Feedback Loop


  • As I predicted, you will soon be able to sell your own music on the iTunes Music Store. So you thought GarageBand was a purposeless toy?
  • Graphviz is now sync'ed with the mainline 1.12 build and sports a centered, fully reversible zoom and resize. Way cooler. I keep wishing the Linux port had proper antialiased lines.
  • It looks like my Gmail feasibility rant got linked from quite a few places, most notably this blog entry that describes a likely architectural approach: real-life distributed systems (or grids, if you like modern buzzwords). I must admit that it crossed my mind, but I was unaware of Google's research into distributed filesystems (PDF) and discarded that approach for storage - any way you put it, doing it in a distributed fashion only makes it more viable.
  • It sure must be fun working at Google these days, even if Gmail might be in violation of a couple of laws.
  • Quicksilver is now Beta 21. Even smoother, and with new process/task handling actions.
  • With the good weather comes an apparently sunny future for European hotspots. Hmmm. Sure. I would take any future estimates in any telecomms market with a pinch of salt these days...
  • If you found my previous post on Python and Panther interesting, Mitch Chapman has written a nice article about pretty much the same thing. Odd coincidence, though, that his sample code churns out thumbnails pretty much like mine...
  • On the other hand, if my HOWTO on Monitoring the Windows XP Firewall struck your fancy, MSDN has a nice article about advanced configuration, complete with command-line switches.
  • And if you visit MSDN often, why not consider A Career At Microsoft? (via Simon, who dug out Resumé Tips, Dress Code and other nuggets).
  • There are new security updates out for Mac OS X. Check Software Update.