April 30, 2003

Looks like JetBrains (IntelliJ) are considering doing a C# IDE.

Luke Hutteman's Weblog posts: Now that's a sharp idea!: Looks like JetBrains (IntelliJ) are considering doing a C# IDE.

Posted by stuartcw at 03:10 PM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2003

Geek Porn : Case-Mods

Sorry, this is an unashamedly geek posting. The mini-itx case-mod site has inspired me to make my own PC case that is based on the Orac computer from Blake's 7.

Posted by stuartcw at 06:04 PM | Comments (1)

April 23, 2003

IBM and WebServices

I hadn't thought about looking on IBM pages for information about WebServices so when I went there I was suprised to find so much on their Web services reference collection that I thought I had better note it down in my backup brain. :-)

Posted by stuartcw at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)

April 21, 2003

Self Documenting Code

I have just come across and old Post-It note with an idea scrawled on it that I am going to note down, in this my backup brain.

I had the idea that all classes should implement SelfDocumenting and have a method getDocument so after a build. A tool could examine all the built classes and recreate the documentation from them. Add this in the code might make the class overlong, maybe classes should also have a companion Documentation class as well as a test class. Though, you do then get into the issue of whether some methods need to be public or package private for the sake of the documentation.

Posted by stuartcw at 03:48 PM | Comments (0)

Moving on from Radio

In Spring cleaning David Seidel says:
"I've been reasonably satisfied with Radio for quite a while. In fact, I recently renewed my subscription... "

I couldn't have summed up better about what I like and don't like about Radio Userland..

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April 17, 2003

Nutty idea of the day

On your local everyday machine edit your hosts file so that a single letter "a" points to your own domain. In my case www.stuartwoodward.com. Then in the route of your domain set up your .htaccess file to redirect certain folders to your favourite urls by adding lines like this:

Redirect temp /g http://www.google.com

So now "a/g" bounces to Google when I type it in on my IE command line.

Posted by stuartcw at 05:46 PM | Comments (0)


This looks like what I was looking for some time back: Adding ICBM coordinates to RSS entries: "We have two elements which can be applied either to the or <item> elements. If applied to the <channel> element, it is assumed that the entire feed can be assumed to be about or originating from that specific location. If applied to the individual <item> (the cool way to do it), the specific item can be considered originating from or about that geolocation."
Posted by stuartcw at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2003

Open Source Books

Here's a first for me, but maybe I'm just the last on the block to know about these things. Over on SourceForge is the Tomcat Book Project where a book is being written collaborativly. I haven't seen this before. I wonder if there are any other examples?

Posted by stuartcw at 05:54 PM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2003

Timezone test

Timezone test posting at 0:05 11APR03

Posted by stuartcw at 01:00 AM | Comments (0)

Upgrade to MT 2.63

I just upgraded to MT 2.63. Boy was that scary!

Posted by stuartcw at 12:41 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2003

Classy User Agreement

Now if only the Microsoft's User Agreements were written like this one from classY Mobile, a Japanese service that allows you to access POP mail from iMode, ezWeb and J-Phone.

Posted by stuartcw at 04:16 PM | Comments (0)


You can't think enough about backups. This paper by Sun Planning Your Backup Architecture is food for thought. I'm waiting for the day when I have the power to confisicate any hard drive in the company. Like a fire drill, I should be able to confiscate any single hard drive and say, "Now what are you going to do?" The time and date will be random but it will happen to everyone once a year. If you can't recover within an hour you get your drive back but you have to have the dummy doll on top of your monitor until the next person is caught. And that includes you Mr President.

Posted by stuartcw at 01:18 PM | Comments (0)

April 09, 2003

SOAP Security

I'm thinking about how to secure SOAP messages. At first everyone thinks, "Aha! just transport it using SSL" but as this WebService Security presentation notes "SOAP messages are intended to be passed through chained WebServices". This leads to the need for signing and encryption

Some proposals have been developed:

This W3C document specifies the syntax and processing rules of a SOAP header entry to carry digital signature information within a SOAP 1.1 Envelope.

Posted by stuartcw at 01:40 PM | Comments (0)

SharpReader works with Japanese

SharpReader is a 3 panel RSS viewer for Windows with filtering capability. Note that this requires that you have .NET runtime support installed.

I'm still looking for a Japanese RSS reader to show to my colleagues. It subscribed to a few Japanese feeds which seemed to work. See this Image of SharpReader with Japanese RSS feeds The filtering also works
except that the Filter text area needs to have the same font as font
selected in the options so is currently suffering from mojibake.

Posted by stuartcw at 12:46 PM | Comments (0)

April 08, 2003

Is JavaScript the World's Most Misunderstood Programming Language?

Is JavaScript the World's Most Misunderstood Programming Language? Douglas Crockford seems to think so...

"It was originally called LiveScript, but that name wasn't confusing enough." ROTFL

Posted by stuartcw at 08:29 PM | Comments (0)

Imode, EZWeb and JSky billing

I'm looking into how Imode, EZWeb and JSky billing works right now. This reply on the Keitai list about the imode gateway was really informative. The keitai list is a really good resource so it is usually best to limit your Google searches to only their archives using the "site:" speciifier if you are searching for keitai tech related questions.

This question on imode billing answered my question.

Techinical details on imode billing.

Posted by stuartcw at 05:13 PM | Comments (0)

April 07, 2003


I tried WBloggar and I think I had some problem with it and I didn't persevere to get it working. UltraBob of the Dynamic Duo mentioned that he was using it the other day so I downloaded it again and tried it. Wow! What a great looking piece of software! It's so much more feature rich than the LiveJournal client. I'm impressed!

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April 03, 2003

DIY Blog

Sajjad is valiantly blogging using his own Python scripts to maintain his blog. Everyday I bug him about adding in some feature to his blog like permalinks, rss etc. and the next day it's there.

Posted by stuartcw at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

April 01, 2003

Photo Album

Right now I need a photo album script that can be run periodically to regenerate an HTML page of images. Files will magically appear in the data directory and I want to be able to view them in chronological order and also by daily and monthly archives. This is going to take about a hour to write in Python but I suspect that someone has one kicking around somewhere. This request is truely lazy.

Posted by stuartcw at 02:41 PM | Comments (0)

Simon Kittle's Blogger-2-LiveJournal script seems

Simon Kittle's Blogger-2-LiveJournal script seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

Description: Blogger-2-LiveJournal is a Perl script which runs as a CGI based XML-RPC server. It accepts Blogger API calls which it then translates (as best it can) to native LiveJournal calls, the result is collected, and formed into a XML-RPC response conforming to the Blogger API.

Previously at: http://www.tswoam.co.uk/files/blogger_2_lj.txt

Posted by stuartcw at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

Just installed BlogBuddy to post

Just installed BlogBuddy to post from outside of MovableType.

Posted by stuartcw at 10:48 AM | Comments (0)