TLD Explosion

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, June 27. 2008 in Technology

Oh joy. ICANN has decided to accept an explosion in the number of TLDs. The reason, of course, should be obvious: money. Now even more people, companies and organizations will be obtaining these new TLDs to protect their marks or, more than likely, grab them so to be able to sell them to others. I realize I'm old. I recall a time when obtaining a domain name actually required some justification. For example, you couldn't just "grab" a .org; you had to actually show you were a non-profit. If you were an ISP, you were allowed a .net, unless you could prove that your business was more "commercial" and thus be allowed a .com. This maintained some sense of sanity and consistency in domain names. Now it's all catch as catch can. And all in the name of cashing in, even more, with this whole Internet thingie.

To understand a language

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, June 26. 2008 in Programming

Each language has its own personality, advantages, warts and inconsistencies. But each also seem to have an almost singular aspect that, if you really wish to be proficient in the language, you must know really, really well. Here's my list on my top 4:
  • C: pointers
  • Python: name space rules
  • Java: Interfaces
  • Ruby: Ducking
Of course, this is far from complete, and "expertise" in each topic doesn't imply expertise in the language itself, but without getting your head around these, I feel that you are limited by what you can do.

George Carlin

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, June 24. 2008 in Personal

For most men my age, a rite of passage when young was listening to "Class Clown". Even more so that sneaking a peek at a Playboy or Penthouse, a George Carlin LP signified your transition from being "a kid". Thanks George! We'll miss you.


Posted by Jim Jagielski on Saturday, June 14. 2008 in ASF

Hot off the stove: Apache HTTP Server 2.2.9. Yum. Good pudding.

ASF Board Elections

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, June 5. 2008 in ASF

The ASF just finished our annual members meeting. During the meeting we elected in a new board and new members. The list of new members isn't public yet, allowing time for them to be contacted, etc... But the roster of the new board can be announced now. It is:
   Bertrand Delacretaz    Justin Erenkrantz        J. Aaron Farr
   Jim Jagielski          Geir Magnusson Jr.       William A. Rowe, Jr.
   Sam Ruby               Henning Schmiedehausen   Greg Stein
Of the above, Bertrand is the "new guy", taking over for Henri Yandell who decided not to run again this year. Congrats!

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