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Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

February, 2004

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    Home Theater - wow!

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    I just ran across this magnificent home theater setup . (Found via Furrygoat .)
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    The nature of courage

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    Beau Monday has some comments on the nature of courage . In his notes, he basically equates courage with physical risk. I agree that physical risk is often present at acts of courage – but I think that it is the RISK, not the PHYSICAL part, that...
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    Atom RSS?

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    As a sideline follower of the development of the Atom syndication format and API, I was at first taken aback; then amused; by this phrase I saw on John Porcano’s blog : “By the way, he added Atom RSS” Has “RSS” really become...
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    You know you're a redneck if...

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    John Bristowe posts an inspiring tribute to the upcoming WS-Eventing workshop. (This, this, this – Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!)
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    Errata for WS-Eventing posts

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    A co-worker of mine kindly pointed out an error in my WS-Eventing messages; the <NotifyTo> element contains an <Address> element, not a text string. I’ve corrected the previous posts. My apologies for any confusion.
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    WS-Eventing Part III: The Notification Message

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    Ok, now pay close attention; this part gets real complicated. The required elements of a notification message (that is, the shark-attack message sent to the subscriber) are as follows: … That’s right, there are no required elements....
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    Hot Water, Cold Air

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    AConrad posts the following: “ When the temperature is lower then -15 below zero, very hot water will vaporize immediately when thrown into the air. ” Interesting.
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    WS-Eventing Part II: The Subscription Response

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    Before I talk about the optional elements on a WS-Eventing subscription, I’d like to quickly cover the response message you get back when your subscription request is accepted. Taking a Header Most of the stuff in the response message header...
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    WS-Eventing: A Note on Namespaces

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    In part I of my discussion of WS- Eventing , I deliberately left the namespaces off the elements of the SOAP message. I did this for clarity, but I feel a little bad about where I say “This is finally valid WS- Eventing ” – because its...
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    Attribute-based Programming in Italian?

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    (Warning: slightly off-color) Dino has an interesting take on “Attribute-Based Programming” as it translates into his native Italian.
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    personalized painkillers

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    There was an interesting bit on NPR this morning about how the DEA is cracking down on some doctors who over-prescribe pain medications, which then somehow turn up on the black market. Putting aside any realistic discussion of the war on drugs, I do have...
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    3D animated movies are better than 2D?

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    Wes makes an interesting conjecture about why 3D animated movies tend to be better than their 2D brethren. He speculates that the digital design of the 3D movie provides an increased capacity for iterative design; that is, when they realize something...
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    Lots of little blog entries, or The Big List?

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    James Avery recently had a discussion about the format of his blog entries . He tends to post once a day, and that post contains a list of links or comments that he has presumably accumulated throughout the day. I don’t like that format, because...
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    WS-Eventing for Dummies

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    WS-Eventing is a standard that enables interoperable publish/subscribe systems. The spec itself is quite short and sweet – I recommend taking a look at it. As a tester, I’m quite pleased by the simplicity because it makes implementations easier...
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    Software Testing on Mars

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    Here is an interesting summary of the problem encountered by the Spirit probe on Mars. Important test lessons: “ test real-world conditions ” “ run long-haul stress tests ” “SYSTEM BEHAVIOR: Spirit began acting up last week...
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    lies, damn lies, and statistics

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    Just read an interesting blog entry by Eric Lippert, about the use and misuse of statistics. I’m particularly partial to his explanation, because I’m subject to the same job performance rating system that he uses to explain his concepts. Bonus...
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    Using Blogger? Enable Atom, please!

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    I notice that Blogger has provided the ability for its users to expose syndication feeds (in the Atom format). “Great!” I thought; “Now I can go subscribe to all those sites that look interesting but don’t have syndication feeds...
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    Bruce Gets Back To Work

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    I’m back at work, after six weeks away – vacation and then paternity leave. Please examine the pictures of my daughter Lucy and post admiring comments. <grin> http://www.lucille-alsdorf-williams.com Also, special thanks to my friend...
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