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Saturday, February 08, 2003

$2/8/2003 08:08:26 PM

Oh Say Can You See?


Friday, February 07, 2003

$2/7/2003 06:05:42 PM

CAPTCHA - Telling Humans and Computers Apart (Automatically)


$2/7/2003 04:56:06 PM

Grrr.. Mastering Regular Expressions isn't in Safari. I'm matching only urls not in or surrounded by anchors. And not cheating by writing a parser like last time.


$2/7/2003 02:34:24 PM

Hmm, interesting. 20030126+ builds have support for a rich text editor: Midas Demo, part of the Mozilla Editor project


$2/7/2003 02:26:41 PM

The Memoirs of Eleusis

Organic chemistry intrigued me. It tempted me with its secret language of symbols, its demand for (nearly) blind faith in unseen collisions...

$2/7/2003 02:10:25 PM

$2/7/2003 01:49:10 PM

w00t! HazMat Suits


$2/7/2003 01:48:38 PM

Infographics : Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster


$2/7/2003 12:03:18 PM

I noticed in PHP Everywhere's Enterprise PHP article that their link to the article on Giant-Scale Web Services was broken. So there's a working location (a bunch of other neat papers in the folder too). It's a great read.


Thursday, February 06, 2003

$2/6/2003 06:23:45 PM

Holy crap, how can something so simple (dumping a CSV to MySQL) be so frickin' difficult? It seems simple enough. Just export (from Access 2002) in standard CSV format with optional double quoting and comma delimiters and then import with mysqlimport with the appropriate optionally-enclosed-by and escaped-by flags right? Wrong! I'm currently trying various combinations of delimiters on output on input. It can't be that hard. I also looked at using an export script (Cynergi's exportSQL appears to be the best), but I haven't been able to get it working even after referencing the DAO 3.6 libraries [remember, MS has switched entirely to ADO in Office 10+]. It's maddening I say.

[update] Here's the fix for CSV to MySQL:

LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE '[filename]' REPLACE INTO TABLE `[tablename]` FIELDS TERMINATED BY '|' OPTIONALLY ENCLOSED BY '"' ESCAPED BY '\\' LINES TERMINATED BY '\r\n'

or

mysqlimport -u root -p -d -v --fields-terminated-by='|' --fields-optionally-enclosed-by='"' --fields-escaped-by='\' --lines-terminated-by="\r\n" [database] [tablename].txt

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

$2/5/2003 10:28:07 PM

On Web Communities

One of the writing samples for the graduate application I handed in last week was on describing an experience that inspired me to enter the field (for me, making web stuff I suppose). I did give it a bit of thought. I wanted it to be truthful, but not anything too hokey.

I ended up writing about first encountering Philip Greenspun's first iterations of photo.net and wtr. Specifically, about the the fundamental difference between web communities, and other types of prior online community mediums: that (via the power of the URI) the web allowed mapping normally temporal and ephemeral interactions into a (theoretically) permanent, named location. Archiving conversations gives allows some really great benefits when you have true virtual communities: you build your own virtual history/personality via your participation, these can be referenced later on, interactions and utterances don't just disappear. (obviously this isn't always desirable, but no one's forcing you to play).


$2/5/2003 07:09:45 PM

Misc


$2/5/2003 07:01:27 PM

alphaAPI an API for manipulating transparency in IE/Moz


$2/5/2003 07:00:55 PM

Interesting blogs: paranoidfish: links and notes, brentashley (of JSRS fame), nothingnew


$2/5/2003 06:56:37 PM

Noticed that a friend had recently redesigned. He has some interesting writing pieces, among them A Word to Zionists.


$2/5/2003 06:51:34 PM

The first Animatrix short was released. What's interesting is that it references the earlier Geof Darrow online comic.


$2/5/2003 06:47:45 PM

Kevin Mitnick Answers on /.. Related: Defensive Thinking Forum: hacked (runs IIS)


$2/5/2003 06:44:05 PM

Working more productively with bash 2.x


$2/5/2003 11:56:01 AM

Got this in my email this morning from Julian Bond that he'd built a pretty complete IE/Gecko textarea editor (along these lines or Chris's stuff).


$2/5/2003 11:33:43 AM

Ben Goodger has some complaints about the Mozilla preferences. I'm sort of ambivalent about it. Yes, from a normal user (and in some cases, any) perspective, a lot of things shouldn't be there, but ostensibly the Mozilla browser was supposed to be a tech demo, not a final end-product. I'd venture to say that the 'failure' of Mozilla in this regard is not an overcrowded UI, but rather it's difficulty in customization for creating end products. (It was interesting, for example, hearing about Active State's experiences w/ Komodo at last year's OSCON) The conclusion is the same either way, I suppose. Move the stuff into plugins / easy to remove modules.


Tuesday, February 04, 2003

$2/4/2003 10:59:21 PM

Beam Me Out Of This Death Trap, Scotty

5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Goodbye, Columbia

Some suspect the tile mounting is the least of Columbia's difficulties. "I don't think anybody appreciates the depths of the problems," Kapryan says. The tiles are the most important system NASA has ever designed as "safe life." That means there is no back-up for them. If they fail, the shuttle burns on reentry. If enough fall off, the shuttle may become unstable during landing, and thus un-pilotable. The worry runs deep enough that NASA investigated installing a crane assembly in Columbia so the crew could inspect and repair damaged tiles in space. (Verdict: Can't be done. You can hardly do it on the ground.)

This was the cover story in the April 1980 Washinton monthly. I haven't posted much on the whole shuttle thing, and I don't think I will (apparently it's a big news thing or something. there are some advantages to not watching TV I suppose). There's much more coverage elsewhere: Doc, Space.com, Spaceflight Now, Winer: 2/1, 2/2


$2/4/2003 08:36:15 PM

Ad blocking via CSS:


$2/4/2003 08:33:40 PM

Recent IP posts:


$2/4/2003 06:49:41 PM

Kevin Lynch (Macromedia) has a blog now.


Monday, February 03, 2003

$2/3/2003 11:47:31 PM

Carson Daly, virtual dee-jay


$2/3/2003 05:58:23 PM

Andy's posting on web log analyzers spurred me to look through Sawmill's forums again and see what the status is on smp/dmp support. Good news it looks like. Althought it's a few months away at the very least, it looks like version 7 will allow this (chunking the sections and then reassembling into the DB). Personally I'm pretty excited about it. I have a small stack of old Macs and PCs gathering up which would be perfect for clustering and doing log analysis.


Sunday, February 02, 2003

$2/2/2003 11:53:04 PM

This just in from CNN: Shuttle Traveling Nearly 18 Times Speed of Light. Well, I suppose it could be worse...


$2/2/2003 11:38:04 PM

There's a lot more out there on implementing collaborative filtering and personalization than on efficient web of trusts.