SiliconBeat rejects me

July 18, 2005

I was trying to post the following comment on SiliconBeat’s inane story about the MySpace acquisition:

Wow, has the term “Web 2.0″ become utterly content-free that fast? Last I checked, it did not mean “web company founded post 2001″… it meant “company that shares and consumes web services”.

Much to my surprise, my comment was rejected! “Your comment was denied for questionable content.” Tell me where the naughty bits were in that comment please, I’m always the last to know when I’m being questionable.

SimpleXML r001z

July 18, 2005

Have I ever mentioned how superlatively wonderful the PHP SimpleXML extension is? How logical, practical, elegant, clean, and easy to use it is? How intensely webby? How it almost singlehandedly (along with curl and FastXSL) makes PHP hands-down the best language for high-performance Web 2.0 (read: REST-based) apps?

Don’t agree? Just try reading the SimpleXML manual page versus the DOM Level 2 spec (from which I taught myself the DOM long ago). Which one seems like it was written by a human being? And why should I have to give a rat’s ass whether a piece of information is a child or a sibling or a grandpa to the piece of information you want? Just give me the data, dammit!

There’s a special pleasure to be enjoyed when the tool fits your hand and the task well. SimpleXML is in that category of thing for REST.

My Thinkpad is melting

July 17, 2005

For a $719 refurb, my R31 has been a decent performer for two years. But it was never problem-free, and recently it started overheating a lot — like actually refusing to boot because the core temp had been exceeded — and when that kind of stuff starts happening, it’s time to start shopping.

I thought for like a second about a Powerbook, but it’s just not for me. For one thing, stickers don’t look good on the lid. For another, I’m addicted to the TrackPoint (now with your choice of rubber cap styles! I’m a Classic Pencil Eraser girl myself) and the built-in three-button mouse. And I still hate fink, and a friend of mine just had the most horrific hard-disk meltdown experience with FileVault, and… ya know, I just actually prefer Linux. So thanks to everyone who expressed an interest, but I’m still not switching.

I’m springing for a nice Thinkpad T42 this time. The R series really wasn’t meeting my needs, and the T series has come down a lot in price. I got pressured by my friends to spring for the SXGA display, which I now agree is probably a good idea; and memory is so cheap at the moment that I went for 2GB. Hey, maybe I’ll be able to compile PHP in less than 6 hours now!

Now I just have to come up with a new name for the box. I use nice racehorses — this one is called Equipoise, for instance. And if anyone has good new stickers for the new lappy, send ‘em my way please!

OSCON 2005 talk

July 10, 2005

I think I forgot to mention that I’m going to be speaking at OSCON this year. My session is entitled Using XSLT in PHP5, and will be on Wednesday August 3rd at 2:35. I’m happy I snagged a primo time that doesn’t conflict with any of my friends, yay O’Reilly!

The funny thing is, I actually submitted two proposals this year. The other one was a talk on retrofitting social networking onto any site with user data, which I thought would be a gimme (although I actually planned to spend a lot of time telling people not to do it). Instead, by the strange Arrow’s Theorem of Open Source Conferences, that one got dumped and my homely little XSLT chat was voted in. What could be less sexy than XSLT?!???! Although I will be discussing Sterling Hughes’s FastXSL extension, newly ported to PHP5… I guess that’s kinda sexy.

I think we will also be doing a 106 Miles session in Portland, probably on Wednesday evening — so if you’ve ever wanted to attend one, this is the time to let me know via email or the comments to this entry. I’m going to try to get someone to speak on some topic related to building a business with Open Source software, and we’ll have some free-as-in-beer beer and pizza. It’s a good time for entrepreneurial engineers, and space is limited. I’ll try to give as much priority as I can to people who aren’t from Silicon Valley and therefore haven’t ever had the opportunity to attend a 106 session, but please let me know early. See you in Portland!

I was supremely gratified to see so many entrepreneurial ladies at the 106 Miles party last night. Some of the leaders of the pack — Mary Hodder, Nancy Tubbs, et al — were chatting about maybe starting a little get-together of our own, kind of a “(future) female founders of Web 2.0″ thingie. A lot of things sound like a good idea after a couple of tequilas… but I’m really starting to think there could be critical mass for such a group. The big problem is probably that none of the members have any time, cause they’re so busy founding stuff!

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