JUL
31
2008

Almost a gnome

While reading ESR's blog I came across a questionnaire to find out what kind of D&D character I'd be. I've only once joined in on a D&D role-playing evening and found it was not for me. This query is interesting though because of the many questions you have to answer and for which you have to make up your mind about which of the given options applies best to you.

JUL
29
2008

Only Firefox 3 handles Javascript menace well

After visiting a really nice collection of exhibit gardens, I decided to make an application to see how different plants are related by making a phylogentic tree generating webpage.

JUL
25
2008

Looking for green plants

Do you know about DBpedia? It's a project that lets you perform complex queries on the content of wikipedia. I've been playing with it a bit and want to share some examples. Try to come up with cool queries!

To query DBpedia, there is convenient form. Queries are performed in SPARQL. SPARQL is a query language that takes some getting used to. So I'll start with a few simple examples.

JUL
24
2008

Re: Strigi Loaded

Sebastian is apologizing to me for writing code. This is a bit strange and I need to reply to his post. The discussion below is really more suited for a mailing list, but since I did not start it I have no choice in the matter.

JUL
22
2008

Strange UDF DVD

My sister-in-law got married and the wedding photographer made a DVD with 412 pictures. Unfortunately, my parents-in-law could not read the DVD, either with Linux (which is their main OS) nor with Windows XP. So they gave the DVD to me and I had a look.

The DVD is a DVD-R and my Linux version (Hardy Heron) tried to open it: it showed the dialog asking if it should mount the DVD. A failure message opened asking me to have a look at dmesg. Hmm.

JUL
20
2008

Strigi 0.5.11

A new version of Strigi, the desktop search, is available.
This is a bugfix release. It fixes some annoying issues seen in KDE 4.1. Check out the ChangeLog for the details.

Strigi has currently good basid Xesam support, but no good dedicated search interface for KDE 4.1 yet. This is ongoing work.

JUL
1
2008

W3C: Standardizing the widget landscape

The World Wide Web Consortium is looking into the feasibility of standardizing desktop widgets. They have done a survey on the widget frameworks available in the market. The frameworks they have surveyed are Konfabulator, Windows Sidebar, Google Desktop Gadgets, Opera Widgets, Mac OSX Dashboard, Web-Runtime by Nokia, and Joost Widgets.

JUN
17
2008

UEFA is being cheated by NOS

The Dutch like it cheap. We do not like rules. That's just the way we are. The people at NOS are no different. They have a contract with UEFA (or so they say) which requires them to broadcast the games of the European Championship only in DRM format.
NOS is using this as an excuse to pendel Microsoft malware.

Well, guess what? They also broadcast it without DRM. The stream is a proprietary protocol, but it is not encrypted. You can even play it under Linux.
We call this 'van twee walletjes eten' (eating from two dykes) or 'pappen en nathouden'.

JUN
17
2008

Oranje scores for Microsoft, Dutch goverment says: 'Use Silverlight'

Today, the Dutch minister for Education and Culture, Plasterk, has defended the Dutch broadcaster NOS. NOS is broadcasting the games of the European Championship football using Microsoft malware Silverlight. This means that in order to view this broadcast you need to install this software on your computer. You can only install the software on computers with Microsoft Windows or on Apple computers.

JUN
7
2008

Using the European championship to spread malware

Microsoft is pushing their evil SilverLight platform very hard. They want to make sure that providers of cross-platform software for delivering rich applications via the web browser are thwarted. This is normal behavior for a monopolistic company and certainly for Microsoft. To accomplish this goal they are throwing around bucketloads of money and FUD to get content providers to use the Microsoft malware Silverlight exclusively.

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