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A practical use of the RDF model
Every time I hear about an RDF-based web idea, I always check it out to see if it makes intuitive sense to a casual observer. And, so far, I haven't found any. The problem is that RDF is this huge abstract thing, and there's a lot of AI resear...ehrm.... semantic web work associated with it....
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You need Windows Genuine Advantage for WHAT?!?
To get the latest version of the Platform SDK, you need to have Windows Genuine Advantage installed to get it. WTF?
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Hacking on Photohub...
I'm not entirely sure if it was a waking dream, a real genuine earthquake (I checked quake.usgs.org and didn't see anything) or somebody clomping around and causing the floor to shake, but thought I felt an earthquake the other day while sitting in bed trying to sleep. And I realized that I wasn't dogfooding Photohub nor using it to manage my photos. Which means that I'm not making backup disks of my photos, which is bad given that I've always been a little suspicious about the chances of a desktop hard drive surviving a good earthquake.
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Sometimes it's ok to have a sucktastic API
But, the way I see it, a base API doesn't need to be easy to deal with. It doesn't need to be simple. It just needs to be simple enough to gather a small bunch of users who can shake out a good wrapper from various repeated pieces of code and flexible enough that they can actually write something....
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Debugging with Visual C++ 6.0
A few hours shoved down the maw of a file named "vc60.pdb"
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9 reasons why you should build a website in Ruby, even if you don't use Rails
I've been doing a lot of development using Ruby lately. So much so that occasionally, I miss the features of Ruby when I'm using other languages. I'm not necessarily just using Rails, so I wanted to write some reasons why you want to use Ruby even if you skip out on the whole Rails experience.
What shouldn't you do to get out of a dead platform?
So far I've talked about the hidden costs of sticking with an old platform and discussed some of these hidden costs are. Now I'd like to talk about what happens when you smell a dead platform rotting and try to do something... and then realize you've done the wrong thing...
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My personal transformation about templates
I'd like to take upon myself the challenge of writing a response to the three blog posts that Reg Braithwaite wants to see written.
The big problem with RDF
Every now and again, people get this big idea that we need every last bit of possible information machine encoded, to do various interesting yet completely vacuously defined tasks done. The first time around they called it "AI" but that died a nasty death in the eighties, so it keeps needing to come back under a new name. But it always comes back, because the basic idea of asking a computer a question... any question... and getting a useful answer is a powerful appeal.
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Cost of porting vs. cost of continued development, Part II
How does using an older, less popular platform hurt your development efficiency?
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On the semantic web, RDF, and other such things
It's coming up in both Rm and Photohub, and I've got some rants about it, so there's a few entries on tap about the Semantic web and RDF and the like. So, let this blog entry serve as a brief introduction where I try to at least introduce some of the terms.
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New web content engine: Part 7
I made a few more modifications to Rm. I took it easy this weekend -- I've had a number of important design bits at work, so there wasn't much brain-juice left over for recreation this weekend. So there's a number of changes to Rm that aren't enabled yet.
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Cost of porting vs. cost of continued development
I thought I'd take the occasion of OpenVMS turning 30 to share some thoughts about why I have OpenVMS experience on my resume and how you can avoid being stuck in OpenVMS.
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New web content engine: Part 6
I've got a new version of Rm running on the site now. I hacked up media support, tags, and some random backend features.
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When Apple will offer OS X on the PC
Every now and again people start talking about when Apple's going to release a version of OS X for the PC... I thought I'd write out my version of when I think it's likely to happen.
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