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Notices for 18th December 2006 to 1st January 2007

Monday, 18th December 2006

A few days ago, I received an e-mail out of the blue from Mike Carone of Tranceparent (who are, or were, Mike Carone and Steve Moir), telling me that he still has copies of his old MP3.com-era music and offering to give me copies of it. Which he has done, so at long last, I have Tranceparent – Differential again! Thanks guys. I am told I can share it with anyone, so I have posted what he has given me so far to the Music that MP3.com forgot archive for everyone to play with. Just leaves Virus.eye on my wishlist now :)

I have no idea if anyone has seen or downloaded Sound Hack yet (I guess I could go check), but it had a fatal flaw: on receiving a broadcast event from Windows, such as a USB Mass Storage drive mount, it would exit. I have posted a revised version that seems to be more content to stay running. I was also pointed to the kX Project – a replacement set of third-party drivers for certain EMU-based Creative cards such as the Live! and Audigy, but I don’t want to risk more crashes and problems when Sound Hack solves the only real problem that I have. But other people who are braver than I may wish to use this as a way to resolve driver flaws with their Creative cards, as there must be many if people feel a need to rewrite them all from scratch!

I have also outlined the road map for HTTP Werkzeug development; development is presently stalled though.

Finally, a new Bug of the Moment entry.

Tuesday, 19th December 2006

In the continuing progression of the onset of my insanity, I have released another Mac OS 8 and 9-only application, Batch-RegEx – a multi-expression batch regular expression replacement tool.

While I was at it, I’ve overhauled the Mac Apps page: it is now officially just called “Software”, uses clean and semantic HTML and CSS, and has a wonky appearance that I am leaving up as a testimony to the continuing pain of trying to work with the mess that is CSS 2, and its awful browser support. The latter is something I feel arises mostly from CSS being an academic exercise carried out with very little concern for what people were – and remain – realistically trying to achieve with the Web, i.e. basic two-dimensional layout from a one-dimensional source document. Make something sufficiently complex and academic and no-one is going to understand what you want them to do with it, be that in terms of software implementation or simply its usage.

Monday, 1st January 2007

2007 opens with … a new Bug of the Moment