Scatter/Gather thoughts

March 2005 Entry Index

Mmm... two metric tons of chocolate

Belgian city St. Niklaas has entered the Guinness Book of Records with the world's biggest Easter egg.

28 March, 2005 | read more

The Illuminatus! Trilogy

A five-minute review of The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.

27 March, 2005 | read more

Firefox 1.0.2: no more official zip builds

Firefox 1.0.2 was released, with an update to fix a buffer overflow in GIF image processing. There isn't an official zip archive provided for this new Firefox version, which means that my usual installation routine doesn't work any more. How annoying.

24 March, 2005 | read more

Subverting Apache 2

Once again I'm trying to make Apache 2 do my bidding. During my former experiments with 2.x I had problems even getting it to build and run properly; this time things are looking a little better.

22 March, 2005 | read more

Google open source

Google has opened, a site for external developers interested in Google-related development and their free source code. Released so far are four results from "20 percent time" projects.

18 March, 2005 | read more

Adding insult to injury

There was a time when the prospect of instant death would be sufficient deterrent for just about anything. Nowadays you also need to threaten with punishment where it really hurts.

18 March, 2005 | read more

The folly of target="_blank"

Some web designers think their sites are so important that any external link must be opened in a new browser window. I argue that window management is a task that should be left to the user rather than the web designer or developer.

15 March, 2005 | read more

Physics Processing Chip announced

A company called AGEIA announced PhysX, a dedicated PPU. The idea is to have separate hardware accelerating video game physics simulation calculations: collision detection, rigid- and soft-body dynamics, fluid dynamics, and particle systems.

9 March, 2005 | read more

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie trailer 2

Something called an online exclusive trailer has appeared on the official movie site. And it's great! Much more in the spirit of the book than the other trailer, with The Guide most felicitously voiced by Stephen Fry.

6 March, 2005 | read more

High altitude tennis training

Expect insurance premiums for ballboys to rise shortly. This gives a whole new meaning to the term "drop shot".

3 March, 2005 | read more

Adobe open source

Adobe reopened, which now contains the Adobe Source Libraries, a collection of free C++ code released under the MIT License.

2 March, 2005 | read more