Archive for the 'Software' Category

I got smoochies!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Welcome, Cast On listeners and readers. Thank you so much Brenda for the shout out – I’m glad you like Visiknit so much! (Oh yeah, just to be clear – SweaterProject is the site, Visiknit is the software. Got it? Good.)

A Cup of Tea

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Yesterday morning was a bit chilly here in S.A., and I felt like getting a cup of tea. Since I’ve been sitting around the apartment getting fat for, oh, the last five months, I got on my bike and rode down to Mad Hatter’s for a cup of spiced black tea. I took it *very* […]

Oh, that’s rich.

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Define irony. Irony is having a system that’s run for a year without backup and getting nervous about it, so you go out and buy a stack of DVDs to back up your precious media. And then the backup program scrags your hard drive. I am really hoping I can find some way to access […]

Root Down

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

There’s a very important story that’s been hitting the mainstream news lately concerning Sony BMG (Sony Music) and some of their recent CD releases. It brings the conflict between Intellectual Property and consumer rights into sharp relief. The good news is that it looks like Big Brother backed off on this one. The bad news […]

One down, many several to go

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Got VisiKnit back up – mostly. For some reason, I couldn’t get WordPress to store a multi-line textarea correctly. It kept insisting on putting HTML break tags at the end of each line. Very weird. So VisiKnit is back, but the sample pattern is only one line. Now I need to track down all the […]

What’s the opposite of derailing?

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Is it enrailing? I’m not sure we’ve got a word for it in English. But whatever it is, I’m doing it. Yesterday I wrestled with databases and web servers on my laptop for an hour or so and finally got everything lined up so that I could start experimenting with Ruby on Rails. Simply put, […]

HTTP Error Codes

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Todd was going through HTTP error codes right now, and we just kind of ran with it… 400 Bad Request 401 Unauthorized 402 Payment Required 403 Forbidden 404 Not Found 405 Method not Allowed 406 Not Acceptable 407 Proxy Authentication Required 408 Request Timeout 409 Conflict 410 Gone 411 Length Required 412 Precondition Failed 413 […]

Do Androids Sacrifice Electric Sheep?

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Some random thoughts from conversations I had with Mr. Helpychalk during vacation. As it turns out, he and I have several things in common, including a passion for the new Battlestar Galactica series on Sci-Fi. In the latest episode, Commander Adama posited “You can’t love a machine”, referring to the fact that (at least) one […]

Technofetish of the moment

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

So my newest technology fetish is RDF. RDF is the Resource Definition (Description?) Framework, and it is a type of XML document which describes entities and events in a standardized way. “So what?”, I hear you ask. Well, there’s a handy little declarative rules engine out there called Pychinco which can read rules written in […]

Oh, look! Garage Band!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Heh. I started playing with Garage Band over the weekend and after work Monday. I got on this because of a) my current attempt to record the new Harry Potter book as I read it out loud, and b) because Jane wants to get into podcasting. Garage Band comes with all new Macs, and it […]