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Jingle is out there

For those of us working with XMPP, this is probably the best christmas present we could have. Yesterday, the Jabber Software Foundation, announced two new JEPs (similar to the RFCs of IETF, they define extensions to the basic XMPP RFCs), Jingle Signalling and Jingle Audio, to specify a standard way for XMPP clients to negotiate Voice over IP sessions. In the wings of that announcement, Google released libjingle (also look at the SourceForge Project page for libjingle), a C++ library to implement the Jingle spec.


Maybe I'm old and grumpy, but after reading that Microsoft will use the same icon for RSS feeds in IE that Firefox uses, the only phrase that stuck in my memory was this one: embrace and extend. We'll see. Technorati Tags: mozilla, rss, safari, microsoft

Blog recommendation

One blog that I follow with interest is Bruce Schneier Schneier on Security. I like his practical approach to security, but most of all I like to read some of the clippings he collects from several sources and from anonymous emails he receives. Just today he posted two articles, all good: Korea Solves the Identity Theft Problem;Weakest Link Security: extremely funny, or not.Recommended. Technorati Tags: security, schneier

Harry Potter

I like the Harry Potter books, I own all of them, in both Portuguese and English. Tonight I went to see the latest Harry Potter film, The Goblet of Fire. Let me start saying that it is a big book, around 790 pages. Also, it's packed with lots of action. The next book, the Order of Phoenix is much slower than this one, for example. So making a film around this fourth book would be a challenge.

Link dump

Not something that I usually do, but I wanted to clear some links from my Safari toolbar: IBM Ajax explanation: nice and complete step-by-step explanation of what is this Ajax thing all about. In a world with prototype and its easy to forget how things work;[Emily's "10 things a developer girlfriend needs to know"]( a must forward to your girlfriend/wife, in case you are a developer;Bush on the Constitution - 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper': I was going to write 'hilarious' as my comment, but no, its not hilarious, its sad.

Ruby on Rails 1.0

Ruby on Rails hits 1.0. Congratulations to all in the core team. Since discovering Catalyst, I've left Ruby on Rails behind me, but it was RoR that got me hooked in Ruby, and for that I thank them. Ruby really is a lovely and clean language. I can only hope that Perl6 cleans some of the "issues" with Perl5. And from what I can see from the presentations I've seen in the last year, it will :).

PSP rockz

I bought^H^H^H^H^H^Hreceived as a present a PSP last October, and to be brief, it's been great. For quite some time now, I couldn't get myself in front of a TV, plug all the PS2 stuff, and play. Sitting there in front of that brain-sucking-device seemed a waste of time. And it's a pity, because although not a hard-core gamer, I like to play video games a lot. The PSP changed all that.


After a small break, I'm back. I had some problems with MT, a trip to london perl workshop and some powerbook updates. Also PSP stuff and perl mongers stories. All of this and much more, right after the break.

Using Launchd in Mac OS X

In case you where wondering where all your crontabs went after you upgraded to Tiger, check out Mac DevCenter article about launchd. Good stuff. Technorati Tags: apple, mac, osx