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Thursday, December 14 2000

John R. MacArthur : I'll take print over e-info anyday

"It must be that holding paper in your hands satisfies a fundamental human need for permanence -- a record of existence, if you will. So when I hear such luminaries as Jacob Weisberg -- a senior-editor salesman for Microsoft-owned Slate Magazine -- prattle on about how infantile it is to cling to wood pulp, I detect an assault on history and psychological continuity itself, a gratuitous upsetting of the apple cart that is deeply childish in its own right. (The sterile Bauhaus school of architecture militated much the same way for minimalist design against traditional ornament.) Indeed, with its phony promise of limitless, easily acquired knowledge, the Internet appeals to the child's fantasy of omnipotence -- the world at your fingertips, unmediated, unsupervised by adults."

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Web Techniques : Blog Rolling Competitions

"If I were deploying a Weblog on a machine over which I had complete control, I would lean strongly toward using Squishdot for my Weblog. The biggest reason for this is ease of installation and maintenance; both of these are benefits that come with using Zope. Also, Zope is highly extensible, and its separation of content and presentation scales well when you have multiple people customizing the site itself."

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Peter Steiner : "I feel a little like the person

(whoever it is) who invented the smiley face. ... Isn't that horrifying to think that's the thing I'll be remembered for?"

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Scot Hacker : "No, Be isn't getting back into the hardware business.

Rather, Aura is a "reference platform" -- a sample implementation of a networked, home-stereo MP3 recording and playback unit, meant to be adopted by OEMs and vendors who will customize, manufacture, and distribute devices to the consumer audio market. ... . Part of the magic of Aura is that it's networked, both to the world at large and to the rest of the home. As a result, it could be capable of retrieving MP3s from sources like MP3.com, or from record labels. It also could be capable of looking up inserted CDs in online music databases like the cddb, and of sending separate audio streams to various rooms in the house simultaneously. Audio could originate from standard CDs, from data CDs containing MP3 tracks, from MP3 "radio" sources like icecast or live365, or MP3s stored in the unit's own storage system."

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Kip Hampton : Using XML and Relational Databases with Perl

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M.J. Dominus : ArrayHashMonster.pm

"manufactures an object that can be used as either an array reference or a hash reference. Why would you ever want such a thing? Well, it's the natural way to present an ordered hash. You could then use $orderedhash->[7] to get item number seven, or $orderedhash->{key} to get the item with the specified key." mmmm .... data structures.

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