enjoying salad since 1978.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

JCanyon. One of the more interesting things I've seen recently. You can interface with OpenGL from Java using 1.4 NIO's Direct Buffers. It's actually pretty darn quick on a slow pentium.

Sony today unveiled concrete specs for their new handheld. The short and skinny: 33 million t&l'd pps, WiFi, 1.8Gb media, and 2 R4000/333's. Not being content to call a "chip" a "chip", Sony has called the second R4000 a "PSP Media Engine".

I hope you enjoy reading this article in your "Hypertext Rendering Engine" as much as I've enjoyed typing this on my "Human-Computer-Interfacial Engine".

Anyway, two chips in a system is nothing new, really, although it would have seemed obvious to me to at least use a different kind of processor for the "Media Engine" unless they wanted to confuse people into thinking it was an SMP machine. Maybe they have a trick up their sleeve.

But hey, it'll give me an excuse to brush up on my MIPS assembly. I have a R5000 sitting in my closet right now. Maybe I should throw NetBSD on that and poke around.

I was worried after Wiley and Sons wussed out of publishing Andrew Huang's book on reverse engineering the xbox. Now it appears that a small independant book company, No Starch Press, has picked it up. There are chapter samples on Huang's site.

Oh yeah, and don't forget about xbox-linux

Kevin's really kicking ass on NewsMonster. He just finished up version 1.2. Some of my favorite features new since 1.0: Technorati link cosmos for every article, BlogThis! support (BlogThis! was really the very first Blogger API if you think about it), article reputation, and discovery of new blogs via other people's NewsMonster profiles.

He's really starting to kick it in high gear with his built-in reputation economy. Here's where we're going to see it seperate from the rest of the pack.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The Cory Doctorow Fan Blog kind of reminds me of a platonic EvLover. Goldtoe says that he'll start a fan blog devoted to me. Here's how he claims it'd look:

Wednesday, April 2
Today, Steve's wearing a black teeshirt.

Thursday, April 3
Steve's wearing another of his Famous Black Teeshirts again

Friday, April 4
Steve's mixing it up with a blue Blogger shirt today.

(I added that last entry). Yeah, I wear a lot of black band tshirts. And Blogger tshirts. It's kind of lame.

Monday, July 28, 2003

Jay Han writes: "Another essential tool for computer users: a digital video camcorder for recording error code..."

Friday, July 25, 2003

Can't you just see Triumph of the Will in this shot of Nelson? I'm sorry, I have a history half-degree focusing on WWII, I can't help these kinds of things.. Plus the juxtaposition between Nelson's normally easy-going manner with that crazed Fuhrer pose is too hilarious to pass up.

Congrats to Joesph Reagle for getting accepted to the PhD program at NYU!

I just discovered google catalogs. Really cool.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

The view from my apartment window. Ah, it's almost as good as being invited over, isn't it? But really, you shouldn't have been counting on that invite.. It's "in the mail" as they say. They, being myself, and you, being a rube who's been un-invited.

Monday, July 21, 2003

So the name 'Atom' has failed to stick for the Nameless API and Site Feed Initiative. Misha thinks Bravo is a good name, and I like it, but I also think Reverb is a good name.

How Sub-Pixel Font Rendering Works.

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Starbucks is apparently suing a small cafe in Canada called Haidabucks for infringement. Haidabucks has revised their homepage. Here's to hoping that scorching sarcasm can tame even the stupidest corporate beast. [via kmarx]

Stacy on The Godfather: "Ugh, it's boring. Then there's shooting. It's like a Soap Opera for men." Her brevity underscores her irritation.

Lugging 9 lbs of plastic, toxic metal, and liquid crystal on my daily tour of the bay area was starting to frustrate me so today I picked up a slim, light vaio v505bx. It came with a builtin wifi adapter which probably won't work under Linux. I'm dropping from a 1600x1200 resolution to a 1024x768 (from 15" to 12.1") but have gained 6 hours of battery life with the extended battery I picked up. 6 freaking hours! This means I'll use it on the train more. I was only ever able to squeeze a measly hour and a half out of the thinkpad's battery, even with the screen brightness turned down. That's hardly long enough to get me from the caltrain depot in SF to moutain view.

Please don't misunderstand, the a31p is a solid laptop and I'll handily recommend it to anybody who wants something to replace their desktop. I'll miss it's great resolution and fast opengl support. But I already have a desktop and should have gotten something smaller to begin with. My main catalyst for switching vendors was not being able to find thinkpad accessories in any stores. Do you have to order even an AC adapter through their website?

In a few weeks, I'm going to put the thinkpad up for sale. If anybody wants it, please drop me a line.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Hey, check it out, we won PC World's "World Class: Best of 2003" under the category Best Web-based Application. I didn't find out until today when we one of the gentleman from PR brought in the big banner. Google won for Best Search Engine.

I read Survivor during my commute this week. Very recommended.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

28 Days Later was a lot better than I expected. Good plot, solid characters, decent ending. I didn't feel the writer's knew how to end the film but it came together alright.

I'm reminded that I also have a blog! Stacy and I tried out Q this weekend. Oh Man! Probably the best burger I've had since moving to the bay area. A little trendy but man, that was a tasty chocolate italian soda.. uhh, that does nothing to negate the trendiness, I understand. No need for a conjunction there. Still..

Then I hacked a little ruby while whats-her-face made ridiculously tasty Beef Stroganoff. If you like meat (and some of you here do, I'm sure), you should try out this recipe.

Saturday, July 12, 2003

This blog's necho feed. The format isn't final. Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2003

Matz gave an interesting talk at OSCON recently. He's designed Ruby to help us think more clearly about programmig. Ruby's iterators have definitely changed my opinion of using loops. Doesn't letting a structure tell you when it's out of elements make more sense than looping over it's size? I think so.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

T3 was fun. There were lots of heavy handed teasers for another sequel, though.