Covers

That’s funny, folks are talking about their favourite cover songs, and here I was about to blog about one of my favourite albums of all time – coincidentally a cover album – For the Masses, which is a tribute album to Depeche Mode. Four of my all time favourite covers are on this album; Never… Read More »

Twelve years of email

I had saved my email, both sent and received, since 1996, kept safe in a series of mbox files which I’ve diligently moved from hard drive to hard drive as I’ve upgraded my PC. Of course, it wasn’t very accessible there, and it certainly wasn’t integrated with the last four years of mail kept in… Read More »

DOA 2008

Once again I’m happy to be a part of the program committee for the DOA conference. I’ve found the quality of papers there to always be quite high … yes, even some of the Web services ones often have something to contribute (I can forgive one wrong assumption 8-). The CFP for DOA 2008 has… Read More »

Opera and WebKit

Opera’s surely been feeling the heat from WebKit given that it’s basically taking over the world, including mobile. So here’s a thought: why don’t they abandon their own rendering engine, Presto, and adopt WebKit? Then instead of being “that other browser”, which developers are loathe to bother testing for, they’d be the best (from what… Read More »

Laptop sticker transplant

Dear LazyWeb; I’m still undecided about which pill I’ll swallow when I finally upgrade my ancient-but-reliable laptop. But whatever my choice, I realize I’m going to have a large problem, the same problem that inflicts so many other laptop-toting, standards-wrangling, conference-schmoozing geeks like myself: I’ll need a whole new batch of stickers! What I was… Read More »

Web3S and Atom/APP

Hey, it looks like Web3S was replaced by Atom/APP. Awesome. I think “Why not Atom?” was one of my first questions of Yaron when he described Web3S to me last year. I’m confident this is for the best. In addition to Atom/APP being existing standards (with an accompanying abundance of existing tooling), Microsoft will also… Read More »

SimpleDB did screw up

David Peterson defends SimpleDB‘s use of HTTP GET for mutation actions by appealing to the HTTP spec itself, specifically pipelining where it says; Clients SHOULD NOT pipeline requests using non-idempotent methods or non-idempotent sequences of methods (see section 9.1.2). Otherwise, a premature termination of the transport connection could lead to indeterminate results. A client wishing… Read More »

PATCH the message

Sam Ruby writes; A much more interesting question to me is whether PATCH will operate at the content level or the transfer level. Or, to put it anther way, will patch operate at the infoset level, or will it be able to be directly applied to HTML as she is written? PATCH means what ever… Read More »