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part three of the ever-exciting adventure

Archive for April, 2006

JSR-170 Podcast

Hot off the press is our latest podcast, featuring Dave Caruana talking to our Chief Marketing Officer Ian Howells about Alfresco’s support for the standard. Dave is Alfresco’s Chief Scientist and is a member of the JSR-283 committee.

Blogs and email

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged. Since then, we’ve launched Alfresco Blogs and it’s podcast-touting sibling Open Source Talk.

Meanwhile over in California, Esther Dyson has some dangerous ideas about the future of email. Trying to be pragmatic about the whole pay-to-send email debate and not subscribing to the idealist kind of beliefs that Esther claims everyone against the idea holds, I still find it difficult to believe how such a scheme could actually work.

Email systems are already complex enough, without adding another layer of complexity into the mix. We now have server blacklists, spam filters and sender authentication schemes bolted on top of the original SMTP standards but the only technology that’s made a difference to me lately has been Google’s Gmail service.

Just like they did in the search field, Google have done some really innovative stuff with email and the results are amazing. Now I rarely ever see a spam message in my inbox even though around half of the messages coming into the account are junk.

So perhaps if AOL and their like put some effort into making progress like this, rather than demanding money off people who mostly have no interest in paying for something they’ve had for free for years then we might make some progress here πŸ™‚

Treasure Hunting

Home alone in the flat this afternoon, with housemates having gone home for Easter, I decided I’d give opening the drawer at the end of my bed another go, having so far failed on all previous attempts. It was jammed in and had both handles broken, presumably as a result of someone attempting to use brute force to pull it open.

I thought I’d try a different approach. So after taking the mattress off the base and tipping the (bottom end) of the base up on it’s side, the problem was quickly identified: the drawer rollers had become jammed underneath the runners. Easily fixed.

Eager to take advantage of this new-found storage space (every bit matter when you have a flat this small) I returned the base unit to it’s original horizontal position and opened it up. I don’t think it had been opened in a while.

Out of that drawer came the following:

  • 1 black VERDI suitcase on wheels – actually in quite good condition overall
  • 1 ladies medium Levi’s top with the wording ‘Sun State Califonia’ across the front
  • 1 medium Whistles sleeveless hoodie in navy blue
  • 1blue GAP tank top with lime green detailing
  • 1 cream coloured size 14 ladies jumper from Dorothy Perkins
  • 1 turqoise (at least that’s the closest word that describes this rather unique colour) BHS blouse – size 14
  • 1 ACTIVE fleece in grey and light blue – size 14-16
  • 1 Body Shop fabric bag
  • Inside said bag, 1 receipt for Β£2.55 from Isleworth Recreation Centre for ADULT SWIM, dated 17-05-02 and served by Sarah
  • 1 small bottle of bright glittery pink nail varnish
  • 1 suit cover
  • 7 miscellaneous coat hangers

Now I’m sat here with a mattress lying on it’s side and a bed base covered with this random crap out of the drawer. Anyone know a size 14 colour-blind girl who might like any of the above? πŸ™‚

Cold sausage rolls

Thanks to everyone who came to our lovely flat last night, it’s now officially been warmed!

This morning I’ve mostly been eating cold sausage rolls with onion and garlic dip. Woot for left-over party food.