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Twitter

Twitter.com is becoming a world wide chat-room or IRC channel, where two or three people have a conversation twitting their messages. Crazy. Get a room already!

JQuery Love

I'm not a Javascript guru, I just dabble a bit, and most of the time I would only reuse stuff from other persons. Until I spent a weekend with JQuery. I needed a small JS lib to do some stuff in a application I'm working on. Basic stuff, like edit in place, building HTML live and adding more options to forms. After looking at the tutorials and "how it works"-kind of pages, I started to try it out.

JSF renamed

Yay! The Jabber Software Foundation is now the XMPP Standards Foundation. I think this is great news. Of interest: recently in a mailing list I subscribe to, there was an impromptu exchange of instant messaging addresses. I was very very happy to see that the majority had a Jabber address, mainly using GTalk service. This was not a geek list, by the way.

MacFUSE, by Google

Awesome news: Today Google is releasing MacFUSE, an open-source Mac port of the FUSE mechanism for Linux. Like FUSE, it enables developers to implement a fully functional file system in a user-space program. And since it aims to be API-compliant with the original FUSE (Filesystem in USErspace) for Linux, it makes many existing FUSE file systems readily usable on Mac OS X. The core of MacFUSE consists of a dynamically loadable kernel extension.

Jobs keynote: $60M per minute

With the 100 minute Apple keynote where the iPhone was introduce, Apple market capitalization raise $6B. Thats sixty-million dollars per minute right there. This and much more info on this post.

Apple TV

When I first saw the presentation of this last year, I was not terrible impressed. But I've been looking for a device that would connect to the TV and allow me to play XVid and DivX files. I would upload the files via ethernet or wifi and I would have a small interface on the TV to play them. Right now, the Apple TV does most of what I want. I don't expect support for DivX or XVid anytime soon, so we will need to do some transcoding, but as long as we can do it, I think I found my box.

iPhone

It's here, everybody has an opinion: I like: the weight is the same as an iPod 5G. It's a tiny bit shorter, and a tiny bit thicker;160 dpi screen.I don't like, but I hope they change it in time: the lack of support for third party applications;the lack of 3G: I don't believe they will launch in Europe without this.Overall, very very good. I want one. Update: there is a good iPhone video demo online at YouTube.

Tip: MySQL is not that helpful sometimes

Stupid problem today. In a listing I had, I had a percent column. The problem was that the database definition for that column was wrong, it used DECIMAL(2,4). Yes, 100% will not fit in there. Also: this syntax was valid in 3.x but with 5.x you need DECIMAL(6,4). I'm using now DECIMAL(7,4) to fit the edge case. My peeve with MySQL is that if I give him 100 to put in that column he will not complain nor store NULL.

In case you where wondering...

This site will be on-and-off during the day. The 4th result in the Google search results for iPhone is hosted in the same server as this site... We are dealing with it :).

In case you where wondering...

This site will be on-and-off during the day. The 4th result in the Google search results for iPhone is hosted in the same server as this site... We are dealing with it :).