Sending Microsoft Packing

Hpaul turned me on to Mulberry when I was bitching and moaning about something stupid Outlook Express did the other day. I decided to give it a try, and I’m delighted. In addition to being much faster than Outlook Express, it also supports server-side address books via IMSP. I set up an IMSP server, which…

IBM makes metamaterials

This sounds important. Humans now have the ability to make materials with properties never before seen in the universe. That’s a big deal. You can get semi-conducting behavior out of natural substances (search for “crystal radio” and “razor blade” for an example). But you’ be hard pressed to find anything on the planet outside of…

SCO Claim credible, according to incredible analyst

Seen in Information Week: “My impression is that [SCO’s claim] is credible,” says Laura DiDio, a Yankee Group analyst who was shown the evidence by SCO Group earlier this week. Who is this chick? Here’s her bio, from the ITF2003 speaker list. Laura DiDio, Senior Analyst, The Yankee Group Laura DiDio is a senior analyst…

VMWare on Servers

Another interesting Joel note is about using VMWare on servers. When VMWare came out years ago, smart sysadmins I hung out with realized that it would be useful this way. But it hasn’t really taken off among folks I know. At Tellme there are a couple reasons why we don’t use it. First, it doesn’t…

Mozilla Firebird is ready to rock

Mozilla Firebird is almost ready to replace IE on my desktop. It is fast, and almost all of my habits from IE carry over. Joel’s review of it is what got me to try again. I’ve tried Mozilla several times in the past and just given up because it was such a pig. I have…

Google can’t spell?

Google’s HTTP replies have headers like this in them: Cneonction: Close NnCoection: Close The first one happens for responses with result code 200. The second one happens with responses of 403. (If you are asking yourself how I got Google to give me a 403, try http://google.com/wml with a user agent that does not include…

Beter Speling

You should be seeing better spelling on this weblog from now on, since I added MTSpeling.pl to my MoveableType installation. Unfortunately, you have to patch MT itself to integrate it, but it was no big deal. There’s no way to add words to your personal dictionary on the server side, but I have an idea…

Matrix Reloaded and Stephen Wolfram

I saw Matrix Reloaded today. It was pretty good, I guess I’d score it a 4 out of 5. Not like the original Matrix, which was an 11 out of 5! I remember leaving the theater after the first Matrix thinking, “Wow, that movie has changed the playing field of Sci-Fi movies forever.” And it…