Give this one a minute. Literally. I promise you’ll warm up to it.
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|“I’d have to position the servers just right, somehow get the heights and alignment correct, and update the polling script to eject the CD ROM drive any time it didn’t respond to ping.”Jake Vinson, ITAPPMONROBOT|
I love this story. I can picture it perfectly in my head. Reminds me of our old IT Bloopers series.
|W3C XML Schemas (XSD) suck. They are hard to read, hard to write, hard to understand, have interoperability problems, and are unable to describe lots of things you want to do all the time in XML.
Tim Bray, as quoted in Should you be using RELAX-NG?
Tim was co-editor of the XML 1.0 specification and created the first parser software for XML documents. Currently, he is the Director of Web Technologies for Sun Microsystems.
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|I can tell you that the web is a fuzz test. If you write a program to process web pages, there are few better workouts for your program than to pipe a huge number of web pages into your program.|
Matt writes: One of my favorite computer science papers is a 1990 paper titled “An Empirical Study of the Reliability of UNIX Utilities”. The authors discovered that if they piped random junk into UNIX command-line programs, a remarkable number of them crashed. Why? The random input triggered bugs, some of which had probably hidden for years. Up to a third of the programs that they tried crashed.
That paper helped popularize fuzz testing, which tests programs by giving random gibberish as input. Some people call this a monkey test, as in “Pound on the keyboard like a caffeine-crazed monkey for a few minutes and see if the program crashes.”
|“They established a private Facebook group for Serena employees and they built a few simple custom Facebook apps to better enable intranet functions. Now they provide links through Facebook to documents stored securely behind the firewall. Access is just as secure as any other method.”|
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“Here Comes Another Bubble” Credits (Versions 1.0 and 1.1)
Performed by The Richter Scales Music
|“Anyone writing for Knol is likely to at least peruse Wikipedia content before publishing. And if they see anything good, they are at liberty to simply lift and copy it over to Knol, and get a adsense check for their time.So, in a way, Google has found a way to monetize Wikipedia content after all.”
Michael Arrington, A Few Thoughts On Google Knol
It’s been interesting to watch Google and Wikipedia battle it out. Wikia is supposed to announce their new search engine soon, meanwhile Google stays one jump ahead by announcing “Knol.” According to Udi Manber (Google official blog), a knol is short for a unit of knowledge.
Google says “A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read.”
Other points of interest: “The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors. Books have authors’ names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors — but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted.”
Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2007 based on votes from visitors to their Web site:
1. w00t (interjection)
expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”