Saturday, March 18, 2006

Simon Brown is doing a series of articles comparing web application frameworks. Good sweep of current goods in this arena. For the moment i'm sticking with springs webapp framework. It's not yet covered in the article tho. Check it out at

I'm stubbornly sticking with the XML/XSLT way of doing things. I still think its the best way to decouple presentation layer from the rest of the tier. Hence sticking with the resin application server. Which, aside from its simplicity, offers a pretty decent XML/XSLT transformation engine. I don't know if that still applies up to this day, but it certainly was 2 or was it 3 years ago? when I benchmarked it against other xml/xslt transformator.
SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica

"There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids... or the lost civilizations of Lemuria... or Atlantis... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... somewhere beyond the heavens."

Am halfway thru season 1. I like it. Its a complete package, with sex, politics, war and its science fiction revolving around a fledging group of species in the vast region of space. Spaceships! Its a we reap what we sow themed space adventure. But damn just like the pre-maturely canned Firefly series, rocking plot and wonderfully executed.

Heck even my one year old likes it. Both of us rooting for Galactica's viper squadron whenever Cylon's appear and its time for some space grade dogfights.

Latency issues aside. This is one cool concept. Except of course that nothing replaces a real live jamming session. Ahhhhh... reminiscing the days my guitar feedback would annoy my bandmate to no end. This would interface nicely with modern guitars like the Gibson model with an ethernet port. The user interface is GarageBand'ish too, which makes it easy to use.

However, if we bring the latency issues back, it would be hard to make this thing work in real life. What would be more ideal I guess, is a cvs like system with a really cool web frontend for collaborating music. Think open source way of creating music. That would really rock.

Friday, March 17, 2006


Nice to see up and running again!

Anyway, am probably keeping the pinoy techscene mirror I had setup at for personal purposes. Mainly, for the RSS feed (and yes, even OPML for those who dig that stuff) generated by planetplanet backend. The resulting aggregated RSS content nicely matches my preffered method of keeping up with content that I'm interested in, via space shifting the content: from the web to a mobile device like the treo. With this setup, downtimes like the the train ride home becomes productive. Makes the boring commute fun, and gives you an excuse not give up your seat since you are busy reading. The last part was a joke. I still tend to be a gentleman every now and then.

Back to planets and rss feeds. It would be nice to have an online service that let's you group your feeds, give it decent names and produces the aggregated feed for you. That way you could group your feeds the way you like them, and it would be easier to manage and work nicely with your space shifting needs.

With this kind of service you can now throw in context analysis to get what's hot on your planet like rss groups. Mashup with tagging deliciousness etc. That would be cool. To have another simple way of managing rss feeds and to be able to get a pulse on each group you choose.

(enjoying an afternoon train ride home, with Jimi Hendrix's guitar silently weeping in the background)
Vi Reference (Cheat Sheet) for those of us who still believes that its still the best unix text editor bar none.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Tomboy meets Leaftag

Tomboy is nifty wiki based notetaking application written in mono.

Leaftag for now is represented by a library for tagging just about anything on your desktop.

Tomboy + Leaftag = Terribly sweet! - Free Online File Storage, Internet File Sharing, RSS Sharing, Access Documents & Files Anywhere, Backup Data, Share Files

Got this from Russell Beattie's blog. If you don't have a server out there that you can store your data into, and was happily experimenting with that GMail-turned-online-disk-space plugins, this could be just the thing for you.

The site has some recipes for success. Really easy signup process (tm). The website is simple yet pleasing to the eye. The name is short and sweet and clearly defines the value proposition.

Will take it for a spin. :D

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sketching out a strategy - O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog. Google bought @Last Software makers of the really cool 3D design application SketchUp.

Lots of exciting possibilities!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Comma Sutra

Under 30, on the Cutting Edge. This crop of fresh faces is poised to shake up the tech world. Here's their advice to wannabe entrepreneurs

Want to know what's hot in technology? Follow the money. That's what we did to find a fresh crop of tech's best young entrepreneurs. We surveyed dozens of VC firms, from Sequoia Capital in Silicon Valley to Austin Ventures in Texas to Battery Ventures in Boston, to find out who's generating buzz and getting funded -- if not bought.

You have Skype's Janus Friis there, the company was bought by eBay for a cool $2.6 billion. Interesting bunch of people. Definitely a good read.

A to G 1.2 - MacUpdate. Handy utility to sync your address book to your Gmail account via the import feature. Its basically produces a CSV (comma separated values) file that fits nicely into Gmail import address book format.

Now if only theres a G to A utility in case there is a need to restore the address book in the near future.
Google Mars. I kid you not.

Funny, a few days ago i blogged about Earth having sex with Mars. Can't wait for the 3D desktop client edition. :D
I missed late nights with Smoothjazz.Com - Where Smooth Meets Jazz streaming at the background during the 4 month broadband hiatus.

Current daytime music is dominated by With the Lights Out by the late Cobain. Late night with soothing jazz music on the other hand lowers the overall SGBR (Spouse Going Ballistic Risk). I don't want to use headphones as it makes it hard to hear if Janro or Rojan woke up for another bottle of milk.

Jazz me up...
Leaftag - ChippyWiki

This is exactly what I had in mind a few months back. Slap an F-Spot like interface where you can easily narrow down items and you've got a really nice application that can titilate the wet corners of the mind.

Think applied to your files on the desktop. Add to that an F-Spot interface instead of the current Gnome file manager. It would change the way you deal with your files. Add smart search folders via the beagle backend. Do a tag team with the nat friedman's dashboard project. That would be really sweet.
Patience is a virtue.

Broadband rushing thru our apartment's vein once again. An added bonus, for the same package were getting a speed bump. Sweet! Not so sweet on the otherhand is they no longer give static public IP's. Tunneling kung-fu all over again if I want to locate the home machine from the net.

The new X-Men 3 trailer totally rocks!!! too bad I can't try the pixel packed goodness of the HD version.

On the other hand, since Jay has crossed the line (got married), he took with him the Linksys WRT54G. Back to Ad-Hoc mode for our wireless fix.

Its good timing tho. Just in time for another juvenile attempt on social technopreneurship.

Once again, we are all but packets in the internet called life...
Apple - Movie Trailers

I doofusly tried the HD encoded formats. Unbearable viewing experience predictably followed. :D

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Gary V. and Leah Salonga on iTunes. I'm no fan of either. Dunno how long it has been there. Just happy to see a kababayan there. Global filipinos on the rise. It might be old news to you iTunes loving folks tho. Wonder if there are other filipino artist there aside from the typical fil-ams.

Foodoroma, Episode 1

Foodoroma, Episode 1
Originally uploaded by nocs.
Janro sporting his new Jose Rizal inspired hairdo. Fun bonding time and giving him an early taste of long fabled takosa tradition of doing the groceries on weekends.