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Notices for 1st January 2007 to 18th December 2006

Monday, 1st January 2007

2007 opens with … a new Bug of the Moment

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, 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.