Archive for March, 2009

Is Microsoft positioning Oslo as an XML competitor?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

James Clark, one of the co-inventors of XML, has an interesting blog posting on his week spent working with the Oslo team at Microsoft. 

A great talk on World War II Codebreaking

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Bletchley Park was the estate where Alan Turing and an amazing team of codebreakers cracked several key World War II German ciphers, and where they built the world’s first programmable electronic digital computers.  Bletchley is falling into disrepair, and there are ongoing efforts to raise funds to save it. While rummaging around following links about […]

Remembering Wallace Stegner

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

A few weeks ago the New York Times published a nice rememberance of one of my favorite American authors, Wallace Stegner.  Angle of Repose is probably his most famous work, and it won the Pulitzer Prize, but many of his smaller books including Remembering Laughter and Crossing to Safety, are beautfully written too.

Copyrights and comments

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

After this blog went live I received a few comments on the copyright policy, and in particular on the fact that copyright on any comments that you post is transferred to me.  

Programming languages compared

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I suspect it’s very well known, but I hadn’t noticed this programming language comparison before — the JavaScript example is cute.

CSS Animation in the Apple Safari Browser

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Apple is supporting CSS Animations in Safari for both desktop and the iPhone.  Follow that link using the new Safari 4 Beta and you can try out some of the effects, including <div>s that fade out or spin around when you click them.  The extension properties have names like “-webkit-transition” and so are specific to […]