Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonIrish Government Budget 2006 - ODF Format + RSS Feed (7.12.2005, 16:55 UTC)
The Budget for 2006 published by the Irish Government`s Department of Finance. ODF downloads available. RSS feed available.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonAn incapacitation of options (7.12.2005, 12:08 UTC)
An incapacitation of options is a terrible thing.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonJython, Frank Wierzbicki (7.12.2005, 11:40 UTC)
Frank Wierzbicki, who has taken over as prime Jython mover from Brian Zimmers has started a blog. Subscribed.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonOnelook, wildcards and reverse lookup (5.12.2005, 12:53 UTC)
My favourite dictionary and yranoitcid onelook is back and can do more useful stuff than I rememberit doing before such as wildcarding. Recommended.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonOpen XML formats for Word Processor Documents and Literate Programming (29.11.2005, 17:51 UTC)
ODF - the future of literate programming?. I think the possibilities here are very interesting. By and large, we write programs in text editors. That immediately creates problems in creating good documentation. Not easy to throw in the odd diagram. Not e
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonIronPython cometh (23.11.2005, 09:08 UTC)
Jim Hugunin, the daddy of both IronPython (Python for the .NET CLR) and Jython (Python for the Java JVM) demos IronPython. You need a dynamic programming language. You work in both .NET and JVM environments. You want to learn one bag of tricks and use i
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonRandomness is just an illusion created by a point of view... (23.11.2005, 08:55 UTC)
and its antipode: 'order is just an illusion created by a point of view', both spring to mind looking at this number spiral of the prime numbers. [Via Information Aesthetics]. Math isn't really my bag but I dig patterns. Figure 5 is spooky. Many many moo
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonNailing jellyfish to bicycles (22.11.2005, 08:44 UTC)
"Pinning down the terms/phrases we want to agree on is like nailing jellyfish to bicycles. It is difficult to do, provokes strong reactions and leads to some pretty surreal moments. Our putative shared understanding is like a flotilla of wine bottle cork
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonInvisible spaghetti and the joy of taking things apart (21.11.2005, 14:28 UTC)
Two audio versions of two previous ITWorld articles. Also a gadget confession (short MP3).
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonmustUnderstand/mustIgnore and Processing Models (17.11.2005, 09:53 UTC)
David Megginson touches on a really, really important point about the mustUnderstand/mustIgnore model which, in my opinion, is equally applicable to *all* markup and indeed all "signs" created by humans for humans. It cuts to the heart of the extent to w
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonOpen Office - The Movie(s) + a Rainbow (16.11.2005, 08:36 UTC)
Open Office Training Videos. Free. The book/DVD they are abstracted from looks interesting too. I've said it before and I'll say it again, go take a look at OpenOffice if you are in any way interested in looking at cheaper/better/cross-platform/truly o
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonMaster Foo on Enterprise Data (15.11.2005, 08:09 UTC)
"Think of your centralized database applications as a set of large rocks. Their great strength is their solidity. Their great weakness is their lack of flexibility. Think of spreadsheets as the water that flows over and around the rocks. Their great stren
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonScience as a human subject (11.11.2005, 08:57 UTC)
"Science is a human subject, developed by people who step on each other's toes at least as often as they stand on each other's shoulders." -- John Sowa in Knowledge Representation : Logical, Philosophical and Computational Foundations
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonBusiness Logic? Bah! (8.11.2005, 08:31 UTC)
I had been reading Winograd and Flores, Gardenfors and McComb and I needed a dose of levity to revitalise my tattered hemispheres. Without significant conscious intervention by me, this noisette sort of wrote itself : Beyond business logic.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonOLPC - one laptop per child (7.11.2005, 10:00 UTC)
Thanks to John Heffernan for pointing me at this interesting post (read the comments) One Laptop Per Child - a Preview of the Hundred Dollar Laptop.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonA morning giggle (4.11.2005, 09:46 UTC)
This gem comes from Joe Gregorio. Axiom : Any technical group of sufficient size and activity will spontaneously generate its very own sociopath.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonAs pretty as a WIFI enabled airport (1.11.2005, 09:48 UTC)
As pretty as a WIFI enabled airport is a little spleen-venting about the state of internet access in airports.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonNumber numbness (26.10.2005, 10:19 UTC)
Every now and then I get lost in zeros. 1k, which was the ENTIRE VOLUME OF RAM in my first computer has ceased to be a useful unit of measurement for storage space. Today I kicked off a backup of by Ubuntu Laptop to a VFAT USB filesystem without giving t
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonWTF spotting (26.10.2005, 08:17 UTC)
Peter Flynn has added a WTF section to the excellent XML FAQ.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonGrandma did not have an iPod at the prom (25.10.2005, 09:28 UTC)
Grandma did not have an iPod at the prom.. This week's ITWorld article is about the increasingly abstract concept of property in an increasingly digital world. Biological evolution is having trouble keeping up with technological evolution. Never ascribe
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonStatic typing belly laughs (25.10.2005, 08:24 UTC)
A good start to today on the homour front. Martin Fowler's report on OOPSLA contains these gems: This one I put in the typecasting-is-a-bug-not-a-feature category Dynamic types are stronger than static types, as they don't flee the field at runtime. --
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonAutamata, Woody Allen, Mayo, Postscript, Normalistion. Hmmm... (23.10.2005, 10:11 UTC)
Factoid : After the XML Summer School in Oxford during the summer I did a deal with my family. I agreed to take them to London's Chinatown if they allowed me to take them to the Science Museum. Things worked out well because as well as good food, Woody Al
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonWTFs - Beyond FAQs (21.10.2005, 09:29 UTC)
FAQs are great but I've yet to come accross one that groups questions by blood pressure which would be ideal. Some times I'm reading an FAQ quite calmly getting up to speed on something. Other times I'm reading an FAQ in an agitated state. Stunned by an
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonMake sure to use a mirror (20.10.2005, 15:45 UTC)
...because there will be a lot of downloads of Open Office 2 in the days ahead.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonA la carte VM's in the future of Python (17.10.2005, 10:03 UTC)
Children of a lesser Python does a good job of setting out the status and value proposition of PyPy.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonTime (17.10.2005, 09:06 UTC)
"Technologies like Atom and RSS, originally heralded as tools to allow diary-oriented web-pages (weblogs) and diary-oriented feeds to be mass produced, are something much grander to my mind. They are nothing less than the addition of a new dimension to t
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonIts all happening these days in Massachusetts (13.10.2005, 15:50 UTC)
Hot on the heels of some interesting developments in terms of the adoption of Open Document Format comes intriguing stuff surrounding $100 laptops for kids. The article says that the state of Massachusetts has committed to providing every shoolkid with a
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonSkyscrapers = rectangular blocks of windows = pixel display unit (13.10.2005, 09:39 UTC)
Every skyscrapered city should have some of these. It would add an extra dimension to gazing out of a hotel window in downtown Manhattan or Chicago. Heck what am I thinking. Las Vegas is the place for this sort of thing. Would you bet on two pixels climbi
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonApplets for the 21st century (12.10.2005, 11:23 UTC)
Applets for the 21st century are the topic of this weeks IT world article : 21st Century Applets.
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Sean McGrath, CTO, PropylonTech Camp Regrets (12.10.2005, 11:06 UTC)
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I cannot now attend and give a Python/XML talk at tech camp. Darn. Looks like a great line-up of lightening talks. I will be sorry to miss it.
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