Monthly Archives: February 2006
Eliot Kimber and I were both on the old W3C XML Working Group during the development of the Namespaces in XML specification. Late in the process, pressure from outside the WG forced us to make a major change to the … Continue reading
Ottawa had a little earthquake (magnitude 4.5) yesterday evening at 8:39 pm EST. Ottawa is Canada’s biggest high tech centre (or at least was before the dot.bomb, drawing more investment than Toronto). Like the San Francisco Bay area, Ottawa is … Continue reading
My biggest frustration with the current Web Services debate (triggered innocently in a posting by Don Box, with followups by nearly everyone) is the lack of verifiable information. We need a big, independent study to answer two important questions about … Continue reading
Steven Levitt (of Freakonomics fame) has started a small controversy by casually mentioning that the Y2K crisis was a false prophesy (his more detailed followup posting is here; he also points to a paper that I didn’t bother reading, but … Continue reading
Bob DuCharme, author of many successful books and a long-time XML expert, is leaving Lexis-Nexis. If you’re looking to hire a senior XML person with good name recognition, you might want to make their loss into your gain.
A couple of times every month, I open all the bills, bank statements, investment statements, and government correspondence for my three (!!) corporations and blast through the paperwork (somehow, I always seem to open cheques from customers a bit more … Continue reading
In L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Project Gutenberg), the Tin Woodman was originally a human named Nick Chopper. In an effort to prevent his marrying his sweetheart, the Wicked Witch of the East cursed his axe … Continue reading