Monday October 09, 2006

Ruby in the Swamp

Filed Under: General — Sandymountster @ Oct 09 2006, 12:40:19 PM EDT

Interesting folks will be at the Ruby meeting tonight...

Monday October 09, 2006

Java Card Developer Contest

Filed Under: Java — Sandymountster @ Oct 09 2006, 09:35:43 AM EDT

Simagine 2006 Java Worldwide Mobile Communication and Java Card Developer Contest: "The field concerned is SIM cards for the Mobile Communication telecommunications sector and te Java appplications used by cell phone operators"

Prizes - multiple from several 5,000Eu prizes to one 15,000Eu prize.

Friday October 06, 2006

My Favorite Podcast

Filed Under: General — Sandymountster @ Oct 06 2006, 05:14:51 PM EDT

Lonely Planet just posted a new edition of their podcast, which I like best of all. Have a listen to "The State of the Micronation" and remember - be good!

TGIF from the Swamp!

Thursday October 05, 2006

Movietally and Facebook TeenBeat

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 05 2006, 10:51:22 PM EDT

So, Slashdot reader mikesd21 comments on the statement that "The interesting part about all of this is that, according to the article, the founder is only fifteen years old and created it in under a month." He replies

"It's not really a complex system he has set up here. But really at 15, this isn't that impressive. We're in a technology advanced time now where junior high students are taking programming classes and building their own site and computers all the time. Computers are still the future. What would have been interesting is if he was 5 years old. Think about it all the people on here that have less computer-literate neighbors and friends that are it really far fetched that a 15 year old could do this?"

And, I hear Facebook author Zuckerberg is also quite young.

So, we have young, Agile developers cutting time to market off at the knees. I recall Skookum author Andrew Davey telling me in a Swampcast that he wrote the tool on Christmas break!

Thursday October 05, 2006

Cost of hosting your own website

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 05 2006, 10:35:37 PM EDT

A while ago I wrote about calculating how much it costs to run my new Sparc Blade from my office. It was interesting to compare the cost to some commercial providers. Jeremy Zawodny has done some real work in that area and come up with amazing stats that will make us all think twice about how we do backups. And, his work adds value to Dom's S3 utility, jSh3ll. Dom talks about it in this Swampcast.

Thursday October 05, 2006

Google Code Search joins WebJam

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 05 2006, 10:26:32 PM EDT

Google Code Search: Now we can see where our code went *and* find code to use and dissect. Dave Winer found some of his code already. I remember hearing an American expat in Dublin telling me her son worked on something that spidered for a company with a funny name like Inktome and thinking it sounded like a useful tool.

Are we having fun yet?

Wednesday October 04, 2006

Swampcast on Facebook

Filed Under: General — Sandymountster @ Oct 04 2006, 06:56:25 PM EDT

Wednesday October 04, 2006

Test Your Internet Connection Speed

Filed Under: General — Sandymountster @ Oct 04 2006, 05:47:44 PM EDT

Speakeasy: A very helpful technician came to my Winter Park, FL office and used Speakeasy's Speedtest to test the speed of my internet connection. Now, I'm up in Gainesville and enjoying testing and comparing the connection I have here. Very handy! And, very interesting to see how the 5:00PM load changes the throughput both up and down.

Wednesday October 04, 2006

RSS Westie

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 04 2006, 05:47:26 PM EDT

RSS Westie
Originally uploaded by mlevin77.
In the spirit of Dave Winer's RSS Objects, here's an RSS Westie...courtesy of MusicLaughing, my North Carolinean friend.

Wednesday October 04, 2006

How to Handle a Husband

Filed Under: Humor — Sandymountster @ Oct 04 2006, 08:25:08 AM EDT

A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town. "What a peaceful &loving; couple". The local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage.

"Well, it dates back to our honeymoon in America, " explained the man. "We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by horse. We hadn't gone too far when my wife's horse stumbled and she almost fell off. My wife looked down at the horse and quietly said, "That's once."

"We proceeded a little further and the horse stumbled again, this time causing her to drop her water. Once more my wife quietly said, "That's twice."

We hadn't gone a half-mile when the horse stumbled for a third time.

My wife quietly removed a revolver from her purse and shot the horse dead.

