Links and stuff (24/11/2006)

I realised I hadn’t put in one of these posts in a while. The level in my “To Blog” bookmark tag was dangerously high… here we go!

I really enjoy this, rather old article on superstitions in relation to computers. I never bothered counting my superstitions on Windows, but given that I’ve given up on understanding Microsoft’s products I suspect they run in the thousands.

Every developer needs Cenqua’s Commentator. I’m getting it as soon as I’ve saved the money. It’ll be the first piece of software that I pay for myself in years. Worth every penny though.

libgfshare. Please, go off and write some cool software using it. Please! If I were a FirefoxIceWeasel user I would use the Python sidebar. It looks so useful I might look into creating one for epiphany. If you’re considering doing something cool with PDF docs, have a look at extendedPDF. I think I’ve mentioned Rob Bradford’s GConf difftool in another post, or maybe not. Anyway, I’m hoping that’s the first step towards a tool that lets you export GConf settings between machines. Are you a Python web developer, Python Paste is yet another framework.

If you still believe that “do no evil” is enough then you won’t be interested in Google Watch. I however thing they should upgrade their slogan to “do good”, so I am interested.

I found the following post funny, but I’m probably the only one. Havoc doesn’t understand why distributed VCS is better then Subversion. I suppose that’s what happens when you are a famous FLOSS person that immediately gain submit access to any project one shows an interest in. For the rest of us; thank goodness for distributed VCS.

Old news, but Firefly fans are bloody brilliant.

More old news, I don’t really see why I should worry about “identity theft” from someone rummaging through the rubbish in my wheely bins while the UK banks are so careless with client information.

With great power comes great responsibility. It’s sad when language designers don’t believe the developers deserve the responsibility. Here’s a post on the difference in attitude between C# and Python when it comes to empowering the developer.

I had fun reading about the evolution of a Haskell programmer, even though I didn’t understand all the code.

Well, I actually do believe in the cheerleader defense for wireless networks. Anyone who has looked at software security knows that plausable deniability is much easier to achieve than locking down a system. IANAL but I still believe in the phrase “beyond reasonable doubt”.

Now, I wasn’t planning on running Vista on any of my private machines. After reading this, rather long, article on Vista’s EULA I’m absolutely certain of that. I’m almost thinking Microsoft is taking a piss out of their users. However, evidence is mounting that they aren’t. I can’t help but wonder how their “de-activation” will hold up in legal systems outside of the US. I also wonder how much further this distrust-your-user craziness in EULAs can be taken before users start reacting negatively.

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