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My biggest problem with Wikipedia

Summary: You can’t partition a web site’s users into discrete groups by language. I don’t worry much about Wikipedia’s objectivity or reliability — no sources (especially not newspapers or Britannica) are objective or reliable, and at least Wikipedia preserves its … Continue reading

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REST, the Lost Update Problem, and the Sneakernet Test

Dare Obasanjo is giving a bit of pushback on the Atom Publishing Protocol, but the part that caught my attention was the section on the Lost Update Problem. This doesn’t have to do with REST per se as much as … Continue reading

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Anonymity and freedom

Elliotte Rusty Harold is right that anonymity goes together with freedom, and I was happy to read his excellent posting How to Blog Anonymously. Rusty distinguishes three different kinds of anonymity — roughly “I don’t want to be embarrassed”, “I … Continue reading

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REST: the quick pitch

Now that the Java world is noticing REST, the low-pain alternative to RPC standards like WS-*, people are starting to blog about it again. Gossip with other IT folks also tells me that people’s customers are actually asking for REST … Continue reading

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XML 2006 pickled and preserved

The XML 2006 site is now pickled and preserved for long-term storage. Almost all of the presenters got their papers or slides in for the proceedings, if not on time, at least in time. Unfortunately, if you want to see … Continue reading

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Templating languages and XML

Erich Schubert is talking about web templating languages. He’s looking for a pure-XML templating solution, but that might not be necessary for simple web-page design, where we don’t need all the extra benefits of heavy-duty transformation standards like XSLT. Keeping … Continue reading

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How not to suck at your presentation

So you’re going to speak at a conference. Congratulations! I cannot help you much with making your presentation interesting, but at a minimum, you want it not to suck — “suck” is what happens when you annoy dozens or hundreds … Continue reading

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Gap buffers

Tim Bray updated an old piece on binary search this morning — I missed it the first time around, so I was glad that it popped up in my blog reader. Tim’s taking some flak about data abstraction from people … Continue reading

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How many environments?

Assume that you are a lone developer, maintaining a small web site in a shared hosting account. How many software environments do you need from development to production? One environment On the simplest level, you could develop directly in your … Continue reading

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Two small, useful Nautilus shell scripts

If you use a Unix-family operating system with the Gnome desktop and its default Nautilus file browser, you might know that you can extend Nautilus using simple shell scripts. Here two short and simple scripts. Terminal window This script, which … Continue reading

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