Archive for December, 2003

Merry Christmas 2003

Thursday, December 25th, 2003

To the geeks, to my friends, to the people I have yet to know, Merry Christams.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003

Amazing. Simply amazing. Hats of to Peter Jackson and his crew for a job very well done.

I have never finished the third book so seeing the ending was very satisfying. I think I will now go back and finish it so that I can the full scope of Tolkein’s image. If anyone has not yet seen this film (probably very many at the time of this writing) then I strongly encourage you to take part in this history making epic film. I for one consider myself honored to share in Peter Jacksons work.

Yes, it is that good!

Winamp5 Uses Invalid XML

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

I recently downloaded the new Winamp 5 RC10 and am absolutely loving it. I am however a little irked that the developers have chosen to use invalid XML in the Modern Skin layout files. From what I can tell there is no use root elements anywhere nor is the XML preamble there. Instead it looks as if Winamp uses line by line parsing to utilize these files, a true XML parser would simply fail out. As far as I’m concerned this is not a good way to show skin developers how to use XML. Hopefully Nullsoft will change their ways and comply the XML standard.

Update [10/09/2003]: It looks like I spoke a little to soon as I sometimes do. I searched a little more and found that what Winamp is really doing is using one initial file to “include” all the sub-files via an include tag. However my point still has legs to stand on here. It should be using entities (i.e. Trillian style).

Do It Up Like Picasso

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

Mr. Picassohead has got to be the coolest time wasters I have ever seen. By just taking a little time, and not needing a whole lot of creative jucies, you can create your own Piccaso-like rendering of yourself or anyone else. It is truly great fun. And once your done you can save it to show off to your friends. Via Simian Design.