August 2002

Jaguar

by PapaScott on 30 August 2002

Is it just me, or is it strange that Apple has named their OS X upgrade after a car that is fast and looks good, but is eccentric and breaks down a lot?

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IndyMedia isn’t?

by PapaScott on 30 August 2002

Alwin made a couple of comments on IndyMedia. Apart from giving an unconventional definition of ‘independent’ (“Independent means not taking sides. Doesn’t it?”), he later comments if it just seperated the editorial from the content, it would be more credible to me. (See also Karl’s comments.)

I personally find IndyMedia to be unprofessional and to often play somewhat fast and loose with the facts. But I think there is no such thing as news content devoid of editorial. All news has a point of view, whether it comes from AOL Time Warner or The Weekly Reader. The very fact that news reporters and publishers are a part of society means that they have a personal stake in the news they present. Their point of view cannot be cloaked, and is expressed even in the words they use and what they choose not to report.

A reporter without a point of view has nothing to report. News without a point of view would be utterly boring, and would not worth reading. Or buying. News without a point of view would be worthless.

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Schill Thrill

August 29, 2002

Spiegel Online: Flut-Wahlkampf mit Schill-Thrill (Flood Campaigning with Schill Thrill). My favorite Interior Senator is at it again. Judge Merciless Ronald Barnabas Schill gave his first speech Bundestag speech today, during a debate on the financing the emergency flood relief. He ranted for 15 minutes on how immigration policy was to blame for the proposed […]

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‘Perl and XML’ For Sale

August 29, 2002

I mistakenly bought a second copy of Perl & XML from O’Reilly. It cost about €35 from Lehmann’s… I’ll sell it for €25 plus shipping if anyone here is interested; let me know via mail. Otherwise, I’ll try to sell it at Amazon.

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Standalone Trackback

August 29, 2002

The fine folks at Movable Type have released a standalone version of TrackBack, along with more documentation of TrackBack in general. While you could use it to add TrackBack to your own non-MT weblog, it’s intended as a reference application fo developers of other blogging systems who’d add like to add TrackBack to their system.

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