Archive for April, 2004

C# classes to decode yEnc and UuEncode encoded Usenet binaries

Friday, April 9th, 2004

// // Simple Usenet article decoders; includes classes to decode // either yEnc or UuEncoded binaries.  In either case you // instantiate the appropriate class passing it the stream // you want output written to, and then feed it the input lines // via the DecodeLine method. // // by Steve Tibbett //   using […]

yEnc and UUEncode decoder

Friday, April 9th, 2004

As an update to my original uudecode article, here’s a link to a class I’ve written that decodes either UUEncoded or yEnc encoded binaries.   ArticleDecoder.cs Basically you construct either a YencDecoder or a UuDecoder and feed it lines, and it writes output to the stream you passed to it’s constructor.  Hope you find it […]

RSS “user experience”

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

This article says that the user experience for aggregators and subscribing right now sucks.  That’s pretty obvious. A solution that would work:  Treat RSS like Usenet newsgroups.  Either make Outlook Express support RSS (using a NewsGator type interface), or make RSS Bandit support NNTP, but either way, do them both in the same interface. Then […]

Locking down the PC

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

The more experience I have with introducing computers to non-technically-literate folks, the more I realize that safe computing is beyond the abilities of most people. Like little children being told not to talk to strangers, PC users have to be taught not to trust every offer to “make your computer faster” or “fix your clock” or “increase […]

The CLR and Dynamic Languages

Saturday, April 3rd, 2004

This article is a summary of IronPython, an implementation of a dynamic language (Python) on the CLR.  Basically it’s been “common knowlege” that the CLR is not a good platform for dynamic languages (basically languages that make a lot of decisions at runtime instead of at compile time). The discovery is that the CLR is […]

Microsoft and Sun

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Wow.  Microsoft is giving $2 billion to Sun as part of a number of settlements and whatnot.  I’m sure a lot of pundits will have a lot to say about this, but I think it could end up being good for users for a number of reasons. Basically, whenever either company starts something, the other […]