FRQ - Email Blog, eBay Fraud, Designer/Coder, etc

It is probably going to be my last "Friday Random Quickies" for the year. AS for the weekend, I can foresee more house work to do. Nothing heavy is happening at the church now days as everyone has turned to holiday mode. A few more days to blog before 2004...

Bloging

Peter Dean talked about email driven blogs and their potential use. I think it would also be useful if you really want to blog behind the company's strict firewall, where you might have limited web but full email access. Instead of having a cron job doing the pop, I would think a procmail hack would be much efficient.

Database

Is the world ready for Open Source database?. Interestingly it talked about Interbase instead of Firebird.

eBay

Reports of cheap PowerBooks on eBay, but they are possibly frauds. I've never bought or sold anything via eBay, and from these reports I don't think I'll ever do.

Google

There is an interesting way to look at your popularity - using the Google Number, which is basically number of links that contains your name. Just go to Google and enter your name inside double quotes, and check the number of results on the top blue bar. Mine says 2,380 - which according to the article is "you are well known in your field". I wonder what field is he talking about...

Programming

Does web design with XHTML/CSS considered as coding? Article on web-graphics has raised the same question. Personally I agree that manually editing XHTML or CSS can be considered coding, as they do edit the codes that direct the web browsers to render web pages in specified fashion. However, they are far from programming, where arithmetic, logical flow control, etc are required. But why does web designers want to be called a coder, especially when coding is now considered as labour intensive non-professional job.

Python

Interesting piece on Cocoa applications in Python, written by Ryan Wilcox. PyObjC sounds very interesting. I only wish I have some time to do GUI programming.

Artima.com's interview with Guido van Rossum on the original of Python language. There are other interesting interviews on Artima's site, which helps me understanding the history and reasons a bit better.

I have no problem using Python to write my shell utilities. I am find if it drives my websites. I actually don't mind using it to write my everyday applications. But what about Linux file systems right inside your kernel? Hmm. Not sure about that but apparently someone is doing it. Meet the LUFS-Python project, adding Python support to the userland file system in Linux. Very charming indeed.

There's a performance comparison between IronPython and Python 2.3, and interestingly IronPython, a project that ports Python VM into .NET, has much faster function call and arithmetic time. On the other hand, it indicates that C Python really need some more optimisation (even though 2.3 is already quite a bit faster than the previous releases).