Archive for January, 2004

Different Prices for Different Users

Monday, January 12th, 2004

We now have Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP Media Center Edition, four slightly different versions of the same bits, at four wildly diferent price points.   I have a computer hooked up to a projector that I watch movies and sometimes play games on.  This computer is also […]

Microsoft Media Center Extender for XBox

Sunday, January 11th, 2004

Microsoft has released some details on their XBox Media Center Extender Kit.  I bought the Microsoft XBox Music Mixer, and I must say that if this is an example of what Microsoft thinks we want in a convergence device, they’re headed in the wrong direction.   The XBox Music Mixer is a good idea – it lets […]


Sunday, January 11th, 2004

Come to think of it, that’s two attacks on the concept of Network Address Translation in one day.   NAT seems to me to be the networking equivalent of a PBX.  When you work at a large company, you probably don’t have your own phone number – someone calls the main number, and then asks […]

Not all peer to peer applications are illegal.

Sunday, January 11th, 2004

An article in a publication called the Technology Review from MIT entitled Internet 6.0 says, about switching to IPv6: But when the IPv6 rollout is finally done, not all the effects will be positive: the new Version 6 Internet will be slower, more friendly to peer-to-peer-based copyright violation systems, and the computers on it will almost […]

“Speak Freely” and John Walkers EOL announcement

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

So there’s a tool called Speak Freely written by John Walker (a very cool guy, take a look around his site,  He’s decided to stop working on it, and has declared an “end of life” for it of Jan 15th, 2004.   That’s fine, but in his FAQ, one of the main reasons he […]

Philosophy of Code Quality

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

Is there a philosophy to code quality?  It seems like there are questions of style that don’t just come down to one method that’s demonstrably better.   Let’s say I wanted to make a program to add two numbers passed on the command line and print the result.  A pretty simple program.  This could be: […]

Google Ads

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

I put a Google ad on my weblog, mostly to see what kind of stuff they would advertise on my page.  The ads that Google picks to put on the Restaurant Thing site are interesting – because each restaurant’s page has different content, often related to the type of food served at the restaurant, the […]

LitterMaid Review

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

Yes, I did just post a review of a cat litter box.  Like the Roomba, it’s a product that I bought that I think is pretty darn cool.  Click to read my LitterMaid Review.  

LitterMaid Cat Litter Box Review

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

Yes, this is a review of a kitty litter box.  Normally my weblog mostly discusses software development, but I have two cats, and I hate cleaning litter boxes. I found something that works pretty well for me, and the other talk about it on the Web and Usenet that I’ve seen has been pretty negative, […]

Mars Images

Friday, January 9th, 2004

If I’d known that so many of the images coming back from the Mars Rover would be in 3d, I think I’d have started a business selling 3D glasses to people so they’d be able to see them.