Playing with WAP

November 27th, 2003 § Comments Off on Playing with WAP § permalink

Recently I bought a new cell phone: a Siemens C55. After I had my first cell phone stolen, I didn’t immediately buy another because I didn’t need it at the time. I used it too little to justify the cost. However, when I started working for a new company I’m with now, I quickly realized I would need one because of the way the company operates. So I yielded to the need and bought one.

The C55 is a nice cell phone. In those few weeks since I’ve bought it, I found out that it delivers all I need from a cell phone, which is a bit more than just talking and much less than the PDA-like features you see in many phones today. As a cell phone, it has everything I need and some more — after all, who needs polyphonic ringer tones? As an Internet connection accessory — considering its price range — I was fairly impressed with its capabilities.

I was never much interested in WAP before. When the technology appeared, being heralded as the next revolutions in communications, it was too limited and costly to matter to me. Now, after I bought the C55, I’m finding it interesting to have the possibility to connect to Internet through the cell phone. Of course, I’m now much more involved with Internet than I was at the time, and that counts as well. » Read the rest of this entry «

Implementing SCORM: Building the backend

November 26th, 2003 § 1 comment § permalink

In my previous entry about SCORM, I presented some considerations about the implementation of its API on a LMS, talking about both its client part, which runs on the browser, and the server part, which runs on a Web server. The entry was an overview of the issues found in the implementation, but it didn’t look into the fine details of the process. This entry tries to complement some of the information found in the previous entry, explaining some details of the server-side implementation. » Read the rest of this entry «

Bloglines

November 23rd, 2003 § Comments Off on Bloglines § permalink

After seeing some positive reviews (1, 2) , I finally persuaded myself to try Bloglines, a centralized RSS aggregator. I never liked this kind of Web aggregators, but I decided to give it a try to see what the fuss was all about.

Well, after a few minutes, I realized Bloglines was the same old thing. And I still don’t like Web aggregators.

Firstly, I don’t like Web interfaces. Bloglines’ GUI is too simple, and that’s the problem. Things are missing. I mean, even the simplest standalone aggregator has more options than Bloglines. It’s not a matter of what can’t be done in a Web interface. It’s a matter of what was not done. For example, SharpReader, the aggregator I use (or used to use, since it simply stopped working in my box at work), has a nice feature that relates similar posts and links. And it does it using only you own blogroll. Bloglines, which has access to many more blogs, could do something similar, but I didn’t found anylink like that there. Maybe it’s something they will still implement, but I miss it now. And the GUI is still too simple. I need something as sophisticated as Oddpost, for instance.

Secondly, the interface doesn’t work well. For example, I clicked at a category and it marked all the blogs below as read, without asking me anything about it. The category had about 30 blogs under it, comprising hundreds of posts. How can I find what has been modified if it simply marks them all as read?

Thirdly, it’s slow. Obviously, it knows what blogs have been update much faster than a standalone aggregator since this work is centralized, but the GUI is slow. When you want to see all unread posts in a big category it takes a while for the HTML to be downloaded and rendered. I’d rather wait more to download the feed than wait to read them.

I could point other problems, but those aforementioned are enough to prevent me from using the service. I also think that they won’t be able to keep up with the bandwidth requirement and will start charging for the service soon. Although they can charge just for additional services, I don’t think the basic service is featured enough to compensate.

In short, I will keep SharpReader. Although I need to configure it in any machine I use, and keep too aggregators for Linux and Windows, it’s worth the troube since I get more added value from them.

The role of your blog

November 17th, 2003 § 2 comments § permalink

If there’s one thing that makes bloggers pay attention is the possibility of increasing their blogs’ visibility. Even when we say we only write for ourselves–or for our family–the fact remains that we want an audience. We are necessarily narcissistic–some times, much more than book writers, moviemakers, or people dealing with similar activities. So, the more visitors, the better.

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I’m going to be a father!

November 12th, 2003 § 12 comments § permalink

My wife just called me: I’m going to be a father! After five months trying, we finally managed to do it. 😀 It wasn’t a long time, but it seemed so since we wanted it so much. Boy, I’m truly happy today. 😀

Multiple IE versions

November 6th, 2003 § 2 comments § permalink

Via mezzoblue comes one of the best finds in the field of Web development in the past few months: it’s possible to run instances of different Internet Explorer versions on a single machine, contrary to what was previously believed.

The way to do it is awkward and something of a kludge, but it works and solves a big problem when testing sites. For example, according to this site’s statistics, most IE visitors coming here are using version 5.5, but a lot of others are using 5.0 and 6.0, which means that whenever I change something I have to test the site in all those versions. However, I have only one machine, which runs IE 6.0. Now I can easily test any changes in all those versions using only my own machine. It’s a hack, but a very nice hack indeed.

…has an end.

November 5th, 2003 § 1 comment § permalink

And what a disappointing ending! I just returned from the first screening of Matrix Revolutions in my city. I confess: I’m terribly disappointed with the whole movie, story and ending. As incredible as it may sound, the whole movie was extremely predictable. I expected something different from what they came up with. It didn’t need to be the most surprising ending in the history of cinema. It only needed to be clever and stay away from the usual clichés. It didn’t use a cliché ending, but it was predictable all the same. And many other parts of the movies used a lot of clichés.

When I saw the first movie, I thought it would be hard to improve on its story. I feared Reloaded would be simply a way to make more money with the success of the first movie. However, Reloaded had a good story, even if was more packed with action than with plot. It solved old questions and raised new ones. After I saw it, I believed Revolutions would be similar, solving all main questions and leaving some more, both to satisfy the fans and to provide a way to continue with the story beyond the movie. But Revolutions was nothing like this. Anyway, with so much hype, it would be hard to end the series in a way that would satisfy everybody. I think many people will like the movie the way it is. But I won’t. Unless I’m not realizing something deeper in the story, the ending was very simple. The friends I was with thought the same.

I won’t comment on specific details as the movie has just been released and I want to wait for more opinions about it. In any case, I had to see Revolutions. Even if it meant I was disappointed.

Everything that has a beginning…

November 5th, 2003 § Comments Off on Everything that has a beginning… § permalink

I’m off to see Matrix. Judging from the trailer, it will be the crowning jewel of the series. At least I hope so. See you later. 😛

No carrier…

November 4th, 2003 § Comments Off on No carrier… § permalink

I’m stating to believe I’m a victim of a conspiration to keep me out of the Internet. 😛

I’m without Internet at home because I moved recently, and nobody from the phone company showed up so far to reconfigure the phone line, even tough I requested the transfer a few days ago. Now, I’m without at Internet at work as well. According to our ISP, the remote server we use to connect to the Internet via radio is out of order due to a power surge last Friday. That was almost five days ago, but they still don’t know when the server will be operational again. Now, I’ve been online almost everyday for the past seven years. I can’t live without Internet connectivity. 😀

Well, that’s all. If I’m not back in a few days, you know what’s going on.

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