and what (real) customers may be wanting.

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# Tuesday, 15 February 2005

The future of radio

Future of Radio Is Downloadable.  A new station in Berlin is attempting to redefine music broadcasting for the interconnected internet age. The key will be MP3s and cell phones, not the old-fashioned radio. By Jason Walsh. [via Wired News: Top Stories]

Without broadband <sigh> impossible to tell whether this is the future or not.

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# Monday, 14 February 2005

Log Parse

Log Parser 2.2.  Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows® operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory®. [via Microsoft Download Center]

Must have a closer look at this - unclear if it is an application, an engine or both

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# Tuesday, 08 February 2005


Campbell: E-mail row 'silly fuss'.  Alastair Campbell dismisses as a "silly fuss" a row over an e-mail containing a four-letter message sent accidently to a BBC reporter. [via BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]

Priceless, absolutely priceless. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

The spokesman said: "The person you are referring to is capable of speaking for himself and he no longer works in government."


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Beware The Times

Now the Tories are seeking aggravated damages from Times Newspapers ....  and Tom Baldwin. [via BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories to sue newspaper for libel]

and that doesn't even take into account some of the more recent stuff in The Times. Hmmmm Tom Baldwin ..... Alastair Campbell, a heady mix:

"... Tom Baldwin, the Times journalist who is close to Alastair Campbell,...." [via David Kelly affair: a library of links]

To be fair, its probably beware any newspaper these days (well anydays really).

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Software deployment with Active Directory

Publish, assign, msi,  advertise, organisational unit, group policy - what a lot of stuff just to get a bit of software installed on a user's machine. My old chum provides a darn fine walk-through.
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# Wednesday, 02 February 2005

New Labour it is then

"Working for longer ... will play an important part in helping people to save to meet their retirement aspirations," Johnson told parliament on Wednesday. [via Top News Article | Reuters.co.uk]

but is this what people thought they were voting for? As a friend of mine said several years ago "you need a Labour party to implement Tory policies".

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# Tuesday, 01 February 2005

ADO memory leak

It would appear that the Execute method on a the ADO Connection object leaks memory when a CREATE TABLE or SELECT INTO statement is executed (maybe others, DROP TABLE is OK) from javascript, even when specifying adExecuteNoRecords. The only work around I can find is to close the connection and re-open.
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