I shouted at her, "What 's wrong with you, Woman! Why did you shoot the poor animal like that? Are you crazy??"

She looked at me, and quietly said, "That's once."

"And from that moment... we have lived happily ever after."

Tuesday October 03, 2006

Ruby bike + Rails == Stitches

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 03 2006, 02:32:13 PM EDT

Originally uploaded by mlevin77.
Well folks, it's time to convalesce and enjoy some quality reading (Accelerando). I went for a serene, lightning quick ride this morning on the red, red bike I got from the used bike shop in Crested Butte at a MindView conference. My front tire got caught in the RR track rails. Helmet. Good. Chin? 6 stitches. Time to relax? Priceless...

What was going on? Well, I had just read the Simile Piggy Bank introduction, all about how HousingMaps puts information from Craigslist on GoogleMaps. This is such amazing stuff:

"Sure, you say, there are already many new Web sites that embed Google Maps to display information on maps. For instance, HousingMaps puts housing ads from Craigslist onto Google Maps. However, instead of relying on Craigslist to offer a map view, you now rely on the existence of HousingMaps. What if you want to plot information exotic enough that no one with enough Web programming skills is interested or has the resources to put up a Web site? What if you want to plot information in several domains together? Will there be someone else with the same need for such a unique combination of information who can put up a Web site? While these Google Maps embedding sites are innovative, they simply move the problem from one Web site to another.

The Semantic Web initiative defines standards for the representation of data on the Web that allows data to be mixed more easily and re-purposed for each person's needs regardless of where the information comes from or how it is originally shown.

Piggy Bank is our attempt to enrich your Web experience in the spirit of the Semantic Web, thereby giving you a taste of what the Semantic Web has to offer, and doing so without requiring you to leave the comfort zone of your existing Web browser."

Then, I went for the morning ride and next thing you know: time off! Bruce Eckel says I'm accident prone, but you just gotta be careful with Rails.

Thanks to the guy in the car behind me who called 911 and the first responders who took care of me.

Sunday October 01, 2006

Swamp Sparc!

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 01 2006, 09:27:58 PM EDT

Swamp Sparc!
Originally uploaded by mlevin77.
Wow! 64Meg of RAM and we're flying in the Swamp! Thanks to Fred of sunrise dot com for this wayback machine from the 20th century. Photo taken with a ScoblePhone (Audiovox SMT5600) and sent to Flickr via Cingular email, then blogged from Flickr's blogging API to this Jroller blog.

Sunday October 01, 2006

Yahoo HackDay Opens Mail Code, Stimulates Web2.0

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Oct 01 2006, 02:48:43 PM EDT

Yahoo HackDay and Email Opened: Yahoo announced that their email program will be opened to outside developers at the weekend's HackDay. This puts the users more in control, allows content remixing and enables the possibility of adding metadata over time, three Web2.0 tenets cited by the article "Web 2.0 for Designers" that has helped to understand what Web2.0 might actually boil down to.

Dan Linquist "hopes to allow e-mail users to use the photo stream of Yahoo's photo-sharing program Flickr to see visual clues of what's inside each e-mail. Mention of "cats" or "New York" would trigger relevant photos from Flickr. If successful, he will post his work on his Web site at later this weekend."

Excellent discussion at Digg

Saturday September 30, 2006

Framework Jam

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Sep 30 2006, 09:40:02 AM EDT

Looking at Beck's website and the various frameworks like Turbogears, I am thinking I am not prolific/creative enough and tempted to start transforming JUG sites, etc to more interesting architectures and styles...The work in progress we've been putting together to make a collaborative Rodin sketch website is a case in point, using Zope and wiki.

Lots of opportunities open themselves up when you start exploring free and next-to-free hosting.

Friday September 29, 2006

Yahoo Hack Day begins...

Filed Under: Web Jam — Sandymountster @ Sep 29 2006, 09:21:18 PM EDT

[corrected link] The Yahoo Hack Day kicked off today.

  • Take something from idea to prototype in 24 hours using at least one Yahoo! API, SDK, or other technology (plenty to choose from at
  • At the end of the hacking period, you demo your hack to everyone -- really fast, generally in 90 seconds or less

Did I see "Beck" on some of the trunks in the Flickr stream?!