whois really running the show anyway?

The SMH tech section has picked up on an ongoing debate about the whois service & what it should containICANN was accepting submissions on a new set of proposals on how the whois database should work up until 00:00 UTC 30th Oct 2007 (that was 10:30am AEDST yesterday).

So what’s the actual issue?  Wendy Seltzer has a good run-down on her site:

The specifics of the current debate, apart from the substanceless comments filling the forums, is a proposal to allow domain registrants to substitute an “Operational Point of Contact,” or OPOC, in the public listing. While all their private information would still be collected, it need not be published. Instead, the OPOC would route messages to the right recipient, for operational, technical, or legal inquiries. Thus OPOC would simultaneously make WHOIS a better technical contact resource and improve domain registrants’ privacy options. Even OPOC doesn’t go so far as I would like — I’d allow anonymous registrations, rather than insisting that data be collected if not displayed — but it’s better than the status quo.

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And more LOLCode: Now a SubSonic provider too

 New SubSonic Provider: LOLCode.NET

Just finished putting the wraps on a new provider for SubSonic using the new LOLCat.NET coding engine. If you haven’t seen it, it’s “teh suk”

IM IN YR Northwind
HOW DUZ I ListProducts YR id
IM OUTTA YR Northwind

Read the rest, he goes on to show how to work with strings, try/catch, switching & loops.  This is available right now in the latest checkin

Also, congrats to Rob for his new job at Microsoft!

WordPress 2.3.1 adds Windows Live Writer tagging support

New WordPress release, minor revision number update.  There’s a bunch of bug fixes, security patches and speed improvements, but the best new bit is that now your blog will turn Windows Live Writer keywords into tags for the post.  Once again showing why I love using WordPress, the developers aren’t just inward looking.  They’re seeing what’s else is out there that people use, and adding features to work with them too.  None of this "not invented here" complex.

Note: This is not the ‘Insert Tags…’ link on the WLW sidebar, that will still insert the Technorati (or whatever) links inside the div with the GUID id attribute (why does it do that?).

To get the WordPress tags working, view the properties bar (hit F2 inside WLW or click the little up arrows next to the ‘set publish date’ box. Then put the tags you want into the keywords field, comma separated.  When you publish the post, the keywords will be turned into tags on post.

Great simple new feature that makes it just that little bit easier to post.  I no longer have to go into the WP post edit page to update the tags for a new post, in fact, I rarely go to the edit page at all now.

As an aside, does anyone know how to change WLW so that it’s the keywords field that shows up by default at the bottom of the new post window instead of the set categories drop-down?

I can has a dotnetz compyler


So most people know LOLCats now right?  If not, drop over to ICanHasCheezburger.com for a minute & check it out.  Leave your brain at the door.

So then some genius came along and designed a LOLCode specification, that is, a programming language that uses LOLCats language as its syntax.  That specification is now in its 4th revision (yes, you read that right, people have that much free time on their hands).

But wait, there’s more.  The specification has now been implemented in a number of languages & platforms including .NET.

So you can now write your next ground-breaking social networking startup site in LOLCode.NET.  Yes, you can write software in LOLCode & debug it using Visual Studio.  The compiler was written by Arachnid, very smart guy by the way.  I highly recommend reading his series on Damn Cool Algorithms if you’re interested in such things.  The compiler has been rather well received by the .NET community, so much so that Nick Hodge featured it in a presentation he gave at TechEd07. Nice.

Still, I’m almost certain that this is one of the signs of the apocalypse.

It's new release week

New software releases in the last week or so:

  1. TopStyle 3.5 – Awesome, made more so by the fact it’s a free upgrade from v3.0!
  2. FeedDemon 2.6 Beta.  Nick out-does himself by releasing 2 new programs in one week
  3. Freshbooks is releasing v4.1.  Can I just re-iterate to any of my fellow freelancers, that this is an invaluable site, sign up!
  4. AdSense is releasing a new ad format that will allow you to change the look of the ads on your site without changing any code.  Currently in closed beta
  5. Gmail gets IMAP support. Also currently in closed beta.

    and last but not least

  6. Firefox released a new security upgrade!

It always seems like these things come in batches.

Chicago has the prettiest dump trucks

Google has announced nine more cities that have street view enabled in Google Maps:

Now you can check out 360-degree views of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson. As an added bonus, the images in Phoenix, Tucson and parts of Chicago are all in high resolution.
But wait! There’s more. Ever wish you could pan up to the very top of a 50-story skyscraper using Street View? Well, prepare yourself for some serious sightseeing; we’ve introduced the ability to pan up in most new cities.

That’s pretty awesome, so start being nosy again!

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Lookout Twitter, here comes Google

Exciting news: Google has bought Jaiku today.

What does that mean? First and foremost, we’re of course continuing to support our existing users. So fear not: your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work normally.

That said, new user sign-ups have been limited for the time being. The idea here is to enable our team to get right to work with Google’s engineers on delivering a new, better service to you as quickly as we can instead of spending our efforts on optimizing the current back-end. Existing users will still be able to invite their friends, and those who are not yet on Jaiku can send us a request for an invitation to join.

Jaikido Blog: We’re joining Google

Yet another Google acquisition.  Interesting to see what happens here, is this just a market acquisition move, or do they have plans for the technology.  Will this get integrated into Orkut or stand alone.  You got to wonder when Google will start integrating all these purchases (like, when will I be able to view my feed stats from FeedBurner inside Google Analytics).

Funny that I read this just after reading about how Google handled previous acquisition.

Microsoft providing the .NET source code with VS2008

I already posted this on the tumblelog, but I think it bears repeating: With the next release of Visual Studio, the common .NET assemblies will be provided with source code

Today I’m excited to announce that we’ll be providing this with the .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 release later this year.

We’ll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System.Net, System.Security, System.Runtime, System.Text, etc), ASP.NET (System.Web), Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms), ADO.NET (System.Data), XML (System.Xml), and WPF (System.Windows).  We’ll then be adding more libraries in the months ahead (including WCF, Workflow, and LINQ).  The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL).

You’ll be able to download the .NET Framework source libraries via a standalone install (allowing you to use any text editor to browse it locally).  We will also provide integrated debugging support of it within VS 2008.

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