Neil's Place

July 11, 2003

3:29 PM They finally found me

After one and a half years, it looks like my former employer has realized that they need to stop paying for my Internet access. Thus, as of today, the email address ndeakin@sympatico.ca no longer works.

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July 10, 2003

RSS Notification Ideas
I'll have to think more about how this could be better managed.

4:18 PM Topicalla 0.0001 pre-release alpha 0.1 now available

OK, since someone asked, I threw together a Linux build of Topicalla. It also includes a page where you can test entering ReoPath expressions for RDF files. It may take some time for the download to reach the mirrors.

Currently, you can view RSS and FOAF info as well as some other stuff. So far, there isn't much of the magic that makes this project so interesting, so as yet, you might not think it was ' blisteringly innovative'.

However, it does demonstrate using Reopath to create XUL, instead of using XUL templates. The idea is to eventually allow something like the following (currently the syntax is a bit wordier):

<listbox id="rssItems" flex="1"
         rp:repeatOn="sort(rss:items[dc:creator='Neil'],dc:date)">
  <listitem label="?rss:title"/>
</listbox>

Anyway, if someone wishes, I will write some documentation about the interfaces used.

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July 8, 2003

Worst Windows screenshot ever
This is the ugliest looking UI I've ever seen. Only beta though, so MS has time to make it even worse.

Dashboard
Interesting progress on Dashboard application. The related info to a word/sentence lookup is something I had in mind for the Topicalla editor.

3:42 PM URL structure change

Inspired by mpt (what? you're crazy!), I changed the URL structure for my weblog.

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July 6, 2003

4:22 PM Make that five

OK, now it's five times I've needed to get dressed up. Yesterday I went to a wedding. I haven't been to one in 27 years so I didn't know what to expect.

Sadly, television has failed me. Of all the hundreds of weddings I've seen on TV, I've come to expect that something zany always happens. Not so. For instance:

When the minister asked if anyone had a reason why the marriage should not occur, did anyone run in screaming? No.

Was Jackie Chan chased across the table, knocking over the wedding cake? No.

Was someone frantically trying to distract everyone while a corpse was moved from place to place? No.

Did the bride have a baby during the ceremony? No

Did the sprinklers turn on while I was walking across the lawn? Er, ok, that actually did happen.

One thing they never show you in TV weddings is a lengthy forms signing process that happens during the ceremony. I thought the honeymoon was starting right away and the now married couple needed to go through customs before leaving.

Anyway, it was all quite interesting. It even rained 6 minutes after it ended.

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June 28, 2003

12:09 PM Standards poll

I haven't done a poll in a while.

What do you do if the standards don't do what you need?

Come up with an alternative standards-based solution
Make up new standards
Embrace, extend, extinguish
Whine, moan, complain
Standards? Standards are for weenies!
Go back to bed

Results

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June 26, 2003

10:44 PM Looking for a RSS service like this...

I'm looking for a URL/WebService in which I can pass a list of RSS URLs and it will return a list of last update times for them. That way I can compare them client-side and download only the updated feeds.

Does such a thing currently exist? Surely so.

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12:04 PM XUL Maker

A new version of XUL Maker is available. It's a visual IDE for XUL. I think it shows great potential, however I don't like the UI. It's way too complicated. For instance the content area by default is only 25% of the window. The rest is occupied by row upon row of toolbars, a sidebar and a help area.

So I wrote a lengthy piece on what I think should be done to simplify the interface.

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June 24, 2003

12:24 PM Interesting Events of the Day

Yesterday, two interesting things happened:

  • A dog's nose touched me.
  • I intentionally ate a mushroom.

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