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[#] Mon Apr 27 2009 22:53:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Write once, debug everywhere" was a marketing-assassination effort led by those who had a vested interest in Java's failure. On the desktop side of things, this effort mostly worked, because AWT was so amazingly crappy that it really did end up looking different on every host system. Swing was more consistent but it was ugly. By the time they got their act together, most developers had either given up or moved to things like Qt if they wanted portability.

Not so on the server side, of course; Java ended up replacing COBOL as the lingua franca of business logic. Whether that is good or bad is left as an exercise for the reader :)

[#] Tue Apr 28 2009 07:17:39 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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No, they're all xml (at least in was5 they were) but they're huge, unwieldly and if you make the slightest typo your system won't start up and you'll never know why.
You must must must use the admin console.

[#] Thu Apr 30 2009 07:41:04 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Wed May 20 2009 21:45:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I had a thought today.
google is the undisputed king of search, it's impossible to imagine anybody unseating them.
How could they, you'd have to do better than google, and be cheaper, which unless you're planning on giving money away for searching on your website, you're not going to be.
But I noticed something. While I was writing my iphone application and I kept trying to look up reference for the api and other things I had a really hard time finding information in google because mac gets such a relativly small percentage of the development market.
But more importantly: google failed. And where they failed, somebody else can succeed.
So indeed it is not impossible to unseat the king (I mean it never has been, it just takes time) but here, we can see an instance of a crack in the glass.

[#] Wed May 20 2009 23:05:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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For a search engine to find something, it has to be out there to begin with.

[#] Thu May 21 2009 10:42:51 EDT from roue @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ford II: you may have missed Google's topic specific search. Ferinstance:

[#] Thu May 21 2009 16:00:58 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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perhaps you could use to only search mac sites.

[#] Thu May 21 2009 16:01:33 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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You mean, all five of them? Including Apple?

[#] Thu May 21 2009 17:49:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Mac users don't need web sites because they mind-meld with Steve Jobs every morning.

[#] Thu May 21 2009 22:23:16 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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well, that;'s the thing there are mac sites, just very few of them. So while they may be unpopular in the grand scheme of things, in their genre, they should bubble to the top.
And this is where google or somebody else could do better. google measures a page versus the whole, not versus other pages like it. Or at least it seems to.

[#] Thu May 21 2009 23:14:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It does a lot of things, and they're always changing it.

One thing that I've noticed about Google lately is that they now use your past searches and other behavior to guess which results will be more relevant to you. For example, if I search for "groupware" I get as the first result. But if I then enable porn mode (using the Stealther extension in Firefox) and perform the same search, doesn't even appear on the first page of results.

I would imagine this has the privacy people up in arms, but as Scott McNealy said, "you have no privacy. Get over it."

[#] Tue May 26 2009 07:29:23 EDT from cgrant @ My Castle Wall

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Sean Carruthers accidentally found himself in the world of tech journalism in 1997 after years of selling CDs to underaged prairie gangstas. Since that point, he's written for The Computer Paper, HUB Digital Living, The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, Homefront, CE-Biz, onAir,, and more. His record reviews have appeared at,, and Sean is currently a tech researcher on Call for Help, and makes occasional appearances as the Gadget Guy for the show. Unlike Andy, he thinks beets are fantastic

Andy Walker b.4th/7/1967 a Canadian television presenter and journalist born in Norwich England immigrated to Canada at the age of eight and raised in Beaconsfield Quebec.  Walker is best known as having co-hosted alongside  Leo Laporte & Amber MacArther of Call For Help, a technology help program on G4techtv in Canada.  Walker did a How to Channel in Australia.  In Andy’s segment he showed how computer technology mechanisms work using food demos.  In one show he built a transistor out of cheddar cheese & tomatoes juices.  Walker circa late 2006 co-hosted an internet pod cast (vidcast) called lab-rats with Sean Carruthers.


[#] Tue May 26 2009 16:33:09 EDT from cgrant @ My Castle Wall

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The "Jugene," capable of 1,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second, ranks behind the "Roadrunner" and "Jaguar" computers in the United States, said Kosta Schinarakis from the Juelich research centre, where the computer is located.  Jugene will be used for a wide variety of operations, including research on fuel cells for electric cars, weather forecasting and the origins of the universe, the centre said.  The machine is no ordinary PC; requiring 295,000 processors located in 72 lockers each the size of a telephone box.


Supercomputers processes data in teraflops (TF) whilst a mainframe main task is to control a network and number crunch the dumb terminals via a mainframe only has a small bit of circuitry with only a monitor & keyboard.  Cray XMP1 companies who builds supercomputers which requires multiprocessor software. Companies for mainframe systems one known as ICL system 33.


Mainframe computers process data in Megaflop is a unit of computing speed equal to one million (1,048,576) floating point operation (FPO) per second.

§         As the name implies, floating point numbers are numbers that contain floating decimal points.

§         A standard personal computer 21st century process data in circa gigahertz's per second.


[#] Wed Jun 03 2009 17:44:45 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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There is no room more prestegious than programming, so I thought I'd put this here:

I was reading that and I got to the euclidean math page and the branch optimization page.
It's neat that you can learn so much gooey technical stuff from wikipedia. Interesting light reading at a whim, whereas before you'd have to go to a school or gasp read knuth or something like that.

[#] Thu Jun 04 2009 12:33:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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ARM is a nice architecture. I'd love to have an ARM Linux box.

[#] Wed Jun 10 2009 07:30:42 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Google now syncing outlook:;txt


..and it seems if they're stepping the Mapi over imap way too...

Would be interesting to sniff what format they send the calendar and vcards via...

[#] Wed Jun 10 2009 07:43:38 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Wed Jun 10 2009 08:18:27 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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ah... and don't dare to use it with more than one tab open.

it will sink your box.

it does verry deep analysis of the page, even like checking which css'es are used and which not.

[#] Thu Jun 11 2009 17:59:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Would be interesting to sniff what format they send the calendar and vcards via...

Google has its own "we're so cool we have our own format" format.  Supposedly it's more efficient than XML or JSON.  That's probably what they used.

Ah, here it is.  "Protocol Buffers."


[#] Tue Jun 16 2009 18:02:08 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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So I'm ordering FIOS TV, which means I have to cancel my acecape fios service, whihc means I'm probably going to lose my internet.
Or rather, I'm definetly going to lose my internet, and I just hope it comes back someday.
I really liked ace.

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